The Center for HCI (human computer interaction)is an interdisciplinary research group within the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Salzburg. Established in 2005 as research unit at the former ICT&S Center, currently approx. 40 researchers study the interplay between humans and computers in order to enable desired interactions and explore desirable futures. The Center is directed by Professor Manfred Tscheligi who is a widely recognized expert in the field. The understanding and measurement of usability, user experience, user acceptance, and related studies play a major role and are carried out in our User Experience and Interaction Experimentation Lab. The HCI & Usability Unit has collected extensive experience as user studies work package leader/partner in European projects, besides others in three AAL projects: FamConnector (online activities between older adults and their grandchildren), Connected Vitality (client-server designed video communications network for older adults), and Entrance (trip planning as well as indoor and outdoor navigation).
The National Foundation for the Elderly (NFE) is a charity that promotes quality of life for older persons in the Netherlands. The primary focus of NFE is on preventing isolation, reflected by the Forget-Me-Not logo. NFE supports seniors through meaningful projects and services that aim at improving social inclusion, active healthy ageing, and safety and security. The NFE has a large network of activity centres and community buses across the Netherlands that organizes activities for seniors that are at risk of exclusion. These activities range from, e.g., sports, shopping, summer days on the beach, etc., increasing social contacts in a concrete and simple manner.
The organization promotes actively senior rights and performs social research on important cases related to quality care, senior discrimination, older adults abuse, and senior gay rights. It organizes national campaigns, training, and networking sessions between care professionals to raise awareness and interchange best practices. The NFE works as a trusted intermediary between private and public services and older persons, helping seniors to find the path towards support and care, creating an extensive knowledge base for research and innovation.
NFE has already participated in European projects with the main objective to promote older adults’ wellbeing through ICT and has experience in user-centred innovation and iterative processes of development with the active involvement of older persons in focus groups, interviews and pilot trials. It uses its large network of welfare organizations to disseminate and leverage results of research projects into society.
The General Association of Engineers in Romania (AGIR) is a professional, non-governmental, non-profit association of Engineers having mutual relations with similar engineering organizations all over the world. The organization comprises individual members (engineers and students in their final year), associate members (holders of non-engineering diplomas who have engineering-links or interdisciplinary concerns), honorary members, collective members (engineering professional organizations with juridical personality) and supporting members (institutions, companies and other organizations that support the association’s activity). The main objectives of AGIR are to promote the unity of the engineering profession, in order to increase the contribution of engineers to technical, scientific, economic, and social development. Moreover, they aim at supporting the development of technical and scientific research. They organize professional debates, to ensure a wide exchange of knowledge and experience among its members and provide access to information for the engineering community.
AGIR organizes conferences on Continuing Engineering Education to highlight the importance of the evaluation, accreditation, and financing mechanisms of the Continuing Education programs. The education providers’ part in methodology’s draw up and implementation, a clear cooperation mechanism between the education providers and the real requirements of the labour market. In 2012, the General Association of Engineers in Romania (AGIR) became one of four countries in Europe which adopted the CPD (Continuing Professional Development) Accredited Employer Standard.
SIVECO Romania SA (SIVECO) is a private shareholder company, established in 1992. They are member of Health Level Seven (an American National Standards Institute; ANSI) accredited to Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs) operating in the healthcare arena. They have strong experience in R&D projects and are involved as technical partners and as coordinator in European and national R&D projects. Moreover, SIVECO has vast expertise in the implementation of large-scale projects at a national and international level. SIVECO has developed and implemented solutions for improving the management of the health insurance funds and for increasing the quality of medical and pharmaceutical services for, e.g., the National Health Insurance House (CNAS) in Romania, the Ministry of Health in Bulgaria and Croatia (HZZO), and the National Health Insurance Fund in Bulgaria (NHIF). As a technical partner, SIVECO Romania SA is involved in several European Projects: ACGT (FP6) – Advancing Clinico-Genomic Clinical Trials on Cancer; P.CEZANNE (FP6) – Integration of Nano-Biology and ICT to Provide a Continuous Care and Implantable Monitoring System for Diabetic patients; Eurocancercoms (FP7) – Establishing an efficient network for cancer communication in Europe; Linked2Safety (FP7) – A Next-Generation, Secure Linked Data Medical Information Space For Semantically-Interconnecting Electronic Health Records and Clinical Trials Systems Advancing Patients Safety In Clinical Research; GUARANTEE (ITEA2) – A Guardian Angel for the Extended Home Environment; Mediate (AAL5)- Collaborative and interMEdiating solution including formal and informal carers for the Management of Daily Activities for oder adults at home.
GlukAdvice (GLUK) is a Dutch IT company active in project management, business process management and consultancy, holding also experience in European Research Projects lifecycle. The company offers support in new business development. The company‘s target is to attract new clients for new business and make new openings in niche markets. Gluk Advice also offers technical and engineering services. The company offers services in product development lifecycle, services customization according to the customers’ needs and specialized design and implementation of tailored made solutions towards the final integration. The company also offers dedicated S/W products development according to customers’ specifications either integrating or developing components.
Inventya Ltd (INV) is a leading international management consultancy specialized in the commercialization of innovation in science, engineering, and technology. Inventya has a strong track record of working on the commercialization of medical devices and assisted living technologies. Inventya is an SME headquartered in Daresbury, UK, which employs 15 FTE people. Their staff speaks many of the European languages including English, French, Italian, German, Czech, Romanian, and Spanish, which enables them to conduct European-wide research. Inventya’s research expertise is within business modelling, exploitation, and dissemination activities. They provide key intelligence on customer adoption issues, market dynamics, value chain analysis, technical economic analysis and suitable routes to market through our relations with stakeholders ranging from clinicians, distributors, healthcare commissioners, investors, and manufacturers. Inventya is a partner in an existing AAL project Mobility Motivator (€3.5 million) and a UK TSB ALIP project AKTIVE (£1.3 million). With this experience, Inventya will lead WP5 on exploitation and dissemination and drive the commercialization of PROME.
EURAG Austria (EUR), the local platform of the umbrella organization EURAG Europe, has extensive experience in European projects that aim at combating age discrimination and promoting the physical and mental health of the older population to ensure quality of life in old age. EURAG has advisory status in the NGO Committee on Ageing of the United Nations and collaborates closely with universities and care institutions, federal and local governments and the media. Through the Academic Advisory Board, EURAG Austria has access to research and development of new strategies and technologies. Same as the umbrella organisation EURAG, which has been representing the interests of older persons in 34 countries for more than 30 years the local platform is a non-political, non-confessional, and non-profit organization. As member of the General Council of EURAG Austria has access to an extensive network of EURAG organizations in European countries and beyond, as well as to member organizations (AGE platform), holding an advisory position at the UN, the WHO, and the European Commission.
The main focus of EURAG Austria lies in obtaining life quality and self-determination of senior citizens, maintaining solidarity between the generations, empowering the older generation, preventing discrimination and exclusion of older people. During the last decade, EURAG Austria has been involved in different EU-projects (Leonardo da Vinci, (intergenerational Portfolio management), Grundtvig, Daphne, (Prevention of elder abuse), AAL Call 3 “Stimulate” and “vAssist”) and has organized sizable international conferences concerning the topic of ageing (e.g., “Healthy Ageing in Europe”) as well as international symposia and workshops. Most recently EURAG Austria was voted Secretary General of Pain Alliance Europe (PAE), a Pan-European patients group, which was presented to the European Parliament last November.
Further achievements of EURAG Austria: promoting health prevention (lectures and healthcare events for laymen), introducing new technologies to seniors in order to ensure participation (Internet café, 50plus), establishing opportunities for Lifelong Learning (English conversation Club), improving the image of older persons in the media (EU project “Age into focus”), providing a legal opportunity for complaints (ethical code) in cases of age discrimination in the media, developing strategies for keeping older workers on the job (“Generation management”) and campaigning for best practice models (“Productive Ageing”).
The Leuven University College (KHLeuven) associated with the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) is a significant player in the Higher Education landscape in Flanders (Belgium). They are committed to the professional development of over 8000 students every day and organize a comprehensive package of professional bachelors in the field of Teaching, Social Work including HRM, Health and Business Administration & Management.
Leuven University College developed over the years a broad experience in mentoring and coaching processes mainly to support students in their internships, but also through lecturers and researchers being involved in research on topics such as knowledge sharing, capturing experience, lifelong learning and intergenerational collaboration. They have a strong focus on social entrepreneurship and active citizenship.
Leuven University College will assist the ProMe consortium in developing an effective concept of and vision on intergenerational cooperation and professional support through mentoring, coaching, learning networks, and sharing expert knowledge via training or expert advice.
They will draw on the experience and academic research done by their large network of faculty not only from the University College but also from our University of Leuven Association partners.
Clement Leemans, part-time Lecturer Organizational Psychology and Human Resources at KHLeuven and experienced independent OD consultant will consult the ProMe consortium on the concept of mentoring and coaching as developmental processes and will facilitate the network of KHLeuven faculty contributing to the project.