Friday, April 19, 2013

Your Europe, Your Future

'Your Europe, Your Say 2013' European Economic and Social Committee youngsters conference, Brussels, 18 April 2013


ICT in schools survey – many children not getting what they need; teachers need more training and support.

Students and teachers in Europe are keen to "go digital", computer numbers have doubled since 2006 and most schools are now "connected", but use of ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) and digital skill levels are very uneven.


Mobiserv project: Providing robotic carers and smart systems for the elderly

A team of European universities, research institutes, commercial companies and care organisations have been working on a new type of social carer which can provide help in these and other situations. The EU-funded Mobiserv project has been working for the past three years to create a robot companion for older adults that can remind them about eating, drinking and taking medicines, offer structure throughout the day, and help people to stay active by suggesting a variety of activities. The robot is one component of a larger automated system that Mobiserv is developing for elderly people. It includes wearable smart clothes - which can, for example, monitor vital signs or sleeping patterns, and detect falls - and a smart home environment. This will consist of smart sensors, optical recognition units, and home automation elements, to detect, among others, eating and drinking patterns, activity patterns, and dangerous situations. Mobiserv began in December 2009 and a prototype for the social companion robot was developed in the second year of the project after conducting extensive research with end-users and their formal and informal carers. Based on the findings and the prototype tests, the robot and other Mobiserv services are being improved and fine-tuned to be useful, acceptable, and fun to use.


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Call for Student Poster Abstracts: National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing 2013 Convention

Call for Student Poster Abstracts: National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing 2013 Convention

NOADN: The Winning Advantage

November 8-10, 2013 Reno, Nevada

Student Poster Abstract Submission has been extended to September 6, 2013

The N-OADN Convention Planning Committee would like to invite students to submit an abstract for a poster presentation at the N-OADN Convention to be held November 8-10, 2013 at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, Reno, NV. This abstract submission is open to graduate and undergraduate students. Topics should be related to one of the following:

Hot Topics

Service Learning

Evidence Based Practice Projects

Student Center Community

Social Networking Policies

Overall Selection Criteria:

The committees will review abstracts for student posters based on the following criteria:

Applicable to the theme of the convention

Originality of the topic/presentation

Organization of the poster

Application to practice

Abstracts submissions:

Abstracts must be typed and single spaced.

Abstracts must be in narrative form and not exceed 250 words.

There should be NO identifying information in the body of the abstract

Title of the abstract should appear at the top

The following should be included in the abstract:

Your submission packet should include the following:

Presenter Information Form (1 copy)

Abstract (1 copy with student(s) name, 1 copy without student(s) or educational affiliations’ name

Faculty Member Advisor Approval Form

The European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing at eHealth week (13-15 May)

eHealth Week 2013 will bring together two main events: the High Level eHealth Conference co-organised by the European Commission and the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and WoHIT (World of Health IT Conference & Exhibition). The Partnership will be present in a specific track in the programme that will bring an overview of the six Action Plans and their links to ICT. The track will also include sessions on the evidence around impact from innovative services for Active and Healthy Ageing as well as different ways of financing their deployment. But eHealth week is also about networking. Come to the exhibition hall and meet members of the six action groups at their common stand. There you will get answers to your questions, and more information on their activities.


Survey of schools: ICT in Education

This study collected and benchmarked information from 31 European countries (27 EU Member States, Croatia, Iceland, Norway and Turkey) on the access, use, competence and attitudes of students and teachers regarding ICT in schools.


COMMISSION STAFF WORKING DOCUMENT on Strengthening the environment for Web entrepreneurs in the EU

Web entrepreneurs represent a specific category of entrepreneurs who create new digital services and products that use the web as an indispensable component. They have specific characteristics, and thus particular needs, which require tailored support measures, aimed at strengthening, structurally, the web startup ecosystem.


e-Learning Policy Indicator - SMART 2005/0069

To obtain estimates for the indicator on e-learning and a measurement of ICT usage in schools regarding the incorporation of ICT in the curricula and the development of new learning methods.


Survey of Schools: ICT and Education - SMART 2010/0039


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Survey of schools: ICT in Education - Codebook students (xlsx)


Survey of schools: ICT in Education - data in CSV format


Survey of schools: ICT in Education - three survey questionnaires (pdf)


Survey of schools: ICT in Education - Codebook teachers (xlsx)


Survey of schools: ICT in Education - Technical Report (pdf)


Survey of schools: ICT in Education - Codebook principals (xlsx)


Survey of schools: ICT in Education - data in SAS format


European Month of the Brain May 2013

Brain research in Europe needs a decisive effort. We must invest more, define clearer and more innovative research and healthcare strategies, and better coordinate national efforts. We therefore decided to make May 2013 the European Month of the Brain - a full month packed with events and activities to make decision-makers, stakeholders, the media and the public aware of the successes achieved and the challenges still laying ahead for brain research. Please note the conference "European Brain Research Successes and Next Challenges" to be held on 14 May in Brussels, to which registration is open.


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Call for Papers: 10th Global Conference--Making Sense of Dying and Death

Call for Papers: 10th Global Conference--Making Sense of Dying and Death

Thursday 7th November 2013 – Saturday 9th November 2013 Athens, Greece

This inter- and multi-disciplinary conference explores dying and death and the ways culture impacts care for the dying, the overall experience of dying, and ways the dead are remembered. Over the past three decades, scholarship in thanatology has increased dramatically. This particular conference seeks a broad array of perspectives that explore, analyze, and/or interpret the myriad interrelations and interactions that exist between death and culture. Culture not only presents and portrays ideas about “a good death” and norms that seek to achieve it, culture also operates as both a vehicle and medium through which meaning about death is communicated and understood. Sadly, too, culture sometimes facilitates death through violence.

Given the location of this year’s conference, a central theme in our proceedings (augmenting those listed below) will involve tracing the on-going and profound shift in contemporary attitudes toward death. In ancient Greece, for example, citizens learned about death and dying through intimate, hands-on experiences. Indeed, the same was true for most people throughout the world until the mid-20th century. Today, many people around the world maintain an increasingly passive role in caring for the dying, and supporting those who grieve a loss. Given that death, serving the dying, and caring for the bereaved has always been such an essential and unavoidable feature of life in traditional societies, a key emphasis in this year’s conference will involve an exploration of the connections between contemporary technologies, social media hubs, and modern health care delivery systems and the ways they impact current end-of-life issues and decisions, including the experience of bereavement and grief. This conference welcomes submissions that specifically assess how these factors are altering our contemporary attitudes toward death, and how patients, staff, and survivors intersect amidst newly emerging care settings and sites of memorialization.

We also welcome submissions that produce conversations engaging historical, ethnographic, normative, literary, anthropological, philosophical, artistic, political or other terms that elaborate a relationship between death and culture.

Papers, reports, presentations, workshops and pre-formed panels are invited on issues on or broadly related to any of the following themes:

1: Health Care Systems: Patients, Staff, and Institutions

Modern Health Care Delivery Systems and Care for the Dying

Palliative Care


Elder Care/Ageing in Place Models

Trauma and Emergency Care

Nursing Homes/Skilled Facilities/Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs)/Assisted Living

Clinical Competencies in Pain Management and Symptom Control

Measurements, Incentives, Regulatory Statutes, and Recommendations

Continuity of Care Across Treatment Settings

Interdisciplinary Care

2: The Caregiver-Patient Relationship

Caregiver’s (Physician’s?) Obligations and Virtues

Medical Paternalism and Respect for the Patient, Autonomy


Informed Consent

Medicine in the West for a Multicultural Society

Contested Therapies Within the Physician-Patient Relationship

Conflicts of Interest; Problems of Conscience

Caregiver Stress/Caregiver Burnout/Compassion Fatigue

Being With Someone Who Is Dying

Assessment Challenges/Barriers

3: End-of-Life Issues and Decisions

Defining Death

Organ Transplantation and Organ Donation

The Interplay of Ethical Meta-Principles at the End of Life




Death Anxiety

Choosing Death

Advance Directives/Advance Planning/Physician Order for Life-Sustaining Treatments (POLST)/Do Not Resuscitate

Considering End-of-Life Issues and Decisions and Legislation

4: Relationships Between Death and Culture:

internet/social media




broadcast media

religious broadcasting



comic books

novels / poetry / short story



print media


popular art / architecture

sacred vs. profane space



Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 14th June 2013 If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 13th September 2013

What to Send

300 word abstracts should be submitted to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats, following this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords

E-mails should be entitled: DD10 Abstract Submission

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs

Nate Hinerman

Rob Fisher:

The conference is part of the Making Sense Of: series of research projects, which in turn belong to the Probing the Boundaries programmes of Inter-Disciplinary.Net. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore discussions which are innovative and challenging. All papers accepted for and presented at this conference are eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be invited to go forward for development into a themed ISBN hard copy volume.

Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.

Ex-ante advertisement for a negotiated procedure for a service contract of a value below 60.000€ - Support towards the implementation of the Action Plan of the Specific Action D4 'Innovation for age friendly buildings, cities and environments' of the EIP

The European Commission will launch soon a call for tenders for a service contract of a maximum value of EUR 40 000 (FORTY THOUSAND EURO). The purpose of this call for tenders is to support the Action Group related to the Specific Action D4 "Innovation for age friendly buildings, cities and environments" of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, in implementing its Action Plan.


eCare Benchmarking. Coping with an ageing population – Learning from good eHealth and tele-care practices (SMART 2010/0023)

This final report is part of the study on “Coping with an ageing population – Learning from good eHealth and telecare practices” – the eCare Benchmarking study, commissioned by the European Commission, Directorate General Information Society and Media, Brussels. The eCare Benchmarking study has to be seen within the global trend towards population ageing. This unprecedented development has a number of socio-economic side effects which are beginning to exert an influence on the way long-term care is currently provided to older people in Europe and beyond.


eHealth at European Month of the Brain

May 2013 will be the European Month of the Brain. The European Commission has organised a full programme of activities and conferences to raise awareness on the importance to keep supporting brain research. On 14/5 there will be a free conference in Brussels with three speakers on eHealth.


Monday, April 15, 2013

Four more weeks to respond: Call for innovative Smart City pilot projects open until 14 May 2013

The call for innovative pilot projects in the Smart Cities domains of Interoperable Fair Management (1.2a), cooperative systems for the sustainable mobility of goods (1.2b) and the Public Procurement for Intelligent Transport Systems' solutions (1.3c) will be open for four more weeks. The precise deadline of this Call under the ICT strand of the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme is 14 May 2013, 17h00 Brussels' time. Please find the call fiche and all the other relevant documents at the link here above.


ACCOMPANY: Acceptable robotiCs COMPanions for AgeinNg Years

The ACCOMPANY project is developing a robotic companion that will provide a range of services to older users, to facilitate such independent living at home. A state of the art service robot platform, Care-O-bot 3 (developed by German manufacturer, Fraunhofer IPA), is being used to assess user requirements and user acceptance of the robot. The robot is also used as a platform to advance the state-of-the art of service robotics and social and empathic user-robot interaction. The proposed system will provide physical, cognitive and social assistance in everyday home tasks, and will contribute to the re-ablement of the user, by assisting them to carry out daily tasks on their own, as well as encouraging a co-learner relationship, where the robot and person can learn together. The results from project user studies are being fed back to adapt the technology, so that it better suits user demands and preferences, while using three test sites in three different European countries (UK, the Netherlands, and France) gives the research team the opportunity to consider the effects of cultural differences. Through identifying the main issues and barriers to personal independence, and by targeting these barriers using technological solutions, the consortium’s long-term vision is to prevent elderly people having to go into care homes prematurely.


Call for proposals for 'Supporting public procurement of innovative solutions'

The support to innovative companies is a centrepiece of the European Commission's growth strategy Europe 2020. Since November 2011, the Commission has proposed to provide support to innovative procurement though Horizon 2020, recommended the introduction of a new procurement procedure and launched the 'Public Procurement of Innovation Platform', a European-wide networking platform of link-minded public procurers. This call provides a bridge between the 11 ongoing PPI pilot projects and the launch of innovation procurement under Horizon 2020. The European Commission calls for project proposals that clearly demonstrate how public procurement bodies will act, during the project, as launch customers for innovative goods or services which are not yet available on a large-scale commercial basis.