Friday, August 23, 2013

Kick-starting Europe's electric vehicle industry

Electric vehicles (e-vehicles, or EVs) are set to play a key role in the future of urban mobility, reducing pollution, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels and saving drivers money.


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Call for Presentations: 25th Annual Public Relations Society of America Health Academy Conference

Call for Presentations: 25th Annual Public Relations Society of America Health Academy Conference

May 7–9, 2014 Washington, D.C.

Proposal Deadline: Noon EDT on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013

Be a part of the PRSA 2014 Health Academy Conference, a widely-attended event recognized for outstanding networking opportunities and targeted programming that addresses issues facing public relations professionals involved in the health care industry.

Read through these guidelines carefully to ensure that your proposal meets the criteria. Submissions are due by noon EDT on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013.

About the PRSA Health Academy Conference

This conference attracts nationally renowned speakers from all sectors and industries, including health care organizations, major media outlets, global publications and public relations agencies. In today’s rapidly changing health care communications and public relations environment, it is more important than ever that conference attendees gain new understanding, ideas and skills.

Take a look at the breakdown of last year’s attendees:

Nearly 50 percent were directors or other senior-level public relations professionals, and 24 percent held the title of vice president or higher.

Twenty-three percent were from hospitals or clinics, and 10 percent were from pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

Twenty-three percent represented public relations/communications firms, and 15 percent represented media/media services companies.

Proposal Guidelines

To participate in this conference, please submit an innovative and compelling presentation proposal that supports health care communications. Presentations must be relevant to the field of health care public relations, and targeted to mid- to senior-level professionals. The practical strategies in your proposal can focus on both traditional and new forms of communication outreach as they pertain to health care transformation — media relations, social media, public policy, traditional public relations and integrated marketing. Feedback has shown that conference attendees are very interested in the integration of traditional and social media, as well as public policy and public relations campaigns.

Proposals may be submitted by public relations/communications professionals and educators, including individuals from nonprofit organizations and government health agencies. Submissions will also be accepted from other field-related experts, such as management consultants, journalists, graphic designers, interactive communications researchers, and social media and communications measurement consultants or practitioners. For public relations agencies and organizations that provide services in health care communications, proposals must be noncommercial and submitted with a case study, and the client must also co-present.

Conference attendees represent pharmaceutical, hospital/provider, payor/insurer, government and association/nonprofit sectors of public relations. Presentations should be targeted to one or more of these groups. You can share your expertise and experience on topics such as integration of public policy and communications programs, managing the new marketing mix, or communicating with/and to different audiences, such as patients, members, media, clinicians or other stakeholders.

Topics of interest for presentations include:

Best practices in media relations, social media and crisis communications.

Ethical challenges.

Effective measurement strategies.

Impact of virtual agencies.

New roles for public relations pros.

Sessions last approximately 75 minutes and are most effective when interactive. Presentations should combine focus on current theory, strategy and practice. In preparation, ask yourself the following questions:

What can conference attendees take home from my session to use in their own health care communications setting?

How can I clearly convey what does and doesn’t work when it comes to navigating health care transformation?

Note: PRSA is unable to pay travel expenses or offer speaker stipends.


Submissions are due no later than noon EDT on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013.

Questions? Email Health Academy members Marc Kaplan, Liz Bryan or Pam Lippincott.

Logistical Questions? Email PRSA Senior Manager of Special Events and Programs Don Bill or call at (212) 460-1456.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Support services to create a Dynamic Mapping of Web Entrepreneurs and Startups' ecosystem SMART 2013/0035

The European Commission intends to launch a call for tenders for support services to create a Dynamic Mapping of Web Entrepreneurs and Startups' ecosystem in Europe .


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A personalised robot companion for older people

A highly customisable robot companion designed by EU-funded researchers to offer support to older people is currently being presented across Europe and could find its way into people's homes within two or three years, potentially greatly enhancing quality of life for older citizens and people with memory or mobility problems.


Monday, August 19, 2013

Call for Submissions for a Special Issue of the Australian Occupational Therapy Journal: Technology in Occupational Therapy

Call for Submissions for a Special Issue of the Australian Occupational Therapy Journal: Technology in Occupational Therapy

Special Issue February 2015

The Australian Occupational Therapy Journal would like to invite submissions of original research related to technology in occupational therapy research, education and practice. Technology is widely utilised within the occupational therapy profession. Examples include: Assistive technology and adaptive equipment used to promote client participation in occupations; e-therapy and e-health to provide access to services for those living in rural or remote locations; and fast developing use of media and internet capabilities to educate students and provide services for occupational therapy clients. The journal welcomes any investigations of the use or application of technology within the occupational therapy field, such as the evaluation of the process or design of technology or the efficacy from the technology user’s perspective.

The purpose of this special issue is to showcase the research and work undertaken by occupational therapists within the broad area of technology. The submissions may be, but are not limited to, reports of original research, feature articles and reviews, evaluating innovative practices, describing lived experiences and identifying directions for future practice.

Topics areas of interest may include, but are not limited to research in the areas of:

Smart or other technologies that promote health, wellbeing and participation among any occupational therapy client population.

The occupational therapy process (assessment, trial, prescription and evaluation) involved when technology or assistive devices are provided for clients and, or caregivers.

Technology relevant to current or developing areas of occupational therapy practice.

The use of technology within all life areas—home, community, education settings, work, and travel/transport.

Technology used within occupational therapy clinical practice or education.

The deadline for submissions is February 1st, 2014. If you are interested but would like further clarification you are welcome to contact Elspeth Froude-Editor in Chief to discuss your ideas further.