Friday, October 3, 2014

Calls now open with relevance to ICT for Ageing well

A series of calls in Horizon 2020 under Societal Challenge "Health, demographic change and wellbeing" (SC1) with relevance to ICT for Ageing Well are now open, submission deadline is 21/04/2015.


Exercise to prevent falls and fractures - ProFouND project

Boosting your activity levels and doing strength and balance exercises significantly reduces your risk of fractures and falls if you are over 60, according to experts of the ProFouND project - the Prevention of Falls Network for Dissemination, a European Commission-funded network aiming to provide the best falls prevention advice to help prevent falls among older people across Europe.


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Call for Abstracts: YTH Live 2015

Call for Abstracts: YTH Live 2015

April 26–28, 2015 San Francisco, California

Submissions due: Friday, October 31, 2014

Are you working to build a healthier future for youth by using technology and excited to share what you’ve learned? You are invited to submit an abstract for presentation at YTH Live 2015, the premier event for individuals and organizations to showcase their cutting-edge technology programs that are advancing the health and wellness of youth, young adults, and other underserved populations. YTH Live 2015 is on April 26–28, 2015 at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco.

Abstracts are due Friday, October 31, 2014.


Each year, the brightest minds in youth advocacy and health technology gather at YTH Live to showcase what works, share ideas, and launch new collaborations. Over 600 attendees are expected in 2015, with a global audience of more than 2,000 participating online.

Attendees include technology experts, social entrepreneurs, health professionals, researchers, educators, government representatives, pop culture influencers, developers, philanthropists, youth advocates, and others.

A uniquely collaborative forum, YTH Live provides attendees with knowledge exchange, training, and networking opportunities across disciplines.

The YTH Live Program Committee invites abstract submissions from individuals and organizations that fit the following requirements for focus, session tracks, and abstract format.Focus: Abstracts should focus on innovative and effective uses of health tech and technology-based strategies to enhance and improve the health and wellness of teens, youth, young adults, or other underserved population described by race or ethnicity, gender identity, or sexual orientation, or other communities that face health disparities.

Priority consideration will be given to abstracts that feature:

visionary uses of technology for youth health that go beyond traditional applications of mobile, texting, and social media

youth-led innovations and interventions that are community-focused and culturally competent

transformative collaborations and partnership strategies that engage and empower parents, communities, or stakeholder institutions

breakthrough studies and research that offer ideas and opportunities for practitioners to develop effective outreach and engagement approaches for youth health

innovations that foster diversity and inclusion, and build empathy and collaboration

YTH encourages sessions that cover one or more of the following topics:


health disparities among adolescents and engaging youth in their own health

mental health, bullying, or suicide prevention

substance use and abuse, including alcohol and meth

sexual health, including prevention of HIV, teen and unplanned pregnancy, and dating violence

inter-generational immigrant health

sexuality continuum and gender identity health issues

support and access for homeless youth, foster youth, and transgendered youth


inclusive community technology projects

measuring impact, big data, the quantified self, and wearable technology

disruptive innovations and emerging trends

new media, social media, mobile apps, and mHealth

open source solutions

digital storytelling for advocacy

interactive education, such as MOOCs and classroom experiences



Session tracks: Abstracts should fit one of the four following tracks:


Technology-based program development, outreach efforts, and advocacy campaigns and initiatives that promote healthy attitudes, behavior, and practices among youth, young adults, and other underserved populations. It is highly encouraged that abstracts in this track focus on strategies involving innovative uses of technology.


Research findings and evidence that advance youth health and wellness, and provide data for evidence-based program design, lessons learned, or best practices that can be applied by others working at the intersection of youth, tech, and health.


Technology used for policy and advocacy efforts that are advancing youth health priorities at the local, national, or global level. This can include creative uses of technology for public awareness and outreach, access to information and data, legal and legislative efforts, organizing, voter participation, and cross-sector collaboration.


Ideas to revolutionize the health of youth, young adults, and other underserved populations through new, emerging, or even disruptive technology solutions for prevention, intervention, service delivery, treatment, or ongoing support. It is highly encouraged that abstracts in this track be ambitious, bold, creative, and daring.

Towards a Cloud of Public Services

The European Commission is piloting the potential of a Cloud of public services for the development and the delivery of more flexible public services by combining building blocks and allowing service sharing between public and private providers. Discover in this brochure which projects have been and are funded in this domain.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

EU-funded project rethinks Asimov's law of Robotics

RoboLaw project coordinator Prof. Erica Palmerini and RoboLaw researcher Dr. Andrea Bertolini of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, in Pisa, Italy, have been invited to present a paper on the main findings of the RoboLaw project (Regulating Emerging Robotic Technologies in Europe: Robotics facing Law and Ethics) at the workshop 'Upcoming issues of EU law', organised by the JURI Committee of the European Parliament. The conclusions of the project have been also profiled in a recent article of the Economist.


Call for tenders for the first joint cross-border procurement in the healthcare sector

The HAPPI project is financed by the European Commission and aims at detecting innovative solutions which address the needs of an ageing society in order to disseminate them in hospitals and nursing homes accross Europe.


"Growing up digitally" - Safer Internet Forum

Around 250 participants from Europe and beyond - youth ambassadors, academics, industry, NGOs, the European Commission and Ministry representatives - will discuss future and emerging trends on child online safety.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Call for Papers: International Geospatial Health Research Symposium at the Association of American Geographers 2015 Annual Meeting

Call for Papers: International Geospatial Health Research Symposium at the Association of American Geographers 2015 Annual Meeting

AAG Annual Meeting, Chicago, April 21-25, 2015

Abstract submission deadline: October 27, 2014


The International Geospatial Health Research Network

The AAG Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group (HMGSG)

The Association of American Geographers

This Symposium within the 2015 AAG Annual Meeting will explore new research frontiers in geospatial health research and foster international networks to share this information across borders and generate research synergies. It builds on multiple AAG Geography and Health Initiatives of the past decade, including the AAG Initiative for an NIH-wide Geospatial Infrastructure for Health Research, several recent AAG health initiatives and grants with the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation, and a recent international forum jointly organized by the AAG, the International Association of Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information Sciences (CPGIS), Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, University of Hong Kong, Utrecht University, and several health ministries and organizations in Europe, to launch an International Geospatial Health Research Network.

We welcome participation from geographers, GIScientists, health researchers, and other scientists working at the frontiers of geography, GIScience, and health at the AAG Annual Meeting in Chicago, April 21-25, 2015. Papers on all aspects of health research and its intersections with geography or GIScience are welcome.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

– improving assessments of exposures to physical and social environments and health

– exposure monitoring utilizing real-time GPS/GIS methods

– infectious diseases and their relations to climate change

– geographic and environmental dimensions of chronic diseases

– cancer: genes, epigenetics, and the physical and social environment

– spatial patterns of drug abuse and treatment

– gene-environment interactions

– social environments and mental health

– crowd sourcing of geospatial data for health

– mHealth and global health service delivery initiatives

– health disparities and inequalities

– genomes, health, and geography

– disease ecologies

– interactions among environment, pathogens, humans, and institutions

– neighborhood effects on health behaviors and outcomes

– geographies of public health policies

– geospatial big data and health

– spatial analysis and modeling of disease and disease diffusion

– mobilities and health

– health care provision, access, and utilization

– accessibility of healthcare services and its optimization.

– health and well-being

– methodological issues in health research (e.g., MAUP, UGCoP)

– global health research and public health initiatives

To participate in the International Geospatial Health Research Symposium, please submit your abstract at When you receive confirmation of a successful abstract submission, please then forward this confirmation to: The abstract deadline is October 27, 2014.

For more information, please visit or contact members of the Symposium organizing committee at

SEEMPUBS: maximum energy savings with minimum intervention for historic buildings

The EU-funded project SEEMPUBS plans on using a new ICT-based monitoring, visualisation and control system to reduce and enhance historic buildings’ energy consumption.


Monday, September 29, 2014

Cloud computing for the public sector: same challenges, different applications

Many cities have already recognised and started to tap into cloud computing’s strengths, offering the latest services to citizens, visitors and businesses.


EU-Japan project unveils smart city apps

An EU-Japanese project has combined cloud computing and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to develop smart city applications that keep citizens up to date on events, emergencies, weather, traffic and more.


Take part in the Consultation on ICT4Ageing Priorities

With this consultation, the AgeingWell Thematic Network aims to collect the opinions of stakeholders as regards the future challenges and the necessary measures/policies to be promoted to leverage the ICT4Ageing market competitiveness. The results of this public consultation will contribute to the ICT for Ageing Society Strategic Agenda to be delivered to the European Commission by the AgeingWell Network.