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About SPARC

SPARC, which formally finished with the end of funding support in December 2008, is a unique venture which has aimed to ensure that older people benefit from advances in science and technology. SPARC is stimulating ageing research in three ways.

Firstly, it has showcased the latest research findings from design, engineering and biology to all stakeholders in older people’s issues and it has listened to the issues raised by practitioners and by older people about the realities of ageing.

Secondly, it has lobbied policy makers about the needs of older people and how these needs can be met and quality of life enhanced through the pursuit and application of research.

Thirdly, it has provided pump-priming funds to newcomers to ageing research. SPARC awards were highly sought after as they have provided an accelerated path into ageing research.

The rest of this website demonstrates that SPARC has been a lively, forward looking and, above all else, enthusiastic initiative. It is optimistic about ageing in a future built on the benefits of scientific and technological developments.

SPARC has been an inclusive network. It was open to all stakeholders. Participation in its activities was welcomed. Find out more about SPARC membership.

Supporting Older People by
Putting Research into Practice and
Actively Promoting Needs and Solutions through
Research Leadership and
Commitment

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SPARC & KT-EQUAL Workshops

Please refer to the KT-EQUAL website for forthcoming workshops.

Latest Executive Summaries and Monographs

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SPARC/KT-EQUAL Membership

Become a SPARC/KT-EQUAL Member (no charges) and receive updates and information about our work.

Please refer to the KT-EQUAL website for the current membership form.

The SPARC Story

Welcome to SPARC and KT-EQUAL: Knowledge Transfer for Extending Quality Life

SPARC brings together researchers, practitioners and policy makers in ageing. It specialises in communicating the latest design, engineering and biological ageing-related research to all stakeholders, making the case about the benefits for an ageing population of scientific research, and it encourages new blood into ageing research. Although funding for SPARC ended in December 2008, SPARC is continuing to function from the University of Reading within a new initiative - KT-EQUAL which commenced in January 2009. Soon KT-EQUAL will have its own website but for the time being news and information about SPARC and KT-EQUAL events are being handled by the SPARC website.

SPARC Mission Statement

Supporting Older People by
Putting Research into Practice and
Actively Promoting Needs and Solutions through
Research Leadership and
Commitment

Partners

BBSRC - Biotechnological and Biological Sciences Research Council EPSRC - Engineering and Phsyical Sciences Research Council