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We have recently redesigned the website with the aim to improve accessibility. This page contains some useful information regarding the accessibility of the SPARC website.

SPARC Website and Browser compatibility

The website has been tested with many different browsers and settings. However, modern webdesign standards were used for our layout and to improve accessibility but, unfortunately, some older browsers like Internet Explorer 5.5 and Netscape 6 and older have problems with rendering the page layout correctly. If you are using any of these, we highly recommend to upgrade these browsers, not only because of compatibility issues but also because of serious security issues with these browsers.

Feel free to contact our Website Administrator, Daniel Guth, about any problems you experience during your visit of our website. Furthermore, you can contact him if you want more information about accessibility or need other support regarding the website.

Access keys

Most browsers support jumping to specific links by typing keys defined on the web site. On Windows, you generally can press ALT + an access key, in Internet Explorer you need to press Enter afterwards; on a Macintosh, you generally can press Control + an access key.

All pages on this site define the following access keys:

  • s - Skip navigation
  • 1 - Home page
  • 2 - Recent News
  • 3 - Site map
  • 4 - Search
  • 8 - Imprint & Disclaimer
  • 9 - Contact Information
  • 0 - Access key details

Accessibility Statement

This is the official accessibility statement for SPARC - Strategic Promotion of Ageing Research Capacity. We aim to provide an overall accessible website and are currently working intensely on ensuring that this website complies with the accessibility standards established by the World Wide Web Consortium`s (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

Due to the nature of the SPARC website, we provide third party documents, such as pdf documents of presentations, where we do not have any influence of the accessibility of those. If you have problems accessing any of those, please contact our Website Administrator, Daniel Guth,.

Recommended Browsers

  • Mozilla Firefox: A very popular, opensource and free browser. It is available in many different languages and for different operating systems, including almost all Windows versions, Linux and Mac OS X 10.2.x and later, see Firefox System Requirements for further information.

    One of the advantages of Firefox is the amount of available Add-ons, especially the Extensions, that can be found on their Firefox Add-Ons website and add further functions to this valuable browser, including the Mozilla Accessibility Extension by the Illinois Center for Instructional Technology Accessibility.

  • Opera Browser: Another popular and free browser in many languages and for many operating systems.

  • iCab 3 is the recommended browser for Mac OS 8.5 to 9.2.2. A free beta version is available as well as a commercial Pro version.

  • Disclaimer: While we recommend the above browsers, we cannot guarantee that these will work on your system correctly. If you are having any problems, please contact the respective development team.


SPARC & KT-EQUAL Workshops

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

Latest Executive Summaries and Monographs

Please refer to the KT-EQUAL website for recently issued monographs.


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


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