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Previous SPARC Workshops

  • 04 October 2010 - 06 October 2010 Assistive Technology-technology transfer

    The headline theme of the workshop is 'The social model for Assistive Technology-technology transfer (AT-tt)'.

    Note this event is a two day event running from the 4-5th October 2010

  • 28 June 2010 Visualisation for Better Healthcare

    Over the last decade there has been an increasing emphasis on engaging older people and those with a disability in the design of research, the scrutiny of research outputs and in decision making related to their own care. In all these tasks the research user must be empowered to comprehend the work being undertaken in order to play an active role in the research.

    Researchers based in Strathclyde and their colleagues at the Glasgow School of Art have been exploring how visual presentation of data, rather than the traditional tables and graphs can help the research and clinical decision making processes in healthcare and rehabilitation.

     

  • 11 June 2010 Telehealth - what it is, what it can do and where it is going
  • 09 June 2010 From Ageing Research into Policy

    Much research for older people and those with a disability has a close link to Government policy. For some research projects, engaging with policy makers is necessary to enable the outputs of the work to create impact. It's also often necessary to engage with policy to ensure that the research outcomes are relevant to current practice when a project disseminates its findings.

  • 28 May 2010 ISG CIHR-IA NDA Symposium A special symposium at the International Society for Gerontechnology 7th World Conference in Vancouver concerned with the CIHR Canada - UK New Dynamics of Ageing Research Initiative (organised by CIHR-IA not KT-EQUAL)
  • 19 May 2010 i-Med: Serious applications for mobile healthcare

    The healthcare sector has identified smartphone as a key delivery technology for quality care. Meanwhile, the mobile industry has identified medical as one of its most valuable emerging markets. However, both medical and mobile service providers need to achieve a transformation in their approach to delivering ‘i-Med' services to avoid killer-apps becoming just that.

  • 16 April 2010 Digital Identity The workshop will explore various issues around having a Digital Identity; from the benefits of social networking, to staying safe online and use of digital technologies.
  • 23 March 2010 EQUAL Consortia An annual meeting and workshop for members of the EQUAL Consortia - I'DGO, SMART and i-design, at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge
  • 19 March 2010 A Built Environment for All Ages: exploring the challenges of accessibility This workshop will consider some of the key challenges and barriers to accessing the built environment experienced by the older population. Presentations and workshops will focus on issues relating to inclusive design, the role of research, policy and best practice and the implications for the user. Venue: Edinburgh College of Art.
  • 18 March 2010 Falls Prevention The aim of this meeting is to bring together a multidisciplinary group of Clinicians, Scientists and Service Users so that they gain a common understanding of the challenges associated with the prevention of falls and fractures.
  • 08 March 2010 - 12 March 2010 The Science of Age-Supportive Built Environments Between 8th and 12th March a team of leading Canadian scientists and policy makers will be meeting with their UK counterparts to exchange experiences and aspirations for the development of age-friendly cities and related developments. The visit is being organised by KT-EQUAL with the support of the British High Commission - Science and Innovation Office in Canada, the Canadian High Commission in London and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Institute of Aging and with the Cities Institute in London and OPENspace at Edinburgh College of Art, both of which are hosting the team in London and Edinburgh respectively.
  • 26 January 2010 Who is the user? Who is a research user? There is no simple answer. The workshop will explore  the perspectives of leading academics, a research council and research users drawn from the voluntary and public sectors. 
  • 30 November 2009 - 02 December 2009 Research for older people and those with a disability The Masterclass aims to inspire, support and train the next generation of researchers who are interested in improving the lives of older people and those with a disability.
  • 24 November 2009 Robots supporting personal independence and rehabilitation

    This workshop organised with the University of Hertfordshire will present and discuss the role of technology in the rehabilitation of older people and children, including some of the latest developments in the use of 'robotic' technologies. The perspectives of research scientists, clinicians and users will be explored through presentations, videos and breakout sessions. 

  • 27 October 2009 Assistive Technologies: what is their place in the mainstream market? Assistive technologies for older and disabled people have previously been provided through public sector providers such as local authority equipment services and through independent specialist outlets.  However current DoH policy is encouraging the mainstreaming of such devices through high street retailers. This significant change presents both opportunities and challenges.  The aim of this day is to bring together different stakeholders to discuss and debate the issues.
  • 17 September 2009 Making the most of the potential of Assistive Technology This workshop organised in conjunction with BIAS (Brunel Institute for Ageing Studies) will provide a round-up of recent developments in AT and the underlying research aimed at enhancing independence in the home, improving safety and security, extending the use of the car, managing continence, maintaining the body and stimulating the brain.
  • 14 May 2009 Independence and Quality of Later Life: A decade of research to support older people An opportunty to hear about how the independence and quality of life of older people are being enhaced by the quest for age-friendly neighbourhoods, the better design of everyday products, and the self-management of chronic conditions.
  • 30 April 2009 Implementing Inclusive Design in Education A special event primarily for course leaders in higher education to explore the practicalities of introducing Inclusive Design to the design and engineering courses and the resulting benefits. More details soon.
  • 09 April 2009 EQUAL Consortia Day A meeting for members of the three EQUAL Consortia: I'DGO, i~design and SMART, to review progress and build new research teams.
  • 08 April 2009 Spotlight on SPARC A workshop to showcase SPARC within Include 2009, an international conference in inclusive design which will be held at the Royal College of Art, London.
  • 16 March 2009 Enabling people with dementia and their carers through use of new technologies

    This workshop will bring together national and international researchers, practitioners working in dementia care and people with dementia and their carers.  During the day we will hear about the needs of people with dementia and their carers and about exciting research which is considering how some needs might be met through technology.  There will be opportunity during the day for networking, discussion and debate.

  • 16 December 2008 Award Holders Final Meeting Final meeting of award holders, for a review, feedback and discussion on what SPARC has acheived and what the future might hold. To be held at the Royal Society
  • 04 December 2008 Showcasing Ageing and Disability Research – lessons for policy and practice’

    A joint workshop organised by CARDI and SPARC with the support of the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design of the National Disability Authority in Ireland to review recent research concerned with social inclusion, healthy long-term living, technology and design to support older people with a disability. The workshop will be held in Dublin.

  • 12 November 2008 Design research and its applications for ageing populations

    Design research and its applications for ageing populations. A special workshop hosted by The Glasgow School of Art's (GSA) School of Design showcasing a set of projects relating to design research and its applications for an ageing population.

  • 11 September 2008 Older People Going Places: BA Festival of Science

    A hands-on activity packed showcase of the outcomes of SPARC, for all-comers, scientists, professionals and the general public. This event is part of the BA Festival of Science in Liverpool from 7-13 September 2008. Details of all events at the festival are available online at www.the-ba.net/festivalofscience.

  • 23 July 2008 Growing Old in Wales: A Showcase of Ageing Research

    Mynd yn Hŷn yng Nghymru: Arddangosfa o Waith Ymchwil i Heneiddio

    A focus on ageing research in Wales which will showcase a wide range of recently completed and current work from across the disciplines. The event has been designed especially to appeal to policy makers, professionals, academics from social care, health, and beyond, and as a special interest to older people.

  • 17 July 2008 - 19 July 2008 2008 Annual Scientific Meeting "Ageing: Molecules to Man" This year's ASM will be a two day International Meeting to be held at the Hilton Brighton Metropole on Thursday 17th - Friday 18th July. We have an excellent programme of speakers lined up, including top international scientists from both the UK and the USA.
  • 14 July 2008 Ageing: the best news for a billion years? Free Public Lecture in Brighton

    Organised by The University of Brighton & SPARC, in association with Help the Aged

    In the run-up to the largest international meeting ever held by the British Society for Research on Ageing Dr Richard Faragher, of the University of Brighton will explain how the latest research in science and engineering promises better lives for older people.

    The lecture takes place on Monday 14th July and doors open at 6:30pm, at the Sallis Benney Theatre, Grand Parade, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 0JY. Places are free of charge and operate on a first come, first served basis.

  • 09 July 2008 Ageing: the best news for a billion years? Free Public Lecture in Oxford Organised by SPARC, in association with Help the Aged

    Fresh from a gathering of the world's most respected ageing researchers at Oriel College Oxford, Dr Richard Faragher, SPARC Director and an advisor to Research into Ageing, the biomedical arm of Help the Aged will take time out to explain just what their findings mean for today's older people and what they could mean for those who will be older in the future.

    The lecture takes place on Wednesday 9th July and doors open at 12:30pm, at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Park Road, Oxford. Places are free of charge and operate on a first come, first served basis.

  • 07 July 2008 - 09 July 2008 Cell Senescence: the future of ageing?

    THIS IS A CLOSED EVENT

    INVITED DELEGATES ONLY 

    A BBSRC International Relations workshop organised by Dr Lynne Cox (Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford) which aims to provide a forum for discussion and dissemination of the latest and most exciting findings in senescence research, covering the impact of senescence in organisms and organs through to molecular mechanism, and possible interventions and therapies. World-renowned researchers, including a selection of the SPARC award holders, will be speaking in an informal relaxed environment; the meeting also offers plenty of off-timetable opportunities for networking.

  • 30 June 2008 Technologies for Health, Rehabilitation and Self Management of Long Term Conditions

    A special event hosted by Bath University showcasing a wide range of work relating to telecare, telemedicine, smart home technologies, technology-assisted rehabilitation and other areas.

  • 10 June 2008 Recent Developments in Housing, Health and Technology for Older People: Policy and Practice A special workshop hosted by the Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI). The workshop will be held in Belfast.
  • 31 May 2008 SPARC session at the American Aging Association - 37th Annual Meeting

    SPARC are organising a special Transatlantic Collaboration Session, jointly funded by the BBSRC and the NIA, at the 37th Annual Meeting of the American Aging Association in Boulder, Colorado on the 31st May 2008.

    During the session, five SPARC Award Holders will be presenting their research to an international audience.

  • 14 May 2008 Outdoors - a step too far? Older people and mobility New dimensions in designing for mobility and accessibility. To be held at the University of Salford.
  • 07 April 2008 Rehabilitation in Ageing: Regaining Function and Action

    A SPARC workshop, hosted by the University of Birmingham, focused on cognitive, motor, physical and organisational aspects of rehabilitation.

  • 07 March 2008 Funding Ageing Research - SPARC/NDA

    A one-day funding opportunities workshop designed for biology researchers. An applicants clinic will also be held which will allow attendees to book time with a Research Council or NDA representative to discuss a specific proposal. This workshop will be held in London.

  • 05 March 2008 Promoting Independence through New Technology

    A workshop to explore the implications of the latest developments in the application of information technology to support older people and disabled people. It will include presentations on new and proposed systems to support people in their own homes and neighbourhoods, the design of age-friendly computer interfaces and much more.

  • 22 January 2008 Health, workplace design and the older worker: lessons from three new research studies A workshop organised by TAEN (The Age and Employment Network), Help the Aged and SPARC focused on issues which impact the quality of life, health and wellbeing of the older worker.
  • 11 January 2008 Canada meets UK: Opportunities for collaboration An exploration of opportunities to develop stronger links with researchers in Canada in design, engineering and related fields including housing, urban design, transport, inclusive design, activity and exercise, mental health, and the older worker. 
  • 18 December 2007 Introduction to the Media A workshop organised by SPARC and BBSRC, in London.
  • 26 September 2007 Understanding the ageing brain: linking cognitive and neural change across the lifespan

    A workshop organised by the Centre for Speech, Language and the Brain which is part of the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Cambridge in conjunction with SPARC in support of Extending the Quality of Life of Older People.

  • 19 September 2007 Older People on the Move

    A workshop organised for older people and their carers in the Thames Valley and surrrounding region by the Help the Aged/Research into Ageing and SPARC at the University of Reading.

  • 06 September 2007 - 09 September 2007 BSG/SPARC Workshop New Technologies for Support and Care A workshop invited by the British Society of Gerontology and organised by SPARC at the BSG annual conference in Sheffield.
  • 31 August 2007 Research for a Better Age in Hexham - A SPARC Dissemination Event

    research for improving the quality of life of older people.

  • 10 August 2007 Research for a Better Age - A SPARC Dissemination Event in Penzance research for improving the quality of life of older people.
  • 26 June 2007 A Walk a Day Keeps a Fall at Bay A workshop organised by the Camden Council in conjunction with SPARC in support of Extending the Quality of Life of Older People.
  • 17 June 2007 Canada meets UK on Design and Technology for Quality of Life in Old Age FICCDAT, Toronto, sponsored by the Institute of Aging, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (because of limited places available, by invitation only)
  • 24 May 2007 Ageing and the Undergraduate Curriculum A workshop organised by the British Council for Ageing and SPARC at Keele University.
  • 30 March 2007 Radical Chemistry and Biology : Interdisciplinary research at the biology - chemistry interface (oxidative stress and ageing) A workshop organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry and SPARC, held at Glasgow University.
  • 20 March 2007 Ageing Research and Occupational Therapy: building partnerships, creating opportunities A workshop organised by the COT and SPARC in London, which enjoyed the participation of HRH The Princess Royal.
  • 17 March 2007 - 23 March 2007 First meeting of the Anglo-Japanese Werner's Syndrome Consortium
  • 12 February 2007 Ageing research funding opportunities in EU FP7 A workshop organised by SPARC and the British Council for Ageing at Birmingham University.
  • 08 February 2007 Old and Active: Maintaining the older person's health, activity and employment A workshop organised by LARCI in conjunction with SPARC in support of Extending the Quality of Life of Older People. Held at Birmingham City Hall.
  • 31 January 2007 A SPARC Supported Workshop - Our Ageing Society: The Challenges of Appropriate, Supportive Technology Institution of Engineering and Technology, Savoy Place, London. Details about this workshop, broadcast
  • 11 January 2007 SPARC Award Holders Workshop An Invitation Only workshop organised for SPARC Award Holders and their teams and collaborators. Held at the University of Reading.
  • 29 November 2006 Ageing, Dementia and Cognitive Impairment - new perspectives in research practice and caring A workshop organised by TVLSN in conjunction with SPARC with the generous support of Eli Lilly and Company. Held at Eli Lilly, Windlesham, Surrey.
  • 23 November 2006 SPARC Proposal Writing Workshop A workshop organised for SPARC Award Holders and their teams and collaborators in Eastbourne.
  • 26 October 2006 Transport for Older People: More user focussed A workshop organised by Leeds University in conjunction with SPARC in support of Extending the Quality of Life of Older People
  • 09 October 2006 Research for a Better Age - A SPARC Dissemination Event An event to highlight recent developments in ageing research for the general public, especially older people and those who care for them. Organised by SPARC and Help the Aged and held in Eastbourne
  • 16 July 2006 Ageing: is it all bad news? A public event to highlight recent developments in ageing research. Hosted by the European Science Open Forum and the Royal Society of Chemistry in Munich.
  • 04 June 2006 - 06 June 2006 Transatlantic collaboration and young grant holders in ageing A special workshop organised to coincide with the American Aging Association Conference to highlight current research undertaken by younger scientists in the UK. Hosted by AAA in Boston.
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    Much research for older people and those with a disability has a close link to Government policy. For some research projects, engaging with policy makers is necessary to enable the outputs of the work to create impact. It's also often necessary to engage with policy to ensure that the research outcomes are relevant to current practice when a project disseminates its findings.

     

    Traditionally most academics and researchers don't engage with policy. As a result they are unaware of how policy is developed, or how their research might influence it. The aim of this workshop is to begin equipping academics with a better understanding of policy: how policy is developed and how that process can be influenced.

     

    Issues to be covered:

    • How policy is developed within political parties.
    • The key players in policy development.
    • How policy is developed within different Governments (Westminster, Cardiff, Holyrood, Stormont, Brussels). Although this event will mostly focus on Westminster.
    • How bills are drafted and enacted; how the committee system works.
    • How legislation is implemented by local Government and development agencies.
    • How NGOs, such as thinktanks, influence policy.
  • 18 May 2006 Accessibility - Expert Meeting, UK Experts and Polis Partners

    A special workshop for UK expert practitioners and academics in the field of accessibility and their counterparts from Europe. Hosted by BRE, Watford.

  • 21 April 2006 Chemistry and Biology: a synergy for understanding ageing A workshop organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry and SPARC in London
  • 27 March 2006 SPARC AWARD Holders Workshop An Invitation Only workshop organised for SPARC Award Holders and their teams and collaborators. Held at the University of Reading.
  • 22 February 2006 Design for Older People A workshop organised by Coventy University in conjunction with SPARC in support of Extending the Quality of Life of Older People.
  • 26 January 2006 The Application of Research and Development in Long Term Care A workshop organised by CCC (formerly The Continuing Care Conference) in conjunction with the EPSRC and BBSRC supported SPARC Network for Extending the Quality of Life of Older People. Held at the Guildhall, City of London.
  • 14 December 2005 The Biology and Business of Stroke A workshop organised by TVLSN in conjunction with the EPSRC and BBSRC supported SPARC Network for Extending the Quality of Life of Older People. Held at the University of Reading.
  • 15 November 2005 The Business Case for Ageing Research A workshop organised Unilever R&D in conjunction with the EPSRC and BBSRC supported SPARC Network for Extending the Quality of Life of Older People.
  • 10 October 2005 - 12 October 2005 Towards the Integrative Biology of Premature Ageing

    An international workshop on the premature ageing disorder Werner’s syndrome jointly sponsored by SPARC and the BBSRC International Relations Unit.

    Werner’s syndrome is one of the most important and informative models of accelerated ageing known.

  • 16 June 2005 Living with Stroke

    A workshop organised by Sheffield Hallam University in conjunction with the EPSRC and BBSRC supported SPARC Network for Extending the Quality of Life of Older People.

  • 12 April 2005 Pharmacology and Ageing A workshop organised by the University of Brighton in conjunction with the EPSRC and BBSRC supported SPARC Network in support of Extending the Quality of Life of Older People.
  • 16 March 2005 Integrating Research on Ageing:bridging the gap between biology, engineering, design and older people

    A workshop organised by the Department of Bioengineering, University of Strathclyde in conjunction with the EPSRC and BBSRC supported SPARC and EQUAL Networks in support of Extending the Quality of Life of Older People. 

  • 24 February 2005 WestFocus on Ageing: Maintaining Independence in Later Life A workshop organised by the Brunel Institute for Bioengineering (BIB) in conjunction with the EPSRC and BBSRC supported SPARC and EQUAL Networks in support of Extending the Quality of Life of Older People.
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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.

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