EGen2019 Overview


Join us in London for EGen2019!

December 07-08, 2019 | The Bartlett Real Estate Institute, University College London, London, UK

We are very excited to host The European Conference on Aging & Gerontology (EGen2019), the sister conference to The Asian Conference on Aging & Gerontology (AGen2020), which has been held in Japan since 2015. This will be held for the first time in London – one of the world's most important global cities and inside the Bartlett, the world’s leading faculty of the Built Environment.

This conference brings together all disciplines to discuss in a holistic way one of the greatest challenges humanity currently faces: the ageing of the population. Scholars from practically every discipline are welcomed to bring their perspective, as ageing involves almost all aspects of humanities, science and policy. For this global issue, we have created a global event. We have joined efforts with Osaka University and, specifically, with the IAFOR Research Centre, with the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA) at the University of Michigan, USA and with the support of academic leaders and thinkers from all disciplines from numerous prestigious institutions.

We are honoured and thrilled to have special keynote presentations from Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro (Osaka University, Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories), Professor James Barlow (Imperial College London, UK), Professor Paul Higgs (UCL, UK), Professor Nick Tyler (UCL, UK), Professor Haruko Satoh (Osaka University, Japan) and Professor Tsuyoshi Sekitani (Osaka University, Japan) together with other highly prominent academics.

Because both in Bartlett Real Estate Institute (UCL) and at IAFOR, we believe that it is through people coming together that great things happen, we have planned for multiple networking opportunities. These include the welcome reception and conference dinner, among others. With a high volume of thematic streams covering many disciplines such as the built environment, frailty, loneliness, the silver economy, and others, EGen2019 provides a great opportunity for researchers.

We are looking forward to receiving your abstract and seeing you in December!

– The EGen2019 Organising Committee

Key Information

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Special Keynote

  • Hiroshi Ishiguro
    Hiroshi Ishiguro
    Osaka University, Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories, Japan

Speakers

  • James Barlow
    James Barlow
    Imperial College London, UK
  • Paul Higgs
    Paul Higgs
    University College London, UK
  • Haruko Satoh
    Haruko Satoh
    Osaka University, Japan
  • Tsuyoshi Sekitani
    Tsuyoshi Sekitani
    Osaka University, Japan
  • Nick Tyler
    Nick Tyler
    University College London, UK

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Programme

  • Imperceptible Brain Monitoring System –Patch EEG–
    Imperceptible Brain Monitoring System –Patch EEG–
    Keynote Presentation: Tsuyoshi Sekitani

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Organising Committee

The Organising Committee of The European Conference on Aging & Gerontology (EGen) is composed of distinguished academics who are experts in their fields. Organising Committee members may also be members of IAFOR's International Academic Advisory Board. The Organising Committee is responsible for nominating and vetting Keynote and Featured Speakers; developing the conference programme, including special workshops, panels, targeted sessions, and so forth; event outreach and promotion; recommending and attracting future Organising Committee members; working with IAFOR to select PhD students and early career academics for IAFOR-funded grants and scholarships; and overseeing the reviewing of abstracts submitted to the conference.

Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat, European Public Health Association (EUPHA) & University of Malta, Malta
James Barlow, Imperial College London, UK
Dimitrios Buhalis, Bournemouth University, UK
Stefano Capologno, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Marcus Chidgey, Loqiva, UK
Evangelia Chrysikou, The Bartlett Real Estate Institute UCL, UK
Alexey Danilov, Sechenov University, Russia
Carina Dantas, Cáritas Diocesana de Coimbra, Portugal
Isaiah Durosaiye, University of Sheffield, UK
Maggie Ellis, European Knowledge Tree Group for eHealth
Jonathan Erskine, EuHPN, UK
Ava Fatah gen. Schieck, University College London, UK
Joseph Haldane, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
Paul Higgs, University College London, UK
Anastasia Kalea, University College London, UK
Konstantinos E. Kouskoukis, Hellenic Academy of Thermal Medicine, Greece
Peter McLennan, University College London, UK
James W. McNally, University of Michigan & NACDA Program on Aging, USA
Iveta Nagyova, European Public Health Association (EUPHA)
Shinichi Ohnuma, University College London, UK
Elena Petelos, University of Maastricht, Netherlands, European Public Health Association
Haruko Satoh, Osaka University, Japan
Andrew Sixsmith, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Ian Spero, Founder Agile Ageing Alliance, UK
Eleni Tracada, University of Derby, UK
Nick Tyler, University College London, UK
Chariklia Tziraki-Segal, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Willeke van Staalduinen, European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIPonAHA), Netherlands
Antoinette Vietsch, Politician (Former MP), Architect, Healthcare planner
Greg Williams, The University of Manchester, UK
Dineke Zeegers Paget, European Public Health Association (EUPHA)

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Event Partners

The European Conference on Aging & Gerontology (EGen) is run in partnership with The Bartlett Real Estate Institute at UCL, The National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA) at the University of Michigan, USA, and the IAFOR Research Centre at Osaka University.

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Event Supporters

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IAFOR Research Centre (IRC) – “Innovation and Value Initiative”

The IAFOR Research Centre (IRC) is housed within Osaka University’s School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), and in June 2018 the IRC began an ambitious new “Innovation and Value Initiative”. Officially launched at the United Nations in a special UN-IAFOR Collaborative Session, the initiative seeks to bring together the best in interdisciplinary research around the concept of value, on how value can be recognised, and measured, and how this can help us address issues and solve problems, from the local to the global.

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Hiroshi Ishiguro
Osaka University, Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories, Japan

Biography

Hiroshi Ishiguro received a Doctor of Engineering in Systems Engineering from Osaka University, Japan in 1991. He is currently Professor of the Department of Systems Innovation in the Graduate School of Engineering Science at Osaka University (from 2009) and Distinguished Professor of Osaka University (from 2017). He is also visiting Director (from 2014) (group leader: 2002–2013) of Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories at the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute and an ATR fellow. His research interests include sensor networks, interactive robotics, and android science. He received the Osaka Cultural Award in 2011. In 2015, he received the Prize for Science and Technology (Research Category) by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan. He was also awarded the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award in Dubai in 2015.

James Barlow
Imperial College London, UK

Biography

Professor Barlow has been Professor of Technology and Innovation Management (Healthcare) at Imperial College Business School since 2003. He was co-founder of the Innovation Studies Centre, and from 2006 to 2013 was Principal Investigator and a director of the Health and Care Infrastructure Research and Innovation Centre (HaCIRIC). He is a member of the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Innovation.

Previously, Professor Barlow’s positions were at the Science Policy Research Unit (University of Sussex), University of Westminster and the Policy Studies Institute. He earned a PhD from the London School of Economics and has a background in geography and economics.

His research, teaching and consultancy focuses on the adoption, implementation and sustainability of innovation in healthcare systems. Professor Barlow has led or been involved in many research and consulting projects around the world. He has also worked extensively on innovation in housing provision and other housing policy issues.

In addition to research and teaching, Professor Barlow advises and consults for government, healthcare services and industry. He has worked with companies from the medical technology, pharmaceutical, ICT and construction sectors.

In July 2014, he was appointed as the new president of the International Academy for Design and Health, a global knowledge community bringing together the built environment industries creating new healthcare infrastructure.

His advisory work includes membership or chairing of expert panels on healthcare innovation for the Department of Health, Department of Trade and Industry, OFCOM, Welsh Assembly Government, European Commission, Royal Society, King’s Fund, London Health Commission and Policy Exchange. He has given evidence on public-private partnerships before the Treasury Select Committee and evidence on healthcare innovation issues to other Parliamentary Committees.

Professor Barlow is currently associate director of research and evaluation for Imperial College Health Partners, and works with the executive boards for the NIHR Northwest London CLAHRC and the Department of Health Policy Innovation Research Unit. He also sits on the advisory board for the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital Charity Strategy Committee.

He has published numerous books and journal articles, and his latest book, Managing Innovation in Healthcare, was published by World Scientific in January 2017.

Paul Higgs
University College London, UK

Biography

Paul Higgs is Professor of Sociology of Ageing at UCL. His research interests stem from work he conducted with Dr Chris Gilleard which has been published in four books: Cultures of Ageing: Self Citizen and Society (2000), and Contexts of Ageing: Class, Cohort and Community (2005). From 2005 to 2008 he directed an ESRC/AHRC funded project, “From passive to active consumers: Older people's consumption 1998–2001”. He also co-authored the book, Medical Sociology and Old Age (2009) with Ian Rees Jones of Cardiff University. Another two books with Chris Gilleard have been published in recent years: Ageing, Corporeality and Embodiment (2013) and Rethinking Old Age: Theorising the Fourth Age (2015), as well as a book on social class and later life edited with Marvin Formosa. From 2009 to 2011 he was a co-organiser of an ESRC funded seminar series on “new ageing populations”. He is currently a co-investigator on two five-year NIHR/ESRC projects (MARQUE and PRIDE) investigating the social aspects of dementia. Professor Higgs is also an editor of the journal Social Theory and Health and co-editor of the 2017 Sociology of Health and Illness monograph which addresses the topic of dementia and the social mind.

Professor Higgs studied for a BSc in Sociology at the Polytechnic of North London and a PhD in Social Policy at the University of Kent. Before moving to UCL in 1994, he was the Eleanor Peel Lecturer in Social Gerontology at St George's Hospital Medical School, London. At UCL he was variously Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader in Medical Sociology. He is currently Professor of the Sociology of Ageing and was elected a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2012 and a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. He is also a visiting professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Bath.

Haruko Satoh
Osaka University, Japan

Biography

Haruko Satoh is Specially Appointed Professor at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), where she teaches Japan’s relations with Asia and identity in international relations. She is also co-director of the OSIPP-IAFOR Research Centre and she was previously part of the MEXT Reinventing Japan project on “Peace and Human Security in Asia (PAHSA)” with six Southeast Asian and four Japanese universities.

In the past she has worked at the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), Chatham House, and Gaiko Forum. Her interests are primarily in state theory, Japanese nationalism and identity politics. Recent publications include: “China in Japan’s Nation-state Identity” in James DJ Brown & Jeff Kingston (eds) Japan’s Foreign Relations in Asia (Routledge, 2018); “Japan’s ‘Postmodern’ Possibility with China: A View from Kansai” in Lam Peng Er (ed), China-Japan Relations in the 21st Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017); “Rethinking Security in Japan: In Search of a Post-‘Postwar’ Narrative” in Jain & Lam (Eds.), Japan’s Strategic Challenges in a Changing Regional Environment (World Scientific, 2012); “Through the Looking-glass: China’s Rise as Seen from Japan”, (co-authored with Toshiya Hoshino), Journal of Asian Public Policy, 5(2), 181–198, (July 2012); “Post- 3.11 Japan: A Matter of Restoring Trust?”, ISPI Analysis No. 83 (December 2011); “Legitimacy Deficit in Japan: The Road to True Popular Sovereignty” in Kane, Loy & Patapan (Eds.), Political Legitimacy in Asia: New Leadership Challenges (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), “Japan: Re-engaging with China Meaningfully” in Tang, Li & Acharya (eds), Living with China: Regional States and China through Crises and Turning Points, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

Professor Satoh is a member of IAFOR’s Academic Governing Board. She is Chair of the Politics, Law & International Relations section of the International Academic Advisory Board.

Tsuyoshi Sekitani
Osaka University, Japan

Biography

Professor Tsuyoshi Sekitani received his B.S. from Osaka University in 1999, and Ph.D. from the Department of Applied Physics, School of Engineering, at the University of Tokyo, Japan, in 2003. From 2003 to 2010, he was an Assistant Professor, and in 2011, he was an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering at the University of Tokyo. In 2014, he was made a Full Professor in The Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research at Osaka University. In 2017, he was awarded as the title of Osaka University Distinguished Professor. From 2019, he is playing a leading role in the research intensification of Osaka University as an Executive Assistant to the President of Osaka University.

He was awarded as IEEE Paul Rappaport Award in 2009 and 2010, “Highly Cited Researchers” (The World’s Most Influential Scientific Mind) from Thomson Reuters in 2014, and from Clarivate Analytics in 2018, Young Scientist Award from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan in 2015, and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Award in 2016.

Keynote Presentation (2019) | Imperceptible Brain Monitoring System –Patch EEG–
Nick Tyler
University College London, UK

Biography

Professor Tyler, Chadwick Professor of Civil Engineering at UCL, was educated at the Royal College of Music, the Polytechnic of Central London (now the University of Westminster) and UCL. He worked as Operations Manager at Unichem Ltd (1984–1985) before joining UCL in 1987, holding appointments as Research Assistant, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader at UCL in the period from 1987 to 2002, when he was then appointed to a professorship. Since 2003, Professor Tyler has been the Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (renamed Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering in 2007). He is also Director of the UCL CRUCIBLE Centre and UCL Accessibility Research Group. A Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Professor Tyler's notable appointments outside UCL include: Member of EPSRC Engineering Programme Strategic Advisory Team 2006; Member of the Chief Scientific Adviser's review team for the Department for Transport 2009; Member of the Advisory Panel for Infrastructure UK 2010; Adviser to the Chinese Government Ministry of Science and Technology on Low carbon transport (2010). He was appointed CBE for Services to Technology in the 2011 New Year's Honours list.

Imperceptible Brain Monitoring System –Patch EEG–
Keynote Presentation: Tsuyoshi Sekitani

I will introduce the research and development of ultra-flexible, -thin, and imperceptible brain activity monitoring systems. Concretely, we developed new type brain activity monitoring system, naming “Patch-EEG”. Patch-EEG (Electroencephalogram) is a sheet-type brain-wave sensor system that can monitor brain waves simply by attaching the sensor to the forehead.

The weight of the system is 20g and the thickness is less than 5mm, including 8ch-soft electrodes, CPU, wireless module, and battery.

The patch EEG has a measurement accuracy comparable to that of large medical equipment. It has been used in not only medical applications but also applications such as the development of products using brain waves, measurement of the quality of sleep, monitoring of brain waves during sport activities, and easy monitoring of brain activities at home as Self-care devices.

In addition, I will address some recent progresses on ultra-thin bio-signal monitoring systems and outline the leading edge of bio-signal monitoring using these systems and their future prospects.

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