About the Host and Collaborating Organizations
The Conference is hosted by the International Society for Gerontechnology (ISG). Founded in 1997 and registered under Dutch law in Eindhoven, Netherlands, ISG is a non-profit membership organization that promotes design of technology and environments for independent living and social participation of older persons in good health, comfort and safety. It holds biennial international conferences, publishes the quarterly journal Gerontechnology and enjoys a collaborative relationship with the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics. For information about ISG, its chapters and to join visit www.gerontechnology.org
North American co-hosts and collaborating organizations include:
The North American Chapter of the International Society for Gerontechnology which has responsibility for organization, management and marketing of the conference. The North American chapter has its Secretariat at the Simon Fraser University Gerontology Research Centre (GRC) in Vancouver. Canada.
The GRC was established in 1982 with a mandate to conduct, foster and facilitate research on individual and population aging. Its research is organized around five themes: aging and the built environment; health and aging; prevention of exploitation and victimization of the elderly; changing demography and lifestyles; and technology and aging. The associated Department of Gerontology, established in 1983, offers PhD and Masters degrees, a post-baccalaureate diploma and an undergraduate minor. The GRC has extensive experience with conference organization including having hosted the 2001 17the World Congress of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, four annual meetings of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, and the ISG World Conference in 2010 which drew over 400 participants from over 25 counties. Click here For further information about the GRC.
University of South Florida Centre for Assistive Rehabilitation and Robotics Technologies (CARRT) which is assisting with program development and local arrangements.
CARRT is a multidisciplinary center that integrates research, education and service for the advancement of assistive and rehabilitation robotics technologies. Annually 1000 individuals with disabilities are provided a variety of services including home and vehicle modifications, adaptive computers, mobility devices and communication tools. Our research areas are virtual reality for vocational rehabilitation, robotics, mobility, sensory aids and prosthetics. Undergraduate and graduate students have worked on a number of customized designs to increase the independence for individuals with disabilities. Click here for further information