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Ageing creatively bios for chairs and speakers


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  1. 1. Value Ageing Seminar Bios for Chairs and SpeakersProfessor David ClelandDavid Cleland is a Civil Engineer with research interests in the behaviour of concrete structures andthe durability of concrete. He has published over 150 papers in these areas and is a member ofFederation internationale du Beton Commission 5 as well as other international research committees.David is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers and theRoyal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. Since 1996 he has been Head of the School of CivilEngineering, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and, now Head of the School of Planning, architectureand Civil Engineering. Outside Queen’s he sits on the Board of the Engineering Council and has been aBoard member of the Construction Industry Training Board.Minister Carál Ní ChuilínCarál Ní Chuilín is the recently appointed Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure for the North of Ireland.Carál began her political career as the elected Sinn Feín representative for the Oldpark ward in NorthBelfast in 2003.In addition to being a lifelong political activist Carál has a particular interest in human rights, housing,community development, and the Irish language. Carál was born and bred in the New Lodge area ofBelfast, where she still lives.Mr Conn MurrayConn Murray is Louth County Manager his career commenced 30 years ago in his native County ofMeath. He has since worked in nine different local authorities including Clonmel, Limerick City, CorkCity and was appointed City Manager in Waterford in September 2003.He took up his present appointment as Manager of Louth County Council in September 2007. As amember of the County & City Manager’s Association he is Chairman of the Housing Committee, andserves on the Private Rented Tenancies Board, the National Traveller Consultative Committee, theCentre for Housing Research Board, and the Joint SOLACE/ CCMA All Island Forum. He also serves onthe Local Authority National Council, the Change Management committees of the Local AuthorityManagement Services Authority. He is a board member of the Low Carbon Initiative, The HighlanesGallery and the Louth County Enterprise Board.In November 2008 Conn, as County Manager of Louth County Council, announced the adoption theWHO Age Friendly Initiative and was the first in Ireland to do so. As a champion and early adopter hehas demonstrated leadership in implementing change at County level and has supported thesuccessful roll out of the National Programme across Ireland.
  2. 2. Value Ageing SeminarDr Gerry MulliganGerry Mulligan is the Head of the Office of the Northern Ireland Executive in Brussels. The Office isone branch of the European Division in the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister Theother branch is the European Policy and Coordination Unit based in Belfast. Gerry became Director ofthe European Division in May 2010. He previously worked as Director of Equality within the Office ofthe First Minister and deputy First Minister and has been Head of the Equality, Rights and Social NeedDivision. In this post he had responsibility for the Northern Ireland Administration’s Strategy forTackling Poverty and Social Exclusion, for advising on the future direction of social needs policygenerally and for Anti Discrimination Legislation.Mr Stephen McGowanStephen McGowan is Head of Creative Industries and Innovation at DCAL - the Department of Culture,Arts and Leisure. DCAL is the NI government lead on the creative industries. His role includescatalysing new partnerships and collaborations across government, industry and academia to tacklechallenges in the economy, health, education, social inclusion and the environment. Previously he hasheld economic development, public affairs and corporate communications roles in the highereducation and voluntary sectors.Ms Fionnuala WalshFionnuala Walsh is Head of Community and Participatory Arts with the Arts Council of NorthernIreland. She has worked in the field of participative arts for the past 15 years, as an artist/ facilitator,project manager and teacher of Arts and Design within the formal education sector.Fionnuala’s role with the Arts Council includes direct client management with a number of artsorganisations as well as leading a team of specialist officers in community and participatory artsAdditional programmes within the Participatory and Community portfolio include the Re-ImagingCommunities Programme, an initiative enabling communities across Northern Ireland to addressvisible signs of sectarianism; and the Arts & Older People Programme, a three year arts initiativejointly funded by the Arts Council and The Atlantic Philanthropies, utilizing the arts as a means inwhich to strengthen the voice of older people.Dr Emilio MordiniEmilio Mordini is a Medical Doctor and Philosopher. He has been trained as a psychoanalyst and waspartner of the Psychoanalytic Institute for Social Research (1986-2001). From 1994 to 2006 Emiliotaught bioethics in the Medical School of the University “La Sapienza” of Rome and served as ascientific secretary of the Bioethical Commission of the Italian National Research Council (CNR).Focusing his efforts on creating an international research centre devoted to ethical, political and socialimplications of emerging technologies, in 2002 Emilio founded the Centre for Science, Society andCitizenship (CSSC), an independent, non-partisan, research centre, whose aim is to contribute to a
  3. 3. Value Ageing Seminarbetter understanding of the contemporary world by clarifying the human (social, cultural and ethical)factors which shape technological innovation. Emilio serves as a coordinator of VALUE AGEING -Incorporating European fundamental values into ICT for ageingDr. R. Benjamin KnappBen Knapp is the Founding Director of Institute for Creativity, Arts &Technology (ICAT) Virginia Tech,USA. This institute fosters and studies the creative process, from imagination to innovation, to createnew possibilities for exploration and expression. Its mission is to forge a bidirectional pathwaybetween trans-disciplinary research and artistic output, scientific and commercial discovery, andeducational innovation. In his own research, Dr. Knapp has been working at the boundaries betweenhuman-computer interaction, universal design, and creative practice. His research on human-computer interaction has focused on the design of user interfaces and signal processing software thatenable the composer and performer to augment the physical control of a musical instrument withmore direct neural interaction using physiological/biometric indicators of gesture and emotion. Hisresearch also involves the design of home environments that support people as they age. Usingambient sensing, he has been exploring ways to understand behavioural and emotional changes thatpredict changes in physical and mental status.Professor Holly Jimison PhDHolly Jimison, Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Informatics and ClinicalEpidemiology at OHSU received her Doctorate in Medical Information Sciences at Stanford University.Dr. Jimison has both academic and industry experience in the design and evaluation of medicaltechnologies. Her research is focused on consumer health informatics, with an emphasis on in-homemonitoring and technology for successful aging. Professor Jimison’s current projects includecognitive monitoring and remediation using computer games, automated health coaching research,and interactive exercise systems for home-bound elders. she is a Fellow of the American College ofMedical Informatics, Past President of the Oregon Chapter of Health Information ManagementSystems Society, and serves on the Executive Council for Oregon’s Royal Center for Aging &Technology. She is temporarily living in Washington DC while on loan to NIH as an advisor to theirOffice of Behavioral and Social Science Research.Dr Maeve ReaMaeve Rea is a Consultant Physician and Senior Lecturer in Geriatric Medicine at Queen’s UniversityBelfast and the Belfast City Hospital. She studied medicine at Queen’s University, and genetics andimmunology at Stanford University, United States. She set up the Belfast Elderly Longitudinal Free-Living Ageing Study, looking at factors involved in successful ageing in nonagenarians and is a PrincipalInvestigator in the Genetics of Healthy Ageing (GeHA) European Project which is looking at familyclusters of nonagenarians across Europe to establish if genetics and lifestyle interact to contribute togood quality ageing. Maeve is past Chair of British Geriatrics Society Northern Ireland, Chair Elect ofthe Policy Committee of British Geriatrics Society UK and a Trustee of AGENI.
  4. 4. Value Ageing SeminarDr Karim HadjriKarim Hadjri is a Reader in Architecture, School of Planning, Architecture & Civil Engineering, Queen’sUniversity Belfast ( at Queens University Belfast and is the research themeleader for the Architecture group. Karim is an architect with a Master of Philosophy (1989) and aDoctor of Philosophy (1992) in housing studies completed at the Joint Centre for Urban Design atOxford Brookes University. He has worked as a scholar in the United Kingdom, UAE and Saudi Arabia,and managed academic units and research centres in both Cyprus and Colombia. His teaching andresearch interests include architectural design, housing, Computer-Aided-Design, and post-occupancyevaluations. Karim is particularly interested in inclusive design and how the physical environment canbe improved to fit the needs and requirements of the older user in particular. His more recentresearch explores the influence of the domestic environment on various user groups including peoplewith cognitive impairment. He currently supervises six PhD students examining ageing related topicssuch as Computer-Aided-Design tools to achieve inclusive design, interdisciplinary approach toinclusive design, way-finding for dementia patients, and older peoples perception of comfort athome. Karim has led and contributed to over twenty research projects worldwide since 1992. He wasthe PI on the Cogworks collaborative network funded by the Lifelong Health and Wellbeing Phase 2,and is currently the PI and project manager for the €1.2m EU FP7 project BRAID - Bridging Research inAgeing and ICT Development. He is an affiliate member of the Royal Institute of British Architect(RIBA), and a fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.Ms Wendy Osborne OBE,Wendy Osborne Chief Executive Volunteer Now is a graduate of the University of Ulster and her earlycareer was spent in the Museum Service as Research Assistant in the Department of Local History,Ulster Museum. In 1979 Wendy took a family career break returning to full-time employment in thevoluntary sector in 1987, working for Voluntary Service Belfast. In 1990 she took up a post with aproject based in the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action. This project developed into a neworganisation, the Volunteer Development Agency. Since its launch on 1 April 1993 the Agencydeveloped into a key leadership organisation for the promotion and development of volunteering inNorthern Ireland. Wendy was recently appointed Chief Executive Officer of Volunteer Now, a neworganisation formed on 1 April 2010 as a result of the merger of nine Volunteer Centres and theVolunteer Development Agency. Over the past 30 years Wendy has been involved in a range ofvolunteer activities, from youth work to adult literacy tutoring; from establishing a local historysociety to school governor. This voluntary involvement has made a vital contribution to her personaland professional development. In 2000 Wendy was awarded the OBE for services to volunteering.Mr Rodd BondRodd Bond is Director of the Netwell Centre, Dundalk Institute of Technology. A native of Dundalk,Rodd graduated with distinction from the school of architecture at Brookes College, Oxford in 1982,where his major study, focused on computer-assisted design and evaluation frameworks applied toprimary care facilities in the UK. An important formative project in his early career was the master-
  5. 5. Value Ageing Seminarplanning of the Shifa International Hospital in Islamabad, while with CRI based in Princeton, NewJersey.As an architect and researcher committed to inquiry by design, Rodd has a unique blend of experiencepromoting innovation energised by the attractive power of a positive and inclusive future. Rodd’screative approach seeks to fuse sustainable and inclusive neighbourhood design, models ofcommunity caring centred on citizenship and personhood, and ‘context aware technologies’ in amanner that together can enhance and enrich the health and well-being of people of all ages, andthose who care for them.Rodd’s action research agenda has culminated in the formation of the Netwell Centre, in the School ofHealth and Science at DkIT, which he now directs. Netwell is a collaborative venture between DkIT,the HSE (Dublin North East) and Louth County Council, and is part funded through a grant from theAtlantic Philanthropies. In partnerships including the WHO and AGE-Platform in Europe, Rodd hasinfluenced the growth of the Age-Friendly County initiative in Ireland and Europe, and is fosteringcultural transformation in Irish long term care through the ‘places to flourish’ resource. Rodd worksas a catalyst for innovation and change, and continues to work with teams to un-fold new ways tomake a difference in the quality of peoples’ lives.Dr. Marc BovenschulteMarc Bovenschulte is head of the department Demographic Change of VDI/VDE-IT, Berlin.Marc received his Ph.D. from the University of Göttingen in the year 1997 and afterwards he was ascientific employee at the German Parliament, Bonn, covering the topics biotechnology,telecommunication and general aspects in research policy. In the following position he becamepersonal assistant of the scientific director of the Max Delbrück Centre for Molecular medicine, Berlin,and later head of the scientific unit of the Forum for Science and Technology, Göttingen. There hefocused on biomedicine, new media and public understanding of science. In 2000 he started as aconsultant in the socioeconomic section of VDI/VDE-IT, Berlin. Since the year 2011Main interests of his work are: Interaction between regional and value creation structures (regionaldevelopment, innovation milieus, reflexive processes of knowledge generation). Maintaininginnovation, productivity and competitiveness in demographic change. Technical and social innovationrelated to Ambient Assisted Living. Analysis of innovation processes; a geographic focus is set on LatinAmerica.Professor Alison BowesAlison Bowes is Professor of Sociology and Head of the School of Applied Social Science at theUniversity of Stirling. Alison’s research areas have covered minority ethnic groups and their access tohousing, health and social care services, as well as older peoples’ quality of life and social care andsupport, including people with dementia and particularly focusing on telecare. She publishesextensively in these areas. For the last three years, she has held the post of Professor in DementiaResearch, responsible for developing dementia research in the University of Stirling, linked with the
  6. 6. Value Ageing Seminarinternationally renowned work of the Dementia Services Development Centre.Professor Karin ConinxKarin Coninx is leader of the Human-Computer Interaction group of the Expertise Centre for DigitalMedia at the Hasselt University, Belgium. Karin is responsible for guidance of (PhD) researchers andfor various research projects relating to (multimodal) interaction in virtual environments,rehabilitation robotics, mobile and context-sensitive systems, interactive work spaces and user-centered software engineering. She has coordinated several Flemish and international projectconsortia.Karin is co-author of more than 250 international publications (about 80 journal publications or bookchapters), co-organizer of workshops and a member of several program committees. Besides leadingthe HCI group in EDM, Karin Coninx takes management responsibility e.g. as Vice-Dean of the Facultyof Sciences in Hasselt University, Belgium.Ms Ruth TaillonRuth Taillon is the Deputy Director (Research) at the Centre for Cross Border Studies. Ruth has manyyears’ experience as a researcher and evaluator working with a range of public and community-basedorganisations in both jurisdictions. Prior to joining CCBS, Ruth was Research Coordinator for BorderAction (formerly ADM/CPA). Previously, she worked as an independent research and evaluationconsultant, specialising in gender, equality and peace and conflict issues. She is joint author of theImpact Assessment Toolkit for Cross-Border Cooperation with colleagues based at the Euro Institut inKehl, Germany.
  7. 7. Value Ageing SeminarValue Ageing ResearchersMs Anthie SideraAnthie Sidera holds a Degree from the School of Philosophy at the University of Ioannina inPhilosophy, Education and Psychology Cambridge International Diploma in IT Skills; Greek Statedegree of level B2 in Italian language and proficiency of Michigan in English language. Anthie iscurrently completing a Masters in Science of Education and in the School Psychology. Since January2012 she has been seconded as an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) from Frontida, Greece to theNetwell Centre in Dundalk. Anthie is working with colleagues in Netwell, CSSC, QUB and VuB towrite a report discussing the ethical, social, and legal aspects of ICT developments for olderpersons with dementia as they affect autonomy and freedom.Reflecting on her time at Netwell Anthie said:“Since coming to Ireland and the Netwell Centre, I have learnt many new things. First of all, myEnglish is improving every day. I find that my list of new words is decreasing and I am able to readthe literature and write more quickly. In the beginning I had to write in Greek first and then do thetranslation but not anymore. In addition, I am learning a lot about research and my research skillshave been improved. Another benefit has been the opportunity to work within in amultidisciplinary team – i am working with architects, computer programmers, nurses andpsychologists and of course the older people who help out with research at Newell centre. Besideswork, the fact that I am in a new country gives me the opportunity to learn things about a differentculture and how people are ageing here compare to Greece.”Mr Donal OBrienDonal OBrien is a PhD candidate at the Sonic Arts Research Centre in Queen’s University Belfast.His work on the SONICS project is concerned with mobile digital game design and evaluation forseniors. His main interests are user-centred design, technology development and acceptance,qualitative research and computer programming. Donal was seconded from QUB in the summer of2011 to work with software design company Vegan Solutions Srl, Vicenza, Italy for three month.Reflecting on the value of the secondment Donal said:“Seeing how the business operated at Vegan Solutions was very interesting. Also, observing therequirements / tactics involved in promoting future strategies for growth and development,including press strategies was a worthwhile outcome. Overall I would consider the exercisebeneficial to my future professional development on 3 levels: 1. Knowledge of the overall business model 2. Knowledge of recruitment processes 3. Knowledge of business structure, i.e. professional roles and the division of responsibilities.
  8. 8. Value Ageing SeminarDr Daniel LopezDaniel Lopez is post-doctoral researcher at LSTS Centre (VrijeUniversitetBrussel). He graduated inPsychology (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona) in 2000 and obtained a Phd in Social Psychology(UAB) in 2009 with a thesis titled "Securing care: Networks, Immediacy and Independence in aHome Telecare Service". He has been trained as an STS ethnographer. He is lecturer professorat UniversitatOberta de Catalunya from 2009.Currently his research activity is focused on theconsequences of developing and implementing new technologies, mainly a) the emergence of newspatialities and temporalities of care; b) the emergence of new practices of caring and security;and c) the enactment of hybrid forms of autonomy and independence. He has recently beinginvolved on the EU Marie-Curie IAPP Project, Value Ageing. This project is devoted to theincorporation of ethical values in industrial strategies and technological awareness in policysetting.Reflecting on his participation in Value Ageing Daniel said:Ive been recruited by VUB as a post-doctoral researcher to work on WP2- ICT-DEVELOPMENTSIMPACTING ON FREEDOM AND AUTONOMY OF OLDER CITIZENS for 18 months. Along withEugenio Mantovani from VUB and Emma Dora from VEGAN we have carried out a comprehensive,interdisciplinary, and intersectoral analysis of the main ICT-developments impacting on freedomand autonomy of older citizens. Besides that, as we are the responsible of this WP, we havesupervised FRONTIDA through deliverable A2.2. (on consent of older citizens in situations ofdependency) and also NETWELL through deliverable A2.3. (on ethical and Social issues related topeople with dementia) (A2.4 will be the next) giving feedback and methodological and theoreticalguidance. Working together with people with different backgrounds while swapping institutionsand without even had the chance to meet up in flesh has been a challenge for our managementand supervising skills. So Ive learned a lot about. The most fruitful experience has been workingwith a lawyer like Eugenio on the same topic. The first thing we noticed was that values such asautonomy, independence and liberty have different meanings depending on the discipline: in mycase, those values are enacted/produced by the people in their daily life, whereas in the case ofthe law they are well-defined abstract values to be respected. This clash between perspectives hasbeen extremely fruitful because we have had to merge our understandings to create a commonframework for the project and as a consequence our own approaches as lawyer and social scientisthave been enriched.Ms Verity FaithVerity Faith is an Architecture PhD Candidate is from Northern Ireland, she studied at QueensUniversity, Belfast where she completed a BSc in architecture in 2007. She worked in a localarchitecture firm on various projects and international competitions; including healthcare, leisureand education buildings. In 2010 she completed the postgraduate degree in architecture, with athesis focusing on healthcare. Following this, she commenced a PhD within architecture supervisedby Dr Karim Hadjri. Her research interests include design for dementia and improving way-finding.
  9. 9. Value Ageing SeminarFrom November 2011 to February 2012 she was on secondment to Rome working within theCentre for Science Society and Citizenship (CSSC) as part of the Value Ageing Project. Her role as anESR was primarily to complete deliverable D1.2 of the Value Ageing Project which involvedexamining the extent to which EU policies on eInclusion and eAccessbility considered issues ofdignity and non-discrimination for older people.Reflecting on her Value Ageing secondment Verity said:“The ethical focus of the research has been beneficial and the ESR has acquired knowledge whichwill be influential and relevant in considering her own research within architecture, this isparticularly important in successfully engaging older people with cognitive decline in designresearch. CSSC staff are from various disciplines, including: psychiatry, psychology, law andphilosophy and they use a multi-disciplinary approach, formal (through theoretical discussions andpresentations) and informal (through emails and through general conversation) knowledgesharing. This is believed by the ESR to have a positive outcome on the research, promotingknowledge sharing and providing different perspectives and viewpoints from differentbackgrounds.”Mr Eugenio MantovaniEugenio Mantovani is a Researcher at Research Group on Law Science Technology & Society (LSTS)at the VrijeUniversiteitBrussel (VUB). Eugenio is a legal researcher in international human rightslaw. After working on FP7 project SENIOR on the ethical, social and privacy issues in ICT for theelderly, he is currently researching the human rights of older persons, which is the subject of hisPhd research. Since March 2010, he has been involved in research on the legal aspects of e-healthas part of FP7 project Reaction. His other interests include literature, international relations (inparticular the Middle East), and European environmental law (in particular incinerators).As of February 2012, Eugenio has been seconded as a researcher at Centre for Science, Society andCitizenship (CSSC), Rome within the framework of Marie Curie VALUE AGEING project. At CSSC, inRome, Eugenio is currently occupied with the development of a series of scenarios involving theuse of identification, wireless, and augmentation technologies for older persons. The ethical, legaland social issues emerging from these scenarios will be subsequently enlightened and the resultingreport validated by a panel of international experts on ageing. Eugenio is also collaborating withAnthie and the team at Netwell to write the report on the ethical, social, and legal aspects of ICTdevelopments for older persons with dementia as they affect autonomy and freedom.