Australian Lab to Become Part of European Network in Canada
Future Self & Design Living Lab officially awarded membership into ENoLL
by Annika Sutter 22 Jul 2016
Future Self and Design Living Lab will be officially awarded membership into the European Network of Living Labs next month when Associate Professor Dr Sonja Pedell travels to Montreal to accept the award at The Open Living Lab Day 2016.
Future Self and Design Living Lab at Swinburne University of Technology will be the first Australian living lab in the prestigious network which focusses on ageing.
The importance of this focus is underpinned beyond the acknowledged issue of the aging population. Dr Pedell believes the is a bigger issue at play: Society suffers from strong ageism.
"Older people are neglected in consideration of their quality of life, in consideration of product development".
This sub-group currently makes up one-third of the population and is set to increase.
"One day, if we are lucky, we will part of it. So for me, it's a no-brainer to really push for quality of life across the whole life span."
Living labs encourage co-created solutions to real-world problems. This is achieved by involving multiple parties in research such as; government, community, industry, academic researchers, and end-users.
Dr.Pedell receiving the award at ENoLL's 10th-anniversary
celebration in Amsterdam, earlier this year