Symposium ‘Technology as a tool for an inclusive society and sustainable care’

In short


6 October 2022


13:00 - 18:00


The Hague University of Applied Sciences

Worldwide about one in four people experiences limitations in daily functioning. These can be mild but also very radical or drastic and complex, for example after a stroke, spinal cord injury or when living with dementia. Despite the diversity of limitations and causes thereof, there is one thing these people have in common: they all face all kinds of barriers in society that prevent them from being able to participate like everyone else.

The number of people that experience functional limitations is growing. As a consequence the need for adequate support and care also grows. Not only in The Netherlands, but also in de rest of the world. That is not acceptable, certainly not when realizing that this division based on functional limitations partly coincides with socioeconomic and cultural division lines in society.

Why this symposium?

Technology can play a major role as a tool for an inclusive society, and contribute to the sustainability of health and social care. During this symposium the possible role of technology will be discussed from different perspectives.


1 p.m. – 1.30 p.m.  Walk-in

1.30 p.m. – 1.35 p.m.  Opening symposium by Dr. Sanne de Vries, Director Centre of Expertise Health Innovation (Dutch)

1.35 p.m. – 1.45 p.m.  Dr. Elisabeth Minneman, Chair of the Executive Board, The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS): The role of THUAS in regional, national and international knowledge infrastructure. (Dutch)

1.45 p.m. – 2.10 p.m.  Dr. Wei Zhang, World Health Organisation: Assistive Technology; a global challenge

2.10 p.m. – 2.15 p.m.  Musical interlude (Solomon)

2.15 p.m. – 2.40 p.m.  Irene Kitsara, European Standardization Initiative Director Global Business Development, IEEE Vienna: Emerging Technologies and their potential for the field of Assistive Technology

2.40 p.m. – 2.50 p.m.  Questions from the audience

2.50 p.m. – 3 p.m.  Musical interlude (Solomon)

3 p.m. – 3.15 p.m.  Drs. Damiët Groen, Program Manager Health & Tech Innovation, Municipality of The Hague: The importance of home technology and the challenges for a municipality (Dutch)

3.15 p.m. – 3.30 p.m.  Dr. Hemanth Ramanna, cardiologist HagaZiekenhuis: The importance of home technology for excellent medical care (Dutch)

3.30 p.m. – 4.15 p.m.  Break with knowledge fair

4.15 p.m. (in aula)  Musical Intermezzo Solomon

4.20 p.m. – 4.30 p.m.  Drs. Nellie van de Griend, Faculty director TIS: Research as one of the two core focusses of a university (Dutch)

4.30 p.m. – 5.15 p.m.  Inaugural lecture Dr. Luc de Witte: Harnessing the potential of technology to support persons with disabilities and functional limitations to live their lives to the fullest

5.15 p.m. – 5.30 p.m.  Conclusion by Dr. Sanne de Vries

5.30 p.m. – 6 p.m.  Reception

More information & registration

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