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

In short


6 October 2022


13:00 - 18:00


The Hague University

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. You may, for example, expect:

● Dr. Wei Zhang from the World Health Organization. She will discuss the need for assistive technology based on a worldwide survey among 330,000 people in 29 countries.

● Dr. Irene Kitsara from the IEEE (Advancing Technology for Humanity). She will present a sneak preview of new technologies that can be expected in the near future.

● Dr. Hemanth Ramanna, cardiologist in the Haga Hospital and professor at the Hague University of Applied Sciences. He will speak about the importance of technology for medical care.

● Damiët Groen of the municipality of The Hague will talk about the importance of technology in care and support provided to the citizens of The Hague.

● In his inaugural lecture, Prof. dr. Luc de Witte (see picture) shall of course discuss the role of The Hague University of Applied Sciences in relation to the issues presented, and present the plans for the research group Technology for Healthcare.

● During an inspiring break the audience can, with something to drink and eat, see examples of technological solutions that can contribute to the issues discussed by the speakers.

● And, nice for music lovers: at several moments the young band Solomon will play.

More information & registration

  • Will you join us on October 6? Please register here, using the registration form. The definitive program will be available in September.
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