International Kick-Off Conference of CoE AgeCare

The Centre of Excellence in Research on Ageing and Care (CoE AgeCare) organised its International Kick-Off Conference in Jyväskylä 29-31 October 2018. The event was attended by 92 leading ageing and care researchers from 21 countries from Europe, North America and Asia. The purpose of the conference was to share information on CoE AgeCare activities and ongoing research, and especially, to plan our future collaboration with research teams from different countries. The conference consisted of 18 workshops in which topics varied from care policy, changes in care needs and care services, robotics, technology and migration to agency, health and well-being of older people.

As a part of the conference, we organised an open key note session. Its three speakers were all global leaders in ageing research: Professor Anne Martin-Matthews from Canada, Director Giovanni Lamura from Italy and Professor Britt Östlund from Sweden. All the key notes addressed from different perspectives the same question “Where is research on ageing and care today and where should it be tomorrow?”. In her keynote, Professor Martin-Matthews from University of British Columbia discussed home as a place of care. According to her, home care seems to be an arena of both conflicts and co-operation, shaped by social forces. Director of National Institute of Health and Science on Ageing (INCRA) Giovanni Lamura explored in his keynote migrant care workers and the use of technology in care work. Professor Britt Östlund from KTH Royal Institute of Technology presented a timeline of the development of technology in care work.

For many participants of the Kick-Off Conference this was the very first visit to Jyväskylä and Finland. All in all, the Kick-Off Conference was a very interactive and collective event as its organisation differed from the usual conference structure: the main focus was on collaboration workshops in which all researchers could actively participate in developing new perspectives on ageing and care. The outcomes of this event will be utilised in many ways in the work of CoE AgeCare – in particular, in our close research cooperation with our 60 international collaborators.

Upcoming presentations and symposia in national and international conferences


Past events and presentations

18.1.2018 Night of Sciences (only in Finnish)

2.3.2018 Kick-off seminar

Marta Szebehely's keynote Nordic eldercare in the time of privatization: Experiences from Sweden

Link to the webinar:  http://videonet.fi/web/jyu/20180302/

Lecture series 21.3.2018 

Precarious Citizenship and the Street-Level Welfare State, 24-25 May, 2018, University of Helsinki, Finland

Handle with Care: Robotics and digital media in education and care settings, 23 October, University of Jyväskylä

Handle with Care: Digital media and online services in later life – A seminar with Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol, 28 November, University of Jyväskylä