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 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 Days 2016.
Future Self and Design Living Lab at Swinburne University of Technology will be the first Australian living lab in the prestigious network with a focus on ageing.
The importance of this focus is underpinned beyond the acknowledged issue of the aging population. Dr. Sonja believes the is a bigger issue at play: Society suffers from strong ageism.
"Older people are neglected in considerations of their quality of life, in considerations of product development".
This large section 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 through involving multiple parties in research such as; government, community, industry, academic researchers, and end-users.
Dr. Sonja receiving the award at ENoLL's 10th-anniversary
celebration in Amsterdam, earlier this year