The AAATE 2019 Conference in Bologna is approaching fast and most of the programme elements are already online (http://aaate2019.eu/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/07/Draft_Programme-Overview_AAATE2019_V4_for-publication.pdf).
Members of COTEC benefit from the reduced AAATE member fee, which is 520€ for the full 3-day participation and 290€ for a 1-day pass.
Of particular interest to COTEC members are probably the 6 educational sessions targeting AT professionals (OT’s, FT’s, Teachers, Educators, etc.): http://aaate2019.eu/educational-sessions/
Overall, the scientific committee has selected more than 200 scientific contributions in virtually all areas of Assistive Technology, including also 7 policy sessions, and 14 companies and research labs will showcase their products and prototypes in the innovation area. With already more than 270 registered participants from 43 different countries around the globe, the AAATE conference is rapidly on its way to be THE GLOBAL #AT CONFERENCE of 2019.
There are also some very interesting pre-conference activities, which might be of interest:
Unlocking human potential – High level meeting between AT stakeholders (27/08/2019 h. 15.00 -19.00) 40 Euro per person
Visit to INAIL Centro protesi (27/08/2019 h. 9.00-14.30) 20 Euro per person including transport and light lunch
Workshop at the premises of EON: Virtual/Augmented Reality and Social Robotics in the Assistive Technology domain (27/08/2019, h. 9.00 – 14.30) 40 Euro per person including transport and light lunch
General Assembly of the International Alliance of AT Organisations (27/08/2019, h. 10.00 – 12.00) Free of charge.
AAATE SIG Standardisation workshop (27/08/2019, h. 12.00 – 14.00) 10 Euro (light lunch included)
Social dinner (29/08/2019, h. 20.30) 45 Euro per person
Guided City/University Tour (28/08/2019 h. 19-20.30) 10 Euro per person
Evening dinner on a wine farm, including transportation (30/8/2019) 50 Euro per person
More information about these events can be found at: http://aaate2019.eu/pre-conference-events/
Please use this link for registration: http://aaate2019.eu/registration/how-to-register/
The conference theme ‘Occupational Therapy Europe – building resilience in individuals, communities and countries’ reflects the increasing prevalence of resilience in many aspects of society.
From an individual perspective, resilience can be seen as the ability for an individual to overcome trauma or a major life-changing event while maintaining a defined, stable trajectory of healthy functioning. Overcoming an event could be shown in emotional, cognitive-behavioural, social and or physical resilience. This could be measured by an individual’s maintaining his or her life roles and occupational demands.
Community resilience is a process linking a set of adaptive capacities to a positive trajectory of functioning and adaptation after a disturbance, where a positive trajectory manifests in improved community wellbeing. As such, community resilience is focussed on improving community wellbeing in both the short and longer term, which emphasises the active and future-oriented nature of community resilience. This active nature of community resilience means that it encompasses community actions and community processes”.
National resilience addresses the issue of society’s sustainability and strength in several diverse realms. Four main social components have been attributed to national resilience: patriotism, optimism, social integration, and trust in political and public institutions.
Although as above it could be defined differently in the context of individuals, families, societies and cultures, we could see it as an umbrella term describing the range of personal protective factors, environmental supports and resources, as well as self-regulatory processes, engaged in response to adversity.
Resilience building has always been a part of occupational therapy practice but might not always be recognised or named as such. Occupational therapy has a lot to add to the art and science of resilience and to how individuals, families and communities can improve their abilities to adapt and respond positively to life stressors.
We welcome abstract submissions that represent the understanding of resilience from an occupational therapy perspective, as well as those that present resilience models and its challenges from an interdisciplinary point of view.
We invite you to submit an abstract for oral, poster or workshop presentations. The closing date is September 30, 2019, so submit your abstract from April 15, 2019.
“Chronic Diseases and Integrated Care: Rethinking Health and Welfare Systems” – organized by the EUPHA section on Chronic diseases in collaboration with local partners, national public health associations of Visegrad 4 countries, and the SCIROCCO Exchange consortium.
Date: 24 – 25 October 2019
Place: Hotel Yasmin, Kosice, Slovak Republic
Language: English, Slovak – with simultaneous translation into both languages
The main aim of this event is to provide a multi-stakeholder platform bringing together researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and interest groups to explore ways to tackle chronic noncommunicable diseases effectively in the European region.
Deadline for abstract submission: 15 June 2019
For more information please check the conference website: https://conference2019.mc3.sk/
The 12th European Public Health Conference will be held in Marseille, France, from 20 to 23 November 2019. Main theme: ‘Building bridges for solidarity and public health’.