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Workshop "Smart Home Technologies and the Elder" - 18.05-20.05.21, Fondation Brocher, Hermance


In Cooperation with the Fondation Brocher at Hermance, Switzerland, we are happy to announce the Execution of our first Implementation Workshop: "Smart Home Technologies and the Elder", which will take place at the Fondation, from the 18th to the 20th of May 2021. A variety of stakeholders from research, as well as from public institutions and private companies will meet  (both in person and online) to discuss the emerging field of widely available Smart Home Technologies for older people. The concrete aims of the Workshop are:

  1. To raise discussion on the topic of the use of smart home technologies for older persons;
  2. To provide networking opportunities among participants;
  3. To publish a synthesis of our meeting with lessons learned and recommendations in Gerontology CH (Journal of the Swiss Association of Gerontology). If possible, we will seek to publish a special issue that brings together each of the lectures presented during the workshop.
  4. To publish our planned book “Smart Home Solutions in Caregiving for the Elderly: Ethical and Social Limits” (Working title)

During three days, we will go into depth on the ehtical and social issues, challenges and chances of Smart Home Technology in Caregiving for older persons, via presentations, Q&As, and panel discussions. 

The organizers of the Workshop are: 

  1. Dr. med. Félix Pageau. Geriatrician, Laval University, and Visiting Scholar, Institute for Biomedical Ethics, University of Basel. (Key coordinator of the workshop and in charge of the summary for Gerontology-CH and the special issue book publication).
  2. Ms. Nadine Felber, PhD Candidate, Institute for Biomedical Ethics, University of Basel, working on SNSF NRP-77 Project: Smart Home Technologies and Caring for Older Persons.
  3. PD Dr. Tenzin Wangmo, Senior Researcher, Institute for Biomedical Ethics, University of Basel, Principle Investigator SNSF NRP-77 Project: Smart Home Technologies and Caring for Older Persons.
  4. Prof. Dr. Delphine Roulet Schwab, La Source School of Nursing, Lausanne, Co-investigator, SNSF NRP-77 Project: Smart Home Technologies and Caring for Older Persons.
  5. Prof. Dr. med. Bernice S. Elger, Head of the Institute for Biomedical Ethics, University of Basel.



DAY 1 - MAY 18TH, 2021

Welcoming comment and introduction to the conference aims: 1: 10 to 1: 30 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. med. Félix Pageau, Geriatrician, Laval University, Canada & Visiting Scholar, Institute of Biomedical Ethics, University of Basel.

Presentation of participants and speakers (2 to 5 min each): 1: 30 to 2: 00 p.m.
Education, current work, affiliation, source of funding (if applicable), prospect of research in the field (if applicable)
Moderator: Dr. med. Félix Pageau

The concept of AI and its possibilities - 2: 00 to 3: 30 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. Friedemann Zenke

Coffee break and networking: 3:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Ethical issues in the use of smart technologies in the care of older persons: 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Keynote Speaker: Athena McLean, Prof. Emirita, Central Michigan University, USA

Dinner: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

DAY 2 - MAY 19TH, 2021

Breakfast: 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

Summary of the first day: 8:30 to 9:00 a.m.
Speaker: Dr. med. Félix Pageau

Dignity as a boundary to the use of smart technologies for older persons.9: 00 to 10: 30 a.m
Speaker: Ms. Nadine Felber, Institute for Biomedical Ethics, University of Basel

Coffee break and networking: 10: 30 to 11: 00 a.m.

Ethical issues of smart-technologies and AI: 11: 00 to 12: 30 p.m.
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Dr. med. Bernice Elger

Lunch: 12: 30 to 2: 00 p.m.

Introducing Smart Homes in Switzerland (Panel Discussion): 2: 00 to 3: 30 p.m.
Moderator: Delphine Roulet Schwab, Prof. School of Nursing, La Source, Lausanne.

Panel Participants:

  • Hamed Seiied Alavi, PhD. University of Freiburg (Smart home Frieburg)
  • Eric Lustenberger, Head of Product Development and Smart Living Loft at bonacasa AG
  • Anna Golisciano: Senior Lab, La Source, HEIG-VD (school of management and engineering) and ECAL (school of art and design)
  • Guillaume DuPasquier, head of Domosafety                                  

Coffee Break and networking: 3:30 to 4:00 pm

The use of robots and AI for the care of the elderly– the philosophical and ethical blind spots:  4: 00 to 5: 30 p.m.
Keynote speaker: Prof. Marie-Hélène Parizeau or Prof. Dr. Lyse Langlois (Canada)

Dinner: 6: 30 to 8: 30 p.m.


DAY 3 – MAY 20TH, 2021

Breakfast: 8: 00 to 9: 30 a.m.

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow - The clinical perspective on care robots for the elder:  9: 30 to 10: 15 a.m.
Speaker: Mr. Bead Gashi, Operations Manager at Curavis (private Spitex, Basel)

Lessons Learned: Development and Living Lab Testing of a Smart Upper Arm Sensor for Older Adults:  10: 30 to 11: 15 a.m.
Keynote Speaker: Miss Katja Rießenberger, Research Assistant at Institute for Ageing Research and Expert in Social Work / Social Sciences

Brainstorming/Closing meeting - 11: 30 to 12: 00 a.m.
(planning future work and assigning tasks)

Lunch: 12: 30 to 2: 00 p.m.



If you would like to receive additional information or have any questions, feel free to contact us:

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Nadine Felber
PhD Candidate

Institute for Biomedical Ethics
Bernoullistrasse 28
4056 Basel