New Technologies: Opportunity or Challenge for the Aging Population?

When: Mar 27th, 2019 - Mar 28th, 2019
Where: "Česká spořitelna" Palace (Rytířská 29, Praha 1)


Event overview

Call for papers was closed on October 21. However, if you think that the topic of your research is highly valuable to the theme of the conference, do not hesitate to contact us.

The (eng)aging! project has launched new website:

The international conference “New Technologies: Opportunity or Challenge for the Aging Population?” is the third from a series organized in the frame of the long-term (eng)aging! project.   The project reflects the crucial importance of a society-wide debate regarding the topic of demographic change and aging population, and aims to highlight these issues, stimulate a constructive discussion, and help to create conditions that will make use of demographic change for the benefit of societies. It consists of a series of panel discussions, public seminars, roundtables and annual international conference focusing on topics related to the demographic change and the population aging.  The first installment of the international conference took place in 2017 and was titled "Population Aging: Challenges And Opportunities" The second took place in 2018 and was reffered to as "Aging Workforce: Older Workers and Immigrants as New Pillars of Western Economies?". In 2019, the conference will address interrelationships between aging and modern technologies.  For more information on the topic see the call for papers section of this site.

The (eng)aging! project is organized by KEYNOTE, a well-established consultancy in cooperation with Active Aging Center, a non-governmental organization. KEYNOTE specializes in organizing conferences and events that lead to cutting-edge international encounters, bring new ideas to life, and facilitate a unique networking experience. In its projects KEYNOTE focuses principally on politics, international relations, security, civil society, new social trends, and business. Active Aging Center’s long term goal is to promote a societal debate on population aging and its impacts. Active Aging Center aims to improve quality of life of the elderly, their social status and intergenerational relations, to contribute to a change of the negative stereotypes about seniors present in public discourses and to raise employment rates of the generation 55+.

Conference partners: 

Ceska Sporitelna; Vodafone Czech Republic; Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic; the City of Prague;  Czech Demographic Society; Slovak Statistical and Demographic Society; Institute of Statistics and Demography, Warsaw School of Economics; Hungarian Central Statistical Office; Berlin Institute for Population and Development; Beauty of Help Foundation; Life 90.



To be announced

Keynote speakers

Anu Siren

Anu Siren, PhD, is a psychologist and a senior researcher at the Danish Center for Social Science Research. Her previous affiliations include Danish Technical University, and University of Helsinki in Finland. Her areas of interest are related to the institutional and cultural contexts of ageing, including material/non-material environments, age-related policies, and family arrangements in late life. She has authored over 80 publications and her recent publications include “Socio-economic and lifestyle determinants of giving practical support to adult children in the era of changing late life” in Ageing and Society, “Older adults and the emerging digital service delivery” in Journal of Aging and Social Policy.

Kai Leichsenring

Dr. phil. Kai Leichsenring is an Executive Director at the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research. He has published several books and articles on policies and practice towards older persons in Europe. As a Dr. phil. in Political Sciences and Communication Research from the University of Vienna, Austria, his main field of research involves comparative social policy, ageing and society, new public management and social services and quality improvement in health and social care.

Miloš Táborský

Miloš Táborský is the founder of the National Telemedicine Center in Olomouc and is currently launching his own international multicentre DCM CRT-Reality Study. Professor Táborský also teaches at the Palackého University of Medicine in Olomouc and his main field of interest in Medicine is Arrhythmology, especially Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy, ICD and pacemakers, heart failure and e-Health. He has been involved in several important international studies and registers, and is currently President of the Czech Society of Cardiology and is also active in the structures of the European Cardiology Society.

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Call for papers & Registrations Deadlines

New Technologies: Opportunity or Challenge for the Aging Population?
Call for Papers 
Prague, March 27 − 28, 2019

Aging population and a decreasing number of people in a “productive age” represent serious challenges to our economic and social systems.  New technologies can extend the independent living of older people and the time they remain active and self-sufficient.  Technological solutions such as remote patient monitoring can help to avoid and reduce hospital stays. Robotic machines can enhance the quality of caregivers´ work and possibly even substitute humans in many care provisions. Technology can also be a tool for prolonging working life by easing the physical work.  Information and communication technologies (ICT) have tremendous potential for enhancing the social inclusion and participation of older people through video conferencing and social media.  However, technological progress also comes with a dark side, as older people are particularly vulnerable to phishing, internet scams or hoaxes. Older workers are also at risk of redundancy and long-term unemployment due to insufficient update of technological skills. In the near future, older people will have to rely increasingly more on ICT in order to cope with their jobs or everyday activities, and sustain their social networks.

We are seeking papers that will contribute to a critical examination of interrelationships between aging and technologies in the following areas:       

  • Silver economy – devices and services adjusted to the needs of older people; age-friendly technologies.  
  • Labor market – Industry 4.0; ICT as a challenge and opportunity for older workers; employability of older workers; technology skills update; age discrimination in hiring practices and in work place; technology easing the physical work; measures for facilitating longer working life; later career planning; age management.
  • ICT – social inclusion and lifelong learning; older people on internet and social media; age-friendly devices (big button phones, etc.); special apps for older people (pill reminder, fitness tracker, etc.); preventing vulnerability of older people to phishing, scams, hoaxes, etc.
  • Perception – older people attitudes towards new technologies; affordability, accessibility, and ethical challenges associated with new technologies.
  • Transport and mobility – robotic technologies; autonomous cars; and advanced driver-assistance systems for older customers.
  • Health system – modern medical technologies; eHealth; telemedicine; assistive devices; technology for long-term care.
  • Housing and homestay care – intelligent households; home adaptation; smart home devices; internet of things; robotics; artificial intelligence. 

We welcome proposals from scholars from any discipline, inter-discipline, or scholarly field.
Submit your 500-word abstracts and a short bio to

Download our abstract template.


Abstract submission deadline (CLOSED)

OCT 21, 2018

Notification of acceptance


Oct 31, 2018

Early bird payment deadline

Dec 31, 2018

Regular payment deadline for presenting participants

Feb 21, 2019

Full paper submission

Mar 15, 2019

Regular payment deadline for non-presenting participants

Mar 15, 2019







Conference fees 


Early bird (payment
reception by Dec 31, 2018)


Regular (payment reception by
Feb 21 or Mar 15, 2019; see above)


€ 200

€ 230

Non-presenting participants


€ 80

PhD students

€ 80

€ 100




Registration fee includes: all conference sessions, coffee breaks and lunch, conference documents and certificate of attendance. Please pay through our gateway, which can be accessed through the “Registration payment” button. A limited number of free spaces will be available for non-presenting students, please write to to receive more details.

Refund Policy
If you cancel your registration by March 15, 2019, you will receive a refund of the registration fee. However, the 40 EUR administrative fee is non-refundable. Written requests for cancellation must be emailed to No refunds will be given after March 15, 2019.

The conference will be hosted by the oldest banking institution in the Czech Republic - “Česká spořitelna” in a venue called “Česká spořitelna” Palace (Address:  Rytířská 29, Praha 1, 11000). This beautiful and monumental neo-renaissance building was first opened in 1894. The venue for opening session will be announced. 

Come participate in this much anticipated conference in Prague, one of the most beautiful cities in the world whose center is on the UNESCO list.

Conference partners

Active Aging Center; Ceska Sporitelna; Czech Demographic Society; Slovak Statistical and Demographic Society; Institute of Statistics and Demography, Warsaw School of Economics; Hungarian Central Statistical Office; Life 90;  Beauty of Help Foundation.