KTN Materials and Design for Alzheimer’s Symposium

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KTN Materials and Design for Alzheimer’s symposium

19 November 2015 10.00-17.00 (Followed by drinks reception)

Business Design Centre, London


The Materials, Health & Design team at the KnowledgeTransfer Network (KTN) are launching an exciting new initiative aimed at stimulating the market for products and environments which are inclusive of Alzheimer’s sufferers.

KTN is the UK’s innovation network, established by Innovate UK to build better links between science, creativity and business.

The Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2020 and Innovate UK’s Long Term Care Revolution Challenge are the main drivers of KTN’s programme, which also builds on the 2012 Design Council Dementia Challenge.

A symposium is planned for 19 November at which 25-30 key influencers from design, materials science, Alzheimer’s care, research and policy will discuss how to make a difference in policy, standards etc but above all to encourage industry action. The fresh ingredient is advanced materials - from smart textiles to nano technologies - which in the right design hands would lead to products, vehicles, clothing and interiors with improved safety features, sensory stimulation and intelligence. All of which help can sustain independent living in the community.

The materials industry is a significant contributor to UK GDP and integral to all forms of manufacturing. However a gap exists between the amazing possibilities materials can offer and their application in day to day care, including all forms of dementia. The aim is to begin to close that gap and to help towards more enriched lives for older people, their familes and carers.

As a flavour of the day, all participants will have a chance to be trained as a Dementia Friend by former NHS Innovations designer Colum Lowe; Madeleine Starr of Carers UK is contributing to a carers’ testimonial session; we’ll learn how sensory changes influence product needs and share examples of best practice in design and materials-led approaches.

The afternoon will be devoted to a multi-disciplinary workshop exploring potential outcomes - from product development to building standards and, as a first step, a UK design for Alzheimer’s consortium. Closing remarks will be given by rapporteurs Iain McGregor, Director KTN, and Professor Paul Rodgers, Northumbria University.

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