36 partners of the SHAPES project met in Thessaloniki, Greece for second in person meeting in September of this year. Marking the end of the third year of the project the Consortium looks forward to the post Covid future with more physical meetings before the end of the wonderful project.
SHAPES (Smart and Health Ageing through People Engaging in Supportive Systems) is an Innovation Action funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme involving a total of 14 European countries. It aims at creating an integrated IT platform that will bring together a wide range of digital solutions focused on improving the health, wellbeing, and independence of people as they get older.
The project is a collaboration between 36 organisations, led by the ALL (Assisting Living & Learning) Institute, University of Maynooth, Ireland. The project will last 48 months and will involve a range of activities that go from the creation of the digital platform itself, to the development and improvement of 15 technological and social solutions aimed at supporting older people.
SHAPES will also involve hundreds of professionals from different areas of knowledge and practice, including health and social care, government, academia and industry. With an investment of almost 21 million Euro, SHAPES is a broad initiative to encompass the needs and expectations of older adults, a population group that, according to the United Nations, grows 3% on average per year.
SHAPEs is a wonderful project that represents not only international collaboration across Europe but also within our own institution as the PIs on the project cross Faculty and discipline including: Psychology, Law, Anthropology and Electronic Engineering.