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The AAATE 2015 Conference successfully concluded in Budapest

The 13th edition of the AAATE biennial conference was held on September 9th-12th, 2015, in Budapest, Hungary.  

AAATE (Association for the advancement of assistive technology in Europe) is the interdisciplinary pan-European association devoted to all aspects of assistive technology, such as use, research, development, manufacture, supply, provision and policy. Its mission is "to stimulate the advancement of assistive technology for the benefit of people with disabilities, including elderly people". Throughout the years the AAATE conference - has established itself as a leading forum in the trans-disciplinary area of Assistive Technology and Accessibility. As in the previous years, the AAATE 2015 Conference was able to bring together a wide range of stakeholders - including academic researchers, manufacturers, service providers, teachers, professionals in health and social care, as well as end-users of assistive technology - to combine their knowledge, expertise, needs and expectations towards increasing the quality of life of people with disabilities and the ageing population.

The slogan of the AAATE 2015 conference - “Attracting new areas and building bridges”, inspired to the beautiful bridges that connect Buda with Pest across the Danube - reflected both the intention to reach out to Eastern-Europe and to target a wider audience of professionals interested in the relationship between technology and disability, in particular those involved in partially overlapping fields, such as Ambient Assisted Living, Universal Design, e-Accessibility, Technology in Social Care, Person-Centred Technology. 

The conference included three plenary sessions with keynote lectures and 28 parallel sessions in which 138 peer-reviewed papers were presented by experts from 32 Countries. Two sessions were organized in collaboration with the ENTELIS Consortium, in which six peer-reviewed papers were presented on issues related to the development of digital literacy and assistive technology competence for people with disabilities. All the proceedings have been published in the book "Assistive Technology - Building Bridges", available from IOS Press (www.iospress.nl).

Plans are already underway for the next AAATE Conference. It will be held in Sheffield, UK, on September 11-15, 2017. Its title is "Harnessing the power of technology to improve lives". Keep an eye on http://www.aaate2017.eu/ to learn about the programme and the submissions calendar as soon as they will be available.