• Workshop Title: Cost-effective solutions and assistive technologies for low-income ageing populations
  • UK coordinator: Dr Chi Hieu Le, University of Greenwich
  • Partner Country Coordinators:
    Dr. Duc Tang Tran, Le Quy Don Technical University, Vietnam
    Dr Trung Luong Huynh, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
  • Disciplines: All areas of Engineering (especially, Innovative Design & Product Development, Biomedical Engineering), Medicine & Healthcare, Information & Communication Technology (ICT), Business and Economics, related to the core themes of the workshop: “Cost-effective solutions and assistive technologies for low-income ageing populations”.
  • Dates and venue: 22-24 August 2018, Le Quy Don Technical University, 236 Hoang Quoc Viet, Co Nhue, Bac Tu Liem, Hanoi, Vietnam.

Newton Researcher Links Workshops bring together early-career researchers from the UK and partner countries to make international connections that can improve the quality of their research. As part of this programme, we are now inviting Early Career Researchers from the UK, Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia to apply to participate in the above workshop. The workshop will provide a unique opportunity for sharing research expertise and networking. During the workshops early career researchers will have the opportunity to present their research and discuss this with established researchers from the UK, Vietnams and other ASEAN countries (Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia). There will be a focus on building up links for future collaborations and participants selected on the basis of their research potential and ability to build longer term links.

For researchers from the UK, Thailand and Malaysia, the costs related to the participation to the workshop, including: international travel, accommodation and meals for selected participants will be covered by Newton Fund. Costs for the visa will be covered; however, participants will be responsible for making all the necessary arrangements to obtain the appropriate visa. For other researchers, the registration fee, meals and field trip will be covered for selected participants. The British Council and organisers of the workshop accept no responsibility for any problems which may occur when the participants are in-country.

By 2040, the greying of the population could shrink the number of working-age adults by from 10% to 15% in ASEAN. Especially, Vietnam’s population is ageing even more quickly. In 2017, more than 10 % of the population of Vietnam is 60 & older; and in 15–20 years the elderly will account for 33% of the total population. Vietnam’s senior citizens aged 65 and older is expected to double from 7 % to 14 % in 18 years. This workshop is organised to address the core issues, problems & challenges about ageing populations that developing countries have to face, focusing on cost-effective solutions & assistive technologies, which are directly benefited by the low-income ageing populations in the ASEAN region.

The following are the core topics and themes (T) to be addressed at the workshop:

(1) T1: Challenges & problems caused by ageing populations in developing countries;
(2) T2: Cost-effective solutions & assistive technologies for healthy low-income ageing populations;
(3) T3: The 3-5-10 years road-maps of assistive technologies & cost-effective solutions for developing countries to tackle problems of ageing populations;
(4) T4: Health economics & public health for low-income ageing populations

The workshop will help (1) immediately to strengthen the current UK-Vietnam collaborations via UK-Vietnam Network in Higher Education, Innovation & Entrepreneurship (HEIE): www.vuheie.org, which was co-founded by the applicants, and (2) for long-term benefits, to expand these to the wider ASEAN region, emphasizing on the shared research and innovation challenges, providing direct impacts on the social welfare, economic development, and life quality of low-income ageing populations.

– Link to complete and submit the online application form: https://goo.gl/mtxGru
– Deadline for the application and abstract submission: 25th June 2018 (Extended to 12 July 2018 for the ASEAN participants (Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia)
– Notification of the acceptance: 30th June 2018
– Deadline for the full manuscript submission: 15th August 2018

The full application form must be completed and submitted by the 25th June 2018 23:59 GMT via the online link: https://goo.gl/mtxGru.

The full application form can also be completed and submitted via emails to Dr Chi Hieu Le (c.h.le@gre.ac.uk) and CC to Dr Duc Tang Tran (tangtd@lqdtu.edu.vn) and Dr Trung Luong Huynh (luong@ait.ac.th). Here is the link to download the application form: https://goo.gl/hSou5p . Participants of the workshop are required to present their research and areas of interest related to the core themes of the workshop: “Cost-effective solutions and assistive technologies for low-income ageing populations”. All Participants are also required to submit the full manuscripts (using the ACM SIGCHI publication format: https://sigchi.org/templates) about their presentations at the workshop and the accepted manuscripts will be published in the workshop proceeding.

– Applications must be submitted using the Researcher Links application form.
– Application must be submitted before the deadline of 25th June 2018.
– Participants must be Early Career Researchers: Early Career Researchers are defined as holding a PhD (or having equivalent research experience) and having up to 10 years post-PhD research experience. They are equivalent to the ‘Recognised Researcher’ and sometimes ‘Established Researcher’ categories in the EU framework for researchers’ careers.
– Participants must have a research or academic position (a permanent post, research contract, or fellowship etc.) at a recognised research institution either in the UK, Vietnam or other ASEAN countries.
– Please note that participants are expected to attend all sessions of the workshop.

– Experience and relevance of the applicant’s research area to the workshop
– Motivation and contribution to the aims of the workshop
– Description of the long-term impact expected through the participation in the workshop
– Ability to disseminate workshop’s outcomes

– Eligibility check
– Quality assessment

Equal opportunities and diversity are at the heart of the British Council’s cultural relations ambitions. While recognising that some research fields are dominated by one particular gender, coordinators are encouraged to work towards an equal gender balance and promote diversity. They must not exclude applicants on the basis of ethnicity, gender, religious belief, sexual orientation, or disability. Participants’ selection undertaken by workshop organisers must not contravene this policy. Extra support to enable participation of Early Career Researchers with special needs will be given.

Dr Chi Hieu Le, University of Greenwich, UK: c.h.le@gre.ac.uk 
Dr Duc Tang Tran, Le Quy Don Technical University, Vietnam: tangtd@lqdtu.edu.vn
Dr Trung Luong Huynh, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand: luong@ait.ac.th

The link for completing and submitting the form online: https://goo.gl/mtxGru