“Global Challenges in Assistive Technology” – 15th international AAATE conference to be hosted by the world’s oldest university in Bologna, Italy, 27-30 August 2019

Press Release

November 2018

Bologna, Italy: For the 15th time, the Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE) is inviting assistive technology (AT) experts, researchers, manufacturers, providers, professionals and end users of AT and everyone who works in a field where AT is deployed, to come together and discuss the global challenges in this field.

And challenges, there are many: from technological developments that have opened the door to the introduction of ambient assisted living (AAL), smart environments and the Internet of Things (IoT), social assistive robotics, digital health, virtual and augmented reality, while also raising questions about ethical use of these new possibilities, data privacy and self-determination of users, to societal changes that make assistive technology ever more relevant and needed.

Discussions and presentations will centre around questions such as: What are the new the new merging and innovative assistive technology solutions for cognitive, sensory and motor disabilities? How do we improve the delivery of AT solutions and services to the persons who need it? How do we assure the delivery of both AT solutions and services to the entire global population that might benefit from it? And many more.

AAATE’s 2019 conference is the opportunity to get a broad as well as in-depth picture of new developments and research outcomes in Assistive Technology. It is the platform for researchers to share their work and present in front of an international expert community in the venerable atmosphere of the oldest university in the world, namely the University of Bologna. It is the space for regional authorities to hear about pilot projects, new policies and technological advancements. It is a 3 day master class for professionals working with AT to learn about the newest trends in both solutions and service delivery. It is the place to be and connect with peers for everyone working in the field of AT and accessibility.

Whether you are interested in just participating or more actively contributing to the conference, have a look at http://aaate2019.eu. There are many ways of getting involved and joining our expert community. We are looking forward to inspiring exchanges!





Regular updates are posted on @aaate_net and under the hashtag #AAATE2019.


The Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE) is the interdisciplinary pan-European association devoted to all aspects of assistive technology, such as use, research, development, manufacture, supply, provision and policy. The AAATE’s mission is “to stimulate the advancement of assistive technology for the benefit of people with disabilities, including elderly people” and over 250 members from all over Europe and throughout the world are already taking part in AAATE’s activities.