“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

Bologna, Italy: From the high-level meeting on “Unlocking the human potential”, kicking off the pre-conference programme, to over 230 scientific contributions, educational and policy sessions, the 15th AAATE conference promises intensive exchange, passionate discussions, new solutions and priorities for the next 12-24 months in the assistive technology sector.

At the core of the conference is the search for solutions to solve the many challenges we face: 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.

#AAATE2019 in numbers brings together 350 experts from 41 countries, features 233 scientific presentations, 7 policy sessions, 6 educational workshops, 5 keynotes and 4 social events.

Details to the scientific contributions will be made available in the conference proceedings and summaries for the educational and policy sessions will be published in conference reports and articles over the coming weeks on the aaate.net.

Come join us for this conference hosted by the University of Bologna and enjoy a vivid conversation on all things related to AT.



Media page:

The conference organisers are happy to collaborate with media professionals for an extensive coverage of the conference: https://aaate2019.eu/media-centre/


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.