Honorary members and AAATE Award Holders

AAATE Diamond Award

AAATE Honorary Members

“Honorary membership” is granted exceptionally by the board to persons that have played a determining role for the AT field in Europe (and worldwide).

  • Egidio Ballabio (†2012)
  • Inmaculada Placencia-Porrero, Directorate General Employment, Social Affairs, and Equal Opportunities, BE
  • Jan Ekberg, STAKES – National Research and Development Centre, FIN
  • Chapal Khasnabis, WHO

AAATE Diamond holders

The “AAATE diamond-award” is a personal recognition, granted for outstanding work in advancing assistive technology in Europe, within or outside the Association, at international or national level. The award is granted by the board. All AAATE members can nominate individuals for the award by sending a motivated request to the president. Nominees are evaluated every year before the general assembly and awards are presented at the conference, workshop or general assembly that year.


  • Julio Abascal, University of the Basque Country, ES
  • Christian Bühler, Technische Universität Dortmund, DE


Previous years (in alphabetic order)

  • Renzo Andrich, SIVA, IT
  • Luis Azevedo, Technical University of Lisbon, PT
  • Claudio Bitelli, GLIC network & AIAS Bologna, IT
  • Peter Cudd, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Luc de Witte, The Hague University of Applied Science, NL
  • Pier-Luigi Emiliani, IFAC-CN, IT
  • Pedro Encarnação, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, PT
  • Jan Engelen, University of Leuven, BE
  • Gert Jan Gelderblom, Zuyd University, NL (†2014)
  • Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf, AIAS Bologna, IT
  • Niels-Erik Mathiassen, Statped, NO
  • Klaus Miesenberger, University of Linz, AT
  • Anna-Liisa Salminen, The Social Insurance Institution, FIN
  • Marcia Scherer, Institute for Matching Person and Technology, USA
  • Cecilia Sik-Lanyi, University of Pannonia, HU
  • Thijs Soede, Zuyd University, NL
  • Paul Timmers, European Commission, BE
  • Outi Töytäri, National Institute of Health and Welfare in Finland

Best Paper Award Winners at AAATE conferences

  • AAATE Conference 2023
    • Best Paper Award, sponsored by IOS Press (free open access publication available through the AAATE website): Sharona Vonck, Goele Theuwissen, Roel Bosmans, Kim Daniels and Annemie Spooren, MS@Work in Flanders: The Development of a MS Toolkit for a Stable Employment. In Assistive Technology: Shaping a Sustainable and Inclusive World, D. Archambault and G. Kouroupetroglou (Eds.), IOS Press, 2023, pp. 160-167. doi:10.3233/SHTI230612
  • AAATE Conference 2019
    • Best paper awarded: Tone Øderuda, Cosmas Mnyanyib, Jon Øygardenc, Tore Christian Storholmena, Tron Vedul Tronstadd, Developing Tablet Audiometry for Screening Children’s Hearing in Tanzania.
  • AAATE Conference 2015
    • Best Paper Awarded: J. Lane & V.I. Stone, Level Of Knowledge Use Survey (LOKUS): A validated instrument for tracking knowledge uptake and use. ss p92,
    • C. Vincent, D.H. Gagnon et al, Service Dogs for People with Spinal Cord Injury: Outcomes Regarding Functional Mobility and Important Occupations, p847
    • L. Izso, I. Szekely, L. Danos, Possibilities of the ErgoScope high fidelity work simulator in skill assessment, skill development and vocational aptitude tests of physically disabled persons, p 825.
  • AAATE Conference 2013
    • Best Paper Award, sponsored by IOS Press (free open access publication): Mats Lundälv, Sandra Derbring, Annika Brännström, Bengt Farre and Lars Nordberg, Inclusive AAC – Multi-Modal and Multilingual Language Support for All
    • Young Researcher Award, sponsored by AAATE (free open access publication): Yuki Yamamoto, Development of Input devices of Electric Wheelchair Considering the Characteristics of the Hand Function of Person with Severe Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
    • Young Researcher Award, honorable mention: Liliana Alvares, The Neurophysiology of Augmented Manipulation: a Method for Technical Implementation.
  • AAATE Conference 2011
    • Best Paper Awarded: Claude Vincent (Laval University, Department of Rehabilitation, Quebec City, Canada, Centre of Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration), Cynthia Bergeron (Quebec Rehabilitation Institute, Quebec City, Canada), Normand Boucher (Centre of Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration): “Strategies Developed by Parents in Wheelchairs with Children Aged 6 to 12”