The Maturolife consortium has established a Stakeholder Representative Panel (SRP) which will guide and support its work along the project timeline. It is taking the role of a critical friend in the areas of:
- Co-creation/iteration processes and concepts
- Shaping design and product development
- Concrete product feedback
- Shaping market impact
The SRP consists of experts in the fields of: older persons, gender, formal/informal care giving, commercialisation, social gerontology, health service providers, industrial design and French Plating. The main objective of the panel is to provide independent external feedback for the major project milestones and results and will therefore be consulted on a regular basis.
The SRP is managed by partner AGE Platform.
The first virtual meeting of SRP was held through the conference call on November 28th 2018
Presentation of the SRP Members:
Tanja Angleitner Sagadin is based in Maribor, Slovenia. Her primary role is to deliver seminars and workshops in the areas of Sales, Leadership, Negotiation and Soft skills. Tanja has a Phd in English and Cultural Anthropology from Karl Franzens University in Graz (Austria) and a post-graduate specialisation degree in Management from the University of Primorska (Slovenia).
Tanja has worked for several training organisations in Europe since 2002 as a trainer, coach and course developer. She has successfully delivered several dozens of trainings in the Balkan region, Italy, Central Europe and Scandinavia. Her experience include working with the following industries: hospitality, finance & insurance companies, pharmaceuticals, automotive, consumer goods, luxury goods and industrial process solutions. Her sector competence in healthcare and social gerontology (project consultancy, mentor to diploma theses, lecturer in the social gerontology and health programmes) will be of particular value for the MATUROLIFE Stakeholder Representative Panel.
Laura Christ (MA) is a Social Gerontologist. For many years her work has been focussed on bridging the gap between social gerontology, research and policy, care and social services through exchange of knowledge and good practices in seminars, working groups and expert-meetings. From 1994 -1998 she was director of the Dutch Expertise Centre on Age Discrimination (LBL) and became head of the Knowledge Center on Ageing/NIZW (Netherlands’ Institute for Care and Welfare) in 2001 until 2006. Laura Christ is board member (treasurer) of OVN-NL – Older Women Network Netherlands (a non-profit foundation), which is a full member of AGE Platform Europe. Since 2010 Laura Christ has been involved in several AGE Platform Europe Taskforces, e.g. concerning the issues: Human Rights/ Age-discrimination, Active Citizenship and Participation, Demographic change/Age-Friendly Environments.
For many years Laura Christ participated in EU research projects and partnerships. On behalf of OVN-NL she has been project manager of the Erasmus+ projects: Active 80+: valuing and valorising the knowledge and skills of people 80+ (2014-2016) and Mobility Scouts: Engaging older people in creating an age-friendly environments (2016-2018). Currently she participates in the Erasmus +project invisible talents, encouraging and recognising the contributions of people 80+ (2018-2020), which builds on the results of the Active 80+ project.
Frank Goodwin – As a social worker I worked in the psychiatric services for six years and subsequently with Dublin City Council and retired in 2004. In addition, I worked and continue to work in a voluntary capacity. I was founder member, in 1987, of The Carers Association Ireland and served on the board for about 20 years. It is a national Voluntary Non-Profit Association representing the interests of informal / family carers. I am a member of Eurocarers and was on the board for five years. I presently serve on a number of committees. Eurocarers is a non-profit umbrella organisation, based in Brussels with a membership of over 60 organisations representing the interests of carers, with strong membership from third level education and research institutions.
Gülay Hasdoğan received her Bachelor of Industrial Design (1985) and MSc. in Building Science (1988) Degrees from Middle East Technical University (METU), and her Ph.D. (1993) from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, London. She is founding member of Industrial Designers Society of Turkey (ETMK) and she served as the President between 1996-98, and 2006-2010, and Chairperson of Department of Industrial Design (1998-2004) at METU.
In 2008 and 2010, as an Executive Committee Member of Design Turkey Industrial Design Awards for which ETMK is a partner institution, she coordinated the development of the award scheme and the evaluation process. She is currently Head of the Department of Industrial Design at METU and head of Industrial Designers’ Commission at UCTEA Chamber of Architects.
During her career, Loredana Ligabue has been Director of CITER (Emilia Romagna Textile Information Center), Responsible for several social innovation and technology transfer projects, Member of Board of ENEA (National Agency of Reserch), President of the Research Consortium “Sapere in rete” and of the social cooperatives Sofia and Anziani e non solo (ANS).
Moreover, she worked as consultant for national and international organizations as UNIDO, OCSE… Graduated in Political Science at the University of Bologna, She is an expert in local development, textile and clothing industry, social economy and welfare assistance.
Dr. Avril McCarthy leads the innovation team within one of the largest Clinical Engineering departments within the UK National Health Service. A clinical scientist with a broad background across a number of clinical areas, she specializes in the development of medical technologies to support people living with long term conditions, particularly those that impact an individual’s independence. She is a the MedTech Theme lead for the NIHR Devices for Dignity MedTech Co-operative, having been one of its founders in 2008, and is an active member of the Medical Technologies Advisory Committee of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
Voahirana Rakotoson has an academic background in chemistry and has been the Editor in Chief of Infopro Digital since 2008. Infopro Digital is a leading information and professional services group with 2,000 employees and 300 million EUR in turnover. They cover several key areas of the economy: construction, automotive, industry, insurance and finance, distribution, tourism and local communities.
Their products (software, databases, web services, trade shows, conferences, press) allow customers to increase their turnover and improve their productivity.