Welcome to the 14th World Conference of Gerontechnology (ISG 2024) in Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Multiple and simultaneous crises such as the Covid 19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine and climate change are changing our live and require innovative and interdisciplinary approaches. Gerontechnology and assistive technologies have so far focused primarily on solutions for the demographic change. However, these multiple crises have implications for future gerontechnological solutions.

Current technological developments such as sensor-based systems, AI, AR/VR/MR or robotic platforms are raw material intensive, require rare earths and consume a lot of energy. Climate change also requires different building designs and materials for living well even in very high temperatures or climate disasters.

The conference will explore questions such as: What do these changes mean for gerontechnology? How can and should we design gerontechnology, buildings and neighborhoods in the future? What does quality of life mean for vulnerable and elderly people in times of crisis and how can we achieve it?

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Barbara Klein

President of the Austrian-German-Swiss Chapter of the International Society for Gerontechnology, Dean of the Faculty Social Work and Health, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Spokeswoman of the Interdisciplinary Research Center FUTURE AGING


Susanne Rägle

Vice President of Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences for Research, Further Education and Transfer



Sebastian Merkel

Vice-President of the Austrian-German-Swiss Chapter of the International Society for Gerontechnology, Juniorprofessor for health and eHealth at the Ruhr-University Bochum, research focus: wellbeing, healthcare and social care, particularly in old age


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