Developments in Housing, Health and Technology for Older People: Showcasing Research and Practice


Northern Ireland

The Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI) and the Strategic Promotion of Ageing Research Capacity (SPARC) are delighted to announce a one day seminar/workshop entitled:

Developments in Housing, Health and Technology for Older People: Showcasing Research and Practice.

It will take place on Tuesday, 10th June between 9.30am to 4.30pm in the Grosvenor House, Belfast.


This is a special workshop, one in a series involving SPARC working with organisations which share the mission to promote the value of scientific ageing-related research for older people and opportunities for further research. This workshop will cover a range of developments in the fields of health, housing, and technology and will have a special focus on activities in Ireland.

SPARC and CARDI are delighted to be collaborating on this workshop.

SPARC (Strategic Promotion of Ageing Research Capacity) is funded by EPSRC and BBSRC which was established in 2005 to extend the previous remit of the EQUAL Network. SPARC is designed specifically to provide a platform, publicity and policy representation for existing researchers and to encourage newcomers into ageing research. A key aspect of its activities is working in partnership with the users of research - older people and those organisations which represent the interests of older people and which provide older people and their carers with services, advice and other support. As well as organising workshops SPARC is providing 34 pump-priming awards to newcomers to ageing research in the fields of design, engineering and biology.

CARDI is a not for profit organisation developed by leaders from the ageing field across Ireland (North and South) including age focused researchers, academics, statutory, voluntary and community sector representatives with support from The Atlantic Philanthropies. It is overseen by a Steering Group and hosted by the Institute of Public Health in Ireland.

Its mission is to advocate for and advance the ageing research agenda by identifying, coordinating, stimulating, and communicating strategic research on ageing and older people as a means to improve the lives of older people in Ireland (North and South) especially those who are disadvantaged.

CARDI has been established to provide a mechanism for greater collaboration among age researchers, for wider dissemination of ageing research information and to advance a research agenda relevant to the needs of older people in Ireland (North and South). Operating at a strategic level and in an advisory capacity, CARDI will focus on promoting research cooperation across sectors and disciplines and will concentrate on influencing the strategic direction of research into older people and ageing in Ireland. It has been strategically positioned around the following four areas:

Identifying and establishing ageing research priorities relevant to policy and practice in Ireland (North and South);

Promoting greater collaboration and cooperation on ageing research in order to build an ageing research community in Ireland (North and South);

Stimulating research in priority areas that can inform policy and practice relating to ageing and older people in Ireland (North and South);

Communicating strategic research issues on ageing to raise the profile of ageing research in Ireland (North and South) and its role in informing policy and practice.

This work has been made possible through funding by Atlantic Philanthropies, augmented by grants from the Department of Health and Children in Dublin and the Research and Development Office for Health and Social Care, Northern Ireland and hosting by the Institute of Public Health in Ireland.

This event has been organised to help share a range of developments in the fields of health, housing, and technology relating to older people.

It has been designed to appeal to a range of stakeholders, professionals (including policy makers, health, housing and social services providers), industry, voluntary and community organisations, researchers with an interest in ageing, carers and older people.

The event will promote the value and role of ageing-related research for policy and practice and will highlight opportunities for further research, including a special session on funding opportunities.

There is no attendance fee.

To register:

Online -

Telephone - (until 21st May) call CARDI on 0044 (0) 28 90 690066.

Please click here to view the programme for this event