2023-2024: HART: Healthy Aging and the Role of Technology

The HART project, supported by an interdisciplinary team from the University of Lyon and the University of Geneva, will promote innovative cross-border research collaboration. We will organize four seminars in Lyon and in Geneva focusing on the topics of healthy aging and the role of personal technologies. Our focus will range from healthy aging from a pre-retirement perspective to vulnerable populations at the end of life. We will also explore France- Switzerland border inter-dependency. The end result of the project will be a joint project application for European Horizon, ANR, Interreg, Swiss NSF (SINERGIA) and/or other funding. As an intermediate step, at the end of the project, we will publish at least one article in an international journal.

Project Objectives
1. Build cooperation among Swiss and French universities, in particular, the University of Lyon III – Healthcare Values Chair and the Quality of Life Technologies Lab at the University of Geneva
2. Elucidate the role of technology in healthy aging, spanning from pre-retirement to end-of-life
3. Clarify cross-border issues influencing healthy aging and the role of technology
4. Analyze political, ethical, social, legislative, economic, and communication issues influencing the research, development and implementation of solutions for healthy aging implying the use of technologies
5. Better understanding of ways to achieve effective cross-border collaboration in health issues

Principal Investigators

University of Geneva, Switzerland 
Prof. Katarzyna Wac, GSEM, CUI, QoL Technologies Lab Director

University of Lyon III, France 
Prof. Didier Vinot, Healthcare Values Chair
Dr Brenda Bogaert, Postdoctoral Researcher in Philosophy 

The project is funded by the « Alliance Campus Rhodanien» (ACR) which aims at promoting cooperation between Swiss and French Universities.