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By Ailidh Aikman

March 6th, 2019

International Masterclass on Dementia Care, Design & Ageing

On the 14-15 May the University of Stirling’s Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) will host its second International Masterclass on Dementia Care, Design and Ageing (IMDDA). IMDDA brings together experts from across the globe to discuss ideas from design innovation through research to policy development. Last year’s Masterclass appealed to a diverse and international audience of architects, industrial designers, policy makers, researchers, health and social care professionals, town planners and manufacturers.

We have successfully secured external funding, which enables to reduce the rates previously advertised for both ‘concession/student’ and ‘University/charity/non-profit’ tickets by 25%. These rates are, however, limited so we would encourage you to register at your earliest opportunity. You can secure these using the code ‘25OFFIMDDA19’. Please note that you must apply this code on 'checkout' to get the discount and this is not automatically applied.

For clarity the criteria for ticket section is as follows:


Student – a registered student of a higher education institution or university. A valid student card will be required on the day of the conference

Concession - over 60yrs, a person with dementia or carer.

University / charity/ non-profit organisation

An employee or a member.


An individual or employee who does not fall within the aforementioned categories.




Day 1: Ageing environments and policy

09:00 Registration

09:15 Welcome: Professor Judith Phillips, Deputy Principal (Research), University of Stirling –A welcome from the Deputy Principle & introduction to the University’s Research Themes

09:30 Keynote: Professor Satoka Hotta, Keio University, Japan – ‘The Centre for Compassionate Community & Centre for Dementia Friendly Community through co-creation’

10:15 Break

10:30 Ms Wendy Mitchell, UK, 'Living with Dementia - my life of adapting'

11:00 Dr Donald McAskill, CEO, Scottish Care, UK ‘A human-rights based approach'

11:30 Ms Avril Hepner, British Deaf Association, UK – ‘Transforming the Deaf Dementia Experience’

12:00 Alisdair Clements, Director of INCH Architecture, Dementia Design in Public Contacts: Collaboration with North Lanarkshire Council

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Mr Ryoji Noritake, President, Health & Global Policy Institute, Japan ‘Dementia & Health Policy’ 

14:15 Professor Ian Philp, Chair of Global Ageing, University of Stirling

15:00 Break

15:30 Dr Katey Twyford, Dept of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield, UK ‘Moving in and out of extra care housing'

16:00 Keynote: Professor Habib Chaudhury, Professor of Department of Gerontology, Simon Fraser University, Canada, ‘Design Matters: Creating Responsive Environments for People with Dementia in Long-Term Care Settings

16:45 Drinks reception, exhibition & networking


Day 2: Person centered technology & design

09:00 Registration

09:15 Welcome: Professor Alison Bowes, Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stirling, UK

09:45 Keynote: Mr Ian Sloan, UK ‘Living with dementia: How DSDC changed my life’ 

10:15 Break

10:30 Frank Ehrenberg, Principal, Marchese Partners International, Australia ‘Delivering dementia-friendly housing: an overview of MPI & DSDC projects’

11:00 Allen Candy, CEO, Lifecare, Australia ‘App-based care’

11:30 Lucy Richards, Director, Studio LR, UK ‘Inclusive Symbols: Co-design in practice’

12:00 Bodil Akesson, Arjo, Sweden ‘The Industrial Designers guide to designing products for people with dementia: a DSDC Arjo Collaboration’

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Una Lynch, Sonrisa Solutions, Northern Ireland ‘Robotics, technology and protecting the dignity of people with dementia’ 

14:00 Rob Charlton, Director, BIM Technologies / Space Group, UK ‘Norman meet Iridis: an Ambient Assisted living concept’

14:30 Dr Mauro Dragone, Assistant Professor, Engineering & Physical Sciences, Heriot Watt University, UK ‘Internet of Robotic Things and the Techno-Care Relationship’

15:00 Break

15:30 Elaine Shine, Standards Consultant, BS Standard Solution, UK ‘Design for the mind’

16:00 Lesley Palmer, Head of Design Services and Chief Architect, DSDC ‘A review of best practice examples’

16:30 End of conference

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Categories: Dementia Centred