Professor Luc de Witte and members of CATCH attended the AAATE in August, making excellent contributions. Luc also speaks at 'Unlocking Human Potential' meeting.

From August 28-30, the AAATE has organized its biannual conference on Assistive Technology, this time in Bologna. Two years ago this conference took place in Sheffield. The central theme was ‘Global Challenges in Assistive Technology Research, Policy & Practice’.¬†With more then 400 participants this was one of the most successful conferences of the organisation. Researchers from CATCH were involved¬†in 18 of the presentations and had an active role in plenary discussions. Luc de Witte was, in his role of president of the AAATE, one of the co-chairs of the conference. For more information about the conference check out the AAATE website.

One day before the AAATE conference there was a high level policy meeting with representatives of the EU, the WHO, the Italian government and several other stakeholder organizations at international level to discuss how to boost assistive technology-enabled inclusive and sustainable development at global and local level. This meeting, with the title ‘Unlocking Human Potential’, addressed the role of international organisations, national, regional and local authorities, civil society, academia and industry. Luc de Witte was one of the introductory speakers at this event.