The Certification-D Final with the Dementia Lab Conference 2022 will take place on the 20, 21 and 22 September 2022 and will be hosted by the LUCA School of Arts, Inter-actions Research Group with support by the University of Leuven (KULeuven) Faculty of Arts.
Established in 2016, the Dementia Lab is a growing community that continues to build on a legacy of work done for and with people living with dementia and their surrounding context. Approached from an inclusive, participatory and person-centered perspective, the Dementia Lab Conference allows for focused discussion with like-minded designers, researchers, carers and other professionals opperating within this domain. Where in other venues it might be challenging to convey the experience of working with people with dementia, or the urgency of working in this field, the Dementia Lab Conference tries to provide a platform of inclusion. As the number of people with dementia continues to increase world wide, designers, educators and carers are continuously presented with new challenges. As a collective network, we believe that design can help to harness the power of technology, services, environments and engagements to alleviate these challenges, and contribute to the quality of life, care and wellbeing of people living with dementia.
The theme of the Dementia Lab Conference 2022 will look at the value of participation within design across three levels:
Personal level: what does participatory practices bring for a person with dementia, what does it bring for the designer; can a design or the design process ameliorate the way people with dementia interact with families, and can design stimulate intergenerational dialogue?
On a product level: what is ‘good’ design for people with dementia; what are the enabling qualities of design; what vision of a person with dementia do you ‘inscribe’ into a design, and how can a design hinder or support a person with dementia view on the world?
On an organisational level: how can a design process or artefact support a care organisation or influence a person with dementia’s ecology (family, partners, friends); how will design be critical or supportive of existing views in society on people with dementia; etc.
Participaton: Call for Submissions
We continue to welcome everyone to contribute to the conference from their professional or personal experiences. To facilitate this, we offer different forms of contribution opportunities. We allow the submission of full research papers, poster presentations, demos/posters, exhibition, worshops and personal stories.
Visit the Call for Submissions page for more details.