SICSA Enabling Environments: Scoping the Challenges Workshop

Date(s) - 27/05/2015
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

First Workshop for the SICSA Identifying Health Promoting Elements in Care Homes Challenge.  Register here.


Changes in population demographics and a growing number of care homes, have resulted in economic, health and ethical considerations that demand attention. We need effective means of creating enabling built environments that provide our older adults with healthy and socially fulfilling lives.

However, there is a lack of an evidence-based body of knowledge for built environments professionals (BEP) to design for wellbeing, and few research methods tailored to assess design impact.

To address these challenges, we aim to assemble a community of stakeholders including academics, social and health practitioners, BEP and policy makers to bring their expertise to the question of how we create enabling and health promoting environments.  Using a series of activities with stakeholders we will scope the barriers and challenges to creating such environments.

We will harness the recent advances in wearable technology and ubiquitous sensing that enable individuals to track and monitor various aspects of their daily routines. We believe datasets that can relate readings from such sensors, when related to the building context, could be key in enabling our understanding about how the design of the built environment affects healthy living. We will create large-scale datasets that capture residents’ daily routines and develop novel research tools that will produce objective evidence to support older adults living healthy and socially fulfilling lives.

Get Involved

Are you an academic, social or health practitioner, built environment professional, policy maker, community representative, or simply interested in this challenging area of work? Our goal is to assemble a diverse range of people to work together and discuss the potential, barriers, and design implications for elderly care, care home design, computing research and policy. We would therefore like to encourage you to raise your voice and help shape the future of care home design.

This one-day workshop is for the community to meet and explore the main challenges, requirements and best practices regarding large-scale activity data collection from care home environments, and to identify relevant questions such a dataset could and should answer.

Project Website:

SICSA Challenge page:


Here is the provisional agenda for the day. Tea and Coffees will be served throughout the workshop, and lunch will be provided.

10:00 – 10:30 Registration

10:30 – 11:15 Welcome and attendee introductions

11:15 – 11:45 Overview of the research Challenge

11:45 – 13:00 Panel discussion (speakers to be announced)

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Breakout Challenge sessions

15:30 – 16:00 Summary and next steps

Travel Costs

Support for travel costs can be requested via email (, let us know who you are, why you would like to attend, and how much travel funding you require. Unfortunately, we are unable to pay for everyone’s travel expenses, but will do our best to help people attend the workshop.

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