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Five questions about the research project AppSam


A cooperation between partner universities in an international research network concerning elderly care with a focus on dementia care and applied digital technology. Project Coordinator Jonas Christensen, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Social Work, Malmö University, gives an overview of the project.


Can you tell us about the research project?

“The project aims to promote innovation, learning and competence in elderly care through the exchange of knowledge between countries with different welfare systems. The project focuses particularly on dementia care and applied digital technology.

“AppSam is a sub-project of an international network that focuses on challenges of the future when it comes to the needs of the elderly and dementia care. It is also a continuation of a previously completed project within the network.

“When we had finished the first project, we continued to work with the knowledge of older and aging issues. We sought additional funding and received research funding from the Swedish Institute’s Cooperation in the Baltic Sea region programme’.”

What do you want to accomplish?

“We are developing, for example, a concept in elderly care in cooperation with the research centre Internet of Things and People (IoTaP). By having professional support in the form of an app, it will improve the quality of life for the elderly and their families while supporting caregivers. The main focus is concept development rather than a finished product.

“We will apply for research funding from the EU´s Research and Innovation Program Horizon 2020.”

What is unique about AppSam in your opinion?

“I think it is unique because AppSam is linked to a previously completed project, a research network and a research centre. The advantage that we have linked a new project to a former one is that we use the empirical evidence and knowledge that already exists.

“The project includes representatives from universities and shareholder- organisations in Sweden, Poland, Denmark, Lithuania and Moldova. We have been in contact with each other by including bilateral Erasmus-agreements and partnerships between universities. I think it is unusual to use these contact areas for cooperation in research projects.”

What happens next?

“The next workshop takes place in March and it is organised by our partner university in Lithuania. Based on previous generated empiricism, we are now able to focus on concepts of internet of things and people. We will meet in April and May in Poland and Denmark and prepare a request to Horizon 2020 for funding. Finally, in September we will finalise with a project meeting in Moldova.”

Do you have any advice for other researchers who want to expand their networks?

“Do not underestimate the contact surfaces that are within exchange programmes and partner universities. There is great potential to integrate research in education through international education cooperation.

“Register your project name and see the possibilities of a continuation of projects even after the completion of project financing. It contributes to the long-term presence and establishment.”

Text: Carolin Lind