Frontiers of Older Humans Computer Interaction 

CHItaly 2021 – Online Workshop

Deadline: 17 May 2021

The Socio-gerontechnology Network

The Socio-gerontechnology network brings together scholars from various social science and design disciplines interested in critical studies of ageing and technology. The network started from a joint interest of scholars in Science and Technology Studies – beginning to see ageing as an important field for critical studies of technology – and Ageing Scholars – beginning to see digitisation and technology as important but under-researched elements of ageing and later life. Our aim is to provide critical social science insights into ageing and technology that will lead to better policies and designs for older people in a digitising world.

Online Workshop

In the spirit of the SG Network and in line with the aim of CHItaly2021, this workshop is designed to attract contributions from diverse geographical areas and disciplines, which share a common interest in studying the relationships between age, ageing and technology design and development. In particular, we are interested in contributions that explore what is at the forefront of human-computer interaction where older people are positioned as active users and/or co-designers. Also, we would encourage the presentation of scientific researches or of any other relevant initiatives (also outside Academia) where age, ageing and technology design are their main focus. We aim to provide an engaging and exciting forum for discussing the development of technologies and how such development – in its multiple forms – accounts for older people as subjects – rather than objects – of innovation.   

We welcome papers from different HCI domains but also from other disciplines and research fields. On the occasion of the workshop, we invite a broad variety of formats ranging from more traditional presentations to experimental formats including interactive material (like for example, videos or performances that can be shared with participants attending online). 

The overall purpose of this workshop is to further open up the interdisciplinary Socio-gerontechnology network to the HCI community and other areas as well as to pave the way for future collaborations across disciplines on the theme of age, ageing and technology design and development. 

The workshop will be run online and more information will be provided in the due time to participants.


People interested in participating are invited to send a long abstract (max 500 words) to by specifying “CHItaly2021 workshop” in the subject of their email, by 17 May 2021. Proposals are expected to clearly connect with the focus of the workshop, that is, the relationship between age, ageing and technology design. Also, proposals should make clear which is their intended contribution.


Michela Cozza (contact person: is Senior Lecturer at Mälardalen University, Sweden. Science and Technology Studies, feminist and gender studies, practice-based theory, qualitative methodology and participatory approaches inform her research. She is interested in exploring socio-technical infrastructures from a posthuman and postqualitative perspective. She is currently working on Health and Welfare Technology and she is one of the founding members of the international Socio-gerontechnology Network.   

Alexander Peine is Associate Professor of Ageing and Technology at Utrecht University. Over the last ten years, he has developed an interdisciplinary research agenda on the use and design of technologies for older people known as the co-constitution of ageing and technology. His research combines ideas from STS and Age Studies and has been published in leading journals of both fields. Alex currently leads a three-year ‘More Years, Better Lives’ project on ageing, digitisation and place and is a WP leader in two H2020 projects on ageing and digitisation. He is the founding chair of the Socio-gerontechnology Network. 

Helen Manchester is Associate Professor Digital inequalities and urban futures at the University of Bristol, UK. She works with feminist materialist, STS and theories of co-design in exploring technology innovation in the field of ageing and intergenerational practice. Helen has led a number of Research Council UK funded projects, working with older people and co-design, including Tangible Memories: Community in care and Tangible Memories: Parlours of Wonder.

Program Committee

  • Juliane Jarke (Bremen University)
  • Matthew Lariviere (University of Bristol)