09/09/2010 - 09/09/2010 | Budapest, Hungary

Conference on Pilot Joint Call topic 'Research for life-long health'

The annual KORANET conference in 2010 was dedicated to launching those projects that are funded in the frame of the KORANET Pilot Joint Call on 'life-long health'.


The aging society is one of the main challenges in many countries of today’s globalised world. Another issue is elderly care, as the demographics show that in year 2030 13% of the population will be older than 65 years in Europe, Korea, and China, just to name a few. In short, the Research for Life-Long Health covers different research problems arising from our living environment, the inability to provide the required services with reasonable costs and our personal physical and mental health. Currently, both the EU and Korea have strong research activities around Life Long Health. Age-related illnesses, biomedical advances and disease management strategies are main topics for health research in FP7. On the technology side the “Digital agenda for Europe” is targeting aging and environmental issues using ICT. Korea on the other hand has been setting its sight for developing medical technology and especially personal robots for home assistance. The vision of “Ubiquitous Korea” is addressing a human-centric standpoint where people will be aided and served at home, at work or when travelling, thus improving their quality of life. The technology is non-intrusive and adaptable to different persons and their preferences.

This conference on Life-Long Health is organised in the frame of KORANET, a four-year project financed by the 7th Framework Programme on Research and Development of the EU. KORANET aims at enhancing the S&T cooperation between European countries and Korea. The focal point of this conference is the kick-off of joint projects with researchers from Austria, France, Germany, Korea and Turkey. The projects are funded by ministries and funding institutions from the before-mentioned countries using a newly established funding mechanism developed under KORANET. The KORANET Pilot Joint Call on Research for Life-Long Health was open for proposal submission in February and March 2010. The evaluation of the submitted proposals as well as the funding decision took place in April to mid-July. The main speakers of this conference are the researchers who will be financed in the frame of the KORANET Pilot Joint Call. The topics will cover medical, technological and social sciences and pave the way of the new co-operative research between Korea and EU.

Conference objectives

  • Present the projects that receive funding in the framework of the KORANET Pilot Joint Call to the KORANET partners, the funding institutions and the public.
  • To network the funded projects so that they can learn from each other and build cooperations
  • To present to the attending researchers other projects/initiatives in the area of Life-Long Health, e.g. the Ambient-Assisted Living Association (AAL) as well as information/funding opportunities in this area by the European Commission

Conference target group

The conference is open for Korean and European researchers active in the field of Life-Long Health, policy-makers and programme owners, KORANET project partners and the interested public.

Expected conference results

  • Presentation of the projects funded in the frame of the KORANET Pilot Joint Call to the public
  • Creation of new cooperations between researchers from Korea and European countries
  • Feedback on the KORANET Pilot Joint Call and suggestions for possible areas of improvement (in a closed session)
  • Information of researchers on other projects/funding opportunities in the area of Life-Long Health


1.      KORANET project (Steinberger, DLR)

2.      KORANET Pilot Joint Call and results (Popa, CNRS)

3.      EU initiatives in Life-Long Health (Lucaroni, European Commission, DG Research)

4.      Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) programme (Rafael de Andrés Medina, ISCIII)

5.      ICAA, International Collaboration for Advanced AMOLED (Kim)

6.      DNotOP, Development of Non-Pharmacological Therapies for Treatment of Osteoporosis (Schreiber)

7.      CAROFEX, Control of Assistive Robots with Facial Expressions (Gräser)

8.      IC-LoC, Integrated Circuit-Based Lab-on-Chip Platform for Cancer Detection (Gurbuz)

9.      AgeGASK, Age Management in a Changing Economic Environment as a German, Austrian and Korean comparison

10.    StemReg, Organ Regeneration and Stem Cell Senescence (Lepperdinger)

11.    CoCoBeT, Computerised Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Elderly (Akin)

12.    PleasureHome, Bringing Safety and Pleasure to the Home of the Elderly (Weimar)

13.    EpiMod, Epigenetics in Ageing and Neurodegeneration: Modulation of the Epigenome and Environmental Factors to
    Reduce Chronic Inflammation, Neurodegeneration and to Increase Cognitive Performance (Park)

14.    Fat By MRI, Joint development of non-invasive assessment of fat metabolism: Biomarkers for health care
    management of an aging population (Wang)

15.    MN-MRI, Multi-nuclear in vivo MRS and RF-coil development at 7T to detect metabolic alterations in tissue

16.    nano4stent, Micro/Nanostructured Surfaces for Cardiovascular Stents (Aktas)

17.    AgedLiver, Genomic Changes in the Liver in Ageing Population: Impact on Metabolism and Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Project Coordinator

Dr. Gerold Heinrichs
DLR Project Management Agency
European and International Cooperation

Heinrich-Konen-Str. 1
53227 Bonn, Germany
+49 228 3821-1401
+49 228 3821-1444

Managing Coordinator

Hans Westphal
DLR Project Management Agency
European and International Cooperation

Heinrich-Konen-Str. 1
53227 Bonn, Germany
+49 228 3821-1473
+49 228 3821-1444
Stimulating and facilitating the participation of European researchers in Korean R&D programs
Korea-EU S&T Cooperation Advancement Programme
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 226154.