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Professor Alastair Macdonald - 'Designing with Ageing Populations: UK/Japan research Dialogues'
Hosted by the School of Design and the Japan Society of Scotland

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Mackintosh Lecture Theatre

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1 Mar 2010 - 1 Mar 2011
Mon - Tue, 18:00 - 19:30

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Professor Alastair Macdonald - 'Designing with Ageing Populations: UK/Japan research Dialogues'

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Professor Alastair Macdonald
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Rapidly ageing populations pose complex challenges for society. In this lecture Alastair Macdonald will report on recent research in the design, manufacturing and healthcare sectors in the UK and Japan which addresses key issues such as maintaining independence, improving the quality of life, lifelong health and wellbeing, and style and image in later life.

Japan has the most rapidly ageing population in the western world and Macdonald will detail product innovation in the Japanese manufacturing sector that is responding to this demographic shift with its new consumer demands and lifestyle preferences.

He will also discuss The Glasgow School of Art's contributions to ageing research initiatives in the UK in exploring new roles for design within pioneering cross-disciplinary healthcare-related research, some being linked back to centres in Japan.
Alastair Macdonald (Senior Researcher, GSA School of Design)is a product designer by training and is a major contributor to the UK's 'inclusive' design and research communities through his work with a number of UK and Japanese institutions. His research has been supported by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, the Japan Foundation, the UK's cross-council new Dynamics of Ageing programme and the Medical Research Council's Lifelong Health and Wellbeing initiative.

The talk is promoted by the Japan Society of Scotland and The Glasgow School of Art and is chaired by Professor Naren Barfield, Head of Research and Postgraduate Studies at GSA.