SFB 1187 ›Medien der Kooperation‹ an der Universität Siegen
Conference: “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Technology Research, Design, and Appropriation”
Wednesday, 05 June 2019 - Thursday, 06 June 2019 Organized by A05 in Kooperation mit dem Fachausschuss Alter und Technik der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Gerontologie und Geriatrie e.V. (DGGG)

Final conference of the subproject “Cooperative Creation of User Autonomy in the Context of an Aging Society” of the DFG Collaborative Research Centre (SFB 1187) “Media of Cooperation”

in cooperation with the

2nd conference of the DGGG Interdisciplinary Committee on Ageing and Technology

“Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Technology Research, Design, and Appropriation.”



Technology design projects for older people are increasingly interdisciplinary and bring together researchers from a wide variety of technical, humanities and social sciences as well as nursing and medical fields. The exploration of cooperation between gerontological and technical research as well as interested and committed companies is in the genuine interest of both the DGGG Interdisciplinary Committee on Ageing and Technology and the CRC subproject Cooperative Generation of User Autonomy in the Context of an Aging Society. Cooperation in heterogeneous cooperation networks, however, often poses great challenges to all actors involved in overcoming their own disciplinary boundaries. Many aspects of cooperation at project level are often negotiated more pragmatically. Current research results show that the type of cooperation in interdisciplinary consortia can have a significant influence on the quality of the product to be designed. However, research practices and modes of cooperation have rarely been the subject of scientific analysis and reflection in the context of research and design projects.

The integration of “end users” is also increasingly demanded, for example by including concepts of user-oriented design, participation and real-world research settings, e.g. Living Labs. How user integration, data collection and evaluation from the empirical work packages lead to the formulation of requirements and finally to hardware and software concepts requires many (often creative) negotiation and communication steps. However, these steps of project work often remain invisible or are ignored and dismissed as “not scientific” or “not relevant”.

The workshop aims to provide a forum for researchers from different disciplines to intensively examine and reflect on current forms of cooperation among themselves, with industry and association representatives and other stakeholders, but also with end user groups. Exchange and discussion should therefore find a lot of space at the conference.


Conference organizers:

  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Claudia Müller (University of Siegen; Careum School of Health Sciences, Zürich)
  • Martin Dickel M.A. (University of Siegen)
  • Prof. Dr. Cornelia Kricheldorff (Catholic University of Applied Sciences Freiburg)
  • PD Dr. Helga Pelizäus-Hoffmeister (Bundeswehr University Munich)
  • Prof. Dr. Hans-Werner Wahl (Heidelberg University)


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– Venue of the workshops on 6th June 2019 differ (for detailed information see program, for a route description see this map) –


Haus der Siegerländer Wirtschaft
Spandauer Str. 25
57072 Siegen


Claudia Müller, Jun.-Prof. Dr.

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