The first in-person meeting of the Aging in Data project took place in Graz, Austria, from September 23 to 25, 2023. Around 35 members from ten different countries gathered for three days of dynamic and productive discussions. The primary objective of the meeting was to bring members together for critical discussions on key themes related to the Aging in Data Project, establish clear objectives, and plan collaborative efforts. The meeting included presentations from several project members:
- Nicole Dalmer and Cal Biruk from McMaster University presented “Living with Data in Later Life.”
- Eric Craven from the Atwater Library discussed collaborative media-making practices he has developed with older adults.
- Joanna Redden of Western University presented the “Data Harm” project within Aging in Data.
- Galit Nimrod from Ben Gurion University focused on the project’s Surveillance study, examining older adults’ perceptions of surveillance across eight countries.
- Finally, Ittay Mannheim from Ben Gurion University, the incoming Aging in Data postdoctoral fellow, presented his project titled “Datafication in Co-designing Care Robots for Older Persons.”
This gathering played a pivotal role in advancing the project’s objectives and fostering collaboration among its members. The event was locally organized by Roberta Maierhofer and Nicole Haring of the Center for Inter-American Studies (CIAS).
In addition to the main meeting, two conferences flanked the event, allowing us to organize two panels at each of them. Aging in Data members presented research at the Age and Care Graz 2023 conference organized by the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Aging and Care (CIRAC), as well as at the fifth meeting of the Socio Gerontechnology Network in Utrecht, the Netherlands.