Webinar: Digitisation and Participation in Health Research

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The webinar provides an overview of the digitisation steps and participation possibilities in health research.

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This webinar will be recorded and made openly available on the project pages of WTZ Ost and online via the Open Science Framework. A list of participants or chat transcripts will not be published.

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Corona presents us all with different challenges. Very often the keyword digitisation is currently used to enable seemingly new forms of cooperation and participation. In this webinar, which is being organised by the Knowledge Transfer Centre East, we will show which digitisation steps and participation possibilities have been available for a long time in this area, how they have been received, what opportunities they have opened up, what hurdles have been overcome, but also what we can learn from them for the future.

Critical questions are raised in the introduction: What does digitisation mean in this area of research, which is also very much based on sensitive and highly personal data? Will digitisation and participation also automatically make research cheaper because no premises and fewer staff are required? Where are the limits of digitisation and participation beyond laboratory-based research? The possibilities and opportunities arising from digitisation and participation will also be discussed in the introduction: personalised medicine is within reach as a result of digitisation. New questions concerning the life-worlds of patients, which were not dealt with before, can now be heard and implemented.

Following this, three projects will show how digitisation and participation can look like in concrete terms:

  • Stall Catchers by EyesOnAlz: Stall Catchers is an online game that anyone can play - experience is not required. In the game you watch short clips from the brains of mice and try to identify vessels as open or blocked. This helps speed up Alzheimer's research at Cornell University.
  • Pollen diary: The users have the possibility to document their own allergic complaints (intensity and symptoms) together with their medication intake. This provides an overview of the pollen allergy and allows the user to compare the symptoms with the measured pollen concentrations on an ongoing basis and at the end of the season.
  • Smart VitAAlity: Within the framework of Smart VitAAlity, an integrated Active and Assisted Living system in the Smart City Setting "Health, Inclusion and Assisted Living" is being evaluated together with 230 senior citizens. The service aims at a long-term preservation of the quality of life and its dimensions (health, social inclusion) as well as a positive influence of subjective well-being.

In a concluding group discussion the experience and findings are reflected upon and the online audience has the opportunity to ask questions in English via the chat. These questions are then forwarded to the speakers by the moderators.


  • Introduction: Barbara Prainsack (University of Vienna)
  • Stable catchers: Pietro Michelucci (Human Computation Institute)
  • Pollen diary: Uwe Berger (Medical University of Vienna)
  • Smart VitAAlity: Johannes Oberzaucher (FH Carinthia)

Due to the international nature of the speakers, this webinar will be held in English. The webinar will be recorded and subtitled in German afterwards.

The link to the webinar will be sent to all registered persons on the day of the event.

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