More than 1000 participants and 200 papers at the international conference

Maribor. Three more weeks separate us from the start of the 8th Scientific Conference All about people: The Relevance of Science and Education. The conference will be held at Alma Mater Europaea - ECM (Maribor location, Slovenska 17, Maribor) on 13-14 March 2020.

The conference is held under the honorary patronage of the President of the Republic of Slovenia, H.E. Mr. Borut Pahor, and the President of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, prof. dr. Felix Unger.

“This year's conference is dedicated to the relevance of science and education and aims to integrate higher education and science in the light of Europe's development in addressing current and anticipated challenges and crisis issues. We will in particular address the current issues in active aging and sustainable care, neuro physiotherapy, environmental challenges and development, digital technologies as well as Slovenian and European cultural heritage and archives” explained prof. dr. Ludvik Toplak, President of Alma Mater Europaea - ECM.

The keynote speakers will include: dr. Kathryn Hyer (USA), President Elect of the Gerontological Society of America, dr. Hans Groth, President of the World Forum on Demography and Aging (Switzerland), and dr. Anthea Seles (Canada), Secretary-General of the International Archives Council, based in Paris (UNESCO). Opening message will be delivered by the European Commissioner for Youth, Innovation, Research, Culture and Education, Mrs Mariya Gabriel, who will present the vision of Europe and the relevance of science and education.

“Participation has already been confirmed by participants from over 20 countries, from domestic and foreign universities and scientific and professional institutions. Topics will be discussed in 12 sections, among which we want to highlight the fields of active aging, physiotherapy, integrative medicine, inclusive paradigms in the social context, digital technologies , the symposium of archival sciences and humanities with the environment, ”explained assist. prof. dr. Matej Mertik, President of the organising committee of the conference All about people.

Many researchers will present innovations in the fields of health sciences, physiotherapy and active aging; how to capture and use the wisdom of the elderly, how to integrate them into society, how to organise their work activity, intergenerational cohabitation and opportunities in the labour market. A topic that is becoming more and more common in the field of active aging is the proposal for social protection of the elderly as a socially responsible complementary activity on farms. Novelties and new scientific evidence will be presented, as well as the relevance of integrative medicine in the field of medicine, neuro-ergonomics, the effects of the physiotherapy program for providing guidelines in professional sports. In the field of humanities and the environment, the perspectives of the European Green Deal will be presented; while in the digital transformation area, researchers are wondering how we will strive to direct the human-artificial relationship in the future, ie the use of artificial intelligence today and human-technology relations in the future.

"I would also like to emphasize that the panellists at the conference in the field of health sciences and integrative medicine will talk about bioenergy correction of an overall psychosomatic nature. Experts in the field of physiotherapy will present a new method for healing the calcifying tendinopathy of the rotator cuff with ultrasound-guided percutaneous flushing. The area of digital technologies will present a new approach towards the usage of user interfaces for users with learning disabilities,” said the President of the organising committee, dr. Mertik.

In the light of the relevance of science and education, the conference will be opened by a debate on the Bologna process and the harmonization of European higher education, where academic and cultural integration is the basis of European cultural and political identity. We will highlight aspects of the implementation of the Bologna Process in Slovenia and elsewhere, as well as following the European development guidelines and the relevance of the development of current study programs and the development of areas in the light of the European perspective, such as areas of intergenerational coexistence and the elderly, European green deal and digital transformation. The focus of the discussion and the memorandum on the necessary development initiatives and guidelines will be presented and forwarded to the government and ministries in the Republic Slovenia.


"Priorities in the types of care are changing from generation to generation. Social gerontology must therefore also keep pace with the changing needs for social infrastructure and services for the elderly and the community organization in which they will feel well."

Dr. Kathryn Hyer, President Elect of the Gerontological Society of America

"Population dynamics because of the demographic changes is becoming a megatrend of the 21st century. Its irreversible forces will drive unprecedented population growth in Africa, while Asia will stagnate and Europe will decline. At the same time, we will be observing aging globally, but at different speeds and times."

Dr. Hans Groth, President of the World Forum on Demography and Aging

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