CAESAR Young Researchers’ Workshop

The Young Researchers’ Workshop 2014 took place between the 9th and 10th of September, 2014 in the Palace of the Parliament, Bucharest, Romania.

The Young Researchers’ Workshop is part of the Ambient Assisted Living Forum 2014 and the participants will receive free access to the rest of the Forum. The AAL Forum 2014 is hosted and organized by the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI) and Ministry of National Education (MEN) at the Palace of the Parliament between the 9th and 12th of September, 2014 .

This year’s theme addresses the role of entrepreneurship in the development of technological innovation for elderly.


Ambient Assisted Living

Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) is ICT-enabled independent living by using products and services for better lives and functional capability of older adults to promote a healthier lifestyle and to support carers, families and care organizations.

The AAL Forum is the annual showcase event for the persons involved in the AAL Joint Programme’s projects and the AAL community. Its purpose is to exhibit and demonstrate existing or developing ICT solutions (products and services), promote networking within the community, foster the interest of other sectors in the field of AAL, provoke debate and discussion on various topics and highlight new or emerging developments in the area to inform the AAL community.

The Concept

The workshop will bring together leading successful entrepreneursexperts from various fields (research, business, technology, innovation, elderly care, marketing), investors and young researchers.

During the first day the participants will have the opportunity of being coached by professionals on their submitted ideas and projects and to receive feedback and mentoring on different topics such as business intelligence, marketing, business plan writing, pitching and networking to help them prepare for the second day presentation.

The second day of the workshop will be conducted as demo day, where the participants will be presenting their business plan through a 5 minutes pitch in front of a panel of experts from different areas of expertise and investors, followed by a 5 minutes Q&A session.



  1. To identify practical solutions for improving the life of the elderly, through contribution of young researchers and support of experienced entrepreneurs and professionals in the field.
  2. To develop a network of collaboration between entrepreneurs and young researchers form all over the world, working in this field. This network will serve thus to promote practical solutions identified in the workshop.
  3. To identify specific projects (new products and services) that contribute to the development and support of careers, families and care organizations for elderly.



The Young Researchers’ Workshop is open to participants from all over Europe, young researchers under 35 years old and in the first 5 years of their career, that hold at least a Bachelor degree in different academic disciplines: engineering, architecture, IT & computers science, psychology, sociology, nursing sciences, geriatrics, and economics.

Candidates may submit their ideas in a group or individually and their business or product ideas may present concepts belonging to a variety of themes such as pharmaceuticals, medical devices, software or hardware solutions addressing one of the three challenges regarding the role of technology in supporting elderly:

  • The role of technology in the social life and mental health of the elderly
  • The role of technology in providing healthcare and assistance to the elderly
  • The role of technology in ensuring social inclusion for the elderly

You may submit your project abstract and your CV by an email to



  • Experts, entrepreneurs and researchers from different fields including business, technology, innovation, elderly care, marketing, economy, social problems and entrepreneurship.
  • Representatives of public institutions in the field of education, labour and youth, as well as representatives of the business sector will be invited to attend the workshop.
  • Young researchers and entrepreneurs from different academic disciplines (engineering, architecture, IT & computers science, psychology, sociology, nursing sciences, geriatrics, economics) with at least bachelor’s degree up to PhDs and junior post-docs.



First Day (September 9th 2014)

9:30 – 10:00 Registration of participants
10:00 – 10:45 Opening speeches
10:45 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:30 Coaching Sessions
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 – 16:30 Mentoring Session
16:30 – 17:00 Conclusions
17:00 – 19:00 Get together and Grand Opening of the Forum
19:00 – 21:00 Networking Dinner

Second Day (September 10th 2014)

9:00 – 9:30 Pitch preparation
9:30 – 10:30 Pitch Session 1
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:00 Pitch Session 2
12:00 – 13:00 Pitch Session 3
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 15:00 Pitch Session 4
15:00 – 16:00 Pitch Session 5
19:00 – 21:00 Festive Dinner at the Romanian Athenaeum