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Public Lecture: ‘Through a Design Lens: Exploring Eight Key Challenges of Ageing’

Speaker: Professor Jeremy Myerson,  Helen Hamlyn Chair of Design, The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art, London


Abstract: Better design of products, services and systems has the potential to improve life for ageing populations. But barriers to innovation exist in reaching older age groups and myths can obstruct the readiness of professional designers to respond to demographic change. This illustrated lecture sets out some of the key design challenges of ageing, using projects from the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art to present a roadmap to design ‘for our future selves’.


Biography: Jeremy Myerson is academic, author and activist in design. He holds the Helen Hamlyn Chair of Design at the Royal College of Art, London. A former journalist and editor, he founded Design Week magazine in 1986 and later co-founded the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design in 1999, which he directed for 16 years until October 2015. His research focuses on the practice of inclusive design at the intersections ageing, health and work. Jeremy is the author of a number of books and papers in the field, and has consulted widely with businesses and governments around the world. He sits on the advisory boards of design institutes in Korea, Switzerland and Hong Kong, and is a member the Lead Expert Group of the UK Government Future of Ageing Foresight panel.

Event Details

03 February 2016 13:00 - 14:00


Oxford Institute of Population Ageing

66 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6PR