IBEC at active ageing festival in the UK

Yesterday and today IBEC has been exhibiting at the Coventry Life Festival in the UK, a celebration of active ageing which is taking place in the university town not far from Birmingham.

Sunday saw more than 1000 middle-aged and elderly residents and their families flock to the city for the Vitality Marketplace, a showcase of resources and information about healthy and active ageing.

Supported by EIT health, IBEC’s stand is demonstrating the 3D bioprinting techniques being optimised in the institute to tackle age-related disease by creating biomaterials to aid the regeneration of organs such as the heart, as well as giving out information about the institute to potential masters and PhD students.

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Monday is a more formal conference about ageing involving citizens, medical professionals, patients’ associations, city councilors, and university representatives, and is providing a good networking opportunity. Other international exhibitors at the festival include Lodz Medical University from Poland and Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing from the Netherlands, both also members of EIT Health.

“Most of the visitors to our stand have been really interested to find out about the research that’s being done at IBEC, even though many have joked that they won’t be around to benefit from the results,” says Head of Communications and Outreach Vienna Leigh, who’s attending the festival with Strategic Initiatives Project Manager Sergio González and Biomaterials for Regenerative Therapies PhD student Jesús Ordoño. “Others were more interested in discussing Sunday’s referendum in Catalonia, or finding out what we thought about Brexit.”

The Coventry Life Festival is being organised by Coventry University’s Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Age UK, Age Friendly Coventry, the city council and the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network.