Study visit held in France hosted by MEDIC@LPS

INNOVAge 1st Intermediate Event Grenoble, 19th – 21st September 2012

ADEBAG/MEDIC@LPS welcomed a European delegation of 28 participants composed by INNOVAge project partners in Grenoble from 19th to 21st September 2012. In addition to an internal project meeting, a workshop and a study visit on “eco-innovation for more independent living services and products” were organized. This event was also punctuated friendly networking sessions.



The workshop organized on the 20th of September was focused on Home services for elderly. It started with a speech given by Magali Leynaud an industrial designer from mag[.]..Design ( on the eco-design approach applied to product and/or services development and the benefit of this approach from the industrial point of view. Some examples dedicated to independent living of elderly and smart home were given.

Then, we had the presence of two speeches on Social Services at home for the elderly:

  • Magali Jannone, the thematic housing manager from Société Dauphinoise pour l’Habitat (SDH), presented the “Label Senior Service®” and the intergenerational housing implemented for elderly in Echirolles City (suburb of Grenoble).
  • Corinne Maron, the deputy director in charge of the gerontology and disability pole from the Community Centre for Social Action (CCAS) of Echirolles City, presented the network of various support services to the person that Echirolles CCAS can mobilize at home for elderly with autonomy loss.
The last part of the workshop was dedicated to the end-users involvement in products/services development:
  • Brigitte Ruef, an ergonomist, with the example of the bathroom evolution with the autonomy loss degree of an elderly person introduced the notion of Design for All and drew the attention of the audience on the importance to take the end-user dimension into account in the early stage development of a new product/service in order to validate its acceptance.
  • Severine Lebreton, ADEBAG/Medic@lps project manager, presented the Living Lab methodology implemented within e-Care Living Lab and the involvement of end-users in early development phase of a new product/service.
All these presentations were followed by open discussion in order to share experiences.
Study Visit
The study visit was divided into 2 parts. In the first part, the participants visited the CEA Leti Showroom, a showcase for CEA-Leti’s many achievements, the 385-m² showroom at MINATEC is aimed not only at industrial and institutional partners, but also at the general public.
Its objectives are:
  • To highlight for potential partners CEA technologies those accelerate the transfer of our innovations to industry.
  • To increase the visibility of our laboratories’ activities and advertise their capacity for innovation within MINATEC.
  • To encourage creativity and multidisciplinary between the different CEA-Leti laboratories. 
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About CEA Leti
Leti is an institute of CEA, a French research-and-technology organization with activities in energy, IT, healthcare, defence and security. Leti is focused on creating value and innovation through technology transfer to its industrial partners. It specializes in nanotechnologies and their applications, from wireless devices and systems, to biology, healthcare and photonics. NEMS and MEMS are at the core of its activities. An anchor of the MINATEC campus, CEA Leti operates 8,000-m² of state-of-the-art clean room space on 200mm and 300mm wafer platforms. It employs 1,400 scientists and engineers and hosts more than 190 Ph.D. students and 200 assignees from partner companies. CEA Leti owns more than 1,700 patent families. For more information, visit
The second part of the study visit was dedicated to the visit of a low energy consumption intergenerational building, “La Rumba” composed by 29 social apartments among of which 15 have specific facilities for elderly with autonomy loss. The building is situated in Village 2 neighbourhood of the Echirolles City constructed and managed by the Société Dauphinoise pour l’Habitat with the support of Echirolles City.
The participants were welcomed by Sylvette Rochas, 1st deputy mayor of Echirolles City, and Carole Simard, the housing deputy of Echirolles City.  They mentioned that the city invests in those social housing in order to make the rent be affordable by elderly. Then, the delegation visited in small groups the apartment of Louis and Marie-Louise Roche, respectively 82 and 80 years old. This building is taking part in a global rehabilitation project of the whole Village 2 neighbourhood. The visit ended a guided tour done by Emmanuel Lambros from Echirolles City in the neighbourhood in order to offer to the participants the entire overview of the urban rehabilitation in process.

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