Created in 2018, senior-lab is an interdisciplinary innovation and research platform dedicated to aging well, of which ECAL is a founding member. In close collaboration with HEIG-VD and the Institut et Haute Ecole de la Santé La Source, ECAL contributes all its skills to research projects and mandates specifically dedicated to this initiative.
At the heart of senior-lab's concerns are the specific needs and expectations of senior citizens. The laboratory carries out research and development activities aimed at generating social and technological innovations adapted to this population. Concrete, innovative solutions are developed and promoted through fruitful exchanges between public and private players, universities, companies, associations, foundations and individuals. Older people play a crucial role by sharing their experiences and aspirations, thus acting as experts.
By employing participatory methods, senior-lab offers seniors the opportunity to influence companies and public authorities. In return, the latter can adjust their offers and/or products to better meet the expectations of older people. This approach fosters mutually beneficial collaboration, strengthening the link between seniors and the various players involved in improving their quality of life.