Launch of the GetAMoveOn Network
We all know the benefits of moving more, but now more than ever we are witnessing the dangers of our sedentary lifestyles. Sedentarism is the ‘new smoking’. From mobile apps to ever-more sophisticated activity trackers, technology has given rise to a wealth of tools that enable us to monitor our own health and motivate healthier lifestyles. While these have been enthusiastically adopted by a health-aware minority, they have failed to address the health issues of the general population. With the launch today of the GetAMoveOn Network and our first Call for Papers, we are seeking to change that.
GetAMoveOn is an EPSRC Healthcare Technologies Grand Challenges Networks Plus award which will bring together digital and data experts with experts in sports and behavioural psychology, in one network. This will enable us to harness the latest technological knowledge to work with the most critical groups - older adults, schoolchildren and people at work – to create some truly innovative digital tech that can motivate and change people’s health for the long term.
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Call for papers
In this start-up phase of the GetAMoveOn Network, we want to fund an initial series of up to ten ‘think pieces’ or white papers, of no more than 8,000 words in length, which can help to scope and define approaches and stimulate debate about the role of current and future technologies in enhancing levels of activity and movement in one of our three target groups: schools, workplaces, communities of older adults. There are 10 awards of up to £5000 each available. Proposals from early career researchers (five years or less research experience post-PhD) are particularly encouraged, as are collaborative proposals involving applicants from more than one sector. International collaborations are also welcome, provided the lead applicant is based in a UK organisation.
Find out more about our first call for papers