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ISPO World Congress 2019: Knud Jansen Lecturer Announced

Thursday 9 August 2018   (0 Comments)
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We are pleased to announce that David Constantine will present the Knud Jansen Lecture at the ISPO 17th World Congress, taking place from 5 to 8 October 2019 in Kobe, Japan.




David is the co-founder of Motivation, a charity which works to improve the quality of life of people with mobility impairment. His inspiration to design wheelchairs started when he joined IBM and met industrial designers after completing his degree in Computing & Accounting/Finance. He went on to do an MA in Industrial Design at the Royal College of Art, where David, alongside Simon Gue, designed an award-winning wheelchair for developing countries. David himself is wheelchair user, following a diving accident in 1982 (at 21), so his work is understandably filled with deep personal significance and in 2010, he was awarded an MBE by the Queen for services to people with a disability.


We are excited to have David presenting! The Knud Jansen Lecture was initiated by ISPO in honour of its founding President and is presented during the Opening Ceremony.


The congress theme ‘Basics to Bionics’ reflects the breadth of the rehabilitation field and assistive technology, including traditional rehabilitation approaches and more complex interactions between humans and machines (rehabilitation robotics), while embracing the relevance and importance of both basic and emerging technologies. The scientific sessions as well as the exhibition will expand this theme.


The exhibition will provide a platform for equipment manufacturers from across the globe to showcase their products and meet with the participants. Exhibitor information is now available to interested companies and exhibitor registration is open.


To get a general overview of the event, please download the first announcement. Visit the congress website regularly to stay up to date on developments


Find more about keynote speakers here.


Read about congress topics.


As for prizes and awards, visit the dedicated page.