The project aspires to bridge traditional industrial design programs with ergonomics, usability concepts and user experience approaches with a specific focus on vulnerable generations.
It intends to address the need to modernize and develop educational programs with a specific focus on vulnerable generations and, ultimately, being a milestone towards the modernization of design education.


  • To analyze and study the current status of research and innovative practices on design for vulnerable generations and methodologies for involving children and elderly subjects in product design;
  • On this basis, to elaborate a competences portfolio and educational programmes aimed at training students and employees in enterprises in designing and developing human-centered complex products that integrate advanced technological innovations for vulnerable generations;
  • To erform pilot educational programmes on design for vulnerable generations;
  • To multiply impact through a vulnerable generation compliant award and a searchable database accessible online aimed at facilitating knowledge management;
  • To analyze transferability of results obtained towards and from different target groups (e.g. disabled people) and different geographic contexts (e.g. USA and other developed countries);
  • To identify sustainability pathways aimed at fostering university-enterprise collaboration on concrete design and innovation projects

Expected results

  • A report on the current status of research and innovative practices on design for vulnerable generations
  • A competences portfolio and educational programme
  • A report on the evaluation of pilot seminars
  • A Vulnerable generation compliant award
  • A searchable database accessible online
  • A transferability and sustainability report

News and Events

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DEsign for Vulnerable generatIons: Children and Elderly