Co-funded by the
Erasmus+ Programme
of the European Union

Partners 14.08.2017

ibv

Instituto de Biomecánica (IBV) is a Research and Technological Organization (RTO), originated -1976-  in the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), that studies the behavior of the human body with the aim to improve the competitiveness of companies and industrial sectors by addressing people’s quality of life.

IBV is formed by a team of more than 140 professionals, with varied educational background, working under an interdisciplinary approach.

IBV’s headquarters are located in the Ciudad Politécnica de la Innovación, a Science Park that concentrates the best research initiatives of the UPV.

IBV combines different scientific and technological knowledge with knowledge of people: Anthropometry; Biomechanical evaluation (human functions); Design of interfaces (human factors); Promotion and health care (Human Needs and Preferences); Biomechanics of human body systems.

IBV uses person-inclusive innovation methodologies which make users participate as co-creators of goods, services and environments of potential interest to them, thus ensuring later market acceptance and satisfaction.

IBV’s innovation strategy places persons in the center of the innovation process, actively participating in its different stages.

Persons are essential actors in the life cycle of innovative products and services, with the aim of increasing the ratio between perceived value and price to the eyes of users and professionals.

IBV is devoted to ten principal areas of activity related to the goods, services and environments used by persons: Automotive and mass transport sector; Sports; Habitat; Clothing; Children and childcare; Older people and ageing; Rehabilitation and personal autonomy; Occupational health and safety; Healthcare technology; Tourism and leisure.

Education

IBV offers specialised education and training in order to transfer knowledge and research results in the field of biomechanics, health and well-being technologies. Courses are addressed to organisations and professionals working in commercial or industrial sectors where this knowledge is required. IBV offers face-to-face and e-learning courses in Spanish and in English, both monographic courses closely related to the IBV’s fields of action and tailored courses adapted to the user’s needs.

As it has been mentioned, one of the sectors that IBV works is occupational health and ergonomic of workplaces. IBV has developed tools and methodologies to prevent occupational risks, to enhance productivity and wellbeing of workers and to integrate and adapt workplaces to people dimensions and capacities.

IBV works also in sport sector with the aim of helping companies to develop better products taking into account people’s biomechanics, preferences, comfort, performance and safety.

Combining its experience in sport and ergonomic at workplace, IBV develop projects to help companies to reduce musculoskeletal disorders by means of active ergonomics.

More info:
IBV website: http://www.ibv.org
IBV FITWORK webpage: http://fitwork.ro
Contact: Mr. Juan Giménez  Project Manager
Email: juanfernando.gimenez@ibv.upv.es
Tel: +34.610.563.519

The University of Coimbra (UC) is an indisputable reference in higher education and research in Portugal, due to the quality of the courses taught at its eight Faculties (Letters, Law, Medicine, Sciences & Technology, Pharmacy, Economics, Psychology & Education Sciences and Sports Sciences & Physical Education) and to the advances achieved in research in various areas of knowledge. This University is not only a true icon of Portuguese culture in the world, but it also pursues a policy of constant improvement in various fields, which allows it to reassert the high quality of research and teaching, as well as an active role in the development of businesses and industry.

The history of UC dates back to the 13th century, since the University was established in 1290. Combining its long and valuable history with the pursuit for constant improvement, UC is considered as a Portuguese reference in the world, resulting not only from its history but especially from the activities that are here developed in the research and teaching fields as well as the participation in international contact networks. UC is among the major science and technology hubs for applied and fundamental research in Portugal. Over the years UC has received national and international funding for hundreds of research projects. Nowadays there are more than two hundred research projects being carried out, some of which are directly financed by EU and in which the university is the coordinator.

The Faculty of Sport Sciences and Physical Education of the University of Coimbra brings to the project its experience in the international collaboration in educational programs and also a strong experience in the cooperation with the Sport Federations and Associations, Local Authorities and Companies, allowing the organization of events, training, research and promoting employability.

The University of Coimbra will be involved in almost all project activities but it will contribute decisively to Work Package 2 – “Sport Programs Definition” in which University’s experts will identify the best exercises and sports to prevent injuries caused by different job demands and design the proper fitness programs. The University of Coimbra will also have a major input in WP3 – “Implementation and validation in real context of WHHP designed“.

The University of Coimbra is the host of the 2nd Project Meeting in Coimbra and will also organize a national conference.

More info:
University of Coimbra website: http://www.uc.pt/
Contact: Prof. Ana Teixeira - Coordinator of the University of Coimbra team,
Email: ateixeira@fcdef.uc.pt
Tel: +351.239.802.770

The Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is an international research university specializing in engineering science & technology. TU/e’s education, research and knowledge valorisation program contribute to (I) science for society: solving the major societal issues and boosting prosperity and welfare by focusing on the Strategic Areas of Energy, Health and Smart Mobility, (II) science for industry: the development of technological innovation in cooperation with industry, and (III) science for science: progress in engineering sciences through excellence in key research cores and innovation in education. The TU/e puts emphasis on knowledge valorisation: research results are translated into successful innovations and serve as a basis for creating new products, processes and enterprises. TU/e encourages students and staff to opt for entrepreneurship.

In the current proposal two departments are collaborating. The Department of Industrial Design emphasis user research, design engineering and business processes as key disciplines contributing to the design of smart products and services. Key aspects include the expressiveness of products, usability and aesthetics, embedded intelligence, the meanings that product forms have for their users, and the place of design and designing in a socio-cultural context. The School of Innovation Sciences from the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences has as a central research mission to investigate and optimize interactions between people, systems, and environments, in the service of a socially and ecologically sustainable society, fostering a unique combination of social science, ICT, built environment, and ecology.

Both collaborating departments have built up substantial expertise in the areas of sports, vitality, healthy living, stress and mental restoration, behaviour change technologies, affective and empathic computing, mobile health technologies, and healing environments. They boast a combined expertise in (I) understanding and measuring people’s behaviour, both in the lab and in “the wild”, (II) designing systems and environments that are conducive to productivity, health and wellbeing, and (III) developing the analytical frameworks required to systematically further our knowledge in these areas. They have a longstanding collaboration in the area of sports technology and health.

Consequently, the TU/e will collaborate with their expertise in the areas of persuasive technology, game experience research, stress and mental restoration, awareness systems, affective and empathic computing, and mobile health technologies. Their main scope will be to include motivational strategies to help workers develop the habit of practising sport on a regular basis, as the WHPP promotes.

The TU/e will be involved in almost all project activities but it will contribute decisively to the Work Package 2 – “Sport Programs Definition”, in which TU/e, together with all the participants in the task will design specific WHP programs including motivational aspects. The TU/e will also have a major input in WP3 – “Implementation and validation in real context of WHHP designed“.

More info:
TU/e website: https://www.tue.nl/en/
Contact: Prof Wijnand IJsselsteijn - Coordinator of the TU/e team
Email: w.a.ijsselsteijn@tue.nl
Tel: +31.402.474.455.

The KOMAG scope of activity includes scientific, research and development projects in the domain of minerals mining and processing as well as environment protection and work safety connected with them, but also air and ground surface protection, waste management and an adaptation of research results for a practical implementation and their dissemination in other natural and technical sciences. KOMAG is a state-owned research and development organization, subordinated to and supervised by the Ministry of Energy, employing 125 scientific research and technical specialists (total 205 employees), offering new, competitive technical solutions in the branch of mechanical systems. An interdisciplinary knowledge of KOMAG specialists, their high scientific, research and technical qualifications create a significant potential, enabling to develop the best advanced technologies.

KOMAG indubitable trump card is a possibility of realizing the whole cycle of work "from the idea to the industrial implementation". Its expertise includes designing activities, testing the machinery and equipment at specialist test rigs, simulating in-situ conditions.

KOMAG will participate in the project as a representative of the end-users (KOMAG employees) who are going to be the main beneficiaries of the FITWORK project namely of the fitness program implemented at their workplaces.

KOMAG will be involved in Work Package 3 – “Implementation and validation in real context of WHHP designed”, in which HS responsible from KOMAG will be involved in the monitoring process of the fitness program.

More info:
KOMAG website: https://komag.eu/
KOMAG FITWORK webpage: https://komag.eu/en/science/fitwork
Contact: Jarosław Tokarczyk, Ph.D. Eng. - Coordinator of the KOMAG team
Email: jtokarczyk@komag.eu
Tel: +48.322.374.419

Romtens Foundation is an NGO, set up in 1998 and declared a Public Utility in 2008 (according to the Order of the Government No 509/May 2008). Its main areas of action are Public Health, Workplace Health Promotion, Occupational Health, Occupational Safety & Health, and Project Management (with a particular and in depth focus on Project / Program Evaluation). Within these areas of action the organization has been providing services such as training, research, consulting and providing technical assistance, and policy analysis for the benefit of a broad range of public and private institutions, both from within the Romanian Public Health system and abroad.

Over the past 19 years Romtens Foundation has been keen to achieve “state-of-the-art” expertise in Workplace Health Promotion, and hence it has devoted most of its efforts in acquiring knowledge and in developing and implementing workplace health promotion projects. Accordingly it has trained in workplace health promotion more than 500 occupational medicine doctors (in Romania and Slovenia), and several hundred Romanian Occupational Safety & Health managers and Human Resources managers.

In attempting to achieve as high as possible standards for its services Romtens has pursued and accomplished the goal to be a part of a wide European network of knowledge providers; accordingly it has become a member of several European OSH and Public Health Networks, such as the European Network for Workplace Health Promotion (ENWHP), the European Network for Training and Education in OSH (ENETOSH), the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), etc.

ROMTEMS will be involved in all project activities, by sharing its knowledge and expertise in the design and implementation of Workplace Health Promotion Programs, but mostly in WP1 – “Identification of best practices on workplace health promotion” and Work Package 2 – “Sport Programs Definition”.

More info:
ROMTENS Foundation website: http://www.romtens.ro/
Contact: Theodor Haratau - Coordinator of the Romtens Foundation team
Email: theodor.haratau@romtens.ro
Tel: +4021.637.3002

The European Network for Workplace Health Promotion is a network of national occupational health and safety institutes, public health institutes, health promotion agencies, statutory social insurance institutions as well as research centres and NGOs. In a joint effort, all the members and partners aim to promote workplace health promotion activities within organizations with the view to reduce the impact of work related ill health on the European workforce.

ENWHP is a platform for all stakeholders interested in the improvement of workplace health and committed to working towards the vision & mission of the ENWHP: "Healthy employees in healthy organisations".

The ENWHP works with National Contact Offices and associated members in all EU and EFTA countries. The network has experience in developing information & promotion campaigns simultaneously in all European countries, developing web-based tools and dedicated websites and handling multilingualism.

ENWHP expertise in the development of Workplace Health Promotion Programs, its wide reach across all EU Members through the National Contact Offices, and its large database of models of good practice in workplace health promotion are the most important features which were considered when ENWHP became a FITWORK project partner.

ENWHP will be involved in almost all project activities but it will contribute decisively to Work Package 1 – “Identification of best practices on workplace health promotion”, in which ENWHP will identify Workplace Health Promotion Programs (WHPP) which enclose a strong physical activity component, carried out in companies. ENWHP it will also be responsible for the dissemination activities throughout the project life time (Work Package 5 – Dissemination).

More info:
ENWHP website: http://www.enwhp.org
Contact: Mrs. Dolores Solé Gómez, - Coordinator of the ENWHP team,
Email: info@enwhp.net