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Engineering Conference on Disability and Inclusion

Organized by the Royal Academy of Engineering with the collaboration of IDOM


Next January 13, the Caixa Forum in Madrid (36 Paseo del Prado) will host the Engineering, Disability and Inclusion event, organized by the Royal Academy of Engineering, within the framework of the “Women and Engineering” project, with the collaboration of IDOM.

Developed within the scope of the agreement signed between the Royal Academy of Engineering and IDOM to collaborate on the “Women and Engineering”, the event will be presented by Almudena Bautista, a member of the project’s strategic council, and will have the participation of Angela Mwai, director of the Human Rights and Social Inclusion Unit at UN-Habitat headquarters in Nairobi, and Yolanda Cerezo, a collaborator of the project.

The event will also be attended by various professionals and people with disabilities who will participate in four panels: Listening again; Learning environments for people with visual disabilities – ONCE Foundation; Training and employment for people with high functioning autism and Asperger’s; and Walking thanks to robotics.

The first panel, Listening again, will include a presentations by Dr. Luis Lassaletta Atienza (Head of section of the ENT Service of the University Hospital “La Paz”, an Associate Professor of Health Sciences of the Autonomous University of Madrid and Director of the group “Research in Otoneurosurgery” IdiPaz) and Joan Zamora Arnés (President of the Federation of Associations of Cochlear Implants of Spain, AICE Federation). In addition, María Rodríguez Montealegre (graduate in Agricultural and Agri-Food Engineering at the Ciudad Real School of Agricultural Engineers) will also share her experience.

The second panel, Learning environments for people with visual disabilities – ONCE Foundation, will include presentations by Ana Isabel Ruiz López (Director of Education, Employment and Braille of the ONCE Foundation), Covadonga Rodrigo San Juan (First Deputy Director of Transfer, Research and Innovation at the ETSI Informática at UNED) and Antonio Sánchez Kaiser (Doctor of Industrial Engineering and Professor at the Polytechnic University of Cartagena. Founder of Bemyvega). Manuel García Freire, a first-year student in Computer Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, will also share his thoughts.

The third panel, Training and employment for people with high functioning autism and Asperger’s, will be chaired by Diana Bohórquez Ballesteros (Office Director of Specialisterne Spain in Madrid).

Finally, the fourth panel, Walking thanks to robotics, will be presented by Elena García Armada (CEO of Marsi Bionics, researcher at the CSIC, elected academic at the Royal Academy of Engineering and member of the strategic council of “Mujer e Ingeniería”). The panel will also hear the testimony of children, and their families, who have been able to walk thanks to the development by the company of the world’s first bionic exoskeleton for children with spinal muscular atrophy.

The conference will take place between 10 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. On registration, entrance is free, until full capacity is reached.

You can see the itinerary of the event here (Spanish).

January 11, 2022


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