Ana Isabel Veloso (DigiMedia member) with the support of the DigiMedia PhD students Cláudia Ortet, Francisco Regalado and Tânia Ribeiro organize the 1º Encontro de Realidade Virtual Sénior: Uma viagem a Paris | First Meeting of Senior Virtual Reality: a trip to Paris which takes place in October 20th and 27th  and November 3rd, 2021 in the Department of Communication and Art of the University of Aveiro in partnership with the Centro Social de Oiã, an event financed under the Programa de Apoio a Projetos e Eventos da Região de Aveiro  (PAPERA 2020).

Virtual Reality, despite still integrating many challenges at a technical and technological level, also presents itself as a technology with the potential to promote experiences with regard to combating social isolation, promoting physical activity, and mental health. Thus, a playful experience is carried out using Virtual Reality in partnership with private social solidarity institutions (IPSS) in Aveiro for seniors who have never tried this technology. The activity consists of a tourism experience – a virtual visit to the city of Paris.

The team will carry out a set of five sessions for IPSS users that will have the following schedule:

10:00 am -12:00 pm Centro Social de Oiã
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm Centro Ambiente para Todos-Troviscal

10:00 am -12:00 pm Solsil e Projeto Proximidades
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm Associação Fermentelense de Assistência

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm SóBustos