Prosthetics & Orthotics in 2030 – How will material science and design transform the possible?

Catherine Holloway, M Inakage, de Melo L Paes, M Miodownik
in International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics, Conference abstract/presentation slides, Kobe, Hyogo, Japan


The symposium will explore what the international P&O community will be talking about at ISPO 2030. It will draw on the expertise of leading experts in Design, AT, and Material Science to explore and give examples of the probable and the possible: what does this mean for P&O? How will digital methods (4D printing) change how we design, develop and deliver P&O's? How will data help drive design? How interactive and responsive will P&O become? How will an increasing user interaction impact the design process? How will all of this impact the skills gap?

We will explore the probable by revealing opportunities and challenges of trialling new products within service through the example of AMPARO which uses material science innovation to transform delivery service of prostheses in Kenya through the AT2030 programme, particularly in the developing world, and then look to the near future. New materials and 4D printing allow us to design bespoke liners which can sense. We will explore what this means for the P&O sector. Finally, we take a futuristic look, inspired by advances in design at what is possible for 2030 and how we can harness the enthusiasm and ingenuity of the new generation of designers working alongside the medical profession to push the boundaries of what is possible.

This symposium is supported by the British Council as part of the Tokyo 2020 Cultural Programme and by the AT2030 Programme which is funded through the UK Department for International Development.