Menopause @ Midday

RTC North are hosting a series of talks during Menopause Month informing about menopause, how it can be managed and supported at home & at work.

About this event

Join our second guest Nic Palmarini Director of the UK National Innovation Centre for Ageing based in Newcastle with a session that is open to everyone, organisations, founders, employers and employees (yes, that means men too!). Menopause will affect us all in some way. So come along and find out how learning about menopause could help you at work and at home, whether you want to know more for yourself or you want to be able to effectively support someone else who may be going through menopause.

Nic highlights the intergenerational aspect of menopause in that organisations have a prime topic in menopause that brings together the older employees in the office lending real life, lived experiences to the younger employees in the office who now more than ever are willing to learn and brave enough to ask questions. And how through menopause we can also tackle a gender awareness as men also have scenarios where the symptoms of menopause can seriously affect their lives and similarly the transgender community can also participate and of course the very real fact that one way or another with 51% of the population being female and all menstruating women going to experience menopause to some degree it’s a fact that men will be impacted both in the office and at home.

Nic highlights his past experiences with ‘Amazing Communities’ in the US which was set up to help women over 55 get back to the workplace and over the years they have discovered a link to menopause and the interaction of women in the workplace.

Nic also explains how National Innovation Centre for Ageing has carried out more investigation of menopause in the workplace and some of the menopause related initiatives they are working on such as:

  • Toolkit to help organisations empower women of all generations fight not only the stigmas and misunderstanding of menopause but in a wider picture ageism in the workplace.
  • They established Menomeetup series and despite covid the workshops and events started in a pre-COVID-19 era transitioned from a face-to-face to remote modality, without losing traction from a growing interested community.

We will ask Nic

  • Why is menopause a multi-generational topic as well as the potential for it to be intergenerational.
  • Why is ‘community’ so important in easing menopause stigma and symptoms in the workplace.
  • What impacts he has seen through his past work and current work with National Innovation Centre for Ageing.Any innovations he may have come across.
  • Why as a man is he qualified to talk about menopause and why men should be included in the conversation.
  • Does NICA have a facility for companies developing menopause products, services, or apps if user test and research and co-develop them.
  • Does NICA partner with companies looking for grant funding either Regional, National and International.

Whether you are an employee or an employer a business or simply someone suffering with peri menopause, menopause or post menopause we want to ask your questions too, so please take the opportunity to ‘Ask Nic Anything’ when you register.

About Nic Palmarini

Nic is the Director of the UK’s National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA) a world leading organisation supported by an initial investment from UK Government and Newcastle University to co-develop and bring to market products and services which enhance and improve all aspects of our ageing societies. The Centre aims to bring together cross competence professionals and researchers, commercialisation experts, scientist, innovators and technologists working closely together with the public in a seamless way, exchanging their intelligence and backgrounds. Before he was research manager at the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, a $250 million academic-industry partnership for the responsible advancement of artificial intelligence. Trained in social studies and business communication, he developed a deep expertise in leading heterogeneous teams and connecting dots across disciplines to bridge academic and industrial research with real world applications to deliver a return-on-community and a return-on-business with a specific focus on longevity and the coming effects and opportunities of the demographic revolution. He holds a decade of experience in research on supporting older adults’ autonomy and independence, leading a global team to develop Human Activity Recognition techniques dedicated to older adults based on AI applied to IOT data.

He is an author, teacher, applied research scientist and his main areas of research being: Loneliness as an accelerator of physical and cognitive diseases, Ageism, Ageing & economic factors, Ageing women and workplace, Ethics and AI. The work of his teams has been awarded two times with the Computers Honors Award at the United Nations for Ageing Initiative and received the Disability Matters – Market Place Award.

He has also authored 5 books and is a member of several boards including the Scientific Advisory Committee, at McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA), the Global Management Innovation Institute (GIMI) and the Humane Technology Lab at Universita’ Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan.

Click here for more information about the UK National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA)

About FemTech North

FemTech North has been set up to highlight an industry set to grow exponentially and was valued at $487 million in 2020, and it is expected to reach $522 million by the end of 2021. RTC North has created this group which aims to inform, educate, and share information on the fast-growing FemTech sector, whilst promoting FemTech activity in the UK. The group has a focus on the North, but links with FemTech Organisations, Companies, Stakeholders and Investors Nationwide and Internationally.

FemTech North covers topics and issues that impact women and determine what – and how – entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers of every gender are using tech to help women live their lives the way they want to, free from discomfort, pain, stigma and ignorance of issues that often are barriers to living a full and happy life.

The group seeks to share, educate and learn all about the FemTech Sector, helping to create awareness, recognition and, importantly, investment in this arena, by bringing together:

  • Industry Professionals
  • Passionate Enthusiasts
  • Female/Male FemTech Founders
  • Investors in FemTech
  • Government Bodies
  • Individuals

Hosted by RTC North with offices in the North East, North West and Yorkshire and Humber, if you are in this sector, want to know more or would like to suggest a topic for discussion that gathers information from women and men on women’s health, ageing, mental and sexual awareness and safety issues, please get in touch.

For more information see us on Linkedin FemTech North.


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