• When: 19-20 & 26-27.01.2022
  • Where: Rybnik, Żory, Jastrzębie Zdrój (Poland)

Open Meetings with the Silesian University of Technology is an event aimed at this year’s high school graduates. During the meetings, mini-lectures were presenting the activities of the various departments of the university. Among the presentations was one on the implementation of the SMARTherapy+ project. The project’s executors from SUT presented the aims, objectives, and the current progress of work while promoting the subject matter of the project and awareness of the problem of the growing number of people with mobility dysfunctions. At the same time, the participants were informed that in the near future one of the solutions against this problem will be available in the educational sector.

Advocates for Science in the field 2022

On 01.03.2022 at 10:00-12:00 in the Education and Congress Centre of the Silesian University of Technology a meeting entitled. “Advocates for Science in the field 2022”, which was organized by the Centre for Science Popularization of the Silesian University of Technology.

Invited to the meeting were, among others, performers of the international project entitled “Smart learning for gait physiotherapy – a standardized tool for health higher education in Europe” (acronym: SMARTherapy+). For the purposes of the project, the organisers prepared a stand where project leaders from the Silesian University of Technology prepared a multimedia presentation as well as a description of the project in the form of a leaflet. The aim of these materials was to draw the attention of the media to the subject of growing needs in gait physiotherapy.

An example of media interest in the project is an interview given by Ms Patrycja Kabiesz to a local radio station in Silesia – Radio CCM in Gliwice. Ms Patrycja Kabiesz presented general information on the project, including its objective, scope, beneficiaries and contractors. In the further part of her speech she referred to utilitarian aspects of the project focusing on the development of an innovative educational tool in the field of gait physiotherapy, based on modern digital solutions. In particular, she highlighted that the SMARTheraphy+ project as a learning tool will be a digital and modern learning platform for physiotherapy and rehabilitation.

The entire interview was broadcast on 02.03.2022 at 16:00 on Radio CCM frequency 93.4 FM.

To sum up, participation in the meeting contributed to drawing media attention to the topics covered in the SMARTherapy+ project, and also made it possible to obtain new distribution channels for popularising the project.


  • When: 22-26.11.2021         
  • Where: Brno University of Technology (BUT),  Czech Republic

Between 22 and 26 November 2021, a representative of the Jerzy Kukuczka Academy of Physical Education in Katowice (AWF) Piotr Rodak gave a series of lectures as part of scientific meetings organised at the Brno University of Technology (BUT) in the Czech Republic to present the SMARThererapy+ project. The event was organised by the Sports Activity Centre and was attended by around 100 participants (students, professors and instructors).

During the lectures, Piotr Rodak introduced the participants to the scope of the project, as well as to the whole idea of strategic partnerships of the Erasmus+ programme, introducing all the project partners and the European Commission as the funder. Apart from the event itself, there were 4 additional meetings with the staff of the Sports Activity Centre, in which 20 employees of BUT and the University of Bratislava took part. At these also the project and the results of the research carried out were presented.


  • When: 09.10.2021 – 15.10.2021         
  • Where: Katowice, online                                           

The 5th Silesian Science Festival had a hybrid form. Part of the workshops took place in stationary form in Katowice (Poland) and part of the workshops took place online via zoom.eu. We organised an online workshop on 15.10.2021on the topic „See fatigue and assess its effects – the role of ergonomics in the modern world.” The workshops were enjoyed by those interested, and the young participants particularly appreciated practical exercises on the borderline of cognitive ergonomics. The results of the international SMARTherapy+ project were presented during the workshop.


  • When: 09.10.2021      
  • Where: online                                           

 At the Silesian University of Technology, Faculty of Organisation and Management, an event entitled Researchers’ Night was held online via zoom.eu. As part of Researchers’ Night, SUT organised an open meeting during which the results of the SMARTherapy+.


  • When: 14-17.09.2021         
  • Where: Zamość, Poland

The aim of the conference was to exchange experiences between specialists in production engineering, environmental management, production organization, health care, diagnostics and information systems, as well as to present research results and their practical application. Project members promoted and presented the results of the SMARTherapy+ project during this event.


  • When: 10-11.07.2021         
  • Where: Ogrodzieniec Castle

“Zabrze not only for the weekend” was the motto of the event that took place on 10-11 July 2021, at Ogrodzieniec Castle – the largest and one of the most famous buildings of its kind in Silesia, and the most popular of all castles on the Eagles’ Nests Trail.

Thanks to this two-day event, tourists from all over Poland visiting Ogrodzieniec Castle had the opportunity to see the results of the SMARTherapy+ project.


  • Where:  online
  • When: during April-June 2021

During April-June 2021, a series of focus group meetings were held as one of the tasks which aims to identify educational needs in gait physiotherapy in Europe. During these meetings also dissemination of the project took place. Information was provided to physiotherapy experts. They work in different units where they have contact with many other professionals in the field. So by using the professional network we hope to disseminate the project and make it more visible, recognizable, and interesting for potential beneficiaries. Manner of conducting the interview was online using information technology to ensure recording and identification of the expert.


The following general objectives of the focus group session have been established:

  • To identify the main objectives, procedures and possible structure of SMARTherapy+ tool
  • To recognise a personal and institutional target group preferences.
  • To recognise the desired types of case studies that should be developed within the training materials including possible scenarios of gait physiotherapy protocols.
  • To define the educational needs in gait physiotherapy around EU countries.
  • To characterize the current knowledge and background of health professionals, especially those related with physiotherapy in gait.
  • To identify the knowledge areas required for the application of new technologies in the gait physiotherapy.
  • To assess the interest in the training topics.


  1. Description of the most common gait pathologies in the practice.
  2. An attempt to characterization of and/or systematization of knowledge about patients who are advised by specialists in gait physiotherapy (are they patients with specific diseases, civilization diseases; are the gait problems caused by improper lifestyle; are they elderly people etc.?)
  3. Description of the most difficult case or cases in gait physiotherapy and presentation of possible difficulties and barriers in managing such patients. What support do experts use: literature, consultation with other physiotherapists etc.
  4. Has the issues of gait physiotherapy been expanded with new methods, techniques, tools over the last 10 years? Is the number of patients with gait problems increasing? Are they mostly patients with a condition requiring ad hoc or permanent physiotherapy? What is the direction of gait physiotherapy development?
  5. What kind of knowledge is not given within education process (studies) and what kind of knowledge needs to be supplemented by additional courses, trainings, literature etc. in order to be able to treat patient at the highest level?
  6. What issues were only briefly discussed in the education process (studies) or were only discussed theoretically, but from the perspective of the current work experience are considered as important and necessary.
  7. What is the opinion about online training in gait physiotherapy. What kind of feature the online course should include to be effective and meet the expectation of physiotherapist professionals. Definition of the strengths and weaknesses of online training.
  • SUT & AWF

Date: April 13, 2021 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The number of focus group session participants: 6 including moderator of the session, observer and experts in physiotherapy. The session lasted one hour, according to following structure:

  1. Presentation of the SMARTherapy+ project – main idea and objectives.
  2. Explanation the aim and the role of focus group session.
  3. Brief presentation by each expert of his/her professional achievements (specialization, professional experience in physiotherapy including gait physiotherapy; place of professional practice; scientific publications etc.).
  4. Interview and discussion about training needs for gait physiotherapy with the use of interview questionnaire.
  5. Conclusion.
  6. Farewell and gratitude.


  • FPM

Fondazione has carried out the focus group on 7th of June 2021.

The focus group consisted of 4 high-level experts in gait physiotherapy and functional assessment, widely recognized in the sector at the Italian level (and not only). All of them operate in universities as academic researchers and are the head of private and public specialized laboratories for movement analysis in hospitals or public assistance structures. In addition, all the interviewed experts are members of the National Italian Physiotherapy Association (AIFI) and in particular, they belong to the board of the Scientific committee of AIFI.

Besides the main objectives of the focus group to discuss emerging training needs of physiotherapy professionals and the modern trends in gait analysis, the initiative was also the opportunity to communicate the SMARTherapy+ project to the Scientific board of the AIFI association and to make a preliminary check of matching interests of AIFI Board members to be involved in the future activities and initiatives of the Project. Interviewed experts shared a great interest in the project.

Hereafter two screenshots of the Focus Group activity.

  • UzL

On 17th of June, the University of Luebeck conducted a focus group interview with 6 German experts (including the moderator) on gait analysis. The interview followed the guidelines agreed by the consortium, was held online and lasted approximately 1 hour. Topics discussed included the definition of requirements for future teaching material for gait analysis and difficulties commonly occurring when teaching gait analysis. Results were transcribed using the software F4 and contents were analysed according to interview guideline topics. Results will be compared with results from the consortium partners and used for the subsequent development of teaching material, which is the main task in the next work package of the project.

First Scientific Seminar Priority Research Areas: “Computational oncology and personalized medicine”
  • Where: Silesian Uniwersity of Technology, online
  • When: 06.11.2020

SUT presented information about the project at the First Scientific Seminar Priority Research Areas: “Computational oncology and personalized medicine”, which took place on 06.11.2020, where the basic assumptions, objectives, and project intentions were presented. It was the opportunity to generate interest in the topic and the project among the academic community and collaborating external entities.




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