Announcement symposium “Conversational Agents in Health Communication”

On Monday, November 18, 2019,  ACHC will hold it autumn 2019 symposium. The theme of this symposium is “Conversational agents in health communication” and will be led by Gert-Jan de Bruijn and Julia van Weert. The symposium is free of charge, and contains a varied program with (inter) national speakers from science and practice.

Conversational agents, such as chatbots, play an increasingly important role in promoting healthy behavior and health. Chatbots are automated conversation partners (systems that process and generate language and text), which are being applied in many areas of healthcare. For example, they are not only used to make agreements, but also to prepare people for a consultation with their care provider – and in some cases also as a replacement for this care provider – or to support people in accepting or maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Due to the increasing interest in chatbots, the Amsterdam Center for Health Communication (ACHC, is organizing the symposium “Conversational Agents in Health Communication: where are we now, and where are we going?”

In this symposium, the latest findings regarding the use of chatbots for health communication will be presented, both from science and practice. The symposium starts at noon and will end at 18H00. Shyam Sundar (Pennsylviana State University), Tibor Bosse (Radboud University), Emiel Krahmer (Tilburg University) and Willem-Paul Brinkman (TU Delft) will present findings from academic research. Vilans and Soa Aids Nederland will also share their experiences with chatbots.

The definitive program will be announced shortly, but you can already register for this symposium via this link. The symposium is completely booked.