Balance of INTERFASOL ECIs training

Early Career Investigators (ECIs) Training is a great success for the COST INTERFASOL Action. One leader and 3 co-leaders of WG are ECIs; the 2 responsible for the Website are ECIs, and ECIs are well represented both in the MC and as members of the  WG . More than 50% of meetings will be organized by ECIs and the hosted country, as well as 50% of TS
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The impact of Interfasol: participant survey

INTERFASOL SURVEY –  Impact of participation to COST IS1311 

A survey was administered to INTERFASOL members in April 2018

Forty one responses were gathered, 56% are from inclusiveness countries, 70% from MC and WG members, as the remaining  were from ECIs’ TS and STSM participants. 46% belong to INTERFASOL since the kick-off meeting, and 39% entered during the 1st or 2nd year; 49% were senior researchers; 28% participated in 75% of the meetings and Conferences, and 30% in 3 or less.  

The survey asked to indicate whether participation in Interfasol COST Action IS1311 allowed some progress in specific aspects of their professional life:  59% of the respondent referred more than 3 benefits.

More precisely, INTERFASOL participation improved:

  • their research network = 88%;   
  • their knowledge = 66%;   
  • their skills = 41%;   
  • their projects = 32%;   
  • their social and political engagement = 27%;   
  • their career = 22%;  
  • their student network = 5%;  
  • their job prospect = 2%.  

Moreover, results showed that significant differences are observed among ECIs, researchers who had 8 to 15 years after PhD (YR) and established researchers(ER): 36% of ECIs and 43% of (YR) explicitly reported positive INTERFASOL impact on their career, while only 5% of ER did so; 81% of younger researcher (ECIs + YR) reported a positive impact in terms of knowledge development, while this is the case for only 50% of ER. No differences among younger and more established researchers are observed in the remaining benefits.

Questions about short and long terms benefits revealed also more specific impacts of INTERFASOL, such as :

  • Be aware about the implication of interdisciplinarity and doing collaborative research, open network to other discipline.   
  • Develop joint grant proposals (some were a direct consequence of STSM), building consortia and collaboration to European projects (E.G. willingness to apply for another COST Action).   
  • Fostering personal engagement and improve publications in the intergenerational research field.   
  • Meeting young researchers interested in similar issues and staying connected with a number of them.   
  • Mentoring young researchers.   
  • Being aware about the need for outcomes diffusion to policy makers.    

We can conclude that the global impact of INTERFASOL participation is very positive, either for ECI’s, career young (YR) or more established researchers (EC). Most of them pointed out several professional benefits, not only in collaborative terms through the expansion of their research network, but also in terms of the improvement of their own investment in the intergenerational and family solidarity domain; they also mentioned their increased awareness of the need for academics to become more involved with stakeholders, from a mutually enriching perspective.





INTERFASOL Short Term Scientific Missions were a great success: 34 researchers from 17 countries took part in STSMs

The INTERFASOL COST Action organized 4 STSM calls. 34 researchers from 17 countries took part to the experience after a selective process. 14 countries were host countries. Among them UK received the major number of researchers (=5), followed by Luxembourg (=4), Netherland, Spain and Portugal (=3). Some discrepancies in the sending-receiving ratio have been registered: some Countries – like UK and Luxembourg – were more receiving than sending. No UK PhD student or researcher was a participant in the STSM. Overall, there has been a good levels of exchange across INTERFASOL Cost Countries: among 28 Countries 21 sent or received at least one student or researcher. We registered a good participation from Eastern Countries (at least one participant from Bosnia Erzegovina, Croatia, Estonia, Georgia, Poland). Mean duration of the mission was three weeks (range one week- eight week). The STMS gave the opportunity to participants to produce publications or to participate to conferences.

From 2014 till 2017 STSMs were coordinated by Prof Dr Dieter Ferring (†2017) University of Luxembourg
In 2017-18 STSMs were coordinated by Prof. Camillo Regalia, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, who prepared this overview of STSMs activities.

Working Paper: WG3/1. A Framework for Programmes to Promote Intergenerational Family Solidarity

COST INTERFASOL publishes the final report prepared by the members of Working Group 3: Nurturing family solidarity between generations.

A Framework for Programmes to Promote Intergenerational Family Solidarity.

Lead Author: Professor Clare Holdsworth (c.m.holdsworth [AT]

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Grandma Athena, little Harry, Internet and Cyberbullying

COST Interfasol presents an e-book written by Vasiliki Gountsidou and Anna Fachantidou

Grandma Athena, little Harry,
Internet and Cyberbullying

Vasiliki Gountsidou Anna Fachantidou
edited pictures by Konstantina-Vasiliki Iakovou
translated from Greek by Vasiliki Gountsidou

You can download book for reading in pdf format or browse pages online.

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The INTERFASOL final conference, 18-20 April 2018, University of Luxembourg

The INTERFASOL final conference which took place at the University of Luxembourg hosted more than 100 participants, including interested researchers and stakeholders from  Luxembourg as well as international guests from 28 countries. An invited symposium on Old-Age and Social Exclusion brought members from UK, Italy, Ireland and Luxembourg of another COST Action (ROSEnet) and INTERFASOL together. A further symposium on Intergenerational Solidarity and Technology was organised at the pre-conference presenting work carried out by the life-span developmental research unit at the University of Luxembourg, meeting the high interest of INTERFASOL members. Further, 4 symposia with 17 presentations of INTERFASOL members were organised and 4 keynote lectures of internationally renowned scholars from different disciplines in the fields of family and cultural research took place. A round table gave also the opportunity for exchange among stakeholders and academics: 7 stakeholders and policy makers (including the Luxembourg Minister of Family and Integration) from Luxembourg took part in this round table on “Family Solidarity, Ageing and Migration”

See also:

Conference program

Slides of presentations

Video of the round table “Family Solidarity, Ageing & Migration

Video of a keynote lecture by Prof. Dr. Howard Litwin (Israel): Intergenerational transfers in Europe: What can we learn from SHARE?,  introduced by Prof. Dr. Claudine Attias-Donfut (France)

Book chapter: Poland: Families and Family Values in Poland


This chapter provides an overview of the historical background and current situation concerning family and family values in Poland. It begins with an account of demographic transformations in the context of changing geo-political scenario of modern history, namely the post-socialist era characterized by a decline in fertility. Immigration constitutes an important variable when accounting for the demographic profile of Poland, which is an-EU sending country, with the United Kingdom and Germany as main destinations. Ageing of the population is presented in the light of healthcare services, mainly provided by the state via the National Health Fund. The demographic transition towards an aging population seems irreversible due to transition from the traditional family model rooted in intergenerational exchange to a higher number of households constituted by a single person, as a result of a decline in fertility and a high rate of emigration of young, well-educated people to developed countries. Polish workforce reflects the national pension policy and expectations related to gender roles and caregiving. The society has been described as traditional, with the predominant role of the Catholic religion and a post-communist idea of a nanny state, relatively slow in reforming its social safety nets in the last 15 years. The main directions in the family policy have been quite consistently characterized by the lack of coherence and institutional integrity, pro-natalism, and familialism. Family appears as highly valued in Polish society, which emphasizes close personalized human relations, non-utilitarian, non-pragmatic approach to daily activities, low trust in state authorities, and high status of women and femininity. Nevertheless, following the transition to democracy, family patterns have undergone many changes in Poland, challenging the previous models through increasing cohabitation, divorces, as well as same-sex, fragmented or patchwork families and weakened ties due to increasing mobility. The alternative family models (especially LGBT) and abortion legislation have been subject to numerous debates, which show the influence of the Catholic religious values in the society. The research on intergenerational family relations in Poland includes diverse qualitative and quantitative studies from a sociological and psychological perspective. Value transmission in the context of interactions between generations and challenges faced by transnational families in the migration scenario constitute two prolific research areas related to intergenerational family solidarity. There seems to be a shortage of representative longitudinal studies, which stands out as an important issue in future research.

Laura Dryjanska

Biola University, Rosemead School of Psychology, La Mirada, California, USA

Author Note

Dr. Laura Dryjanska is an Assistant Professor of Social Psychology and Industrial-Organizational Psychology at the Biola University, Rosemead School of Psychology at La Mirada, California. Previously, she was a lecturer in Organizational Psychology at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw, Poland and a post-doctoral researcher at the Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. Address: 13800 Biola Avenue, La Mirada, CA 90639, USA.  E-mail: laura.dryjanska (AT)