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Interfasol Dublin meeting: November 15-16, 2016


Report  INTERFASOL Cost Action Meeting November 16th and 17th 2016

The meeting was  held in Dublin in November 2016  in Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland.  The Cost Action meeting was held in Dublin since this location was volunteered by one of the Cost Action Members Dr Trudy Corrigan from Dublin, Ireland. Dublin City University (DCU) has developed an initiative  within its university as an Age Friendly University and in this respect it seeks to engage older people from the wider community in intergenerational engagement with third level students. This initiative has a focus ón a broad range of issues including engagement in teaching and learning opportunities together. This is in addition to evaluating the benefits of social engagement and  to support and develop the promotion of overall health and well being of younger and older people meeting and learning together ón a university campus.  In this respect the university was an example of intergenerational solidarity within the context of third level learning and in this respect it was perceived to evaluate the benefits of intergenerational engagement outside of familal contexts.

The meeting took place over two days. This was lead by keynote speakers within the programme and external to the Cost Action Programme. For example Professor Mark Morgan from Dublin City University spoke of the importance of keeping the mind active as we age. Dr Brendan Walsh, Head of the School of Policy and Practice and also from DCU reflected ón the importance of joint partnership between European partners to define the role of intergenerational family solidarity and of the importance of this programme to engage partnership together in research, policy and practice across partner countries . Dr  Walsh spoke of the importance of intergenerational solidarity for example in assisting older people across Europ to age well and in assisting in breaking down social isolation which is sometimes attributed to the onset of alzheimers or dementia as we age.

Participants from the Intergenerational Learning Programme DCU (DCUILP) presented ón the benefits of engagement between older and younger people outside of families and within a university  context. For example, some of the older people commented ón the benefits of the importance of keeping their mind active and of the benefits of social engagement as we age. Some of the younger students spoke of how meeting with the older people on campus assists with their confidence building and wider world view perspective. For the university students from other countries, they discussed the benefits of language development and of understanding other cultures through both intercultural and intergenerational engagement together.

A cultural event was organised for the group to visit Glendalough in Co Wicklow which was of historical importance as one of the first monastic settlements in Ireland. A round table discussion also took place ón the second day of the programme which involved and included all the members from each of the workshops working together to focus on key themes of intergenerational family solidarity for the next Cost Action Meetings together. This also focused ón possibilities to collaborate ón future publications and research projects including stakeholders.       

Professor Anne Marie Fontaine was thanked for her support and guidance in leading and developing the Cost Action Programme to date.It was agreed that all four working groups would work and develop further initiatives on evaluating policy and practices related to Intergenerational Family Solidarity for the next two meetings over the next twelve months and for the completion of the project in 2018.  

Interfasol meeting participants, Dublin City University, November 15-16, 2016
Interfasol meeting participants, Dublin City University, November 15-16, 2016

Meeting report is will be published soon.




COST Interfasol meeting in Dublin, November 15-16, 2016. Program.

COST Action IS1311

Intergenerational Family Solidarity across Europe

Venue and date: Dublin City University, Ireland,  15th November to 16th November

Management Comittee Meeting

Agenda November 16th


 Morning Session: 11:00 pm – 13:00 pm (for MC Representatives)

– Welcome to participants; agenda approval

  1. Information: Achievement of INTERFASOL
  2. Working group balance : achievement, planning actions, collaborative actions

– WG 1 by Isabel Albert

– WG 2 by Beate Schwartz

– WG 3 by Clare Holdsworth

– WG 4 by Dieter Ferring


  1. INTERFASOL transversal achievement

– STSM by Dieter Ferring

– TS by Willy Lahaye

– Website by Arseniy Svynarenko

  1. Next INTERFASOL meeting : Dortmund meeting presentation by Martina Brandt


Afternoon session: 15:00 pm – 17:30 pm

  1. Workshop: Strategic orientation for the two further years

– Publication and Congresses

– Collaborative research projects

Closing session


Core Group Meeting: Milan, Italy – May 24-26, 2016

The Meeting took place at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan. The meeting included the exchange and an upgrade about administrative issues as well as an exchange about ongoing activities, training school and short term scientific mission on the first day. The four working groups met on the second day of the meeting and presented their findings and strategies in a plenary afternoon session. Here, it became evident that all groups made a significant progress: concrete steps to reach the specific goals of each group have in part been realized and future activities for the next six months were arranged. The highlight of the third day was the 1. International Conference on Intergenerational Family Solidarity Across Europe. The conference started with keynote of Professor Federico Perali who gave an excellent comparative overview of the economic factors and dynamics underlying family solidarity in Europe. This was followed by four symposia reflecting on different issues of INTERFASOL (e.g., support exchanges between generations, transmission of values in families, migration and solidarity) as well as a poster session that presented projects of the STSM candidates (see programme).

The follow up meeting will take place in Dublin, 15-16 November 2016.

The 1st INTERFASOL Conference in Milan. A short report and a video in which Prof. Camillo Regalia shares his impressions about conference

COST Action IS1311 Intergenerational Family Solidarity across Europe

Milan Conference

The Cost International Conference was held in Milan at the Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Milan, 26th May 2016. The conference was titled “Perspectives on Intergenerational Family Solidarity. Challenges and opportunities”.

The conference aimed at providing an innovative view in the multidisciplinary research field of intergenerational family solidarity focusing on the different European challenges. Intergenerational family solidarity was presented according to a sociological, psychological, demographical and economical perspective. The contributions presented at the Conference aimed at shedding some light on  the  new social contract between generations, the challenge of elderhood, the role of the intergenerational value transmission in family solidarity and the resources of migration.  The speeches presented specific method/technique to study family solidarity through the presentation of empirical studies and social practices.

There were 31 speakers coming from 11 different European countries (Belgium, Italy, Luxemburg, Denmark, Romania, Switzerland, Ireland, United Kingdom, Portugal, Spain, Croatia, France and Austria).

 About 100 participants attended to the Conference.

The conference was composed by a key note speech, four symposiums and a poster session including six presentations.

The Keynote speaker was F. Perali, (University of Verona).  He earned a Ph.D. degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. He has been principal investigator of several research projects related to the estimation of the cost of children, poverty and inequality, and the intra-household allocation of resources, child labor, the theory of the household enterprise, juvenile crime, the quality of life of people with acquired brain injuries, and the economics of education, and the impact evaluation of welfare programs. Perali offered a lesson titled “Family and Generation Friendly Welfare”. He underlined that the value of time and services contributed by families can be recognized by offering a benefit to be paid, not on the basis of citizenship, but of participation broadly defined as a social contribution. Participation income would have the virtue to make the terms of the family-State reciprocity contract clear and can be seen as a complementary measure of social protection. Participation can be indirect, as in the case of mothers caring for infant children or frail elderly people, or direct, as in the case of voluntary work in the fourth sector. This program may prove effective in reducing child poverty by transferring resources from the old to the young generation and to mothers, and in controlling public expenses for the care of the elderly.

There were four symposia, the first one proposed by the Cost board and the other three were submitted by relators. They were:

1. “New contract between generations” Chair: C. Attias – Donfut (France). Presenters: H. Helve (Finland) – M. T. Letablier (France) – M. Kohli (Italy).

Specific attention had been paid to childless elderly and the low intergenerational support that is available to them; in some cases, low social support in older age has been found to be related to abuse, especially the psychological one. However, as providers of help, childless elderly are an important source through voluntary and charitable work. Women on the other hand are without any doubt particularly engaged in the family intergenerational care who may often experience work restrictions due to their activity of family care-giving. This task might be extremely challenging for these women since it involves not only physical tasks but also an emotional labour

2. “Active elders: a resource for family solidarity across generations?” Chair: C. Regalia (Italy) Presenters: A. Zaidi (UK) – B. Isengard/R. König/M.Szydlik (Switzerland) – D. Bramanti/S.G. Meda/G. Rossi (Italy).

Some conditions of the elderly parents make intergenerational support more relevant. First of all, health problems and parents’ disabilities guaranteed more help provided by adult children. Secondly, elderly parents who are not living as a couple or belong to a four-generation family are keener to receive help from their adult children and strong intergenerational ties are more evident in case of co-residence or spatial proximity especially in case of elder generations’. The symposium highlighted the new family challenges in terms of intergenerational solidarity carried by the population’s aging, considering this process as a family transition. It was emphasized a particular characteristic of the elderly generation, not only as receivers but also as providers of help, because of their support in giving financial help and childminding.

3. “Family values in intergenerational transmission” Chairs: I. Albert and D. Ferring (Luxembourg). Presenters: B. Mayer (Switzerland) – I. Albert/S. Barros Coimbra/D. Ferring (Luxembourg) – D. Barni/F. Danioni/S. Ranieri/R. Rosnati (Italy).

Intergenerational exchanges within the family are not only limited to the support each generation provides to the other, but also include the transmission and the exchange of what it is considered valuable. Value transmission between parents and children is in fact considered the hallmark of successful socialization. It is likely that a successful value transmission, in terms of between generation value similarity, may foster parent-child closeness and make family members keener to provide support and solidarity to the other generations.
Download slides from Boris Mayer (University of Bern) presentation Cultural and Individual Determinants of (Changing) Family Values and Intergenerational Solidarity

4. “Intergenerational Solidarity and Migration” Chair: Trummer U. (Austria). Presenters: D. Balahur/M. P. Munteanu (Romania) – A. L. Blaakilde/C. E. Swane/ E. Algreen-Petersen (Denmark) – T. Corrigan (Ireland) – U. Trummer (Austria).

Intergenerational family relations are embedded in family cultures which influence how families regulate their relations over the whole life span with regard to key issues, such as autonomy and relatedness, or support exchange and reciprocity, and which may vary inter- and intraculturally. Migrant families undoubtedly face a special situation as values and expectations from the culture of origin and from the host cultural context might differ.  Specific research evidence regarding intergenerational relations over the life span (including adolescent-parent, adult child-parent as well as grandchild-grandparent relations) were presented and discussed, also taking into account cross-cultural aspects and intergenerational relations in the context of migration

Prof. Camillo Regalia (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan), organizer of the 1st INTERFASOL Conference shares his impressions about the conference at Catholic University of the Sacred Hear, Milan, May 26, 2016.

INTERFASOL First International Conference: program

 COST-INTERFASOL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE Perspectives on Intergenerational Family Solidarity. Challenges and opportunities.
Thursday May, 26th 2016,  Room Pio XI, 9.00 am – 6.00 pm Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Largo Gemelli, 1 – 20123 Milano

The main aim of the action is “to synchronize, integrate and improve European research in the field of intergenerational family solidarity, its benefits in key life domains and the ways in which it can be strengthened across generations”.

Morning Session

9:00 am Welcome address F. Botturi (Vice Rector, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy). E. Scabini (Professor Emeritus of Social Psychology and President of the Family Studies and Research University Centre, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy). A.M. Fontaine (Chair of the Action, Professor at University of Porto, Department of Psychology, Portugal).

09:30 am/10:45 am Keynote speaker F. Perali (Italy): “Family and Generation Friendly Welfare” Chair: C. Regalia (Italy).

——— Coffee Break 10.45-11.15 ———

11.15/12.45 Symposium 1: “New contract between generations” Chair: C. Attias – Donfut (France). Presenters: H. Helve (Finland) – M. T. Letablier (France) – M. Kohli (Italy).

———— Lunch 12:45 am-2:00 pm ————

Afternoon Session 2:00 pm/ 6.00 pm

Chair: D. Ferring (Luxembourg).

Symposium 2: “Active elders: a resource for family solidarity across generations ?” Chair: C. Regalia (Italy) Presenters: A. Zaidi (UK) – B. Isengard/R. König/M.Szydlik (Switzerland) – D. Bramanti/S.G. Meda/G. Rossi (Italy) I. Rooyackers/E.M. Merz/H. de Valk (The Nederlands). Symposium 3: “Family values in intergenerational transmission” Chairs: I. Albert and D. Ferring (Luxembourg). Presenters: B. Mayer (Switzerland) – I. Albert/S. Barros Coimbra/D. Ferring (Luxembourg) – D. Barni/F. Danioni/S. Ranieri/R. Rosnati (Italy). Symposium 4: “Intergenerational Solidarity and Migration” Chair: Trummer U. (Austria). Presenters: D. Balahur/M. P. Munteanu (Romania) A. L. Blaakilde/C. E. Swane/ E. Algreen-Petersen (Denmark) – T. Corrigan (Ireland) – U. Trummer (Austria). 6.00 pm Final Remarks C. Regalia POSTER SESSION The posters will be displayed at 1.00 pm, during the lunch break, and will remain on display for the duration of the entire afternoon session.

REGISTRATION The registration is required, by April 29 indicating the name, last name and home institution. 

INFORMATIONS Family Studies and Research University Centre Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Tel. +39 02 7234 2347 

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Core Group Meeting: Madrid – October 6, 2015

The Core Group Meeting took place in Madrid on October 6, 2015 at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos. After the welcome by the Chair (Prof. Anne Marie Fontaine), the Grant Holder representative (Karina Gonçalves) has introduced the issues of the Support for financial matters and Work and Budget Plan management of the annual budget. Then, the members have discussed the Implementation of the Work Plan for the 2nd Grant Period, including the collaboration between WG – Dissemination overview, as well as the types of outcomes and deliverables for the 2nd grant period. Dieter Ferring and Willy Lahaye have presented the STSM and TS experience. The participants have also discussed the next INTERFASOL meetings, as well as other topics, such as the inclusion of new members, diffusion strategies and promotion of shared research projects.

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COST Action 1S1311 meeting in Keele, May 12-13, 2015: summary

COST Action 1S1311 – INTERFASOL Meeting in Keele took place on May 12-13, 2015 during the 1st INTERFASOL training School and it was hosted by Clare Holdsworth, Keele University. 34 Participants from 24 countries attended this meeting.

In Keele INTERFASOL participants discussed plans for future meetings and progress of ongoing events.

The next meeting will take place in Madrid, Spain on 6th – 7th October 2015, Esther Martinez Pastor (Spain) presented provisional programs of this meeting. This meeting will include Core Group Meeting, MC Meeting and WG Meetings, will take place at University of Juan Carlos, Mosteles Campus – to be confirmed.

In 2016 INTERFASOL meetings will take place in Milan and Dublin. Camillo Regalia  (Italy) presented plans for meeting in Milan on 23th – 27th May 2016 at Catholic University of Milan. This meeting will include Core Group Meeting, MC Meeting, WG Meetings, TS and the 1st INTERFASOL Congress. STSM 1st and 2nd call participants will make a presentation of their experience and results on the scheduled conference. Trudy Corrigan (Ireland) presented plans for meeting in Dublin on 15th – 16th November 2016, including Core Group Meeting, MC Meeting, WG Meetings. Meetings will take place at Dublin City University.

Short Term Scientific Mission Coordinator Dieter Ferring presented Short Term Scientific Mission procedures, development of the 1st Short Term Scientific Mission and brief approach to the candidate’s work. He pointed out the importance of better diffusing the call’s for the STSMs.

Claudine Attias – Training School Coordinator- presented her report of the progress of the 1st Training School, reviewing the criteria for the selected Trainees and the selected program for the Training School. She described organization of the Trainees in working groups and reviewing the presentations of the Trainees within the Action’s theme. Claudine Attias underlined the importance of the experience of this first Training School for the following ones. Participants on the meeting agreed with her suggestions to publish the Trainees’ presentation on the Action’s website, to send out a Training School Questionnaire. Meeting participants proved the new Training School Coordinator – Willy Lahaye who introduced his vision of future Training Schools.

At the meeting, leaders of Working Groups made presentations on the progress of work.

The scientific section of the meeting in Keele included presentations of academic papers and discussions.  Marjolein Broese van Groenou (VU-University Amsterdam) spoke about “Links between formal and informal care with a focus on intergenerational solidarity”, Thomas Scharf (National University of Ireland, Galway) – “Intergenerational solidarity at macro and micro levels”, Pau Marie-Klose (University of Zaragoza)-  “Intergenerational solidarity before and after the financial crisis”, Pearl Dykstra (Erasmus University Rotterdam) “How laws and policies shape intergenerational family solidarity”.