INTERFASOL working group 4 meets in Malta

On March 24, 2017 George(Gino) Pavia, Roberto Giua and Laura Dryjanska, members of the Working Group 4 of the INTERFASOL have met at the Ministry for the Family and Social Solidarity of Malta. Maria Aurora Fenech , invited by George(Gino) Pavia, has joined the meeting representing both the Ministry and the University of Malta. The participants have discussed the involvement of the Key Stakeholders in their respective countries in the promotion of intergenerational family solidarity, identifying the best ways to obtain audio or video-recorded statements from them. This task is being carried out in full collaboration with Dr.  Marvin Formosa (Department of Gerontology, Faculty for Social Wellbeing, University of Malta), the leading expert in ageing-related issues and consultant of the Ministry of Health for the National Dementia Plan and Strategy of Malta. The INTERFASOL COST Action has made possible this (and many other) projects by giving numerous opportunities to meet and interact to its members, who in turn have further enlarged the network.


Call for Applications: Annual Training School 2017 (new deadline April 30th)

COST Action IS1311
Intergenerational Family Solidarity across Europe

Deadline for applications extended until April 30th, 2017

Annual Training School 2017
Call for Applications

Dortmund 6th – 9th June 2017

As indicated in its Memorandum of Understanding, INTERFASOL foresees the organization of several training schools, programmed to provide structured training in theoretically-guided empirical research in social sciences and policy on the field of family intergenerational solidarity. The global objective is to develop interdisciplinary research capacity, to advance scientific understanding across Europe on the importance and impact of intergenerational family solidarity across generations in priority domains of life. It is also intended to contribute to the development of high quality future intergenerational family solidarity programmes and research and plan new research pathways.

The INTERFASOL annual training schools provide the most up-to-date knowledge and methods in this field, putting a strong emphasis on research methods for social sciences and offering interdisciplinary activities with a focus on policy issues. These are international programmes and therefore all courses are in English. Participants can expect a series of lectures by leading international scholars.
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(Un)Making Europe: Capitalism, Solidarities, Subjectivities

13th ESA Conference, Athens,  29.08.2017 – 01.09.2017
RN13 – Sociology of Families and Intimate Lives

Coordinator: Isabella Crespi, University of Macerata, Italy isabella.crespi(at)

Our RN invites submissions of papers on current new findings in family research as well as current new theoretical and methodological approaches to explore families and inti-mate lives. Taking up the conference theme, scholars are especially invited to explore whether and how their family studies relate to aspects of making or unmaking Europe or the causes or consequences related to such processes (e.g. formation of transnational couples, poverty of families, family ties as instruments for compensating social depriva-ion or cutbacks in social benefits, changes in fertility behaviour, re-traditionalisation of gender roles etc.). However, linkage to the main conference theme is not a precondition for submissions. RN13 requires all authors to submit two abstracts: You are asked to submit the standard abstract of 250 words and in addition you are also asked to upload a longer, extended version, that is a second abstract of 500 words. Please outline within your abstract (as appropriate) the research question, theoretical approach, data, methodology, research findings, and interpretation. Please indicate in the beginning of the abstract (like this: “[theme RN13_XX]”) which of the following session themes your submission relates to best.
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Open position: Research Associate in the field of (cross-) cultural psychology (M/F), University of Luxembourg

The University of Luxembourg is a multilingual, international research University.

The University of Luxembourg invites applications for the following position in its Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) for a:

Research Associate in the field of (cross-) cultural psychology (M/F)

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3rd Call for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM)

3rd Call for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) for Intergenerational Family Solidarity Researchers

Call for applications is open between
December 5th till December 16th, 2016

All STSM activities must occur in their entirety
until April 1st, 2017

COST strives to support European scientists in their networking activities by Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) that will allow scientists to learn from an institution in another COST country. STSMs involve visiting a partner institution for a period of up to 3 months to improve closer cooperation and exchange, to develop capacity building and joint research, publications, and preparation of future projects. The following detailed information is withdrawn from COST H2020 VADEMECUM (pages 28-29).

Who can apply?

  • STSM applicants are PhD or post-doctoral researchers, or employed by or officially affiliated to an institution or legal entity (public or private, as Home Institution);
  • COST Action IS1311 INTERFASOL subscrives COST strategy towards increased support of Early Career Investigators (ECI) (COST 295/09). Therefore, the participation of ECIs in STSM is particularly encouraged. An applicant can be considered as being an ESR when the time that has elapsed between the award date of the applicant’s PhD and the date of the applicant’s first involvement in the COST Action IS1311 INTERFASOL does not exceed 8 years. PhD students are also eligible to partake in STSMs.
  • The table below (see category A) details the possible STSM scenarios available to the respective Researcher. The Host institution (category B) concerns the institution/organisation that will host the successful applicant.

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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.




INTERFASOL fostering international cooperation between Italy and Malta

Thanks to contacts established during the INTERFASOL meetings, a group of members of the Working Group 4, dedicated to informing key stakeholders, have launched a policy implementation and research oriented cooperation. In particular, Roberto Giua and Laura Dryjanska have visited George (Gino) Pavia and his team from the Active Ageing and Community Care Directorate at the Ministry for the Family and Social Solidarity. The meeting constituted an occasion to discuss the recently published book entitled “Solidarieta’ Intergenerazionale: Universo Argento” (Italian for “Intergenerational solidarity: Silver Universe”) and the plans to propose another volume on this topic, this time in English.

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