Management Committee meeting I 

October 20, 2022, in Brussels DIGI-net members, met for the first time. For the next four years, we will be looking for like-minded people, in collaboration with whom we can achieve an ambitious goal – to overcome critical gaps in conceptual innovation on the influence of digitalization on work inequalities in later life, in order to address the research-policy disconnect and tackle work inequalities in later life redefined by digitalization.  

The journey has begun. Now, our team has more than 140 members from 37 countries. For more information, visit https://www.cost.eu/actions/CA21107/. Join our international team and contribute! 

Management Committee meeting II 

We are pleased to announce that the Management Committee Meeting of COST Action 21107 DIGI-net held in Iasi, Romania 28-29 March 2023 was a resounding success. Over the course of two intense and productive days, like-minded colleagues reconnected and discussed strategies for achieving our Action’s goals. The highlight of the event was a captivating lecture delivered by Dr. Ciprian Iftimoaei from the County Institute of Statistics on “Work Inequalities, Ageing and Digitalisation in Romania.” 

During the meeting, we received updates on our participants and considered the budget. Prof. Dr. Petroula Mavrikiou and Iris Finger provided valuable insights on these topics. 

Prof. Dr. Daniela Soitu presented information on the grant application and recipients. We are excited to have a balanced approach to our grant recipients, including gender (30% male, 70% female), age, and geographical diversity spanning Albania, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Poland, Kosovo, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, and Ukraine. This diversity in the grant recipients aligns with our objective to promote inclusivity and equal opportunities. 

Dr. Ilona Matysiak and Prof. Merita Xumari Vaso proposed a plan for the formation of an Older Worker Reference Group. 

Another highlight of the meeting was the presentation by Dr. Natalia Versal, which showcased the Dissemination Board and the developed Science Communication Plan. Additionally, the website of the Action, developed jointly by Nataliia Versal, Monika Szurmanová, and Katerina Mlejnkova, was presented. 

Dr. Jelle Lössbroek presented the idea of preparing a joint book within the Action. This proposal received extensive support from the members, who immediately suggested various approaches for its content. 

Eventually, our Action Chair, Dr. Martina Rašticová, and Action Vice-Chair, Prof. Dr. Clary Krekula, shared ideas for the next meeting in Larnaca, Cyprus, as well as the practical implementation of Action results through the Prague policy workshop, and the mechanism for creating a synthesis. 

We are thrilled to see such productive and engaging discussions among our members and look forward to seeing the outcomes of these initiatives. We extend our sincere gratitude to Universitatea „Alexandru Ioan Cuza” din Iași for their exceptional hospitality and for providing excellent conditions for organizing the MC meeting. 

Management Committee meeting I 

We are happy to inform you that Management Committee (MC) meeting III and opening conference of COST Action 21107 “Work inequalities in later life redefined by digitalization” DIGI-net was held in Nicosia, Cyprus, at Frederick University Cyprus on September 7 th and 8 th, 2023. During the meeting 55 participants reconnected and discussed strategies for achieving Action’s goals, received updates on COST activities and presented their new publications and projects.  

The MC meeting was held on September 7th. Dr. Petroula Mavrikiou and Dr. Martina Rasticova opened it by welcoming the participants.  Prof. Dr. Petroula Mavrikiou informed the MC about Action Membership: COST Members represented in the MC, Action Participation: WG membership and applications, New MC members/Observers, COST Excellence and Inclusiveness Policy. Mrs. Iris Finger provided valuable insights on the project budget.  

Prof. Dr. Daniela Soitu presented information about the grants: STSM, ITC conference, dissemination konference and virtual mobilities. Completed grant beneficiaries Sergio Barbosa, Milica Velickovic and Danijela Voza presented the report of their grants. Dr. Jim Ogg reported on the current state of the training school.  

Dr. Martina Rasticova and Dr. Ondrej Pavelek presented the main results of the Prague policy workshop. Prof. Dr. Nataliia Versal reported MC members about the website and conferences, publication opportunities etc. Prof. Dr. Clary Krekula, Dr. Martina Rasticova, Prof. Dr. Daniela Soitu presented the current state of the joint book. At the end of the MC meeting Dr. Martina Rasticova mentioned upcoming conferences and publication opportunities. 

We are thrilled to see such productive and engaging discussions among our MC members and look forward to seeing the outcomes of these initiatives. We extend our sincere gratitude to Dr. Petroula Mavrikiou and at Frederick University Cyprus for providing excellent conditions for organizing the MC meeting. 

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