Two research projects have been selected by the Montpellier Advanced Knowledge Institute on Transitions (MAK’IT) within the framework of the first “Constructive Advanced Thinking” (CAT) call for applications:

  • “Moving beyond traditional methods of identifying and overcoming negative attitudes towards vaccinations”. This project is being carried out by five young researchers in quantitative data analysis, medical psychology and communication and paediatrics from the Universities of Cyprus, Cadiz, Bordeaux and University College of London, as well as a representative from the Regional Office for Europe of the World Health Organization (WHO). It will focus on the dissemination of anti-vaccination messages through social interaction and the Internet, with the aim of translating the results into policy recommendations to be made available to WHO Member States. This group will spend ten days at MAK’IT in February 2021. The group will also be hosted by the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NETIAS) in Amsterdam, the Zukunftskolleg in Constance and the Paris Institute for Advanced Study for similar stays over the period 2020-2022.
  • “Unravelling existential suffering and its relation to depression in older adults: EXIST-well in nursing homes”. This project is led by a team of five young Belgian and Scandinavian researchers in psychology, nursing and gerontology, in collaboration with a Belgian network of nursing homes. It intends, through an interdisciplinary approach, to provide new insights on the issue of “existential loneliness” in nursing homes and its relationship with geriatric depression and to translate the results of this research into educational and training modules for nursing home professionals. This group will spend ten days at MAK’IT in April 2022 to collaborate notably with the Support Center for Pedagogical Innovation of MUSE. The group will also be hosted by the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS) in Uppsala, the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem and Scienza Nuova in Turin for similar stays over the period 2020-2022.

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The “Constructive Advanced Thinking” (CAT) programme, in which MAK’IT participates, was launched within the framework of the Network of European Institutes for Advanced Studies (NetIAS) to enable international groups of promising young researchers to meet several times a year within the partner IAS to advance a common research project proposing new insights to answer emerging societal questions.

The CAT call for applications will be re-launched in the coming months.