- University of Sheffield, United Kingdom Department of Sociological Studies (USFD)
- University of Sheffield, United Kingdom: School of Health and Related Research (USFD - ScHARR)
- Lunds Universitet, Sweden (ULUND)
- Ruprecht-Karls-Universitaet Heidelberg, Germany (UHEI)
- Newcastle University, United Kingdom (UNEW)
- National Institute of Health and Science on Aging, Italy (INRCA)
- Age Platform Europe, Brussels (AGE)
- Eurocarers, Luxembourg (EuCa)
- Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom (SHU)
- Latvian Council of Science, Latvia (LCS)
(Contributor to all activities)
The Latvian Science Council (LSC) is a governmental institution under the authority of the Ministry of Education and Science which deals with science and research within the country as well as international cooperation since 1990. LCS has a profound role in determining the perspective directions of research and innovation, evaluating the scientific activity in Latvia, designing the research policy, disseminating achievements of research, emphasising the social dimension of research. Beyond its role as the research council, LCS acts as integrator for multi-disciplinarity in science relying on 5 major expert teams (natural sciences, engineering, biomedical and clinical, social and humanities, agriculture and environment), promotes social innovation based on scientific evidence. LCS is responsible for balancing the social and the technical components in scientific advancement. LCS supports the central platform for experts from various science fields in Latvia, and actively promotes collaboration of experts on various levels fostering horizontal integration of research.
Ageing research as a major integrated multidisciplinary priority has been accentuated by LCS already in 1998, from 2002 a major collaborative research programme in ageing has been prioritised, still ongoing. While centred on medical research, programme immediately emphasised the social component, and the role of social innovation in self-management and autonomous subsistence of elderly people in their natural environment. LCS has followed the social innovation component in the decision making, decision support, providing support to emerging research.
International cooperation is one of the main objectives of LCS. Entitled by the Government to participate as Latvian representative in ERA, LCS has been setting the priorities for Latvian participation in various LCS instruments, and is deciding body until yet. LCS directly supported Latvian participation in ERA-AGE initially as an associate, then as a full member, participated in FP7 project FUTURAGE, relying on its excellent expert pool. LCS has been a node in Baltic for interaction with European ageing research.
Additional resources (in Latvian)
Overview of Horizon 2020 "Health, Demographic and Wellbeing" (pdf download)
- Key personnel involved in the project
Iveta Ozolanta Senior Representative
Uldis Berkis Senior Representative
Maija Bundule Senior Representative
Additional staff will join team as required.
- Main tasks attributed to them in the project
New Member States of the European Union play a special role in social ageing research. Plagued by differential migration patterns (young are leaving, old staying) they face also disruption of contemporary social environments. Based on that, LCS will provide representative inputs about the situation of NMS.
LCS will provide expert contributions to WP1-5. They will also contribute to Tasks 2 and 5 in WP6 in the development and staging of Stakeholder Forums and the Final Conference.
- Short profile and previous relevant experience
Iveta Ozolanta, Professor, MD, PhD – LCS Expert and member of the important Science Evaluation panel at LCS. Coordinator of two major LCS multidisciplinary programmes on ageing, principal investigator in the ongoing National research programme on public health. Scientific interests – multidisciplinary ageing research, innovations in anti-ageing and persistence of elderly in their natural environment. Social component as crucial predictive factor of Quality of Life at an old age. Author of a series of PUBMED cited articles in medical biomechanics and its impact on Quality of Life.
Uldis Berkis, PhD – represents LCS research disseminating bodies, member of the FP7 National Contact Point and an Expert to FP7 Health Programme Committee. Research interests –risk adjustment in social and health insurance, social innovation as a cost reduction factor.
Maija Bundule, PhD – represents administrative body of LCS, she is also the leading coordinator in the activity “Science in society” in Latvia in collaboration with Latvian Academy of Sciences. Maija manages Expert Advisory Panels and expert database at LCS. Maija has done research in genetics.