AM2021: Co-Creation from the COVID-Ashes – All Hands on Board!

Written by Carolien Smits

Our annual meeting will be online in 2021. That means a chance to think and feel everything anew. Elżbieta Czapka and I are the first to take on this challenge. We are looking forward to welcoming new members to the organizing committee: We need you and your energy and creativity! At our first brainstorm meeting, several inspiring innovations were put forward, from online choreography to site visits on video and transborder wine tasting. More than ever plans are to offer each other meaningful contact and fun, during the meeting, but also, in small working groups beforehand.

As members of organizing committee 2021 we will need to work together to shape a program that can be taken online,  register people, design activities,  all the regular tasks that other organizing committee but with the advantage that we will not have to raise money! We look forward to shaping an international committee and use this unique opportunity to take Eniec to the new online era. Come and join us!

As many of you, I will be working at home for the next few months. By 2021 I hope to be commuting again from my village to Utrecht. For those who do not know me: I am a Dutch psychologist-gerontologist-researcher. I work at Pharos the Dutch national expertise center on health disparities. My current projects focus on the impact of COVID-19 on people with dementia and their caregivers, family caregiving in minority groups, and organizing care for older migrants.

Elżbieta started her new job this month. She works at the University of Gdańsk where she is involved in teaching and continues her research work in the field of migration and health. In addition, she coordinates a project on migrants’ access to information related to COVID-19 pandemic.

You are most welcome to join us! Diversity is our strength.