DigiGen’s scientific and public engagement – examples of the team’s activities during the past six months

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Besides conducting research with the digital generation, the DigiGen team members are also actively engaged in many dissemination activities to ensure that findings are widely distributed to all stakeholder groups and there is a continuous and inclusive knowledge exchange and joint knowledge production between stakeholders and DigiGen.

To give an idea of what our team has been up to, we have listed just a few examples of the many activities from the past six months:

  • Meeting with Save the Children Norway
    In March 2021, the OsloMet team was invited to meet with Save the Children Norway to talk about DigiGen as input for a new program around the topic of digital exclusion. Save the Children Norway has seen this issue becoming increasingly important as a result of the pandemic and the move to online teaching.
  • eTwinning professional development workshop
    COFACE’s Elizabeth Gosme was invited to give a keynote speech during eTwinning’s professional development workshop on Friday 23 April 2021. During her speech, she talked about DigiGen and more specifically about the data from the working paper ‘Digitally deprived children in Europe’.
  • Online dialogue on digital education with Angela Merkel
    The German chancellor Angela Merkel has made digital education and the question of how to ensure that all children and young people benefit from digitalisation a top priority. Together with the Federal Minister of Education and Research, Anja Karliczek, she therefore initiated the online dialogue on digital learning with a number of school experts and scientists, among them was DigiGen’s Prof. Dr. Birgit Eickelmann.
  • Steering committee for the rights of the child – Council of Europe
    Elizabeth Gosme got the opportunity to give a short presentation during the plenary meeting of the steering committee for the rights of the child (CDENF) of the Council of Europe on 19 May 2021. During her presentation she informed the participants about DigiGen and its upcoming policy forum on 22 June 2021.
  • Eurodiaconia’s public panel discussion: No Child Left Behind: Digital Poverty and Roma Child Poverty in the Child Guarantee and Beyond
    Halla Holmarsdottir joined the panel discussion hosted by Eurodiaconia on 2 June 2021.  Other speakers included MEP Brando Benifei, the European Commission’s Katarina Ivanković-Knežević, Director for Social Affairs, DG EMPL, and MEP Romeo Franz.  
  • GameSym: Gaming, Livestreaming, Esports & Youth Mental Health Symposium 2021
    This two-day international symposium was aimed at showcasing research and promoting discussion investigating how digital environments, specifically live-streaming video games and esports, are changing the nature of the risks that children and young people face in their everyday digital lives. Three DigiGen team members, Athina Karatzogianni, Dimitris Parsanoglou, and Ilias Marmaras, joined the event’s panel discussions.