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International Scientific Advisory Board (ISAB)

The International Scientific Advisory Board (ISAB) is the body responsible for overseeing and advising during the implementation of the DigiWELL project. Its main role is to provide expert and independent oversight of the consortium’s research and project activities, to formulate strategic recommendations, and to evaluate the ongoing goals of the project.

ISAB meets regularly at least once a year. If needed, such as in case of discrepancies discovered during project monitoring, this period may be shortened, or an additional meeting may be convened.

ISAB members will have the following tasks during the project:

Annual Evaluation of Progress Reports: Regularly assess the progress and results of the project each year.

Internal In-Depth Evaluation: Conduct a thorough evaluation of internal aspects once during the project.

Final Evaluation: After completing the project, conduct an overall evaluation and assess the achieved results.

Advisory Role in: Addressing specific research issues and identifying discrepancies during the project monitoring.


The International Scientific Advisory Board (ISAB) consists of 7 experts:

Candace Currie: Professor of Global Adolescent Health and founder of the Child and Adolescent Health Research Unit (CAHRU) at the University of St. Andrews. Her research interests focus on socioeconomic and gender inequalities and their impacts on the health and wellbeing of adolescents (related to WP5).

Genevieve Dunton: Professor of Preventive Medicine and Psychology and director of the USC REACH (Real-Time Eating Activity and Children’s Health) lab. Her research involves developing and validating methodologies for real-time data collection, including ecological momentary assessment studies using wearable devices (directly related to WP2, WP3, WP6).

Kirk Erickson: Former professor of psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and director of the Neuroscience Institute, now serving as a lead researcher in the commercial sector at AdventHealth Research Institute. His research focuses on brain functions and structure, cognitive changes in relation to overall health, and aging with a focus on the level of physical activity. He is a member of advisory bodies of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and leads several projects based on randomized intervention studies (WP3 and WP4).

Otakar Fojt: Long-term scientific diplomat at the British Embassy in the Czech Republic, representing expertise in science communication and knowledge transfer to the applied sphere, both in terms of contacts with the commercial sector and in relation to state administration bodies (related to WP5 and horizontally across all WPs).

Chen Honglin: Professor of Social Work and Gerontology at the University of Eastern Finland. She serves in several national committees and expert panels focused on social work and gerontology in China. She leads projects based on evidence-based interventions using technologies targeting the improvement of the quality of life in older adults. She is also the author of three patents in the evaluation and methodology of interventions in health systems (related to WP3).

Sonia Livingstone: Professor of Social Psychology with a long-term focus on the media. She has experience in membership of advisory bodies of the Council of Europe and the UK House of Lords. Currently, she directs the Digital Futures Commission and, in collaboration with UNICEF, leads the Global Kids Online project and heads the work packages of two European H2020 projects (ySKILLS and CO:RE). She is the founder of the EU Kids Online network, and her research activities focus on opportunities, risks, and impacts of the use of digital technologies (related to WP1, WP2 & WP5).

Ulrike Ravens-Sieberer: Professor of Health Psychology and Public Health, serving as the Director of Research at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, and Psychosomatics at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. She coordinates the pan-European KIDSCREEN study on the quality of life and wellbeing of children and adolescents and served in the Coordinating Committee of the HBSC study (related to WP4 & WP5).