The SYNCLUSIVE project, a large four-year project funded by the EC’s Horizon Europe, aims to make significant contributions to both science and EU policy. In projects of this scale, a Scientific Advisory Board is crucial to ensure the project’s integrity, relevance, and impact. The role of this board is advisory, utilizing their expertise to provide up-to-date knowledge and critical analysis. The board is not involved in decision-making but their role is to strengthen the project by providing critical and constructive feedback to the project Consortium. This feedback is particularly crucial during annual meetings with the SYNCLUSIVE consortium. During these meetings, they are challenged to support the consortium by discussing the research methods, research findings, and (draft) deliverables, thereby ensuring the consortium stays alert, up-to-date, and impactful, and the project stays aligned with its goals.

The Scientific advisory board comprises leading experts in multilevel methodology, social policy, and inequalities, as well as a senior researcher at the European Trade Union Institute. This combination of diverse perspectives enriches the project, enabling a comprehensive approach to tackling the scientific, political, and practical challenges of our complex project.

Klara Foti was a senior research manager at the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound). She specializes in European policies, focusing on research on migration policies and practices in the EU. She was involved in research on social exclusion, social cohesion and well-being, volunteering, and care work, as well as intra-EU mobility and migration. Since her retirement in January 2024, she has still active for ELTE University in Budapest on the same topics.  

Per H. Jensen was a professor of Social Policy at Aalborg University, Denmark, until July 2023. By March 2023, he started as Adjunct Professor at Roskilde University. In 2024 he cofounded and is an academic board member of the Center for Comparative Welfare State Research, Berkeley, US. He has published on ageism and discriminatory practices towards older workers.

Agnieszka Piasna is a Senior Researcher in the Economic, Employment, and Social Policies Unit of the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) in Brussels and an Associate Researcher at the Centre for Sociological Research at KU Leuven. Her research focuses on job quality, working time (reduction), digitalization, and gender equality. She coordinates research activities in the framework of the ETUI Internet and Platform Work Survey.

Martin van de Lindt is a social geographer who specializes in regional and urban development. He worked at TNO for 14 years until retirement, where he worked in the field of transitions at the Strategy and Policy Group. Since his retirement in 2018, Martin works at DRIFT (Dutch Research Institute For Transitions) as a part-time researcher and advisor. In his work, he applies the concepts of transition and (tailor-made) transition management to research and policy recommendations in various projects.