Conference on Economy and Pandemics

December 2-3, 2021 in Pitesti (Romania)

Members of the PandeVITA consortium are going to join a conference on economy and COVID-19 in December. Being one of the dimensions of the PandeVITA project, the economic and financial policies of the countries during the pandemic process will be measured and analyzed. In this direction, within the scope of the relevant dimension, the study titled “The Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Macroeconomic Indicators: The Case of Turkey” prepared by project coordinator Lutz Peschke and researchers Nildag Basak Ceylan and Ayhan Kapusuzoglu is accepted to be presented at the "7th Emerging Trends and Approaches in Knowledge based Economy Creative Thinking and Innovation in Multi-crisis Environment: Before and After the Pandemic", which is organized by the University of Pitesti, Faculty of Economics and Law in Romania.




Conference on Media & Communication Research

July 11-15, 2021 in virtual Nairobi (Kenia)

Lutz Peschke, Seldag Günes Peschke and their teams from Bilkent University and Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University presented the results about "Reward mechanism in COVID-19 tracking apps and its impact on voluntary participation of the public inside quintuple helix collaboration processes" on the IAMCR 2021 conference (International Association for Media and Communication Research) which were executed online and in Nairobi in Juli 2021. In this paper, COVID-19 tracking apps of different countries were analysed according to their reward mechanisms and its correlation to the voluntary participation. The protection of voluntariness is understood as the fundamental need for ethical use of CTAs. Accordingly, patterns of voluntariness were examined in the context of legal, ethical privacy and security policies of selected CTAs. The paper provided categories and criteria for CTA usage and its impact on citizen engagement in the Quintuple Helix collaboration process.




Conference on Human-Computer Interaction

July 24-29, 2021 in virtual Washington (USA)

The 23rd International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, organized and run as a virtual conference in Washington, focused on challenging and innovative areas such as HCI theories, methods and practices. During this conference, the main topics of discussion are design methods and techniques, design thinking methodology, user experience, gamification techniques, human-technology symbiosis, human-environment interactions and ethics and privacy and security, among others.

The paper presented in this conference ‘HCI challenges in designing Pandemic Trace Application for the Effective Knowledge Transfer Between Science and Society Inside the Quadruple Helix Collaboration’ describes the main difficulties and challenges that during the COVID-19 pandemic have emerged and the plans to face them from an HCI point of view. It was presented by Giuseppe Fico (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) in the "Quality in Interaction" section.

During the pandemic, the lack of communication among the quadruple helix members and the rapid dissemination of fake news, have made decision-taking more difficult and slower, favoring a rapid spread of the virus. Taking into account this scenario, the goal of the PandeVITA project is to create a technological solution that facilitates and speeds the participation of the quadruple helix members in the data generation and knowledge transfer while ensuring data privacy, data veracity, transparency and trustiness. To meet this goal and exploiting the high penetration of smartphones and their growing trend, the PandeVITA solution will be composed of a platform, a mobile application and a dashboard. Also, to promote citizens engagement, PandeVITA integrates Behavioural change methodologies and nudge strategies such as extrinsic and intrinsic motivations that include game elements.



videocallSecond PandeVITA Project Meeting

Sept. 2/3, 2021 in virtual Bonn (Germany)

The partners presented the progress of their work packages in a virtual meeting. The next steps concerning field studies and the PandeVITA conference in 2022 were discussed.

Hosted by the german partner iserundschmidt.



conference iconPandeVITA Kick-Off Meeting

February 11-12, 2021 in virtual Ankara (Turkey)

The consortium members met virtually due to the circumstances.

Welcome remarks were held by: Prof. Dr. Abdullah Atalar (Rector Bilkent University, Ankara/Turkey), Dr. Ömer Fatih Sayan (Vice Minister, Republic of Turkey Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure), Linden Farrer (Policy Officer, European Commission, Brussels/Belgium), Prof. Dr. Hasan Mandal (President TÜBITAK, Ankara/Turkey) and Dr. Dr. Lutz Peschke (Coordinator PandeVITA).

After an introduction of the partners the work packages were presented and discussed.


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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 101006316.