MAIA Project

MAIA - Models and Methods for an Active Ageing workforce: An International Academy

MAIA Project

MAIA is a European research project with a focus on a timely and strategic international challenge: the efficient involvement of ageing workers in the manufacturing systems of the future.

MAIA is a ‘Research and Innovation Staff Exchange’ funded by the Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, H2020-MSCA-RISE-2019.

The project is aimed at strengthening research collaboration through active networking, staff exchange and dissemination activities between 7 European universities from Italy, Germany, France and Slovenia as well as 6 non-European universities from USA, Japan, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Canada.

The academy will focus on active ageing industrial workforce problems and needs.  The network is multidisciplinary with leading expertises on ageing and psychosocial aspects, ergonomics, manufacturing system design, robotics/assistance technologies, and economics.

The consortium offers a unique opportunity that creativity and entrepreneurship will flourish and will help exchanged personnel to turn creative ideas into age-friendly manufacturing system design and management, reaching breakthroughs in Industrial engineering and robotics, human science, ergonomics and operation management.


This project, coordinated by the University of Padua (Italy), selected 13 partners

  • Technische Universitaet Muenchen (Germany)
  • Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’espace
  • ISAE-SUPAERO (France)
  • Technische Universitat Darmstadt (Germany)
  • Univerza V Ljubljani (Slovenia)
  • Hochschule Fur Wirtschaft Und Recht Berlin (Germany)
  • Kedge Business School (France)
  • Keio University (Japan)
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Chine)
  • University of South Florida Board of Trustees (USA)
  • The University of Auckland (New Zealand)
  • Research Foundation of The City University of New York (USA), 
  • Ryerson University (Canada)

At Kedge, the research group is guided by Olga Battaïa (CESIT, Kedge Centre of Excellence). 

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