MAIA Project

MAIA - Models and Methods for the inclusion of 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 collaborative works of the academy focus on the inclusion of the ageing workforce in manufacturing activities.

The psycho-social, ergonomic, economic aspects are studied, along with other questions relating to the the design of adapted production systems and the development of assisting technologies. 

The partners aim to contribute to the state of the art by transforming the concepts used in the design and management of production systems, human sciences, ergonomics and operation management.


This project, coordinated by the University of Padua (Italy), gathers 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 (China)
  • 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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