Early Care Training Project meeting in Plovdiv, Bulgaria

A meeting was held with all partners to adjust the learning outputs of the different modules created for the training programme. We are developing a training course for health care professionals about the early care of children born with a cleft, and are now finalising the programme and are ready to test the course.

40 participants in ECCE training school in Malta

A total of 40 participants have signed up for the training school in Malta in March 25th-27th, arranged by Cost Action CA16234 and hosted by University of Malta, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. This means the course is fully booked !

Correct-It training web site open for testing

The Correct-It project now has the training website for trainers open for testing. Anyone who wants to test the course is welcome to test.

It will be tested by 6 trainers from each partnership also before revison.

The team of the Up & Go project met in Stavanger on the 11th of February 2019 to discuss national analysis and surveys of the partners and intellectual outputs.

The project got a very good media coverage in the National Swedish TV (SVT). See video below:

We will conduct our first training school at Univerisity of Malta between 25th to the 27th of March 2019 (9:00 – 17:00 each day). The focus of the training school is patient centred care, with topics such as;

  • Patient Experience and Public Involvement
  • The subject of ‘patient perspective’ demonstrating the fact that structured patient to patient support can add an extra and invaluable    dimension to the care offered by the team
  • Research methods and methodological challenges
  • Data collection methods & response formats
  • Case studies based on clinical and observational experiences
  • Who are the marginalised and socially disadvantaged groups in Europe?
  • The variation of health care provision in Europe

More information on the training days will be provided shortly, including the venue, recommendations for hotels and the program itself.

Please follow this link to apply to the training school:

or use the QR code below:

You need to submit your application by the 8th of February at the latest.

There are 20 places available for this training school. In allocating places, we will aim for:
– An equitable balance of researchers and practitioners
– An equitable gender balance
– An equal balance of Early Careers Investigators (ECls), and those engaging in lifelong learning
– An equitable geographical distribution of members from Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITCs) 

For those participating in the training school, the following financial support and administrative rules apply: 
– The reimbursement rate per day is EUR 160 maximum
– Up to EUR 400 may be allocated for the travel expenses (depends on Domestic, near countries, far countries)
– Grant for Trainees can vary depending on the country of the Trainees (e.g. Domestic, near countries, far countries)
– Prior the Training School, the trainees must register on e-COST:
– No advance payments are available: All costs will be reimbursed after the event.

Trainees eligible to be reimbursed:
Trainees must be engaged in an official research programme as a PhD Student or postdoctoral fellow or can be employed by, or affiliated to, an institution, organisation or legal entity which has within its remit a clear association with performing research.

A new EU Erasmus+ funded project aimed at helping health professionals better support children and adults with disfiguring conditions kicked off in Thessaloniki, Greece on 15 December.  The two-year project comprises partners from Estonia, Greece,  Cyprus, Norway, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden , and the UK in addition to the European Cleft Organisation.  The project will develop training material targeted at health professionals to enable them to support patients through Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) which offers a psychological model well suited to the needs of patients with a disfiguring condition. ACT Now focuses on helping patients to lead fulfilling lives and teaching them skills to manage difficult thoughts and feelings, which enhances their quality of life.  The project coordinator in Greece, Maria Bigaki, said she was delighted to host the first meeting of the new partnership and that it was a privilege for her hospital (Papageoriou General Hospital) to be involved.  Other partners include, NGOs, universities, pedagogical institutes and specialist hospitals working in the field of cleft lip and palate and other craniofacial anomalies

Kickoff in the project UP & GO, development of educational training for staff and volunteers working with youth with Down syndrome (DS) or intellectual disabilities , especially in relation to physical activities. The outcome will be a functional continuing education and training package for organisations who works or are interested to work with individuals with DS or intellectual disabilities. This will enhance the possibilities for individuals with DS or intellectual disabilities to participate in sport activities and at the same time have the increased opportunities to become more integrated in our European society, which will contribute to their empowerment.

The training course will be in modular form and will be piloted on staff, youth workers and volunteers in the following partners countries (Sweden, Lithuania, Croatia, Romania)

University of Kristianstad is lead partner: See their web page about project here

Health Innovation, implementation and Impact (HI3) project,  with 8 countries in the consortium had the first kickoff meeting in Kristianstad in November 2018 at Kristianstad University. The aim of this project is to develop a training package for health care professionals – clinical and managerial positions – who currently have limited or no training in how to implement and monitor change in their health care setting. As indicated, this issue is a European wide problem. By utilizing a transnational project approach, a functional training material that take account of European social and cultural diversity in various hospital settings will be generated and consequently the developed training material will be more easily adopted and utilised across Europe. Partners come from Sweden, the Netherlands, Norway, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Slovenia and Romania. The consortium includes a combination of “players” in Research, Health Care, NGO and VET, bringing into the project a variety of necessary high-level complementary skills.

Project number: 2018-1-SE01-KA202-039066

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During ECCE conference in Serbia, Triskelion discussed possible future cooperation with The Global Smile Foundation with the Pre-Surgical & Dental Division Director Serena Kassam.

The patients they see on their medical missions around the world come for the surgery that will repair their craniofacial deformities.

The first 2 intellectual outputs of the CORRECT-IT project can be downloaded from the project website

  1. Healthy lifestyle analysis
  2. Training Curriculum

The team of CORRECT-IT project held the third joint meeting at Escola Superior de Saúde de Portalegre, in the city of PORTALEGER, Portugal on 28th September 2018. The focus was to finalize the online training materials and face to face module. All partners have delivered so far and the project is en route.

Triskelion was both present and heavily involved in the organisation of the EUROPEAN CLEFT AND CRANIOFACIAL INITIATIVE FOR EQUALITY IN CARE which took place in Nis, Serbia 13-15th September 2018 at the medical faculty of Nis University. Keynote speakers were Dr. Ron Strauss from USA, Dr. Bowornsilp Chowchuen from Thailand and Dr. Serena Kassam from Canada.

The Health Minister of Serbia opened the conference together with the Mayor of Nis, and the conference was featured on national TV, reporting from the event and conducting interviews with speakers.

Yet another EU project approved!

Health Innovation, Implementation and Impact, a Strategic partnership project within Erasmus + have been approved for funding. The kickoff wil be 12th November at Kristianstad University College, Sweden

The Early Care Training Program website is now up and running!

Check it out at:

Triskelion co-sponsors Appearance Matters 8 conference

The Appearance Matters conference- the eighth in a row- was held between 12 – 14 June 2018. The conference took place in Bath, United Kingdom  and dissemination about our project CUTTING EDGE TRAINING and COST ACTION CA16234 was included in the conference package. Great dissemination for the specific target group of professionals.

Since 2003, the Centre for Appearance Research has been running the Appearance Matters conference series. It provides a forum which specifically highlights current psychosocial research, theory and good practice around appearance-related issues including visible difference, interventions, research methods and provision of care.

The Cutting Edge Training project has a new web page up and running. Please see the link below:

For developed materials, please see direct link : Downloadable materials

Impact of celebrity endorsement on consumer buying behavior

Frida Felines video thesis on consumer buying behavior


Another project application Strategic partnership “Up & Go” approved

Another new Erasmus+ Strategic partnership project within higher education is approved by the Swedish National agency. The project is called Up & Go and deals with people with Downs syndrom.

Lead partner is Kristianstad University, and partners are Triskelion, Down syndrom international in Romania, Downs syndrome centre of Pula- Croatia and Lithuanian Welfare Society for Persons with Mental Disability.

The project will be starting 1. September 2018.

Appearance matters Podcasts

The Centre for appearance research in Bristol has a series of 28 podcasts on appearance issues.

If you are interested, see their page on soundcloud: