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EMPOWER awarded the 2023 Malaspina Award

EMPOWER Awarded the 2023 Malaspina Award

The official ceremony took place in Canberra on 17 November 2023

Canberra, Australia, 10 october 2023. EMPOWER has been awarded the 2023 Malaspina Award for organisations by the Spanish Researchers in Australia – Pacific Association and the Embassy of Spain in Australia.

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EMPOWER Consortium is a collaboration between Spanish and Australian researchers which has received joint funding by the European Union HORIZON programme and the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) within the NHMRC-European Union program. This collaboration has facilitated a continuous exchange of researchers between Australia and Spain since 2013, including joint positions, scientific publications, and joint research projects.

The EMPOWER (European Platform to Promote Wellbeing and Health in the Workplace) project is a prime example of the role of the EU Horizon programme as a key enabler of international collaboration. The project is led by Dr Beatriz Olaya (St John of God Foundation, Sant Boi, Barcelona – Spain) in Europe, and by Prof Luis Salvador-Carulla (MHPU, Health Research Institute, University of Canberra) in Australia.

The early engagement between the two has developed into a long-standing research collaboration with a significant number of Universities and Research Centres in Spain (e.g. Fundació Sant Joan de Deu, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Universidad Loyola Andalucía, Universidad Pública de Navarra, Asociación Científica PSICOST).

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The EMPOWER project
The European Platform to Promote Wellbeing and Health in the workplace (EMPOWER) is a research and innovation project that consists of the development and implementation of an innovative low-cost online health platform for addressing mental health and wellbeing in the workplace from a multimodal perspective. The project, funded by the European Union Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program (Ref. No. 848180), is coordinated and managed by the Fundació Sant Joan de Déu (FSJD) in Barcelona, Spain.

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