The FamiliesAndSocieties project involved 25 research partners from 15 European countries and 3 transnational civil society actor partners who together carry out the work structured in 12 work packages.

The project studied important aspects of the family life course, focusing on important aspects of the family life course, new family configurations, the new roles of women and men, late fertility, childlessness and assisted reproductive technologies, inter-generational dependencies, childcare, immigrant families, and various family-related policies and their implications for the well-being of families.

The collaborative research project FamiliesAndSocieties, which has received funding within the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme from 2013-2017, has been  helpful in compiling the most recent evidence on a broad range of changing family patterns and policy demands, and in raising awareness for family issues within the policy arena of Brussels and the EU member states.

The President of COFACE, Annemie Drieskens, took part in the FamiliesAndSocieties stakeholder seminar at the European Parliament in 2016 “Policies for Families: Is there a best practice?”, where experts from research, policy, and NGOs discussed in a confidential atmosphere the most relevant findings of the FamiliesAndSocieties project and crucial policy issues related to youth, gender equality and childcare arrangements, and explored the role of policies with respect to family and life-course developments.

Work package leaders and researchers of the FamiliesAndSocieties consortium, Pearl Dykstra (University of Rotterdam), Irena Kotowska (Warsaw School of Economics), Gerda Neyer and Barbara Hobson (Stockholm University), contributed to the COFACE conference in Amsterdam, focusing on SDG 5 gender equality and the role of family organisations and during the COFACE employers forum in Helsinki.

More information on the project website www.familiesandsocieties.eu