Digital pre-conference 12 October 2020

The Social security, work and health section's pre-conference will be Monday 12 October from 14:00 – 17:00 Central European Time.

Theme of this pre-conference is "It’s not about the future of work……it’s about the future of decent work - A global perspective on social protections and refocusing on worker well-being."
Register for participation at The participation fee is set at 40 EURO.
You can learn more about the EPH congress on Note that deadline for early registration is already at 5th of August.

Professor George Delclos, member of our steering group, gives a brief description of the program:
Globalization, technological advances, changes in workforce demographics and new, nonstandard forms of employment, including their interactions with social safety nets, are shaping the future of work (FOW), but the anticipated scenarios are several, and may or may not lead to decent work.
As our first keynote speaker and internationally recognized researcher, Dr. Paul Schulte, Director of the Division of Science Integration at the U.S. CDC National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) will help us explore different FOW scenarios, their likely impacts on worker well-being, and the modulating effects of social protections.
Goal 8 of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls for “the promotion of sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work”. Decent work drives sustainable development and contributes to attaining worker well-being. A laudable goal, without doubt, but how feasible is it to attain decent work in low and middle income countries?  Our second keynote speaker, Dr. Vera Ngowi, Senior Lecturer at the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Tanzania, will frame this issue through her recent work on the challenges of obtaining a decent work environment in Sub-Saharan Africa.
And, finally, there is little question that the COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating the pace and nature of changes in the nature of work, creating high levels of stress, job insecurity, and adverse impacts on health. In this context, the continuation of social protections, together with activation of new emergency measures, can play an important role in preserving the social fabric by helping citizens meet their basic needs, providing healthcare and by extending benefits. Our final keynote speaker, Professor Doctor Nico Dragano, Director of the Center for Health and Society at the University of Dusseldorf, recently coordinated a European work group on the indirect health consequences of COVIOD 19. He will speak on the health consequences of unemployment and social economic differences due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and how this is likely to affect the concepts of work, decent work, social security and sustainability.
Hope to see you all at the first digital pre-conference of the SSWH.