Filippos Filippidis
Lecturer in Public Health
Imperial College London

Innovation Days (i-Days)

Innovation Days encourage and promote health innovation amongst students. Students receive an introduction to practical health innovation tools and work in multidisciplinary teams to tackle real life health challenges in healthy living and active ageing. The 2016 and 2017 i-Days provided training and inspiration to hundreds of students in three CLCs. In 2018 we wish to scale these i-Days to include students from all EIT Health CLCs and strengthen the i-Days network across Europe.

Course/Programme Objectives: Innovation Days boost student entrepreneurial spirit and kick-start European health innovation. The i-Days will invite inspirational speakers within the field of health innovation to share their experiences with students. Student delegates will be able to form multi-disciplinary teams to develop real and viable health innovations. They will learn practical skills in innovation, meet students with complementary expertise, learn about EIT Health’s mission, and compete for i-Day prizes. Successful i-Day teams will be able to receive further support and resources to develop their project. The i-Day will use real challenges in healthy living and active ageing sourced from the EIT Health Accelerator and Innovation Project pillars, and from local public organisations and private corporations. Building on experience from 2016 and 2017, the Innovation Days will take place in 18 locations with the collaboration of 26 EIT Health partners across all seven EIT Health CLCs in 2018. The i-Days are conceived as a first step for students on the health innovation pathway. They will encourage hundreds of students across European CLCs to join the EIT Health network.

Target Groups: The i-Day is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students. Priority/discounted tickets will be provided to students from the partner institutions listed, as appropriate. We want to be broad and inclusive, including a multi-disciplinary mix of students from disciplines, such as science, engineering, social sciences and medicine. We target students who have an interest in entrepreneurship, including those with little or no knowledge of developing health innovations.

Schedule of Innovation Days, 2018-2019

27-28 March 2018 – University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia – Contact:

14 November 2018Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA), Saint-Martin-d'Hères, France – Contact:

16 November 2018 – University of Oxford, Oxford, U.K. – Contact:

16 November 2018Karolinska Institutet, Solna, Sweden – Contact: anneliese.lilienthal@ki.seREGISTER

16-17 November 2018Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain – Contact:

16-17 November 2018University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal – Contact: nunesmaria@campus.ul.ptREGISTER

17 November 2018BioM, Martinsried, Germany – Contact:

19 November 2018RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany – Contact:

22 November 2018 – Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary – Contact:

22-25 November 2018University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Copenhagen, Denmark – Contact: – REGISTER

23 November 2018Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden – Contact: Catharina.Svensson@imbim.uu.seREGISTER

23 November 2018 – University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal –  Contact:

24 November 2018Imperial College London, London, UK – Contact:

24 November 2018Newcastle University, Newcastle, U.K. – Contact:

24 November 2018University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain – Contact:

27 November 2018SDN, Napoli, Italy – Contact:

29 November 2018 – Sorbonne University, Paris, France – Contact:

30 November 2018 – University of Évora, Évora, Portugal – Contact:

EIT Health partners in this project