Education Seminar Series:
Community and Education in Action

“Offering lifelong learning opportunities for professionals in Europe and globally” – that is the declared mission of the EIT Health Germany Education Pillar. The pillar offers a complex myriad of possibilities for education in various fields of healthcare that goes beyond (but not excluding) the classical university campus.

Organised as monthly 1-hour-webinars, the ultimate goal of the seminar series “Community and Education in Action” is to assemble like-minded intellectuals and professionals from our community to trade ideas, thoughts, and views related to a specific EIT-Health topic especially focused in the Education Pillar.

What benefits you can gain from this series:


  • A detailed overview of current education projects, consortia, and opportunities
  • Learn about the success of our education projects and the partners behind
  • The opportunity to discuss possible education proposals and share experiences with players in current projects
  • A room to discuss different topics with a highly experienced range of partners
  • Education on a variety of topics reaching from entrepreneurial issues to current ongoing discussions
  • Connecting to representatives of our Education Network
  • Learn what programmes are open for application and what they offer


Further information on the individual seminars and speakers will be added shortly. The online seminars usually take place on every SECOND FRIDAY of the month from 11:45 -13:00 CET (see below).

08 April 2022 // 11:45-13:00 CET

Machine Learning and AI for Healthcare Examples of social Impact

Dr Jan Alexandersson // German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence

About this seminar

The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence – DFKI GmbH – is engaged in a number of Research and Development projects in the healthcare domain. The topics include long-term monitoring in smart homes for the elderly, diagnosis support for cognitive and affective disorders including dementia, schizophrenia and depression, ophthalmology including decision improvement for cornea transplantation and treatment support for Age-related macular degeneration and diabetic macular edema. Whereas we develop and study combinations of analytical and machine learning-based methods and modelling, data is partly very sensitive and according to good practice and GDPR, it has to be handled with appropriate technical and organisational measures. In the seminar’s last part, we will touch upon the effects of AI-based tools for different stakeholders in the organisations involved: visions and dangers.

Our speaker: Dr Jan Alexandersson

13 May 2022 // 11:45-13:00 CET

Insights into building up an incubator and accelerator at the University of Cologne

Marc Kley // GATEWAY Start-up & Transfer// Excellence Start-up Center // University of Cologne

About this seminar

The Gateway Excellence Start-up Center at the University of Cologne (UoC) addresses scientists and students with innovative ideas and encourages them to turn inventions into innovation by setting up their own start-up. Gateway assists upcoming start-ups throughout the entire life cycle from an initial idea or invention to a business model and the eventual spin-off from the UoC. So called “transfer scouts” are Gateway’s ambassadors at the UoC’s six faculties, screening working groups and research clusters for transfer all start-up ideas. This is of particular interest to researchers in the field of life science, i.e., the faculties of medicine and natural sciences.

Our speaker: Marc Kley

In his presentation, Marc Kley, head of the Gateway Excellence Start-up Center, examines the transfer scouts work and illustrates how a plain idea can become a sustaining spin-off with the support of Gateway’s people and infrastructure, such as idea competitions, incubators, or an accelerator programme. With twenty years of experience in assisting start-ups, Marc began working at the University of Cologne in 2011. Since 2015, he heads the Gateway, which received public funding in 2019 to build an “Excellence Start-up Center”, making the whole university more entrepreneurial and offering a wider ranging support to scientists interested in their own start-up.

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10 June 2022 // 11:45-13:00 CET

Improving Health Outcomes in the Workplace: Outcomes of the “PsyHealth worXs” project

Prof. Dr. Jessica Lang // RWTH Aachen

About this seminar

We all know reports on how work can make us sick. And we all know what stresses us out in our jobs. However, only 30% of European companies put the systematic optimisation of working conditions for maintaining worker well-being on their to-do list. This seminar introduces feasible procedures for enabling participants to handle the process of the legally required psychosocial risk assessment. We will identify relevant working conditions, discuss their potential for being a risk for well-being and explore simple preventive measures to ensure that unnecessary stressors do not get in our way in completing our jobs with satisfaction.

Our speaker: Prof. Dr. Jessica Lang

Dr. Jessica Lang is an occupational health psychologist who believes that working conditions need to be systematically changed to maintain worker-health and well-being. She specializes in occupational stressors and their impact on mental and physical health. She has expertise in the assessment of psychosocial risks at work and systematic prevention of mental health problems. Her research has a strong application focus. Besides journal publications, her research resulted in the development of eLearning Tools for leaders and employees regarding psychological health promotion at the workplace as well as a Massive Open Online Course that brings legal and research requirements into practice regarding psychosocial risk assessments. Holding a degree in psychology from the University of Mannheim, she completed her postdoctoral fellowship in the field of occupational medicine at RWTH Aachen University, Germany.

15 Oktober 2021 // 11:45-13:00 CET

The entrepreneurial mindset and the future of healthcare

Paul Coyle // Director at Entrepreneurial Mindset Network, Bordeaux, France.

About this seminar

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic healthcare systems all over the world were facing many challenges:


  • How to meet the needs of a diverse population of patients?
  • How to find more innovative solutions?
  • How to remain true to the core values and best traditions of healthcare?
  • How to dare to disrupt the status quo?
  • How to engage the support of patients, healthcare professional, and stakeholders in the necessary changes?
  • How to deliver the best quality healthcare within the available resources?
  • How to overcome the inertia inherent in the current systems and make faster progress?


Responding to these challenges calls for change – and change is never easy.  Too often the solutions are seen as requiring complex reorganisation and major change management programmes. This seminar will examine these issues by exploring the role of the entrepreneurial mindset in the future of healthcare.  The entrepreneurial mindset is often seen as exclusively associated with entrepreneurs. However, anyone can gain benefits from thinking and acting like an entrepreneur, whether they want to set up a business, or are employed in the public, private or not-for-profit sectors. There is increasing recognition of the value that can be gained by individuals, teams, and organisations by using an entrepreneurial mindset in healthcare.  The seminar will provide a definition of the entrepreneurial mindset, which is based on a systematic analysis of published research and professional practice, and explain the role of the mindset in addressing current and future healthcare challenges.

Our Speaker: Paul Coyle

The seminar will be led by Paul Coyle, the Director of the Entrepreneurial Mindset Network. Paul is known as an international expert in the entrepreneurial mindset, leadership, and organisational transformation. He is an alumnus of the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford and a member of the Oxford Entrepreneurs Network. Paul has given presentations at conferences, written papers for journals, authored reports of national projects, been interviewed for specialist publications, and written numerous organisational strategies, policies, and internal reports. The events he has spoken at in Australia, throughout Europe, in the Far East, and South Africa have connected him to leading business schools, Fortune Global 500 companies, governmental bodies and ministries, healthcare providers, higher education institutions, hospitals, research bodies, private companies, public sector organizations, professional associations, and social enterprises. Paul is actively involved with the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, undertaking peer reviews of applications to EIT Heath Campus and EIT E-Labs, and as a juror for the EIT CHANGE awards.

12 November 2021 // 11:45-13:00 CET

Inclusive Health Multipliers – an Example for Collaborative Learning Arrangements

Dr. Daniela Schwarz & M. Med. Sc. Elke Langbein // Technische Universität München

About this seminar

This seminar will focus on the EIT Health Summer School InPhysEd (Inclusive Physical Education: Making physical activity inclusive and open for all) as an example of an innovative learning format.

InPhysEd is designed for trainee teachers, sports & health science students including and supported by people with intellectual disabilities (ID). The programme empowers participants through co-learning, co-designing, and challenging-orientated problem-solving in collaborative learning arrangements, and lets them develop and pitch solutions to complex questions of inclusion within physical and health education.

The seminar will highlight some results, including:

  • What challenges inclusion must overcome in different historical, social, and cultural areas
  • How these change the health and education experience of people with ID
  • How collaborative idea generation helps to develop the design of a targeted approach to inclusive physical education
  • entrepreneurial approaches to idea generation and problem-solving

The following step is to develop this inclusive health orientated approach further: increasing health awareness and active behaviour through multipliers that serve as health leaders and role models. The educational programme targets health workforces, prospective and current health educators, medical professionals, students with a health science background people with special needs, and especially with ID in the broad context of mega sports events like the Special Olympics.

InPhysEd lets people with special needs develop their health and multiplier skills with the aim to develop advanced ideas on how to tackle health issues facing people with special needs all over the world.

Our speakers: Dr. Daniela Schwarz & M. Med. Sc. Elke Langbein

Dr. Daniela Schwarz & M. Med. Sc. Elke Langbein, Team ELDA has a strong focus on professional education, vast experience in social inclusion through sport and health, and successful expertise in leading international projects, e.g. EIT Health Summer School InPhysEd Inclusive Physical Education: Making social inclusion and physical activity inclusive and open for all. For their innovative inclusive teaching seminar, they have been awarded several prices and public recognition. The voluntary role as Clinical & Regional Directors of Strong Minds a Health program of Special Olympics (SO) supports the connection to external international and national cooperation partners in the fields of sport and governmental stakeholders. Blending learning formats, collaborative settings in universal design bringing different disciplines and stakeholders together are their strengths. Team ELDA is located at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in the Department of Sport and Health Sciences which offers a broad, interdisciplinary scientific portfolio on numerous topics in sport and the health sciences.

10 December 2021 // 11:45-13:00 CET

The importance of digital skills in healthcare

Armin Ritter// Fraunhofer Academy

About this seminar

It is no secret that healthcare systems across Europe are under pressure to develop their effectiveness and remain competitive. Digital technologies have the potential to transform the way we deliver care. Other industries have experienced productivity gains of up to 20% from digitisation, but healthcare delivery has yet to realise such gains. One of the reasons for this is the lack of digital skills in the healthcare workforce. This lack of sufficient digital knowledge leads to poor adoption of new technologies, that could bring the required change. There is an urgent need for upskilling of the workforce and that has become even more pressing in the pandemic. Professionals and managers in the healthcare ecosystem need to be able to innovate, adapt and engage with new technologies and the changing pace of medicine. The Transformative Digital Skills for Healthcare Training Programme addresses these challenges.


Our speaker: Armin Ritter

Armin Ritter is an economics pedagogic and innovation expert. Focus of his work is on innovations in professional education with the aim of effectiveness and transfer to the work environment. Armin is leading the business unit Corporate Learning of the Fraunhofer Academy, which develops and implements comprehensive technology-driven upskilling and reskilling programmes. Prior to Fraunhofer, Armin acquired extensive experience in complex lean management and innovation aerospace, automotive, and manufacturing industry. As a professional facilitator, Armin has coached management teams in the industry and education sector.

21 January 2022 // 11:45-13:00 CET

Multidisciplinary Education and Self-management Counseling: Health in the XXI century

Prof. Dr. M. Cristina Polidori // University Hospital of Cologne

About this seminar

The concept of functional ability represents all the health-related attributes that enable people to be and to do what they value. It is determined by the environment as well as by the intrinsic capacity, a term that was recently defined by the WHO to evaluate the health of older people by focusing on their physical and mental capacities that enable wellbeing. The maintenance of intrinsic capacity is recognized as the central concept of a unique demographic change in which the world population faces two key challenges: steadily increasing life expectancy and overweight. These challenges are the predominant source of disease risk, with most chronic disorders worldwide being associated with lifestyle-related chronic conditions – cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, dementia, cancer, osteoporosis among others. Even the SARS-Cov-2 pandemic showed to hit this population substantially different than the ones affected by other pandemics of the past: highest mortality rates of COVID-19 concern aged and obese persons. Considering this evidence, education in its fundamental meaning is key to effective solidarity, intended as the Latin solidum, “whole sum”.

This seminar takes a close look at the challenges, healthcare worldwide faces in the 21st century. It explains the crucial role that education plays in the response, expounds the fundamental gaps, education actions need to close, and discusses the urgency to take action and enable all the social actors to maintain intrinsic capacity in the Anthropocene and prepare humanity for the post-2050 world.

Our speaker: M. Cristina Polidori

M. Cristina Polidori leads the Ageing Clinical Research group and belongs to the Management Team of the newly established Ward for Ageing Medicine at the Dpt. II of Internal Medicine of the University Hospital of Cologne. Here, Dr. Polidori is also responsible for the Teaching of Ageing Medicine and Medicine of the Aged as she is specialized in Gerontology and Geriatrics and in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. She is a former Fellow of the Harvard University, of the EU Marie-Curie Programme Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources and of the Robert-Bosch Foundation. Since 2014 she is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London for her studies on healthy centenarians. Dr. Polidori is Delegate of the International Federation on Aging, member of the Scientific Committee of ProMoAge as well as Associate PI of the Cologne Excellence Cluster on Cellular Stress- Responses in Aging- Associated Diseases (CECAD), and local coordinator of the EIT Health Ageing PhD School. M. Cristina Polidori is listed among the 2% top world-ranked scientists in her field (PloS Biology 2020), has been awarded several national and international prizes as editor and author of over 140 most relevant books and publications in the field, and has an h-index of 44.

11 February 2022 // 11:45-13:00 CET

Challenges in Biopharmaceutical Production

Prof. Dr. Philipp Wiedemann  // Hochschule Mannheim

About this seminar

Biopharmaceuticals, predominantly recombinant proteins, are still a relatively new class of pharmaceuticals with the first approvals dating back to the late 1980s. Nevertheless, they have gained considerable attention – since they successfully target severe indications like e.g. cancer – and they are consistently one of the fastest-growing pharmaceutical market segments.

In this talk, we will explore some general principles of biopharmaceuticals and their production and, on this basis, try to elucidate some of the major challenges and changes this exciting and highly interdisciplinary field is currently undergoing.

Our speaker: Philipp Wiedemann

Philipp Wiedemann studied Biology at the universities of Bonn (Germany), York (UK), and Stanford (USA). He obtained a Ph.D. in Molecular Neuropharmacology at the University of Bonn. Philipp worked for biotech companies in Germany and abroad, amongst others in the large-scale production of biopharmaceuticals. In 2007, he joined Mannheim University of Applied Sciences, where he focuses on teaching and research in cell culture technology, process monitoring, and quality assurance. Additionally, he is Scientific Advisor to the Biotech StartUp Aucteq GmbH.

11 March 2022 // 11:45-13:00 CET

Getting entrepreneurial with antibody drug conjugates: Tubulis success recipe in translating innovation from academia to a venture-funded company

Dr. Dominik Schumacher // Founder of Tubulis

About this seminar

The innovation potential within academic institutions is immense. They form the basis for many breakthrough inventions that can, for example, significantly contribute to better public health. A promising way to develop these innovations to market maturity is to translate them into a spin-off or independent start-up. However, there are many hurdles and important decisions to take along the way.


In this seminar, you will learn about key aspects of translating scientific innovations coming from academic institutes into a Start-Up company. Using the practical example of Tubulis GmbH – a biotech company developing antibody-drug conjugates for the treatment of cancer –, legal requirements (including challenges associated with the transfer of intellectual property), funding opportunities (non-dilutive and investor/VC funding) and challenges in building an innovative biotech company will be discussed. Key questions that you might have in building a Start-Up company will be discussed in an open dialogue with the speaker.


Our speaker: Dr. Dominik Schumacher


Dr. Dominik Schumacher, serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the biotech company Tubulis GmbH. From the early founding phase on, Dominik successfully secured several prestigious start-up awards for Tubulis. In 2019, he was awarded as one of MIT’s Innovators Under 35. Dominik is also a Life Science Investor and has been actively investing in young, European biotech companies. Prior to co-founding Tubulis in 2018, Dominik worked as a group leader at the Ludwig Maximillian University (LMU) in Munich.

Dominik obtained his PhD from the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany and studied Chemistry and Economics at the Heinrich Heine University in Dusseldorf

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After the series, an e-booklet will be published with the summaries and information of the speakers. Participants can receive a recording of their session after the Video and will have the opportunity to provide their feedback.