A delegation of the LUMC visited the University of Edinburgh (UoE) from 9 till 11 November for multiple purposes, but for one thing in particular: to strengthen bonds. With just over a handful of colleagues, the LUMC traveled to Edinburgh to discuss current projects and future collaborations!
The week centered around the Eurolife network meetings, which were this time organized by the UoE. Colleagues from the Eurolife network, consisting of UoE, Semmelweis University, the University of Strasbourg, Karolinska Institutet, University Medical Center Gottingen, Medical University Innsbruck, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Barcelona, and the LUMC, discussed the collaboration strategy, current projects and other topics in the Education Alliance, Research and Steering Committee meetings. A multiplier event hosted by the network elaborated on the current two-year DATAETHICS project in which LUMC will host a winter school for students in Life Sciences & Health coming January for which you can sign up here! You can also read more about the DATAETHICS and the projects there.
UoE and LUMC have had successful collaborations throughout many years, for instance in student exchange and research projects. For the latter, the institutions for instance work on the One Health joint PhD programme, in which as many as eight different PhD projects have been introduced, supervised by both professors from UoE and LUMC and with students from both institutions. Students from the LUMC currently doing a semester in Edinburgh presented their experiences with great enthusiasm are excited to have been given the opportunity to study abroad during their studies.
These are just some snippets of the projects the two partners work on. The meetings proved fruitful to explore even more possibilities for collaboration and to assess how we can improve current activities. We thank the colleagues of UoE for the warm welcome and the lovely stay in Scotland!
Last month we kicked off the pilot study on housing and health, set up by the TU Delft | Global Initiative, Leiden Center for Applied Bioscience (LCAB) and LUMC Global in which 6 groups, consisting of students from all institutes, joined forces to analyse the correlation between spatial conditions of residential neighbourhoods and buildings, and health. All groups developed a comparative analysis of two neighbourhoods in The Hague, with each group looking at different neighbourhoods. Last week, on November 10, they presented their findings and suggestions on the central theme: how do we build a pandemic proof and healthy city?
The Globalization, Accessibility, Innovation, and Care (GAIC) Network has released its 2022 Annual Report. The report showcases how the network has grown into an international, interdisciplinary academic network through the studying of changes in society, access to health care, and global changes in demographics and technology. “GAIC links inquiry of digital innovation, health and humanities, social sciences, and cultural studies. By investigating extraordinary phenomena in different places, a comparative and critical perspective with regards to findings is encouraged“, said LUMC Prof. Dr. Mirjam van Reisen, Coordinator GAIC.