Break-out sessions

The break-out sessions will take place from from 15.00 – 16.00 hrs. In these sessions we will present our plans for research and education, take you through current initiatives and invite ideas for new collaborations.

The sessions covers topics such as Preventive Health, Circular Society, Education, Unusual Collaborations, AI for Health, Living Technologies and Impact.

Please note that attending a break-out session is not obligatory. You could also visit our project market. Prior knowledge on the topic of the session is not neccessary.

Break-out sessions

Preventive Health

Auditorium, zaal 1

In this workshop on Preventive Health we will present current initiatives between TU/e, WUR, UU and UMC Utrecht and invite ideas for new collaborations. Preventing disease requires an integral approach to health. People are not just biological beings; they are also social beings who make behavioural decisions and interact with their (physical) environment. The interplay between these aspects determines the health of not just individuals but groups as well. New technologies are making it possible to monitor health accurately and offer customised preventive care.

Circular Society

Auditorium, zaal 8

In this workshop on Circular Society we will present current initiatives and invite ideas for new collaborations. The cooperation between TU/e, WUR, UU and UMC Utrecht brings together complementary areas of expertise which together are needed to find safe, responsible ways of reducing the use of raw materials. A circular economy does not produce waste and keeps recycling and reusing raw materials. By using sustainable energy sources and implement carbon, water, and nutrient feed-back mechanisms to surrounding ecological and agricultural systems, their sustainable functioning is enhanced. This allows us to create a society in which environment, economy and citizens health and prosperity are in balance. Shaping these transition processes in an inclusive way is a crucial prerequisite for success.  success.  


De Zwarte Doos, Filmzaal

In this workshop we will give an overview of all our initiatives in Education and then split up into three groups:

1.Beyond student mobility: The launch of our EduXchange platform has made it easier for students to take courses at another university. What will the long-term effects be on the education landscape? Together with you we will explore future scenarios of learning paths in our alliance.

2. Continuing Education beyond university bordersWould you like to connect to companies and professionals in your environment and create impact together, through continuing education? Join us and explore the possibilities on Continuing Education.

3. Challenge-based Learning: We encourage Challenge-based Learning, in which students from various disciplines cooperate with each other and with social partners on real problems in the business community or in society. In this workshop you can learn more about Challenge-based Learning by playing the Grand CBL game. Join us if:

  • you want to learn more about Challenge-based Learning within our alliance
  • you always wanted to design a Challenge-based Learning course
  • you are interested in competencies and learning activities related to Challenge-based Learning
  • you feel like playing a game and learn something at the same time

Unusual Collaborations

Auditorium, Blauwe Zaal

At our Centre for Unusual Collaborations we recognize that ground breaking ideas are often built on the back of failures. As such, we aim to create an atmosphere of openness around them, because they are epicenters of learning. We are not afraid of acknowledging failures, reflecting on them, learning from them, and even celebrating them. In this interactive workshop, we share examples of our own failures as a centre seeking to do things differently and we welcome  participants share examples of (professional) failures and to explore the learning and novel possibilities these failures provided (or not!).

Artificial Intelligence for Health

Auditorium, zaal 4

In this workshop on AI for Health we will present current initiatives and take you through our challenges. Winning teams of the AI for Health call will present their research and plans. In the coming years, AI will contribute to major changes in, amongst others, the health domain. Together, TU/e, WUR, UU and UMC Utrecht have the data, technology, knowledge and facilities to make these solutions a reality. We facilitate existing partnerships and encourages new initiatives by bringing together researchers, students, entrepreneurs, private companies and public institutions leading to the creation and successful implementation of trustworthy and human-centred AI within society. Within the health domain (prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care) we also address the building blocks of AI such as legal AI, human-centered AI and other key cross-cutting factors to realize trustworthy AI for health solutions for society.

Living Technologies

Auditorium, zaal 2

Our Centre for Living Technologies focuses on the engineering of biology across scales – from microbial to mammalian cells and tissue. This will yield next-generation tools and technologies that have the potential to improve human and environmental health. High impact is particularly anticipated in areas of disease prevention, development of personalized and curative treatments, and targeted bio-approaches that address environmental health and circularity. In this session we will introduce the centre, present our ongoing research, collaborations, upcoming facilities, and opportunities and discuss with you the way forward.


Auditorium, zaal 5

Together, TU/e, WUR, UU and UMC Utrecht have the ambition to be a key driver of ecosystem development in their regions and in the Netherlands as a whole. Within this collaboration we offer the opportunity to learn from each other about the role of universities in the development of regional ecosystems and entrepreneurship. A better understanding of how ecosystems work provides opportunities for cross-fertilisation and the development of effective interventions to support ecosystem development and economic and social value creation. Better connecting the regional ecosystems stimulates learning: it ensures that existing knowledge can be used more widely and deeply and will continue to grow. During this workshop, we will challenge you to contribute to this project and to better connecting our ecosystems.

Rooms for break-out sessions

  • Preventive Health (Auditorium, zaal 1)
  • Circular Society (Auditorium, zaal 8)
  • Education (Zwarte Doos, Filmzaal)
  • Unusual Collaborations (Auditorium, Blauwe zaal)
  • AI for Health (Auditorium, zaal 4)
  • Living Technologies (Auditorium, zaal 2)
  • Impact (Auditorium, zaal 5)