BITT Challenge

Bio-Tech-Med Nutrition Interdisciplinary Team Training

Besides tackling their disease, patients and experts experience other disease-related challenges. They face challenges that can be technical, medical, nutritional, or a combination of all. In order to tackle these challenges, we place the patient in the middle.   

Together students from the medical research master SUMMA, master programmes of Biomedical sciences (UU), master programmes of the TU Eindhoven, and master programmes of WUR including Nutrition and Health (WUR), work in groups of 4-5 students to find solutions to tackle the challenge patients face. Combining the competencies from different students will create high potential patient centered solutions.  
This course aims to develop interdisciplinary competences by cross-boundary (research) collaboration between students with a medical, biomedical, nutritional and engineering background.  

Practical information

  • This challenge runs from the 22nd of Febraury, 2024 until the 4th of April, 2024
  • The study load consists of 3 EC or 5 EC (extra assignment)
  • This course is for Master students
  • The course is in English
  • Online and offline
  • There are four meetings:
    February 22nd, 2024 (UMC Utrecht)
    February 29th, 2024 (Utrecht University)
    March 14th2024 (TU/e)
    April 4th2024 (WUR)

Teaching methods 

You will participate in interdisciplinary teamwork. Together with your team, you present the final outcome with a poster presentation. In addition, you will work on your personal development and write a reflection paper about this. Note: this course is not taught within the university system, you need to plan it yourself.


The deadline is different for each institute:
TU/e: Osiris (2, 5 EC, code 8GM10 or 5 EC, code 8GM15 ) until January 7th, 2024
WUR: Osiris (3 EC, code YNH6080) until December 11th, 2023
UU/UMC: Osiris (3 EC code BMB529019 or 5 EC code BMB539019 ) both until November 24th, 2023.
Late registration on January 22th, 2024 and January 23th, 2024


René van Donkelaar
Anneke Berendts
Sanne ter Meulen-de Jong