IBD4Health’s mission is to teach advanced topics related to Big Data computing and analytics for health and wellbeing, as well as to enhance innovation and entrepreneurial awareness among participants.


This School will include presentations by researchers on Big Data, as well as presentations by company experts on Business models. The theme of the Summer School focuses on the technology, business, value chain, safety and security aspects of future Health Clouds. The School provides participants with a broad but high-level scientific background in the field, and important skills such as teamwork, management of complex processes, conceptual approaches, entrepreneurship and high intercultural awareness.

Through the case study on obesity, multidisciplinary participants will be invited to discover, step by step, the main sources of data and efforts to develop new tools on large-scale data processing application, which involves very complex systems and sophisticated mechanisms. Data collection on a large scale could provide materials for in-depth analysis of different causal and contributory factors, supporting the development of effective interventions and public health approaches to tackle obesity.

During the School, the participants will be introduced to Creative Thinking as well as applied Design Thinking challenge and Pitching. And finally, throughout the last day, they will present (pitch) their projects in front of a business panel, who will join the session and provide their valuable feedback.


The Summer School program starts with introductory plenary lectures and ends with a pitching session and closing ceremony. Everyday sessions mix a comprehensive range of practical tools and real life experiences. Time off between the sessions will allow participants to work on individual or team projects.

  • Lecture sessions: Health, wellbeing, obesity and data challenges
    During this sessions, plenary lectures introduce obesity as case study and highlight application domains (including biomedicine, social and economy), data collection and efficient computing, ethics and personal protection.
  • Hands-on sessions: Data oriented design, collection, computing and analytics
    During this sessions, hands-on activities introduces the state-of-the-art on Big Data Technologies: from oriented design, collection (large scale sensors, internet of things, structured versus unstructured data, semantic metadata and ontologies, etc.), storage, computing, security and privacy (cloud computing, etc.) and big data analytics (machine learning, integration and interplay of statistical and deductive methods).
  • Team working sessions: Innovation and entrepreneurship
    This sessions are devoted to the evolution of innovative ideas in multidisciplinary teams translating them into value creation through business model innovation. Participants are introduced to Creative Thinking as well as applied Design Thinking and Pitching. The Study Case method is also applied for this session to explore user and market profiles, and explore product/service concepts and business models.

Final pitching event: Competition for the best innovative ideas and business plans
This session is organised as a competitive platform for the best ideas and business plans with the opportunity of further development for the most promising teams via the EIT Health Accelerator). Participants have a unique opportunity to promote (pitch) their ideas in front of a business panel including industry members, EIT Health Accelerator, and CERN KT Group (IdeaSquare).

Download the draft programme (currently being updated)

Learning outcomes
  • In-depth knowledge of Big Data challenges in Health and Wellbeing and Aging, research into chronic diseases.
  • Practical experience of complex-problem solving through the Obesity Case Study.
  • Familiarity with big data challenges regarding design, collection, storage, cloud computing, data analytics, data privacy, visualization, and a range of specific applications and tools.
  • A firm grasp of the systemic approach to identifying needs and inventing/implementing new technologies in healthcare and wellbeing (Creative Thinking); assessing originality, impact potential, feasibility and sustainability, via appropriate regulatory, marketing and business strategies; resolving the challenges of sharing protected data.
  • Experience of writing and defending orally an executive summary and of using  teamwork to enhance a group’s performance.
Examination and credits rewarded

Student evaluation is centred on three main criteria: the understanding of clinical needs, the representation of the biodesign key components (what the student has learned of the “identify, invent, implement” innovation process?), and the quality of promoted ideas. 6 ECTS are awarded after taking part in the Oral defense (Pitching session), and after sublitting an individual assignment (deliverables) no later than two weeks after the Summer School.

Deadline for applications

June 4, 2018

Location and dates

European Scientific Institute, Archamps Technopole, France (15 mins. From Geneva airport)
July 02 – 11, 2018

Partner Institutions

IBD4Health is jointly organised by Université Grenoble Alpes, Universitat de Barcelona and ESI – European Scientific Institute. IBD4Health associates the following Partner Institutions: Karolinska Institutet, KU Leuven, Maastricht University, Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital and Research Institute, Ljubljana University, CHU Grenoble Alpes, Clinic Hospital, Bull, Viseo, be_studys, Uniquer, AQUaS, Eurecat, Elixir, and Cook2Health partners (Seb and Agir@Dom).


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