Today, the EPIcenter Summer School on Healthy Living and Happy Ageing kicked off. In a two-week programme, thirty students will work on solutions for real-life challenges, aimed to improve the quality of life of (vulnerable) older people. After a successful first edition last year in Heidelberg, Germany, the students are now welcomed at Leyden Academy. EPIcenter is a Summer School of EIT Health and is organised by Leyden Academy, the LUMC, Zilveren Kruis, Universität Heidelberg en Ireland Smart Ageing Exchange (ISAX).
The students have come to Leiden from all over the world: from Spain, Russia, China, Germany, The Netherlands, Romania, Taiwan, India, Iran, Sweden, Ecuador, Portugal, Croatia, Pakistan, France, Indonesia, and even Australia. The five teams will go through the full cycle of state of the art innovation methods to develop creative, practical solutions for the challenges submitted by organisations like Aegon, Espria, Achmea Zilveren Kruis and the municipality of Leiden. The teams are supported by coaches, mentors and experts.