Launch of the Interreg Europe project ITHACA and first project partners' meeting

Between January 18 and 19, Denmark hosted first project partners' meeting of the Interreg Europe project ITHACA (InnovaTion in Health And Care for All). Project involves 9 European regions with a shared ambition to accelerate the scaling up of smart health and care innovation that can support active and healthy living and secure the triple win of economic growth, more sustainable health and care systems and improved well-being of Europe’s citizens. Lead partner of the project is Dutch province of Noord-Brabant. Other project partners come from Denmark (Region Zealand), Slovenia (University of Ljubljana), Italy (Friuli Venezia Giulia Autonomous Region), United Kingdom (NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group), France (GIP Autonom’lab), Spain (Basque Foundation for Health Innovation and Research), Poland (The Malopolska Region), and Germany (State of Baden-Wuerttemberg). Head of the project at University on Ljubljana is Vesna Dolničar from the Centre for Social Informatics (CSI).

ITHACA mirrors Interreg Europe aims to improve the performance of policies for regional development and its specific objective to improve implementation of regional development policies in areas of “smart specialisation” and innovation opportunity. All ITHACA regions prioritise smart health and care, assisted living and innovation in their smart specialisation strategies and operational structural fund plans. Approach used within the project will lead to (a) improved delivery of innovation; (b) more effective ecosystems, improved technology transfer and scaled-up, economic exploitation of research and development; (c) market growth through greater public procurement of innovation and expanded consumer markets. First phase of the project will last between January 1 2017 and December 31 2019, and the second phase will last between January 1 2020 and December 31 2022.

The meeting that was held in Danish town of Roskilde, was attended by Vesna Dolničar and Mojca Šetinc from the Centre for Social Informatics, and Vika Kuferšin Pušnik from the Office for international cooperation, who will also participate in the project. Another CSI member involved in the project is Nejc Berzelak.

More information about the event and the project itself is available on project’s Facebook page and Twitter account (@ITHACA_health).