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Health Innovation Summer School – HISS 2018

Halmstad University and Uppsala University invite master and doctoral students to the Health Innovation Summer School (HISS) in Halmstad, Sweden, on August 21–24, 2018.

You can find an overview of the programme at the bottom of this page.

HISS2018 – Health innovation in a changing society, from idea to implementation

At HISS, doctoral and master students will have the opportunity to discuss health, technical solutions and the role of innovation in a changing society in lectures and creative workshops together with distinguished key note speakers, in-house researchers and pertinent end-users. HISS is a unique collaboration between Halmstad University and Uppsala university.

The lecturers all have different areas of expertise, such as business and innovation, healthcare, participatory research design and behavioural sciences.

"To me, HISS was fantastic opportunity to connect with people from the same domain but different disciplines. It was very inspiring to hear the different perspectives and the existing problems and challenges in the Health Innovation."

Participant HISS 2016

Cross-Disciplinary exchanges

Participating students come from multinational and cross-disciplinary backgrounds, creating a melting pot of competence and inspiration. This course offers a unique opportunity to be a part of creative and innovative processes that will result in students presenting their health innovation as a final pitch to representatives from business, health organisations, academia and end users.

HISS is a perfect way to extend your personal network and create international contacts. It might be the start of a fruitful relationship.

Come join other master and doctoral students in Halmstad this August for summer, sun and science!

Intense discussions during the Health Innovation Summer School in 2016.

Practical information

  • The summer school corresponds to 2 ECTS credits on doctoral level.
  • The formal requirement for participation is a completed BSc degree.
  • The price for HISS 2018 is:
    • SEK 1 500 for payments from Swedish authorities.
    • SEK 1 875 (including VAT 375 SEK) for all other payments.
  • The price includes tuition, welcome reception and closing lunch.
  • Payment by bank transfer for international participants:
    Account holder: Halmstad University
    Bank: Danske Bank Sverige
    Box 7523, SE-103 92 STOCKHOLM
    IBAN: SE4612000000012810112657
    SWIFT-adress: DABASESX
    Please identify the payment with reference 9160241 and your name.
  • Payment within Sweden to Högskolan i Halmstad, bankgiro 5328-2414. Please identify the payment with reference 9160241 and your name.

         The number of participants is limited to 40 persons.

The programme will be updated continuously.

August 21

August 22

August 23

August 24



Keynote by Dr. Pontus Wärnestål, Halmstad University, Sweden
The designer's toolbox for human-centered service innovation

Keynote by Professor Jens Nygren, Halmstad University, Sweden

How to develop a theory of change for your innovation?

The "Dragons’ Den": The groups pitch their ideas to a jury.


Keynote by Dr. Maya Hoveskog, Halmstad University, Sweden
Designing value
creation for care

Workshop on value creation

The groups work with their presentations



Closing lunch

The HISS Opening by Professor Jens Nygren, Programme Director Health Innovation, Halmstad University, Sweden

Workshop on value creation, continued. Discuss questions and
possible solutions with
persons from different
user groups

Peer-review among the groups







Keynote by Professor James Barlow, Imperial College Business School, UK

Managing innovation in healthcare: Why is it such a problem?

Workshop on value creation, continued

The groups continue working with their presentations

Keynote by Dr. Helena Grönqvist, Uppsala University, Sweden

Public and patient involvement in research.

Inspiration lectures:

Dr. Fredrika Norlund, Uppsala University, Sweden
E-health for the elderly, possibilities and challenges

Dr. Krister Hertting, Halmstad University, Sweden
How sport can facilitate inclusion in a new society

Dr. Wagner Ourique De Morais, Halmstad University, Sweden
Intelligent age-friendly homes: Opportunities and challenges

Concluding remarks by Jens Nygren

Evening welcome reception

Free time available/group work

Free time available/group work


You cannot register any longer. Registration closed on 18 June at 23.59.

Click the image above to download a leaflet with information about HISS 2018.

Meet the keynote speakers

Professor James Barlow BA, PhD

Professor of Technology and Innovation Management at Imperial College Business School, UK. He was educated at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His work focuses on aspects of innovation in healthcare, from creation to adoption. He is particularly interested in the complex relationship between innovation in health technologies, services and infrastructure.

James Barlow has led or been involved in many research projects around the world and has extensive experience advising and consulting for government and industry. His current roles include Associate Director of Research for Imperial College Health Partners and President of the International Academy for Design and Health. James’ latest book is Managing Innovation in Healthcare, published in January 2017 by World Scientific.

Dr. Helena Grönqvist, PhD

Helena Grönqvist

Researcher and research coordinator in the strategic research program U-CARE, hosted by the research group Clinical Psychology in Healthcare, Uppsala University, Sweden. In her research, she focuses on short-term and long-term psychosocial and health economic consequences for children diagnosed with cancer and their families as well as long-term psychosocial and health consequences of being born preterm.

Additionally, she is responsible for the development of the U-CARE Portal, an internet-based infrastructure used to deliver and evaluate internet-based interventions. Dr. Grönqvist is interested in how involvement of patients and public may improve the research process, hence making the outcome more relevant to the people affected by the research.

Dr. Pontus Wärnestål, PhD

Pontus Wärnestål

Human-computer interaction researcher and Service designer with 15+ years of work experience in User experience and Service design. In 2012, Pontus joined the Informatics department at Halmstad University, where he created the Digital Design and Innovation Bachelor program that launched in 2013. Pontus research on designing for Health Innovation in the context of peer support for children cancer-survivors has received multiple awards.

Currently, Pontus works as Director of service design at design agency inUse in Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Malmö, alongside with academic research on Service Design for urban development and health innovation at Halmstad University.

Dr. Maya Hoveskog, PhD

Maya Hoveskog

Assistant professor in Industrial Management at the Center for Innovation Entrepreneurship and Learning at School of Business, Engineering and Science, Halmstad University. In her research she focuses on innovation processes with special interest in sustainability-driven business model innovation and value creation in collaboration with colleagues from different disciplines (e.g. environmental studies, design studies).

Within the field of business model innovation she has been particularly interested in how the process could be organized, what stakeholders can be involved in different phases as well as what tools could be useful to support the innovation both when it comes to start-ups but also in established enterprises.

Professor Jens Nygren, PhD

Jens Nygren

Researcher at the research environment Center for Welfare Health and Sport at Halmstad University. Jens is also the program director of the university's profile area Health Innovation, which aims to coordinate the university's profiling of research, education and collaboration within health technology and health care development.

Jens's research is mainly focused on the development of digital services that convey increased participation, improved communication and new care processes for children in health care. His teaching is mainly focused on innovation processes in the health sector and research ethics and ethics in the development of new welfare technology.

Meet the inspirational speakers

Dr. Fredrika Norlund

Fredrika Nordlund

Licenced psychologist and researcher. She did her PhD on psychological distress in coronary heart disease. Her main project was about developing and evaluating an internet based cognitive behavioral therapy for patients with a recent myocardial infarction.

Dr. Krister Hertting

Krister Hertting

Associate professor in education at Halmstad University. His main research area is pedagogical perspectives on sports for children and youth, with special focus on issues about sports, migration and integration.

Dr. Wagner Ourique De Morais

Wagner Ourique de Morais

Research engineer at Halmstad University and research and project coordinator at Centre for Health Technology Halland. His research explores the use of database management systems as platforms to address challenges associated with the development, use, configuration and maintenance of smart home environments and applications in the healthcare domain.

Updated 2018-08-28