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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.

Sign-up below! Last day for registration is May 16.

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.

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!

Practical information

  • The summer school corresponds to 2 ECTS credits on doctoral and master level.
  • The price for HISS2018 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.
  • Last day for registration is May 16, 2018.

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Programme overview

Dates: August 21–24, 2018
Place: Halmstad University, Sweden
Theme: Health Innovation in a Changing Society, from Idea to Implementation.

August 21

August 22

August 23

August 24



Keynote by Dr. Maya Hoveskog, Halmstad University, Sweden. Value creation

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.


Workshop: Value proposition canvas

The groups work with their presentations



Closing lunch

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

Workshop: 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: Value proposition canvas, continued

The groups continue working with their presentations

Keynote by Dr. Helena Grönqvist, Uppsala University, Sweden.

Public and patient involvement in (PPI) in research.

Inspiration lectures

Concluding remarks by Jens Nygren

Evening welcome reception

Free time available/group work

Free time available/group work


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 HISS2016

Key Note

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.

Updated 2018-03-16