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DIH-HERO: Dutch Info Day

digital innovation hubs in healthcare robotics

DIH-HERO is an independent platform which connects Digital Innovation Hubs across Europe to create a sustaining network for all those who are active in the healthcare robotics sector. The project consortium consists of 17 core partners spread across 11 European countries. Visit the DIH-HERO website here

the event

SMEs and slightly larger companies located in Europe can apply for funding in open calls from summer 2019 until spring 2021. Info days are organised by the different Digital Innovation Hubs across Europe to gain more insight about various opportunities the DIH-HERO network offers. Visit this Dutch Info Day to hear more about the opportunities that the DIH-HERO network offers and get connected with this European network!  

Prof.dr.ir Stefano Stramigioli

Several organisations are working on various innovations in robotics. Within DIH-HERO we can keep an overview and ensure that they complement and reinforce each other wherever possible.

Prof.dr.ir Stefano Stramigioli

detailed overview

  • 12.30 - 13.00: Registration & Coffee

    We welcome you to the new Techmed Centre building: The Technohal (this is the temporary name). You are one of the first guests to enter this beautiful building.

    Before the official program starts, you can register and get to know the guests and speakers while enjoying a drink. We will start with the program at 1 p.m.

  • 13.00 - 14.00: Introduction DIH-HERO project

    Welcome & Introduction DIH-HERO by Prof.dr.ir. Stefano Stramigioli, Coördinator of the DIH-HERO project

    Prof.dr.ir. Stefano Stramigioli will kick off this event with an overview of the program and introduction of the DIH-HERO project: What does the project entail? What is the purpose and mission of DIH-HERO? How can you benefit? After his introduction you will have a good idea about answers to these questions.

    Upcoming calls, deadlines & case examples by Maren Bödding, Project manager DIH-HERO

    Maren Bödding will inform you about the upcoming calls, deadlines and opportunities to receive funding to contribute to the overall goal of the project. What does the DIH-HERO FSTP structure (Financial Support for Third Parties) look like: when will vouchers be available? What are these vouchers for? What are the conditions for being eligible for this financing? What does the process of call submission, assessment and allocation look like? What are good examples of cases? Some important questions that are undoubtedly interesting for you.

  • 14.00 - 14.30: Network break

    During the break, you can process all the impressions and information. Can you, together with another participant, take the first steps towards a new collaboration?

  • 14.30 - 15.40: Introduction Dutch Digital Innovation Hubs

    After the break, Dutch partners in Healthcare Robotics will share their added value to the project, each in 10 minutes. How can you collaborate with and benefit from the available resources, services and facilities? We will visualise the partners on the Application domain grid, which will form a complementary network.

    High Tech NL & Holland Robotics

    Thijs Dorssers

    High Tech NL is the sector organization by and for innovative Dutch high-tech companies and knowledge institutes. High Tech NL is committed to the collective interests of the sector, with a focus on long-term innovation and international collaboration. Members share their knowledge, look for ways to cooperate and use the powerful network to become more successful innovators. More information about High Tech NL & Holland Robotics.

    TechMed Centre - University of Twente

    Esther Rodijk

    The Technical Medical (TechMed) Centre is a leading Innovation Hub impacting healthcare by excellent Research, Innovation and Educational programs. It is equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure, ranging from research labs, preclinical testbeds and simulated hospital environments. More information about the Technical Medical Centre.

    Technical University Eindhoven

    Jesse Scholtes

    Matching robotics industries research demands with top level experts at this university is one of my personal drivers in creating effective collaborations that both achieve a high academic output and creates competitive advantages for participating companies. More information about TU Eindhoven.

    Wageningen University & Research

    Janneke de Kramer

    Research results only have an effect when they are applied within society. That is why Wageningen University & Research cooperates closely with companies, governments and civil society to ensure those results can provide value. We can turn this into a reality at the Wageningen Campus, as we can make our facilities available, help start-ups in their initial development and design solutions tailored to international issues. More information about Wageningen University & Research.


    Mark Neerincx

    TNO connects people and knowledge to create innovations that boost the competitive strength of industry and the well-being of society in a sustainable way. This is our mission and it is what drives us, the over 3,200 professionals at TNO, in our work every day. We work in collaboration with partners and focus on nine domains. More information about TNO. 


    Jeroen Huijben

    DEMCON is a high-end technology supplier of products and systems, with as focus areas high-techmedicaloptomechatronicrobotic and industrial systems & vision.

    Roessingh Research and Development

    Gerdienke Prange

    RRD is the biggest centre in the Netherlands where a wide range of disciplines such as rehabilitation medicine, movement sciences, psychology, physiotherapy, biomedical sciences and computer sciences work together under a single roof on current and future innovations in rehabilitation and chronic care. As an internationally recognised scientific research institute, RRD occupies a unique position between the university and healthcare practice. More information about RRD.

  • 15.40 - 16.00: Closing remarks

    Closing remarks by Prof.dr.ir. Stefano Stramigioli, coördinator DIH-HERO project

    When all Dutch partners have spoken, Prof.dr.ir. Stefano Stramigioli concludes the program with you. He will sumarise the most important points and invite you to join the next DIH-HERO event: the Brokerage Event on 30-31 October 2019.


  • 20th of June 2019
  • 13.00 - 16.00 (doors open at 12.30) (drinks after 16.00)
  • The Technohal, building nr. 18 (New TechMed Centre) University of Twente, Drienerlolaan 5, Enschede, The Netherlands (route)
  • Language: Dutch (materials will be English)

registration & cancelation

We welcome a maximum number of 150 participants. Participation is free of charge. We will count on your participation for reserving a seat and the drinks. If you cannot attend the event for which you have already registered, we kindly ask that you let us know. Simply e-mail techmed-events@utwente.nl 

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Prof.dr.ir. Stefano Stramigioli

We are convinced that DIH-HERO can make a real difference concerning innovation in healthcare and will add significant value throughout the value chain, striving to bring excellent products and services to the market, to the best benefit of the end-consumer - the patient.

Prof.dr.ir. Stefano Stramigioli


Our primary objective is to accelerate innovation in robotics for healthcare. To connect innovators, providers, businesses, users and politicians, DIH-HERO will establish an open online portal offering multiple services facilitating collaboration on various innovations, emphasizing the sharing of best practice and enhancing the delivery of innovation throughout the value chain. DIH-HERO especially focuses on supporting small and medium-sized enterprises in maximizing their impact and reducing time-to-market. By connecting businesses and healthcare stakeholders, DIH-HERO enables them to develop innovative products and services that are better fitted to the needs of the healthcare systems across Europe. Furthermore, DIH-HERO will engage in necessary standardization for robotics in healthcare, including ethical, legal and societal issues. More information about the organisation

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programm under grant agreement No 825003.