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Joint research day - Tampere University & University of Twente

Call for Abstracts for a Joint Research Day

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology (MET) at Tampere University (TAU) and the Technical Medical Centre of the University of Twente (UT) have expressed mutual interest in strengthening the collaboration between the institutions in research, education and innovations activities. Based on a visit of a delegation of the TechMed Centre to the MET faculty in October 2022, initial collaboration areas have been identified and the first plans for deepening the collaboration have been drafted. As the next step, we aim to widen and deepen the collaboration actions.

Both institutions already have experience with internal Research Days. In order to stimulate knowledge exchange and matchmaking, we will organize an online Joint Research Day with selected thematic talks and matchmaking sessions on the 4th of April, 2023. This is aimed to be a start for more in-depth discussions on collaboration areas. 

Furthermore, participants are encouraged to follow up bilaterally after the Joint Research Day. After the online session on the 4th of April, all participants are invited to apply for TAU-UT collaboration vouchers. The vouchers will be applied by using a separate form to be opened later. Five vouchers of € 5.000,- are available at each university, to stimulate visits and short stays of research group members at the other university and to be able to perform some initial joint research experiments, preferably leading to a joint publication or grant application.

Where & When
  • Date: April 4th, 2023
  • Time: 1-4 PM (NL); 2-5 PM (FIN)
  • Language: English
  • Format: Digital event
  • Location: 3 days before the event all participants will receive a live stream link. 

The programme

(set in dutch times)

30 min in advance

Online doors open

1 - 1.20 PM

Opening and introduction of organisations
University of Twente - TechMed Centre
Tampere University - Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology

1.20 - 2.20 PM

Thematic parallel programme - part 1

  • Organ-on-a-chip
  • eHealth & Health data science
  • Women's Health

2.20 - 2.30 PM

Plenary wrap up part 1

2.30 - 2.50 PM


2.50 - 3.50 PM

Thematic parallel programme - part 2

  • Biomedical imaging & diagnostics 
  • Physiological sensing and systems, medical robotics
  • Oncology

3.50 - 4 PM

Plenary wrap-up & Closing words

4 - 4.30 PM

Breakout rooms open for potential exchange of personal details

For whom

The Research Day is mainly organized for the younger researchers and also to stimulate their international exposure:

  • PhD students
  • Postdocs
  • Assistant Professors

The timeline 

With this call for abstracts, we ask researchers from both institutions to submit proposals for contributions to this Joint Research Day. As the aim of the event is to facilitate collaboration and start new research activities in the organizations, the abstracts and talks are favoured to present research activities at a more general level. They can also include ideas and needs for collaboration. The submission deadline is March 8th. Six speakers will be selected for each thematic session from the abstracts submitted. The selection will be made by the organizing committee to ensure a well-balanced and inspiring program with a high likelihood of starting new collaborations.

In order to stimulate actual matchmaking leading to collaboration between the research groups of both institutions, all submitted abstracts will be published online beforehand to be used for matchmaking sessions. 

January 25

Call for proposals & registration form online 

March 8

Submission deadline for the abstracts 

March 20

Communicating assigned slots to applicants

April 4

Joint Research day (more detailed info below)

April 5

Call for Collaboration proposal vouchers online

April 20

Submission deadline for the Collaboration proposals vouchers

May 2

Communicating assigned Collaboration proposals vouchers to applicants

Application & Registration

To participate in this you have to register and upload your abstract via the link below. Please take into account the following aspects:

  • Summary, max 300 words, including the introduction of current research & possible needs and ideas for collaboration
  • In English
  • The deadline for submitting the abstract is on March 8, 11:59 PM. 
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Selected thematic areas

  • 1. Cell and tissue engineering and Organ-on-a-Chip research

    This area focuses on various research activities in cell and tissue engineering. It includes Organ-on-chip research where the aims are to investigate the safety and efficacy of health products and to understand the mechanisms of diseases, for example. Organ-on-Chip technologies are expected to find widespread use in biomedical science and progressively reduce the need for animal models as the mainstay in efficacy and toxicity testing. Topics include but are not limited to materials science including hydrogels, micro- and biofabrication, microfluidics, sensing, imaging, in-silico modelling, stem cell technology and tissue engineering. Called topics to include applications of the technologies, for example in the development of personalized treatments for patients in various disease areas.

  • 2. eHealth & health data science

    This area focuses on the use of eHealth to empower people to manage health & well-being and bring care to the homes of people around the globe. It uses innovative research methods to develop and evaluate personalized interventions and technologies, thereby combining data science, technology and psychology in an interdisciplinary and participatory approach to develop meaningful and sustainable health-promoting solutions. eHealth also allows targeting this challenge of diversity, for example, by providing personalized solutions adaptable to each user, and also to changes over time. Every individual, dealing with any specific condition presents a distinctly unique case, as such focusing on supporting a personalised eHealth solution. As various data types are becoming increasingly available for medical doctors, researchers, and patients themselves in modern healthcare, methods and practices for efficient data analysis and interpretation are well warranted and they pose a great promise for the future of personalized medicine. Health data science covers aspects of science where data is analysed in order to benefit human health. These data include biomedical and clinical research data from patients, clinical data from hospitals or population registers (Real-World Data), and data from smart consumer devices.

  • 3. Biomedical imaging & diagnostics

    This area focuses on enabling healthcare professionals to improve their care for patients by using accurate, quantitative, personalized multimodal and multiscale methods of imaging in screening, diagnosis and evaluation. It also improves their ability to practice precision medicine. Research ranges from development, demonstration and assessment to clinical testing of new technologies and methods. Application areas include anatomic and functional imaging of vesicles, cells, tissues, vasculature and organs to diagnose and characterize disease and health. We work in the fields of applied physics, technology development, mathematics, translational research and clinical practice. Research groups have a focus on ultrasound, optical, photoacoustic, molecular, magnetic and nuclear imaging for precision medicine.

  • 4. Physiological sensors and systems, medical robotics

    Physiological sensing and systems are important for many domains and have important clinical and consumer health and well-being applications. Increasingly, clinicians often do the diagnosis and classification of diseases based on information collected from several physiological sensor signals. This area as such is skilled in measuring – and influencing – physiological signals of the human body to monitor body functions, measure the impact of (chronic) illness or trauma as well as the effect of treatment or a healthy lifestyle on physiological functions. It provides a deeper understanding of the physical principles of electricity, magnetism, mechanics, and fluids, as well as the anatomy and physiology of human functional systems of interest. These systems include the central nervous system, the cardiopulmonary system, the endocrine system, and the human movement system.

  • 5. Women's Health

    This area focuses on the specific unmet needs and unresolved problems in various life phases of women. The goal is to gain knowledge on the (changes in) physical and mental health of women, including anatomy, physiology and pathology of the female body as well as to look at well-being throughout their life. This research can support understanding why differences between men and women occur in health and disease manifestation, but also why women often respond differently to a treatment. In doing so, we can develop or adapt technologies, that can be used in both the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases that (primarily) affect women. These diseases are women-specific diseases, such as gynaecological disorders, breast cancer, and ovarian cancer but also diseases that occur more often in women, such as osteoporosis. Here we focus on bringing innovative technologies specific to women’s health to those in need, thereby supporting the personalization of prevention, diagnosis, treatment and aftercare, consequently leading to improved results in Women’s Health. The focus hereby is to improve women’s health and well-being – during different parts of life, such as pregnancy, lactation and (post-)menopause – thereby benefiting both women, their children and loved ones, and thus impacting society as a whole.

  • 6. Oncology

    Realizing new solutions for cancer patients by connecting medical science with the innovative power of integrated biomedical and technical researchers, that’s what this track is about. This area will consequently focus on different innovations for future oncological care, such as imaging, data technology, liquid biopsies, organoids and other advanced in vitro models, support tools for cancer care and much more. The thematic area covers topics from fundamental to very applied cancer research including fields such as lifestyle data, early diagnostics, minimally invasive techniques, and optimized aftercare. It also covers more social domains in cancer care, such as measuring the quality of care, and the development of psychosocial care and support, such as developing new methods to support cancer patients with tiredness after cancer treatment.


Tampere Univesity - Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology 

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology (MET) is dedicated to pursuing world-class research and delivering high-quality education in the fields of biomedical engineering, biotechnology, medicine and health technology. We conduct internationally acclaimed basic and applied research. 

  • The Tampere university community’s areas of priority are technology, health and society. Our Faculty brings together research expertise in medicine, biosciences and technology and is committed to generating new knowledge and solutions that promote health and well-being and benefit both individuals and the broader society. Our research interests focus on biomaterials, biosensors, immunology, clinical medicine, tissue engineering, computational systems, imaging, and cell and molecular biology. 
  • MET hosts extensive research infrastructure: MET Core-facilities and Services
  • Our multidisciplinary Faculty provides a state-of-the-art environment for research that encompasses biotechnology, medicine and technology. Our high-quality basic research paves the way for applied research with commercial potential. 
  • Our close collaboration with the healthcare sector enables us to utilise our research findings, such as new diagnostic methods and treatment options, in clinical practice. Our Faculty is also a member of SPARK Finland, a programme that offers commercialisation support for academic researchers and research-based startups and promotes the growth of internationally competitive health tech businesses in Finland.

University of Twente - Technical Medical Centre Institute

Improving healthcare by personalized technology

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

Impact on healthcare

In our mission to impact society, we stimulate entrepreneurship and enable (new) companies to grow within our regional Novel-T ecosystem. We collaborate with industry, hospitals, governments and insurance agencies on the development of new solutions for healthcare.