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Successful 1st Symposium of the European Innovation Alliance

A big thank you to all guests and lecturers who contributed to the successful 1st Symposium of the European Innovation Alliance!

For the opening event, we had the pleasure of welcoming State Secretary Dr. Denis Alt to LUBS, who together with President  Mayor Jutta Steinruck, and our international partners opend the event.
In the course of the following two days Mervi Vähätalo (PhD), Corinna Mühlhausen, Prof. Michaela Michel-Schuldt, and Nadia Gallenstein, gave us great insights into the challenges for health care in a post-pandemic future and engaged students and staff in lively discussions.

We also thank all helpers of the Symposium who made these two days of insightful lectures, sports programme, and networking possible!

A press release on the Welcome Ceremony can be found HERE (in German).



"Challenges for Health Care in a post-pandemic future"

Experience a wide-ranging programme around the future of Health Care!

The Corona pandemic has brought the issue of health and care management into focus worldwide. But what are opportunities and challenges for health care in the upcoming post-pandemic future? How can technology help and how can we make sure to always keep in mind the global perspective of health and care? 

With a wide-ranging programme over two days, we will approach the topic from different perspectives: Academis and practitioners will share their insights with us in informative lectures. Experts on learning and health will offer workshops on how to improve your physical and mental health. And last but not least you will get the opportunity to get away from your desk and get active yourself: Join our trainer for one or digital sports sessions!

Thursday, 5th of May, 2022

09:30 - 10:30 Welcome Ceremony (on site + streaming)

Hybrid Welcome Ceremony with contributions from Dr. Denis Alt (State Secretary in Rhineland-Palatinate), Prof. Gunther Piller (new President of Ludwigshafen University of Business and Society), Representatives of the EuroInnA-universities and others.


10:30 - 11:00 Get together (on site)

After a short photo session you will have the opportunity to "meet and greet" with coffee and healthy snacks in the Foyer of Building A. 


11:00 - 12:00 “Technology in Health Management – a bright new world?” | Mervi Vähätalo (PhD) |Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (on site + streaming)

Management of health and social services is in change. Knowledge management is emphasized and technology and data processing provide new opportunities for professionals and managers to make informed decisions in their work. What possibilities exist and are the infrastructure, competences and attitudes ready for the change?

Mervi Vähätalo (RN, MNSc, PhD) works as a welfare technology lecturer at Satakunta University of applied Sciences. She also coordinates the testbed activities in Satakunta Region. She has studied organization and management of social and healthcare services for over ten years and is particularly interested how technology can assist future healthcare management.


12:00-13:00: Lunch Break (individually organized)

13:00 - 13:45 „Stretch `n Sprawl“ session (on site)

After your lunch don`t miss the „Stretch ´n Sprawl“ session with physiotherapist Bärbel Wolsiffer (13:00-13:45). By registration only, 15 participants max.


14:00 - 15:30 (in German) „Holistic Health: Ein neues Ökosystem Gesundheit post Pandemie“ | Corinna Mühlhausen| Zukunftsinstitut (on site + streaming)

Das Thema Gesundheit wird im Zeitalter der Post Pandemie einen ganz neuen Stellenwert bekommen. Die Eigenverantwortung des Einzelnen für seine gesundheitliche Vorsorge steigt, gleichzeitig wachsen die Ansprüche an eine vollvernetzte medizinische Fürsorge, die das Grundprinzip von High Tech vs. High Touch berücksichtigt. Der Vortrag beschäftigt sich mit den Entwicklungen rund um den Megatrend Gesundheit, mit neuen Werten und einem ganzheitlichen Verständnis für Gesundheit im Sinne eines neu verstandenen Holistic Health Begriffs.

Corinna Mühlhausen beschäftigt sich seit über 20 Jahren als Trend- und Zukunftsforscherin mit dem Megatrand Gesundheit in all seinen Facetten. Im Mittelpunkt ihrer Forschung steht stets der Mensch – mit seinen Werten, Bedürfnissen und Hoffnungen sowie daraus resultierend auch seinen Konsumwünschen. Auf dieser Grundlage begleitet sie auch die strategische und konzeptionelle Weiterentwicklung von Marken und Unternehmen.


15:45 - 16:30 Yoga Session (on site)

End the first day of the symposium with a relaxing yoga session with Zoe Hoffmann (Occupational therapist & Yoga instructor).


Friday, 6th of May, 2022

8:15 - 9:00 ABC of Running (on site)

Start day 2 with a vitalizing introduction to the basics of running. Your instructor will be Physiotherapist Bärbel Wolsiffer.


9:30 - 11:00: "Global disruptions of sexual and reproductive health services during the COVID-19 pandemic" | Prof. Michel-Schuldt | Ludwigshafen University for Business and Society (on site + streaming)

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, essential services in the field of sexual and reproductive health were disrupted. A shortage of supplies and of health care workers have affected healthcare delivery. On the demand-side, lockdowns and fear of contracting COVID-19 as well as financial hardship has meant that fewer women, children and adolescents can pick up and get the essential services that they need. In this lecture, we look at the secondary effects of the COIVD-19 pandemic and discuss approaches to mitigate them.

Michaela Michel-Schuldt, Ph.D. is a professor for Midwifery and a faculty member of the Department of Social Work and Health Care at Ludwigshafen University for Business and Society. She has worked as a technical advisor for the German Development Cooperation, for the United Nations and for international research institutions. Her research focus is on midwifery and the provision of sexual and reproductive health in low- and middle-income countries.


09:30-11:30 Ready to relax? Book a massage-slot!

Enjoy a 10-minutes neck massage: Take a seat on the massage chair and enjoy a mini time-out!


11:30 - 13:00: „Nutrition for brain and soul“ | Nadia Gallenstein | Heidelberg University (on site + streaming)

Does nutrition influence our well-beeing? How can we support our mental and physical health by the way we eat? And how does healthy food help us to survive stressful times, such as exam periods? Let`s find out! Join our Health Expert Nadia Gallenstein (MSc) from Heidelberg University for a 90-minutes workshop on "Nutrition for brain and soul" and learn more about the conection between the way we eat and the way we feel and perform.

Nadia Gallenstein studied nutrional Science in Gießen where she dealt with the effect of artificial food colors and their impact on attention behavior and wrote her Master Thesis in „Cell Biology an Physiology“ in the field of tumor biology at Goethe in FFM. Currently, she works on her PhD Thesis at the Clinic for Anesthesiology in Heidelberg, considering the impact of reactive metabolites in multi organ failure during sepsis.  


13:00-14:00 Lunch Break

13:15- 13:45 „Stretch `n Sprawl“ session (on site)

After a quick lunch don`t miss the „Stretch ´n Sprawl“ session with physiotherapist Bärbel Wolsiffer.


14:00 - 14:45: Webinar on “WHO`s Emergency Response Framework” / Marlene Bercher, Marlène Brunner, Melanie Dening, Yessica Schmitt | LUBS, Germany (on site + streaming)

This webinar, which was developed as part of the Master's programme in Healthcare Management at LUBS in the winter semester 2021/2022, provides interesting insights into the WHO Emergency Response Framework.

The content of the video was developed and produced by the participating LUSB-students: Marlene Bercher, Marlène Brunner, Melanie Dening, and Yessica Schmitt.

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