EUGLOH Summer School – Biomedical Data Processing and Global Aspects of COVID-19

July 6th – 10th 2020

Organized by University of Szeged (Hungary) with the participation of invited speakers from the member universities of the EUGLOH alliance:

  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Germany)
  • Lund University (Sweden)
  • Universidadedo Porto (Portugal)
  • Université Paris-Saclay (France)

WHAT CAN YOU LEARN?

To educate students for the use of modern information technologies for effective research work and for the dissemination of scientific results         from the collected data.
Overview of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a special focus on the                multidisciplinary research activities at the five participating universities covering all parts of Europe.

Participating students are trained by live streaming or video courses in different topics related to the development of transversal skills:

  • (Biomedical) data collection, signal processing and analyses
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning in
    • Natural language processing
    • Biological image analysis
    • gene expression analysis
  • Image processing applications
  • From literature knowledge to mechanistic modelling
  • Health data science and management
  • Statistical decision making
  • Dissemination of scientific results

The school covers global aspects of COVID-19 pandemic, including the medical challenges, models for the virus spread, economic and social consequences:

  • Mathematical modelling of the COVID-19 outbreak
  • COVID-19 outbreak: similarities and differences with previous
    pandemics
  • An economic model of optimal lockdown
  • SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19: the past, present, and future
    perspectives
  • Epidemiological aspects:
    • data collection and interpretation
    • Population testing and tracing
    • conception and design (illustrated through a current
      German Coronavirus study)

WHO IS THE TARGET AUDIENCE?

Bachelor, master and PhD students from all faculties of the partner universities of the EUGLOH alliance (University of Szeged, Université Paris-Saclay, Lund University, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Universidade do Porto). No special background knowledge is required. School is also open for junior and senior scientists of the participating universities.

WHAT PEDAGOGICAL METHODS/TOOLS ARE APPLIED?

Lectures by online video streaming, interactive communication tools, teamwork, networking.

HOW ATTENDENCE IS AWARDED?

EUGLOH Certificate and 4 ECTS will be provided for the students attending the school.

WHERE ARE THE LECTURERS FROM?

University of Szeged and partner institutions:

  • Bolyai Institute, Coronavirus Team
  • Department of Image Processing and Computer Graphics
  • Department of Informatics, Natural Language Processing group
  • Department of Technical Informatics
  • Institute of Finance and International Economic Relations
  • Biological Research Centre
    • Institute of Biochemistry
    • Laboratory of Microscopic Image Analysis and Machine Learning
    • Institute of Biochemistry, Synthetic and Systems Biology Unit
  • Hungarian Centre of Excellence for Molecular Medicine
  • Extreme Light Infrastructure – Attosecond Light Pulse Source (ELI-ALPS)

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

  • Centre for International Health

Lund University

  • Systems Virology Group, Department of Translational Medicine
  • Laboratory for CNS Disease Modeling

University of Porto

  • Computer Sciences Department
  • Community Medicine, Information and Health Decision Sciences
  • Institute of Public Health and National Health Council

Université Paris-Saclay

  • Research Center in Public Health
  • Maison des Sciences de l’Homme

WHERE CAN YOU GET INFORMATION?

General information: eugloh@rekt.szte.hu

Academic program: Prof. Ferenc Peták, Department of Medical Physics and Informatics, University of Szeged (EUGLOH, academic leader of Work Package for Research and Innovation), petak.ferenc@med.u-szeged.hu

Administrative support: Eszter Sasi-Pokriva, sasi-pokriva.eszter@med.u-szeged.hu

Registration
Click here to sign up!
Registration deadline: June 15, 2020.

1st EUGLOH Innovation days on One Health challenges

May 25th – 27th 2020 online, provided by LMU Munich, Germany

In our globalised world, health can no longer be viewed only in terms of the human being. Instead, a holistic approach and interdisciplinary cooperation including environmental and social sciences as well as veterinary medicine is needed to address current health problems.
This is what “One Health” stands for. For more information, watch this video!

What are the Innovation days about?
Development and prototyping of innovative ideas to tackle current One Health challenges. For example, an app that helps farmers to screen diseases in their animals, e.g. for trypanosomiasis in cows, which can be transmitted to humans via tse tse flies.

Who can participate?
Up to 30 researchers and PhD students from the five EUGLOH universities (Paris-Saclay, Lund University, University of Porto, University of Szeged, LMU) who are interested in finding innovative solutions or already have a concrete idea of how to tackle One Health problems in the world.

What can you expect?
Practicing key competences like Ideation und Pitching. Getting to know tools to implement your ideas from User Exploration to Prototyping. Hands on sessions on Mock-up construction. Contact with researchers and entrepreneurs from different fields and with various expertise.

What do you get out of it?
Certificate of participation. For information on recognition within your PhD program, contact your local coordinator.

What about the costs?
No tuition fee.

What´s next?
Secure your spot in the first EUGLOH Innovation days!

Register at virtus@rekt.szte.hu via email
Application deadline: 30th April 2020

Work with company leaders in an international team!

University of Szeged has joined Demola Global franchise last year. This Finnish initiative provides a scene for students and researchers to work together with company leaders and top managers. Companies come up with the problems that they would like to get an innovative solution. That’s what you can help with. 

How does it actually look like?

It is basically an 8-week project that you will work on, closely with other students and high-level company representatives as an equal team member. We are intentionally looking for different disciplines to be represented in the team. The reason is that we are seeking a team that can look at a problem from various aspects. It usually requires students from different fields and backgrounds.

We don’t expect you to have professional knowledge/experience, but we encourage students with thinking out of the box. No matter where you are in your studies right now, this opportunity is for everyone willing to put their time into the 8-week project period.

It is just a great opportunity for many reasons:

  • Team working skills
  • International team
  • Worth of an internship
  • Additional value in your CV
  • Additional points for most scholarships
  • Work with top managers and company leaders

We are glad to announce that the application for the third Demola project period has started. The next case came alive thanks to Univer Product Plc. They are a prominent player in the food industry and trade field. Their challenge is focusing on health-consciousness and food consumption. 

Read the challenge: https://applications.demola.net/cases/585

The application period ends on 27 March and will be followed up by an interview because of the high number of applicants. After the team of selected students formed, you will get to know the company side as well as your Demola facilitator at a Kick-off event on 1 April.

Apply today and don’t miss out on this unique opportunity!

The first EUGLOH conference has kicked off at the University of Szeged

For two days, the representatives from the universities of the European Alliance for Global Health will work together to discuss project topics at the University of Szeged. During the English language conference, the partners will present the tasks of each working group and outline their future plans.

In 2019 the University of Szeged (USZ) applied for the Erasmus+ European Universities call in a consortium of four European universities, the consortium was awarded a three-year grant in the European University Associations Programme. The collaboration will provide mobility for 210,000 students, 23,000 teachers, researchers and administrators across the five collaborating universities. In addition to offering students, flexible curricula for students who will obtain a European degree, students will have the opportunity to tailor their studies to their needs: for instance, they can select when and in which partner institution they wish to pursue their studies.

The objective of the EUGLOH project is to develop education and implement a project that requires deeper and more coordinated cooperation. During the planning process, different work packages were identified:

  • education development,
  • carry out activities to promote students’ future careers,
  • coordinate student research and innovation activities.

Additionally, the partners will work together on communication and long-term sustainability issues, and on implementing the joint campus life of the five universities.

The keyword of establishing the consortium was global health, meaning educational, student, and research collaboration with respect to the health value chain. We need to go back to such basics as interpreting healthy food, healthcare, prevention, healthcare provision, medical education, pharmacist education, health economics, and the legal aspect of healthcare. Therefore, the window should be opened so wide that more fields of study can join within the university and in cooperation between the five universities. The Virtus Programme will be actively involved in this collaborative work, mainly by joining innovation projects and challenges, and in the field of innovation-focused multidisciplinary education programmes.

The participation of the University of Szeged in the programme is due to several factors – Professor László Rovó, Rector of the University of Szeged has emphasized at the conference opening. He has underlined that the project will make the University of Szeged more attractive to both Hungarian and foreign students in the future, as the applicants will now be members of a 200,000-member student community. This new type of collaboration will help dynamically improve the quality of teaching and research at the university and to deepen its European reach,” he added.

The Vice-Rector of International Affairs at the Paris-Saclay University, which runs the consortium, added that when applying for the project, they were looking for European partners with high-quality health education and research, and thus involved the University of Szeged. The infrastructure in the institution and in Szeged, such as the ELI-ALPS laser research centre, provides an excellent basis for effective cooperation, he said.

European University Alliance for Global Health (EUGLOH)

Université Paris-Saclay (France), Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (Germany), Lund University (Sweden), University of Porto (Portugal) and University of Szeged (Hungary) have created a pilot European University called “European University Alliance for Global Health”, inspired by European values and committed to education for global challenges of health and well-being.

Coordinated by Université Paris-Saclay with the active involvement of all its member institutions, the project has been selected for the first European Universities call for proposals launched by the European Commission as part of the Erasmus+ programme.

The European alliance EUGLOH focuses on a unifying and transdisciplinary topic, global health, in order to deal with major societal challenges. The five universities thus aim to combine their expertise and resources to offer the best education to their students thanks to the excellence of their programmes and their cutting-edge research and equipment.

The objectives of this European University:

  • Train students on European values and citizenship, and at the same time on the emerging research areas linked to interdisciplinary societal challenges, and on transverse skills required for professional activities;
  • Create an integrated multicultural campus to increase students’ employability, mobility and adaptability to future challenges;
  • Build the European University of the future: innovative, interdisciplinary, inclusive and integrated in local research and innovation ecosystems.

Facts and Figures about EUGLOH

5 Universities

  • 30 ASSOCIATES, including 6 companies,
  • 11 research centres and 4 large-scale infrastructures,
  • 5 clusters/public-private partnerships,
  • 1 TTO,
  • 2 regional authorities,
  • 1 NGO/association

UNITING

  • 210,000 students (including PhD students)
  • 23,000 academic staff/researchers
  • 73 faculties and 5 schools (including 7 faculties of medicine/health, 4 of pharmacy, 18 related to natural sciences, engineering and technologies, 2 of sports sciences, etc.)
  • 450 research institutes, centres and laboratories

Work packages

  • WP1 – Management of the project – led by Université Paris-Saclay
  • WP2 – Joint curricula design – led by Lund University
  • WP3 – Research & Innovation – led by the University of Szeged
  • WP4 – Professional and personal development & employability – led by the University of Porto
  • WP5 – Alliance campus life – led by Université Paris-Saclay
  • WP6 – Sustainability and dissemination – led by Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

The Demola Programme spring semester is soon to kick off

The University of Szeged joined the Demola International Innovation Network as the first university outside the capital, establishing it within the framework of its Virtus Enterprise Catalyst Program. The Demola Programme aims to create a young, open, multidisciplinary community that uses creative ideas and methods to solve real-world business challenges. University students are now expected to apply for the spring semester.

Demola is an open innovation platform where international project teams can work on real-world corporate challenges with the unique co-creation method for 8 weeks. Teams, jointly with corporate partners, develop the best possible solution to the business or industry problem companies submit. The results of the project work must be pitched by the team to the contracting company representatives. Since its launch in 2019, 6 student teams have successfully accomplished 4 case studies of 2 major companies.

Why enroll for a course?

  • You can work with company leaders on a real business challenge as a member of a multidisciplinary team and get 2 university credits for it.
  • You will all be equal team members, but the intellectual property rights (IPR) created during the project will remain yours, and the company will only be granted a non-exclusive right to license it.
  • As a student, you will learn the entrepreneurial spirit, the basics of teamwork and project-based work.
  • You become a member of an inspirational community.
  • You can stand out from the crowd of students, and the Demola project will embellish your resume perfectly.

If you are in for an exciting professional challenge, click on this link to indicate your intention to participate by choosing the “open application” option.

Please check the Facebook and Instagram pages of the Virtus Enterprise Catalyst Program and the Demola website for the latest information.

University of Szeged students respond to industrial challenges

University of Szeged students presented their innovative solutions to various industrial challenges at the Demola Demo Day, held at the University of Szeged, November 27, 2019. After working on two industrial case studies for eight weeks, the four teams demonstrated their results to industrial partners at the closing event organised at the ceremonial hall of the University of Szeged central building.

Demola challenge participants presented their ideas and innovative solutions at the Demo Day closing event, held November 27, 2019. Demola is an integrated part of the Virtus Enterprise Catalyst Programme of the University’s Directorate for Research and Development and Innovation. 

The Demola methodology connects students and industrial partners to brainstorm together with the aim to develop original solutions to the challenges submitted by the industrial partner. Multidisciplinary teams of students work together with business executives: collaborative work is facilitated by trained Demola facilitators. Two Demola semesters are launched during an academic year, each semester lasting up to eight weeks.

At the end of the eight-week period, the students, in collaboration with industrial partners, presented the solutions to the challenges submitted from the fields of the food industry and biometric identification systems. Between 1 October and 27 November 2019, four student teams were actively working on two industry case studies.

According to Hussein Atwi, a student at the University of Szeged, this programme is an excellent opportunity to establish working relationships with business executives and fellow students, so hard work not only results in an innovative prototype, but also in new professional relationships.  – I had the opportunity to work with my teammates on the Univer project. Currently the company focuses on offering products to new markets, such as the Asian. For this, we had to find innovative solutions and respond to the challenge of selling a Hungarian product on Asian markets. We have conducted market research and worked out a specific product proposal – the Faculty of Economics student sums up.

Amazing atmosphere at the DEMOLA fall season opening event in Szeged

The opening event of the Demola Programme was held on Friday, October 4th. Nearly 30 university students, including 12 foreign students, represented 16 majors of  6 faculties of the University of Szeged.

Enikő Pitó, head of the Directorate for R&D and Innovation at the University of Szeged, opened the series of events. In her speech, she told the University of Szeged joined Demola, the international innovation community, as part of the Virtus Enterprise Catalyst Programme last year. During the Demola event series, students work in international teams for 8 weeks to tackle real market challenges submitted by the companies. During this batch, they immerse themselves in creative and co-creation methods with the help of their mentors and have an excellent opportunity to expand their network too. They also gain an entrepreneurial spirit, learn more about team-based project work, and receive a Demola Global Certificate that adds additional value to their resume.

The kick-off event aimed to bring students together and help them build a team spirit as well as to connect participants with company leaders and present the company challenges. The inspiring tasks were coordinated by Erik Nyroos, co-creation expert of Demola, who brought the methodology, that has seen a decade of success so far, and the spirit of the programme to Szeged from Demola’s home country, Finland. The groups of students and mentors first had to challenge themselves in constructing tweezer towers. During the seemingly easy task, they had to contend with the instability of their structures, and in the midst of bursts of laughters, there were some who, for that reason, had to start building all over again. Following the team building tasks, participants learned something entirely new and were introduced to the Team Canvas and Context Canvas methods. In Team Canvas, team members were able to identify their individual abilities and then jointly determined what different individualskills they could take advantage of during teamwork. Context Canvas helpedgroups understand the corporate problem and identify target groups andstakeholders.

In the fall semester of 2019/2020, students will respectively work on two market challenges of two internationally recognized companies. The groups choosing the case study of Univer Product, a prominent player of the Hungarian food industry, went through the joys and trials of the kick-off day with company director, Attila Avramucz. For the rest of the semester, they all will work together with their teammates representing the traditions of their individual countries to develop new product categories that are in line with international trends. Members of the other student group will examine case studies submitted by an internationally renowned company from the robotics and automation sectors and help with their creative ideas to integrate biometric and other modern identification methods into the corporate system.

The SZTE Virtus team, which also hosts the Demola programme, aspires to promote entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial spirit among students and researchers. In this international programme, students and researchers with innovative ideas are welcomed throughout the yearto kick off and implement their ideas with the assistance of Virtus mentors. Each semester, the Virtus Programme organises events and competitions toenhance students’ skills. In the fall semester, for example, anyone interestedcan register for a series of prototype design workshops, beginning with anOctober 11th event, focused on graphic skills. The programme has attractedstudents‘ interest so much that available spaces were filled in less than aweek, so the organisers urge students to submit their applications for laterevents as soon as possible.

Demola is a Finland-based international innovation challenge platform which currently operates in 17countries. It brings together students and leading brands: multidisciplinary project teams work on real company challenges, with co-creation method, for 8weeks to develop the best possible solution to the challenges submitted by the participating companies. The team must demonstrate and pitch the results of the project work to the representatives of the sponsoring company.

The University of Szeged joined the Demola Global in 2018, within the framework of the Virtus EnterpriseCatalyst Programme, aiming to create a young, open, multidisciplinary community at the University that works with creative ideas and methods to solve realmarket problems.

For any queries about Demola at the University of Szeged, contact Zsolt Nagy at zsolt.nagy@demola.net


Demola is back!

Following a very successful introduction at the beginning of this year, Demola is back with two new case studies to spice this semester up. These new challenges are submitted  by the same partner companies,thus great workflow is guaranteed.

If this is the first time you hear about Demola, you might wonder; okay, but what on Earth is it all about?

To sum it up: Demola connects university students and researchers with companies. You, as a student or researcher,  get to work together with company leaders and trained Demola facilitators for over 8 weeks, aiming to find innovative solutions to a certain challenge. This challenge is brought in by the companies themselves .

So what are the benefits of joining?

  • You can closely work with the company leaders and learn a lot from their experience. They usually look for young talents too who they can offer internships to.
  • You also became part of an international team and you get to use your skills and, of course, acquire new ones, such as entrepreneurial and problem solving or presentational skills. Participation in a  programme like this looks great in your resume.
  • 2 credit points is also among the benefits and beside that, the programme is also accountable for scholarships.

We also made a one pager for you that nicely sums up what Demola is all about and what’s in it for you. Check it out!

Check out the two new challenges we have ready for you this semester:

Case study #1: https://applications.demola.net/cases/470

Case study #2: Coming soon! Stay tuned!

(You can submit your application through these links)

Please note that the application process is ongoingly open through the whole year, however, for these cases above, the deadline is 29th September.

If you are interested in the programme, you can find out more about Demola Global andother opportunities by following this link: https://www.demola.net/

If you have any question, please feel free to reach out to us at zsolt.nagy@demola.net

USZ Virtus Pitching Day at the Innovation Week

The  Directorate for R&D Innovation at the University of Szeged (USZ) organised a Pitching Day for researchers and students on May 30, 2019, within the framework of  its annual Innovation Week.

The aim of the USZ’s Virtus Pitching Day is to provide the active researchers and creative students of the  university with a deeper insight into the world of startups, as well as to give an opportunity for project and idea initiators to present their project, convince potential investors, extend their networks and collect project feedback.

The event was opened by Prof. Dr.Zoltán Kónya, Vice-Rector for Science and Innovation, who emphasised the  pivotal role the University plays in supporting young talents and the importance of bringing young people closer to the innovation chain that includes investors and industry players. This goal is ensured by the USZ Virtus program and the recently finalised participation in the Demola network.

Following the introduction of the jury members, the student and research teams presented their project ideas. A total of six teams pitched their ideas to the jury. We have seen a catering industry chatbot system, a multi-functional community restaurant application plan, a solution that can help hearing-impaired people with their communication problems, as well as plans for legal and financial services applications that innovatively link service providers with potential customers. Additionally, a team of researchers presented the idea of ​​a surgical design system to cure a subspecies of cancerous diseases, which is a further development to an already well-known and established therapeutic method. Eventually,the ExiPay team, who work on developing an instant mobile payment infrastructure, win this year’s contest.

ERC Information Day at the University of Szeged

ERCEA (European Reserach Council Executive Agency) delegation will visit the University of Szeged, 11 March 2019.

The purpose of the visit is to provide an overview of the H2020 regulations in respect of ERC, to offer tailored support and to respond to any specific questions arising.

The event will have two separate sessions:

Panel session 1: on ERC grants for researchers, considering to apply for an ERC grant, and to ERC grantees.

Related topics: Funding opportunities, the application & evaluation process and some practical advice on how to increase the chances of a successful application.

Panel session 2: on the administrative aspects of ERC grants management for administrators and management teams.

Related topics: Presentations about financial reporting and cost eligibility criteria, amendments.

Please find for more information here.

Attendance is free of charge, but please send an email to the email address below if you wish to attend the event: inno@rekt.szte.hu