DAY 1|Tuesday 21 of March 2023

“Pandemic Management and Preparedness – Telemedicine and the Role of Innovative Technologies in Securing a Safer Future”


09:00 – 11:00 am CET

European Parliament, 60 Rue Wiertz, Room 6Q1 and Online

Moderated by Prof. Nicolas Pallikarakis and Prof. Ratko Magjarevic

09:00-09:10 Welcome and Introduction

Stelios Kympouropoulos, Member of the European Parliament (EPP, Greece)

Dr. Leandro Pecchia, President of the European Alliance for Biomedical Engineering and Sciences (EAMBES)

09:10 -10:00 Innovation and technology as getaways for a safer and healthier future 

The impact of COVID -19 and lessons learned

  • Monitoring and mitigating shortages of critical medical devices in the context of a public health emergency

Klaus Kruttwig, Medicines and Medical Devices Shortages Specialist, European Medicines Agency

  • The implications of COVID on different sectors and the challenges for patients and practitioners 

James Kennedy, Public Affairs Director, European Society of Cardiology (TBC)

Prof. Giuseppe Limongelli, Cardiologist, Luigi Vanvitelli University Hospital, Naples 

  • Connecting society and the role of widespread cooperation in pandemic management 

Dr. Lutz Peschke, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication and Design, Bilkent University, Ankara

  • Best practices of the pandemic – Telemedicine – An innovative tool for pandemic response and the opportunities it brings for insular and remote areas

Prof. Eleni Kaldoudi, President Elect, EAMBES

Dr. Sofia Bacharakis, Child Psychiatrist, Medical Association of Cyclades

Prof. Georgios Tsakos, Chair of the Platform for Better Oral Health in Europe 

10:00-10:40 Ensuring European and global preparedness for future crises

  • The role of innovative technologies in pandemic management

Dr. Leandro Pecchia, President of EAMBES

  • The impact of COVID-19 on the MedTech sector – research, innovation and implementation

Alexander Olbrechts, Director of Digital Health, MedTech Europe 

  • Impact on security of supply – the need for European strategic autonomy in medical devices

Mario Gabrielli-Cossellu, Legal and Policy Officer, DG SANTE, European Commission

  • Global pandemic management 

Dr. Adriana Velazquez, Senior Adviser on medical devices, World Health Organisation

Dr. Madison Moon, Healthcare Epidemiologist, World Health Organisation

10:40-10:55 Audience Q&A

10:55-11:00 Concluding Remarks

Stelios Kympouropoulos, Member of the European Parliament (EPP, Greece)

“Future-proofing health professionals’ skills for the digital transition”

15:00 – 17:00 am CET

Hosted by MEP Stelios Kympouropoulos (EPP, Greece) and MEP Dennis Radtke (EPP, Germany) 

European Parliament, 60 Rue Wiertz, Room 6Q1 and Online

Moderated by Ms Aikaterini Papakostopoulou

15:00-15:15 Welcome and Introduction

Setting the scene on the key challenges for health care professionals 

Stelios Kympouropoulos, Member of the European Parliament (EPP, Greece)

Dennis Radtke, Member of the European Parliament (EPP, Germany)

  • Working conditions and healthcare workers’ well-being
  • Labour shortages, and need for further investments in EU Member States’ healthcare systems
  • Skills gap and equipping health workers with the rights skills for the green and digital transition
  • European Parliament’s actions in this area

15:15-15.30 The view from the ground – Public sector’s perspective

  • Use (and barriers) of skills intelligence in health workforce policymaking
  • Greek Government’s relevant initiatives in equipping healthworkers with the right skills 

Spiros Protopsaltis, Governor and Chair of the Board of Directors, Greek Public Employment Service (DYPA), First Vice-Chair, PES Network – European Network of Public Employment Services

15.30-15.50 The multi-stakeholder perspective: EU projects on upskilling and reskilling healthcare professionals

Joint presentation of BeWell and EUVECA projects

Zoi Mylona, BeWell project manager, Programme Manager-European Health Management Association (EHMA)

Henriette Hansen, EUVECA project manager, EU project Manager-South Denmark European Office

15:50-16:10 Showcases of advanced training and use of innovative technologies

  • Biomedical Technology use training 

Prof. Nicolas Pallikarakis, Emeritus Professor of the University of Patras,

President of the Board of INBIT – Institute of Biomedical Technology Patras Science Park

16:10-16:30 Showcases of advanced training and use of innovative technologies

  • VR training 

Manolis Babatsikos, 3D VR Medical Specialist, Founder/CEO at 3DMEDWORLD

16:30-16:50 Audience Q&A

16.50-17.00 Concluding Remarks 

Stelios Kympouropoulos, Member of the European Parliament (EPP, Greece)

DAY 2|Wednesday 22 of March 2023

“Showcases of the digital technologies in the health sector: how can technology help detect or tackle a disease?”

09:00 – 13:00 am CET

Hosted by MEP Stelios Kympouropoulos (EPP, Greece) and MEP Maria da Graça CARVALHO (EPP, Portugal) 

European Parliament, 60 Rue Wiertz, Room 6Q1 and Online

Moderated by Ms Elizabeth Kuiper

09:00-09:10 Welcome and Introduction 

Stelios Kympouropoulos, Member of the European Parliament (EPP, Greece)

Maria da Graça Carvalho, Member of the European Parliament (EPP, Portugal) 

09:10-9:20 Setting the scene for research and innovation in the health sector

Carmen Laplaza Santos, Head of Unit, Health Innovations and Ecosystems, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

09:15-10:35 PART I Assistive technologies and vision 

  • The use of AI to help detect blindness in children (30 minutes)

DIVE Medical team, Huawei

Dr Cao Hui, Head of Strategy& Policy, Huawei Public Affairs and Communications  Office

Victoria Pueyo, PhD in Medicine, Paediatric Ophthalmologist, Chief Scientist and    co-founder of DIVE and 

Marta Ortín, PhD in Systems Engineering and Computer Science, Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of DIVE

  • AI assistive technology to guide blind and visually impaired people (20 minutes)

Maël Fabien, biped.ai CEO 

      Audience Q&A and interaction (30 minutes)

10:35-12:00 PART II Showcases of innovative technologies and medical applications 

  • AI in healthcare: from research to clinical impact (30 minutes)

Prof. Maarten De Vos, Departments of Engineering and Medicine at KU Leuven

Konstantinos Kontras, Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Engineering at KU Leuven

  • Holomedicine: technological applications that blend augmented, mixed and virtual reality allowing better practice and delivery of medicine (30 minutes)
  •    Introduction to holographic technology and its application in dental care; Dr Dirk Neefs, Dentist in Ddcare and Bdent TedX Speaker, Belgium
  • Improving patient outcomes: The use of holographic technology in the clinical setting

Prof. Dr. Dirk Weyhe, Director of University Hospital for Visceral Surgery at Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg; PIUS-Hospital, Oldenburg

      Audience Q&A and interaction (30 minutes)

DAY 3|Thursday 23 of March 2023

“Better Decision-Making for better outcomes: Harnessing the Power of RWE”

09:00 – 11:00 am CET

Hosted by MEP Stelios Kympouropoulos (EPP, Greece)

European Parliament, 60 Rue Wiertz, Room 6Q1 and Online

Moderated by Ms Sue Saville

09:00-09:05 Welcome and Introduction

Stelios Kympouropoulos, Member of the European Parliament (EPP, Greece)

Tomislav Sokol, Member of the European Parliament (EPP, Croatia)

09:10 -09:40 PART Ι

  • Presentation 1: Rare diseases

Dr. Alexander Natz, Secretary General, EUCOPE

  • Discussion 1: Striking the right balance between scientific rigour and practicality to improve access for rare disease patients

Dr. Alexander Natz, Director General, EUCOPE

Dr. Tanja Stamm, Head of the Institute for Outcomes Research, Deputy Head of the Center for Medical Data Science at the Medical University of Vienna & H2O Co-Lead and founding member of H2O Austria

Dr. Ravi Jandhyala, Visiting Senior Lecturer, Centre for Pharmaceutical Medicine Research, King’s Colle

09:45-10:15 PART II

  • Presentation 2: Influenza

Dr. Daniel Furtner, Medical Director Vaccines and Biosecurity, CSL Seqirus

  • Discussion 2: Role of RWD in policy and regulatory decision-making for vaccines 

Dr. Daniel Furtner, Mge London

09:40-09:45 Audience Q&A

edical Director Vaccines and Biosecurity, CSL Seqirus

Prof. Caterina Rizzo, Full Professor of Hygiene and Preventive Medicine, University of Pisa

Christina Kyriakopoulou, Scientific Office, DG RTD, European Commission

10:15-10:20 Audience Q&A

10:20-10:50 PART III 

  • Presentation 3: Cancer

Antonella Cardone, CEO of Cancer Patients Europe

  • Discussion 3: Role of EU legislation in improving better access and use of RWD for cancer patients

Antonella Cardone, CEO of Cancer Patients European Parliament

Fulvia Raffaelli, Head of Unit, Digital Health (SANTE.C.1), European Commission

Prof. Panagiotis Bamidis, Professor of Medical Physics, Informatics and Medical Education and Director of the Lab of Medical Physics and Digital Innovation in the School of Medicine at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

10:50-10:55 Audience Q&A

10:55-11:00 Concluding Remarks

Stelios Kympouropoulos, Member of the European Parliament (EPP, Greece)

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