Health Care


Interdisciplinary Summer School: Social Sciences Meet Health Care, Dresden, Germany, 21-26 Sep; Deadline 1 Jun

Interdisciplinary Summer School
Social Sciences Meet Health Care

Theme: “Inclusive Innovation in Health Care”

September 21-26, 2014 | Dresden, Germany


About the event

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to announce an international gathering of high-potential junior and senior academics who have one common goal: to push the boundaries in interdisciplinary research in social sciences and health care. The overarching goal of the Interdisciplinary Summer School is both to stimulate the individual research of each participant and to develop an intensive knowledge exchange. All participants contribute their expertise from multiple scientific backgrounds, such as economics, medicine, or sociology, and create a sustainable research network.

Theme: "Inclusive Innovation in Health Care"

Health outcomes vary across countries and populations. Particular groups of people experience lower quality of health care services or are less likely to receive routine medical procedures. With a specific focus on those who are disenfranchised from the tremendous benefit of medical progress, this Interdisciplinary Summer School focuses on the potential of inclusive innovation as a tool to reduce health inequalities.

Program and Research Priorities

The six-day program is filled with a number of keynotes by renowned international experts, presentations and workshops. The following core themes will be addressed:

§  Health care systems as framework for inclusive innovation

§  Inclusive medical technologies

§  ICT as enabler for inclusiveness

§  Patient capabilities

§  Business models for inclusive innovations

Invited speakers are Gerry George (Imperial College London, UK), Bart Nieuwenhuis (University of Twente, Netherlands),  Günter Schreier (Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria), and others.


We are looking for interdisciplinary talents from the fields of economics, business administration, informatics, medicine, education science, philosophy or any other discipline with linkages to social sciences and health care. TU Dresden particularly accepts application of researchers, who are in an early stage of their academic career, such as PhD students, post-docs, and junior faculty members.  Participants will be selected in accordance with the quality of their doctoral curricula, research interests, and application materials. If interested, senior faculty members are welcome to contact us as well.

Application & Fees

The event is funded by the German Excellence Initiative. Accommodation costs of participants are covered entirely by TU Dresden. Travel expenses are refunded based on travel allowances determined by the German Academic Exchange Service. Registration fees are not charged.

In order to apply, please submit your CV (max. 2 pages), your list of publications and an abstract of your current or future research project covering the  topic of “Inclusive Innovation in Health Care” (max. 500 words) via e-mail to

Closing date for submissions is June 1st, 2014. The decision on acceptance will be sent out by June 21th, 2014.


The Interdisciplinary Summer School takes place in the beautiful German city of Dresden, which unites a multitude of different facets. Especially the blending of baroque architecture and vivid student lifestyle turn Dresden into a unique and fascinating place to visit.  

Further information

Please visit for more up-to-date information about the schedule, the application procedure, or further organizational details. 

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Dresden! 

Best regards

The organization committee

Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
Interdisciplinary Summer School
Organization Committee
Dr. Sebastian Gurtner, Dr. Marco Gießmann, Sophia Fischer, Nadine Hietschold 

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