Representative professionals of the European Biomedical Engineering community from Academia, Industry, Healthcare and Policymakers discussed how the BME community can maintain and improve momentum of the support for Biomedical Engineering and thereby advance health in our member states and improve Europe's industrial activity in the worldwide competition.
After an introduction by the EAMBES president Marco Viceconti views on a global perspective were given by Herb Voigt (president of IFMBE). Later Raphael Lee (Pesident AIMBE) gave an overview of the achievements of AIMBE in policy making.
The role and aim of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology within the European Research area was introduced by Karen Maex (University of Leuven, Belgium). Leire Solis (Rohde Public Policy) highlighted the opportunities and ways of policy making for biomedical engineering. The role and collaboration of academia and industry was illustrated by Hans Hofstraat (Vice President Philips Research, Healthcare Strategic Partnerships) describing successful projects Philips was involved in together with academia.
An overview on Horizon 2020, the upcoming framework programme of the EU, and the perspectives for biomedical engineering were given by Arnd Hoeveler (DG Health Biotechnology Research, European Commission) and Peteris Zilgalvis (Head of Unit, ICT for Health, DG Information Society and Media, European Commission) with whom EAMBES has established good contact. Both of them made clear that activities on biomedical engineering fit into all three blocks of the Horizon 2020 concept of the commission. These blocks are Excellence of Science, Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges. Suggestions to the future work programmes by EAMBES are highly welcome by Hoeveler and Zilgalvis.
The symposium ended with a lively discussion and the invitation to the next years Fellows Symposium as well as the request to the fellows to support EAMBES with their experience.
The symposium was organized by Jos Spaan (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Jos Vander Sloten (Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium), Niilo Saranummi (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland), Sergio Ceruti (Politecnico di Milano, Italy) and by the Local host National Committee Biomedical Engineering (Pascal Verdonck, Marc Nyssen, Jos Vander Sloten) and became possible by support of the IFMBE.
EAMBES Fellow Symposium