Working Group Leaders

Representatives of Brussels-based offices leading the work of Health Working Group.

Henriette Hansen


Henriette Hansen

South Denmark

Health WG Leader


Lucie Durocher

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur

Christina Teik


Christina Teik

Greater Copenhagen EU Office


The ERRIN Health Working Group aims to support WG members with early intelligence, regular updates, about EU level health policy-related issues, funding opportunities for them to function as project facilitators towards their regional stakeholders. The Health working group works as a means to create collaboration between the members in order to develop common EU projects. WG is also a vehicle for profile raising and promotion of good practices, projects within the regions. Members are invited to put forward their relevant proposals and use each meeting to share their partner searches for their on-going/upcoming initiatives with their peers.

Last Working Group Meetings

Last Working Group Meetings


POSTPONED: Online Health WG meeting on tackling diseases and reduce disease burden: promotion and prevention


In line with the Horizon Europe “Global Challenges and Their Drivers”, the next Health WG meeting will focus on tackling diseases and reduce disease burden: promotion and prevention. Communicable


Health WG Meeting on project opportunities for Regions after 2020 + Planning Meeting

Gaia Ialisa Marotta

We are pleased to invite you to our upcoming meeting on health-related project opportunities for Regions after 2020 on the 16th of January 2020. The meeting will also be an occasion to plan the 2020

WG Events

WG Events

POSTPONED: Online Health WG meeting on tackling diseases and reduce disease burden: promotion and prevention

In line with the Horizon Europe “Global Challenges and Their Drivers”, the next Health WG meeting will focus on tackling diseases and reduce disease burden: promotion and prevention. Communicable and non-communicable diseases cause the greatest amounts of premature death and disability in the EU and worldwide. The ERRIN Health WG meeting will explore strategies and concrete measures on how to implement effective prevention next to treatments, thus reduce the burden on health and care systems and empower patients. We will take a European outlook on policy and practical level, but we are also…

Demand-driven ePitching session facilitated by the EIC to fight COVID-19

The European Innovation Council is organising an ePitching session on 30th April 2020 to match innovative solutions developed by companies to the emerging needs of the healthcare sector. The starting point of the process is the demand expressed by hospitals and healthcare procurers: the EIC-funded companies will be selected on the basis of procurers' needs for innovative solutions in all forms in facing COVID-19. Hospitals and healthcare procurers:  Express your needs on the Excel sheet Register by sending an email Procurers should register by 8th April 2020.  The objective is to gather…

EUvsVirus Hackathon

The European Commission will host a pan-European hackathon in response to the coronavirus crisis. The three-day hackathon will be an opportunity to connect civil society, innovators, partners and buyers across Europe to develop innovative solutions to coronavirus.  20 pressing coronvarius challenges will be tackled over the duration of the hackathon. Examples of such challenges include: Speeding up the production of equipment Scaling up production capabilities Exchange of knowledge and solutions transfer. The full list of challenges can be found here, and you can register here. There is…

SAPHIRe workshop: the role of regional actors as health data providers and users

The SAPHIRe - Securing Adoption of Personalised Health in Regions - project is hosting its third workshop in April. The workshop will explore how regions are regarded as powerhouses for innovation and the adoption of personalised medicine, due to its proximity to the citizens.  Regional providiers of health data, such as hospitals, collect huge amounts of data creating the need for an interoperable and accessible database. The workshop will consider the practical and ethical considerations on the use of health data, asking how we can unlock the opportunities heald within these large datasets…

Global Hack: online hackathon to build resilience post-pandmeic

The European Commission has leant its support to an upcoming global hackathon to create solutions to problems posed during to coronavirus pandemic. The Global Hack will partner people from around the world to exchange ideas, know-how and best practices, bringing together world-class mentors and teams to build innovative solutions.  The solutions will showcase how digital innovations can be used to connect local neighborhoods and people facing the greatest vulnerabilities. The Commission will provide up to €75,000 to the Global Hack for prize money to the winning teams. It will also provide…

DIHNET webinar: How can DIHs help in times of COVID-19?

An online event will seek to consider how Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) can help with the challenge of managing a pandemic. The COVID-19 outbreak is posing great challenges to public sector organisations, with local governments, public adminsitrations and local health services at the forefront of the crisis. It is hoped that the implementation of digital tools and support from SMEs could be an effective way to slow the epidemic.  This webinar will discuss if and how DIHs can help public sector organisations and SMEs with its immediate and longer term needs during the outbreak, and whether…

WG Related Content

WG Related Content

117 solutions identified during #EUvsVirus Hackathon

117 solutions to tackle the coronavirus have been selected as the winners of the #EUvsVirus Hackathon. Led by the European Innovation Council, the hackathon has also announced the top six challenge category winners, which range from scalable patient monitoring systems and medical supply initiatives to virtual learning platforms and short-term financing programmes. The hackathon brought 114 nationalities together from across the EU and the world. The solutions were selected by a jury and weighted by potential impact, technical complexity and novelty, prototype completion and efficacy of…

European roadmap for lifiting containment measures

The European Commission has put forward a roadmap to guide Member States as they look to lift coronavirus confinement measures in the future. The announcement acknowledges that there are still extraodinary firefighting measures to be taken before this point is reached, but that certain key principles for exit strategy should be addressed. The roadmap's key principles are: Timing is essential - Epidemiological criteria demonstrating the decreased and stabilised spread of disease - Sufficient health system capacity  - Appropriate monitoring capacity European approach - Science with…

EIT Health opens 'Rapid Response' option for new COVID-19 proposals

EIT Health has opened the 'Rapid Response' request option for incoming proposals in a bid to support the immediate response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  New projects or extensions of existing projects that address the COVID-19 outbreak in an innovative way will be able to create a short-term impact in light of the ongoing crisis with scalability in the future.  The projects must: Address COVID-19 with an innovation element Have a means to be implemented quickly (generate impact by the end of 2020) Generate an internationally scalable impact Be grounded in scientific and technological…

JRC actions in response to COVID-19

The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre is contributing to and informing the EU’s policy response to the coronavirus crisis. Experts across the JRC have been analysing the crisis, anticipating its impacts and working to develop solutions and strategies for the future. Some of its actions are highlighted here: Development of new control material for COVID-19 tests JRC scientists have designed a new control material for COVID-19 tests, amid the challenge posed by a shortage of the material currently used. The control material is important for ensuring that false negatives are as rare…

AI-Robotics vs COVID-19

The European Commission has launched a robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) initiative in the frame of the common European response to the COVID-19 outbreak.  Two repositories have been created, which the Commission hopes to fill with AI and robotics solutions and initiatives. The repositories are: Solutions repository Initiatives repository  A dedicated space has also been set up to facilitate discussions on how such solutions can be deployed and when, in the timeline of prevention, diagnosis and treatment.  If you have an AI system or if you have built a robotic tool that might be…

Immediate release of funds to tackle COVID-19

The Council adopted legislative act to rapidly react to the surrounding pandemic amending the rules of the structural and investment funds. According to the regulation concerning the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative, there are several mechanisms that will enter into force on 1 April. The Member States will get access to €37 billion of cohesion money to strengthen healthcare systems, as well as support small and medium-sized enterprises, short-term working schemes, and community-based services under the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative. They will also have more flexibility…

Latest Updates

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€56 million available for coronavirus solutions

A new call has launched, making €56 million available for medical technologies, digital tools and Artificial Intelligence (AI) that can offer solutions to the coronavirus crisis.

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SAPHIRe call for best regional practices: Exit strategies for COVID-19 lockdown

SAPHIRe will host an online interactive workshop on the topic “Exit strategies for COVID-19 lockdown, what role do regions play” and invites you to represent your region and speak about your approach to the COVID-19 exit strategy.

  • By Hilary Webb

Commission to fund 8 coronavirus research projects through IMI

The Commission has increased its financial commitment to the Innovative Medicines Initiative to €72 million in order to fund eight projects focussed on coronavirus diagnostics and treatment.

  • By Hilary Webb

Hauts-de-France funds two scientific projects to combat COVID-19

While four its eleven applications to the national call for projects are being reviewed by the scientific committee, the Hauts-de-France region has funded two scientific projects itself.

  • By Hilary Webb

Commission to help expedite recognition of health workers' qualifications

The European Commission has released a communication with guidance on how to address the shortage of health workers caused by the coronavirus crisis.