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TechMed Research Day

Empowering future innovators

Mark your calendars for 27 June 2024, and join us for an engaging and informative day at TechMed Research Day, hosted at the TechMed Centre. This full-day program promises inspiring presentations from talented researchers affiliated with the TechMed Centre research institute.

One of the highlights of the event will be the opportunity to discover groundbreaking research projects being conducted by your colleagues from various departments. We invite all TechMed departments to play an integral part in the program by sharing their latest findings. This is a unique chance to learn from each other and foster collaboration within the vibrant TechMed community.

What can you expect?
  • This is a unique opportunity to present your research to a large and diverse audience.
  • Meet and connect with like-minded individuals within an inspiring environment and explore potential collaborations.
  • Learn from other researchers. What are their developments, their career paths, and what experiences can you share?
  • Explore the TechMed Centre and the services it has to offer.
  • Oral and poster presentations stand a chance to win exciting awards.
What can you expect?
  • This is a unique opportunity to present your research to a large and diverse audience.
  • Meet and connect with like-minded individuals within an inspiring environment and explore potential collaborations.
  • Learn from other researchers. What are their developments, their career paths, and what experiences can you share?
  • Explore the TechMed Centre and the services it has to offer.
  • Oral and poster presentations stand a chance to win exciting awards.
What can you expect?
  • This is a unique opportunity to present your research to a large and diverse audience.
  • Meet and connect with like-minded individuals within an inspiring environment and explore potential collaborations.
  • Learn from other researchers. What are their developments, their career paths, and what experiences can you share?
  • Explore the TechMed Centre and the services it has to offer.
  • Oral and poster presentations stand a chance to win exciting awards.
What can you expect?
  • This is a unique opportunity to present your research to a large and diverse audience.
  • Meet and connect with like-minded individuals within an inspiring environment and explore potential collaborations.
  • Learn from other researchers. What are their developments, their career paths, and what experiences can you share?
  • Explore the TechMed Centre and the services it has to offer.
  • Oral and poster presentations stand a chance to win exciting awards.

The programme

The program is not yet set, and we need your input! Because together with your colleagues, you truly make the TechMed Centre a powerful entity. We would like to invite you to express your ideas regarding an interesting program for the day.

Call for abstracts

Abstract submissions are currently open for three session types during the TechMed Research Day 2024. We encourage PhD students and early-stage Postdocs to submit abstracts for either the poster session or an oral presentation. These sessions also welcome Master's students (up to 5 slots) engaged in their master projects within a TechMed group. More seasoned Postdocs and Assistant Professors are encouraged to submit abstracts for the Sandpit Session.

General information

Where & When

  • Date: 27 June 2024
  • Time: 09.00 - 17.00
  • Language: English
  • Format: Live event 
  • Location: TechMed Centre (building no. 18), on the campus of the University of Twente

For whom

The TechMed Research Day is intended for all researchers and staff members of the University of Twente who do/support research within the TechMed domain: from PhD students to PIs, from Postdocs to technicians and other research supporting staff. Students who are doing a graduation internship and secretariats can join the event as well.

Registration

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Although this is a free event, keep in mind that registration for this event is not obligation-free. We count on your participation to reserve drinks and food during the program. If you are unable to attend the event for which you have already registered, we kindly ask you to let us know. Send an email to techmed-events@utwente.nl.

Previous edition

On Thursday 15 June 2023, the TechMed Centre organised its second Research Day in the TechMed Centre of the University of Twente. Scientific Director Prof. Dr Maroeska Rovers about this day: “I enjoyed our Research Day. We aim to facilitate interdisciplinary research and education, so it was nice to see so much young talent from all our faculties. This is a unique chance to learn from each other and to foster collaboration within the vibrant TechMed community.”

  • Read the full recap here

    On Thursday 15 June 2023, the TechMed Centre organised its second Research Day in the TechMed Centre of the University of Twente. Scientific Director Prof. Dr Maroeska Rovers about this day: “I enjoyed our Research Day. We aim to facilitate interdisciplinary research and education, so it was nice to see so much young talent from all our faculties. This is a unique chance to learn from each other and to foster collaboration within the vibrant TechMed community.”

    The Research Day at the TechMed Centre began with a warm welcome from the managing director, Remke Burie. His introduction set a positive atmosphere for the entire day. Subsequently, Remke and Jojanneke Schuiling entertained the audience with an interactive quiz with which they tested the audience’s knowledge about the TechMed Centre and the broader medical technology ecosystem. Prof. Dr Carine Doggen (BMS-PHT) emerged as the winner and received a nice box of chocolates.

    ‘Be the hero of your own life’

    The opening programme was followed by a College Tour-style interview with Maroeska Rovers under the guidance of Dr Christina Bode (BMS-PHT). Maroeska, who emphasizes the importance of collaboration and teamwork in achieving goals, brought two items with personal significance. One was a photo of her family, featuring her two daughters aged 18 and 16. The other was a precious sculpture expressing the concept of collaboration. Maroeska believes that collaboration is crucial in tackling major challenges such as staffing crises and climate change. She holds multiple high-level positions and plays various roles in her daily life. When asked if she carefully planned her career, she responded that everything changes rapidly and there are constant developments throughout life. Her advice on career planning is simply to "follow your heart." Regarding how to lead a good life, Maroeska's answer reflects her motto: "Be the hero of your own life."

    Poster gallery, poster guided tours, presentations, sandpit session

    Throughout the day, participants could attend six parallel sessions with presentations by TechMed researchers as well as six moderated poster tours, all prepared by PhD candidates, postdoctoral researchers and master students doing their theses. One of the poster tours also contained a contribution of the TwentUs student team. Four assistant professors presented their research (plans) in a sandpit session where they received feedback on various aspects of building their future research lines.

    TechMed Workshops

    Workshops on ‘Find your funding’, ‘Basics of collaborating with companies’, ‘WMO/MDR regulation’ or ‘TechMed Maturity Assessment’ gave the participants a thorough understanding of how the institute can support their research journey and their professional career. Programme manager of the Stimulate Health Technology implementation Sharon Bijen – Groenberg on their workshop: “It was good to see that our workshop did not only offer researchers insight in the path of technology implementation, but also gave them understanding of the large variety of services and expertise the TechMed Centre has to offer”.

    Awards during the TechMed Research Day

    Researchers who prepared a poster (49) or oral presentation (30) had the opportunity to win an award. The winners of the best three poster presentations and the best three oral presentations received a TechMed Centre Sweater and a voucher for the TechMed Event where they will be allowed to present their research. The three winners of the poster presentations were: Max Rietberg (BMPI), Irina De Alba Alvarez (M3i), and Dieuwertje Alblas (MIA). The three winners of the oral presentations were: Francisca Gomes (DBE&MNF), Camiel Smees (BDDP), and Marijn Mulder (CRPH).

    Nick Willemstein (BRT) was the winner of the special award ‘Valorisation potential, creating impact with the new business', offered by NovelT, the KTO of the UT. He won a cheque of €100,- to spend at his leisure, and we are looking forward to support Nick in discovering the route to the market together.  

    Keynote Rolf Schrama

    The TechMed Research Day concluded with a captivating and humorous keynote lecture by Rolf Schrama, who is a Paralympic sailor. Standing at 1.25m. height, he gave an overview of his life story emphasizing how he overcame the challenges of his disability. He explained never feeling like a “little person” and detailed the five lessons that he used to attain his larger-than-life goals: working hard for small results, the power of small steps, believing in yourself, doing things differently and lastly, enjoying the small things in life. The audience listened breathlessly to his adventurous story.  Rolf’s take-home message for the researchers at the TechMed Centre: “I hope you remember and apply my five lessons to your work because I, and many people like me, need your innovations to support my body so I can keep living my life”.

    Closing Research Day

    Dr Jouke Tamsma, the medical director of the TechMed Centre, thanked everyone for their presence and contribution on this day. He wished the audience a lot of energy and encouraged them to continue the same path. The day ended with sing a song writer Maarten van Veen, from De Reisgenoot, who summarised the afternoon in a song about this special TechMed Research Day.

    The TechMed Research Day was a highly successful event, providing participants with valuable insight into the latest developments in medical technology and offering them opportunities for interaction and networking, and learning them how TechMed can benefit their research. With more than 250 participants, the day was well attended by students, PhD candidates, researchers, and support staff. We look forward to the next edition of this event! And of course, we hope to see you at our yearly TechMed Event 2023, which will take place on 1 November 2023 during the MedTech Twente Week. The theme of the TechMed Event 2023 is ‘Shaping a healthy future’ and two confirmed keynote speakers are Maarten van Aalst and Diederik Gommers.

Organisation: Techmed Centre of the University of Twente

Enabling sustainable and personalized health by means of technology

The University of Twente's Technical Medical (TechMed) Centre raises the standard of healthcare through excellent programmes in research, innovation and education. We educate students and professionals, perform outstanding research, and boost innovation. The TechMed Centre is equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure, from research labs and preclinical testbeds to simulated hospital environments. 

We aim to be a global leader at the interface between technology and medicine and to have a significant impact on society. At the TechMed Centre, we understand that the intersection of technology and medicine is where groundbreaking discoveries and life-changing innovations emerge. Our state-of-the-art Technical Medical Centre is at the forefront of the revolution, offering a comprehensive range of cutting-edge services and expertise. 

We stimulate entrepreneurship and enable new and existing companies to flourish within our regional MedTech Twente ecosystem. We have established a strong collaborative network and continue to work with industry, healthcare organisations, governments and insurance agencies to develop healthcare solutions. 

Our researchers and professionals work together closely to produce pioneering research and inspiring and relevant innovations. The TechMed Centre delivers excellence in interdisciplinary translational research across five domains: Bioengineering technologies; Design of medical devices & robotics; Healthcare in Society; Imaging & Diagnostics; Medical Physiology & E-Health technology.