The Future of Health Care: New Concepts - New Technologies


The Summer School is over. It was a very intense and exciting two weeks for the 15 students from all over the world. 

We want to thank all participants, lecturers, people and institutions involved!

In the last decade health care services have been facing multiple and complex challenges with regards to the demands of an ageing society and complex requirements in infection control. There is consensus that innovative technologies and digitalisation are playing a key role in achieving efficient and effective health care delivery on a high-quality level for European citizens. Nurses are the largest professional group within healthcare. Therefore, collaboration between engineers and nurses as well as between industry and universities are of utmost importance and need to be promoted.
The language of the International Summer School will be English enabling 40 students from the fields of nursing and health as well as medical and engineering specialties to exchange on, understand and learn about the following current issues the health care sector is facing:

  • Digitalisation
  • Infection Control
  • Ageing Society

Learning together in an international group fosters the participants’ ability to develop ideas for innovative technologies in health care whilst considering socio-cultural, ethical and professional aspects as well as differences in health care systems. Lectures and keynotes give an overview on current health care issues. Workshops, visits of laboratories, health care institutions and companies will intensify the learning experience.

The Bavarian Summer School takes place at  the Lutheran University of Applied Sciences Nürnberg and the OTH Amberg-Weiden – Technical University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Medical Engineering Weiden. Both regions combine a beautiful historical setting in a strong economic region with leading high tech companies and institutions in the health care industry.


Experts in the field who are teaching at the participating Universities will give an overview of their current research and development projects:
• Importance of technology for healthcare delivery in 21th century
• Philosophy of technology and ethical evaluation of sociotechnical arrangements
• Infection Control
• Technical innovations with regards to the following topics:

  • Management of delirium in intensive care units
  • Control of nosocomial infections and patient room design
  • Dwelling forms and living arrangements for care dependent elderly people
  • Ambient assisted living and smart home technology

In follow-on seminars these four topics will be discussed. The students’ interprofessional skills will be fostered through interdisciplinary group work on four case studies. Each group will have to seek for an innovative solution within one of the above mentioned clinical fields. The results of the group discussions will be presented in a final competition of ideas to which representatives of the Bavarian health care sector and industry will be invited.

Visits to cooperating health care institutions as well as to industry partners will illustrate Best Practice.

Here you can find the Preliminary Programme.


600 €
This includes course fees, application fee, excursions, accommodation and a mandatory health care and liability insurance. An application fee of 100 € is non-refundable. Not included are travel costs, lunches and dinners.

Students of partner institutions of Bavarian Universities of Applied Sciences may apply for scholarships.

  • Guided excursions to companies and clinics
  • Visit to the Siemens Healthineers Medical Museum in Erlangen
  • Walking tour of Nuremberg and Weiden
  • Student Barbecue
  • Official closing ceremony with all participating institutions, clinic and company representatives.

Please download the Application Form


  • Students from the fields of Nursing, Health and Engineering
  • Academic performance
  • Ability to communicate in English
  • Letter of intent describing the motivation to participate in the Summer School (1 page, English)

Application Period:

15/03 – 15/05/2017

In May the organizing committee decides on the final admission.

How to apply:

Please complete the application form and return it to together with the following documents:

• Latest transscript (in English oder German)
• Proof of English language proficiency (language department home university, test …)
• Letter of motivation (1 page)
• Copy of personal identification card

The price for the lodging and breakfast is included in the course fee. Students stay in a student hostel in Nuremberg and a Bed & Breakfast in Weiden, both with shared rooms.

Lunch can be purchased at very reasonable prices in the student cafeteria or nearby supermarkets, bakeries etc.