November 24, 2015

European Health Parliament 2016

Health parlOn the 9th of December, the kick-off session of the European Health Parliament 2016 took place from 9:00 – 12:00 at the European Parliament, room PHS P5B001, hosted by MEP Philippe De Backer, Champion of the European Health Parliament 2015 edition.

The second part of the kick-off session took place from 12:30 – 17:15, at Google offices, Chaussée d’Etterbeek 180, 1040 Bruxelles.

The project was initiated by Johnson&Johnson and supported by Google, POLITICO, the College of Europe and EU40.

The 1st session was hosted by MEP Philippe De Backer and moderated by Peter O’Donnell. The following speakers were also part of the panel:

  • Kris Verburgh, bookwriter, scientist & creator of nutrigerontolgy – “The Science of Healthy Aging: Can we live forever?”
  • Walter Van Dyck, professor of strategic innovation and R&D management at Vlerick University – “Innovation in Healthcare: Brain teasers”


MEP Philippe de Backer said: “It is our job to put young people together and give the participants the right incentives and framework to think. Afterwards they can come up with recommendations that have the greatest impact on the discussions that we are having in the European institutions. It’s up to us to change the world and together we can do it.”

Kris Verburgh stated: “An inspiring event and important initiative to improve health care across Europe. Gathering young bright minds to address new challenges in healthcare in an innovative and open-minded way is what we need to create breakthroughs in healthcare and change things for the better.”

After having their group picture taken, the young bright minds went to Google’s offices for the second part of the day. Inspired by the motto “Occupy Health Street”, these brilliant minds will work together for six months, until June 2016, in five committees ranging from Digital skills for the medical profession, Prevention & self-care, Anti-microbial resistance to Climate change & healthcare, Migration and health challenges.

Highlights of the kick-off plenary session: