Upcoming Workshops

2019 EuHPN Workshop

Join us in Basel, Switzerland, 18-20 September

Three days of discussion, debate and interactive co-design on the theme 

Getting It Right First Time, For Patients.


Getting It Right First Time, For Patients

A challenge for leadership, learning and integrated project delivery. We all know that healthcare facilities are complex and expensive to plan, design, build and maintain.

Infrastructure projects need input from a huge range of people – managers, designers, engineers, clinicians, technicians, estates professionals and patients – if they are going to be a success, and no one wants to finish a project only to find that it doesn’t meet the needs of staff or patients, or both.

questions we will be exploring

So how do we ‘get it right, first time, for patients? How do we ensure that new build or rebuilt or reconfigured facilities meet the original brief in terms of utility, design and sustainable affordability? How can we do our very best to make our healthcare built environment the best place possible for patients?


An opportunity to engage with individuals & organisations, representative of every aspect of health infrastructure development.

Participants typically represent a wide variety of professional backgrounds: health policy makers, healthcare architects and engineers, health system planners, clinical/medical professionals, capital investment experts, health infrastructure academic researchers, and many others.

The annual EuHPN workshop is structured to give our member organisations an opportunity to share examples of best practice and to learn from each other's experiences. But the workshop is also an important opportunity for participants to hear from outside our immediate network and from a range of professionals who bring different perspectives.



This year we will experiment with a highly interactive format where participants will co-create an infrastructure design or a patient experience together with healthcare professionals. This is thanks to the support of Walkerproject, one of Europe’s leading consultancies for innovation in healthcare. Walkerproject works closely with healthcare professionals to improve patient experience, quality of care and team collaboration.

Our sponsors

In 2019 we are delighted to welcome Ramboll Spearhead Healthcare as our main corporate sponsor.  Ramboll is a leading engineering, design and consultancy company founded in Denmark in 1945, which is now present in the Nordic countries, UK, North America, Continental Europe, Middle East and Asia-Pacific.

Workshop Programme: 18-20 September 2019

Wednesday 18 September: Arrival, welcome, context and case studies

10.00 – 11.30

EuHPN member meeting

EuHPN member meeting EuHPN members are invited to a pre-workshop meeting to review network activity over the year and to look ahead at plans for 2020.

‘Silo West’ room at Launchlabs (Dornacherstrasse 192, 4053 Basel).

12.00 – 13.00

Arrival, registration and buffet lunch

Workshop participants are invited to meet speakers and other attendees for a simple lunch at the Launchlabs venue

Launchlabs venue

13.00 – 13.30

13.30 – 14.15

14.15 – 15.00

15.00 – 15.30

15.30 – 17.30

17.30 – 19.00

Welcome and setting the scene

Marte Lauvsnes, EuHPN Chair, Norway

Micha Kämpfer, walkerproject, Switzerland

Michael Gustavsson, Ramboll Spearhead Healthcare, Sweden

Dr. Werner Widmer, CEO, Stiftung Diakoniewerk Neumünster in Zollikerberg/Zürich

Dr Antonio Duran, CEO, Alldmh Consulting, Spain

Mr Stephen Wright, Director, European Centre for Health Assets and Architecture, Luxembourg

Coffee break

Organising infrastructure differently

Prof. Christine Nickl-Weller, Nickl and Partner, Germany

Nirit Pilosof, Architect and PhD candidate, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning Technion, Israel Institute of Technology

Hrafnhildur Olafsdottir and John Cooper, JCA Architects, UK

Drinks reception and networking

Title to be confirmed.

 Getting It Right First Time: The Challenges.

 Title to be confirmed.

Keynote address: The Swiss context for hospitals and healthcare.

Keynote address: Does size matter?  What's the future for hospitals in health systems? 

Hospital 4.0: Quo Vadis

Building for Change: predicting and evaluating healthcare building design using EBD

The same needs, different solutions: getting it right for patients in Switzerland, Palestine and the UK

Join us for canapes, drinks and informal discussions with colleagues at Werk8 – next door to the Launchlabs venue


End of 18th september day


Thursday 19 September: Inspiration and Interactive Co-Design Challenges

08.45 – 09.30

09.00 – 13.00

Keynote session: groups 1 and 2 together

Professor Reinhard Busse, Berlin Technical University, Germany

Group 1 joins the Prototyping Zone: co-design challenges

Group 2: Changing our Thinking, Launchlabs venue

Assuring and improving healthcare quality in Europe: effectiveness and implementation of different strategies




Alice Green, P+HS Architects, UK

Astrid Hansson, Kirsti Marttila-Gaard, Kristina Olsson, Region Skåne

Using the community to co-design community healthcare buildings

Patient collaboration in Region Skåne. Patients in the planning processes, crucial for the future

11.00-11.30 COFFEE BREAK

11.30 – 12.00


Anders Medin, White Arkitekter, Uppsala office, Sweden

Liesbeth van Heel, Senior Policy Advisor, Erasmus MC, Netherlands

Improving project delivery though systematic post-occupancy evaluation: Swedish examples

20 years of transformative change in hospital development

12.30-14.00 LUNCH


Group 2 joins the Prototyping Zone: co-design challenges

Group 1: Changing our Thinking

Prototyping Zone

Launchlabs venue








Learning lessons from cross-border healthcare design (title to be confirmed)

How can we perfect nursing home design? 


The Foundry: making a success of integrated, population-based care for youth (North America/ Canada)

Shifting care resources using predictive analytics and AI: the case of Finland

Speakers from the Health Service Executive, Ireland and the Finance Department, Northern Ireland

Laia Isern, Vitaller Arquitectura, Spain

Coffee break

Professor Laura Arpiainen, Aalto University, Finland

Pentti Itkonen, CEO, Eksote, Finland

Workshop gala dinner: Join us for drinks and dinner, discussion and networking.

End of 19th september day

Werk8 venue next to Launchlabs


Friday 20 September: What did we learn? & Study site visits

08.30 – 10.00

Prototyping feedback – what did we learn?

Led by Micha Kämpfer, walkerproject, Switzerland

Group reflections on learning from the prototyping challenges

10.00 – 10.30 COFFEE BREAK

10.30 – 12.00

Keynote speaker:

Miklós Szócska , Director, Health Services Management Training Centre, Semmelweis University, Hungary.  Minister of State for Health, Hungary, 2010-1014

Rebuilding and reconfiguring health facilities for future care – lessons from Hungary and beyond

12.00 – 12.45

Keynote speakers:

Dr Marisa Mason and clinical colleagues from National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD), UK

Methods, doubts and data.  How do we really know what patients and staff want from care models and infrastructure?

12.45 – 14.15

Study site visits

Choose from (preliminary):

• University Department of Geriatric Medicine FELIX PLATTER

• Children’s Hospital of Basel

• Roche Tower

14.30 / 15.00

Study site visitors returned to Basel train station


End of 20th september day


Register Your Attendance

We are delighted that you would like to register to attend the 2019 EuHPN workshop.

Please complete the information below. This year the participation fee for the workshop is Euro 350.00 (CHF 400.00) for EuHPN members; Euro 400.00 (CHF 455.00) for non members. This includes all social and networking events. Once you have registered you will receive an email acknowledgement and a request for your site visit preference.

Name *
Vegetarian, vegan; allergies, etc.
Days I will attend the workshop *
Personal information: The EuHPN workshop is an opportunity to network and make contact with healthcare infrastructure professionals across Europe, and it would be helpful for everyone to have some advance information about the attendees. *
We’d like to ask you to send us a short biography and statement of your current professional interests – one or two paragraphs at most – accompanied if possible by a high-resolution photograph. If you want to include email or social media contact details, please do so. If you would like to supply this information please include it below, with an attached photo if you wish.Please note that this personal information will only appear in the printed version of the programme, not in the online, electronic version. We will not keep your personal information on the website or elsewhere.

Launchlabs belongs to Gundeldinger Feld, a listed building in a former industrial factory close to the main station Basel.

The factory was founded in 1844 with the production of ribbon weaving machines for the silk ribbon manufacturers of the region. Later, machines were also manufactured for sawing, drilling, pressing and pumping. In 1945, after the end of World War II, the factory employed up to 500 workers. At the beginning of the sixties, the alliance was reached with the Sulzer Group. n 1999, the surprising decision to abandon the production site in Basel falls. The newly founded Gundeldinger Feld Immobilien AG bought the property and in the year 2000 handed over responsibility for the conversion of the area of Kantensprung AG.

Launchlabs spaces are prototypes for new technologies and connect people in unconventional ways during events, workshops and corporate seminars. The event hall, with 240 m2, offers countless possibilities thanks to the flexible furniture and equipment combined with the industrial charm.


Travel information

Basel airport is located 12 km from the Central Station. There are several bus services to the city center. Further information is available from the airport website: https://www.euroairport.com/en/passengers-visitors/access-parking/access/bus.html

The alternative to flights to and from Basel airport is to fly to Zurich and then take a train to Basel directly from the airport, or via Zurich Central Station.  The train options are available from SBB website (https://www.sbb.ch/en/timetable.html ) The direct train journey from Zurich airport to Basel should take just over 1 hour.


EuHPN has arranged discount accommodation with  HOTEL IBIS STYLES BASEL CITY (Grosspeterstrasse 44, 4052 Basel, Switzerland). 

The hotel is located  in the lively city of Basel, 3 minutes from the station and 15 minutes from Euro Airport Basel. The distance to Launchlabs is 1km.

CHF 140.00 per single room per night including breakfast buffet. 

CHF 158.00 per double room per night including breakfast buffet.

How to make the reservation:

Please send an email to h8215-re@accor.com, using booking reference: 'EuHPN Basel'. 

Please note that accommodation can be booked using this reference up to 18 August 2019.