The University of Nottingham (UoN) is ranked in the top 30 universities in Europe and in the top 1% of universities worldwide. UoN has campuses in Malaysia and China as well as the UK with around 45,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. UoN have five faculties and a wide range of schools offering over 700 courses.
UoN participates in the project through the Health E-Learning and Media (HELM) team, and the Digital Innovations in healthCare and Education (DICE) research group based in the School of Health Sciences. The DICE focuses on innovation in the delivery of education and practice. Digital innovations such as exercise-based video games (exergames), gamified applications, e-learning resources, multimedia and other technologies are having a powerful impact on improving contemporary healthcare practice and education. The Health e-Learning and Media (HELM) team based in the SHS has an international reputation for its elearning innovation and developments including the multi-award winning Helm Open site (www.nottingham.ac.uk/helmopen) which offers freely available high quality digital learning objects for health being used all over the world. They recently received the gold award for digital content at the Reimagine Education awards 2018.
The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) is the metropolitan University for southern Europe (www.auth.gr). Its Medical school consists of 500 academic staff members, and 3500 students. In this project, AUTH will participate with the Office of Medical Education, the Lab of Medical Physics (medphys.med.auth.gr) which lead research initiatives in Medical Education, the 1st Surgical Clinic at Papageorgiou Hospital and School of Rural and Surveying Engineering.
The Office of Medical Education is constantly attempting to offer re-structured and innovative ways of learning medicine. The Lab of Medical Physics is a major research and development hub in medical education and other relevant topics. In Medical Education, its main focus lies in exploring shifting paradigms in education and advanced immersive information technologies for implementation of novel and innovative learning modalities in healthcare education.
The Medical Education Informatics Research Group (MEI) of the Lab of Medical Physics focuses on exploring shifting paradigms in education and breakthroughs in information technologies for implementation in novel and impactful learning modalities in healthcare education. The group consists of a diverse scientific pool ranging from healthcare and education experts such as medical doctors and academics all the way to technology experts such as engineers IT specialists and programmers. Research in the MEI-RG follows several axes, namely: Exploring contemporary pedagogies in medical (and overall healthcare) education focusing on experiential and active learning such as problem based learning and case/scenario-based learning; exploring the interplay between emotion and the learning process; Through ICTs it explores the facilitation of continuous healthcare training for professionals as well as citizens in remote areas by bringing the expert close to the learner and keeping the level of healthcare expertise consistent; research in information communication technologies (ICTs), especially e-learning standards and semantic technologies, aims to facilitate the aggregation, repurposing and reusability of the ever expanding healthcare educational content with overall goal the consolidation of healthcare education resources; Members of MEI have also founded OKFN Greece is the official chapter of Open Knowledge Foundation in Greece, a non-governmental organization that pursues openness and public information freedom in Greece, through participation and transparency activities
RISE is the first Research Centre in Cyprus focusing on Interactive media, Smart systems and Emerging technologies aiming to become a centre of excellence empowering knowledge and technology transfer in the region. It is a joint venture between the three public universities of Cyprus (University of Cyprus, Cyprus University of Technology, Open University of Cypurs), the Municipality of Nicosia, and two renowned international partners, the Max Planck Institute for Informatics (Germany) and University College London (UK).
RISE is designed to act as an integrator of academic research and industrial innovation, towards the sustainable fuelling of the scientific, technological, and economic growth of Cyprus and Europe. It sets out to meet the challenge with a total potential funding of more than 40 million Euros for the first 7 years, from the Horizon 2020 Teaming Action, the Cyprus Government through the Directorate General for European Programmes, Coordination and Development, the European Structural and Investment Funds, the project partners and multiple other sources. The business plan of RISE is specifically tailored for long term sustainability and growth. Rise participates through SMART, UBIQUITOUS, AND PARTICIPATORY TECHNOLOGIES FOR HEALTHCARE INNOVATION MRG, RISE RESEARCH CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE which focus on smart, citizen-centred eHealth and mHealth interventions, leveraging mixed reality technologies, edge computing diagnostics, and big healthcare data analytics, underpinning P4 medicine (predictive, preventive, personalised and participatory); and COGNITIVE AND CLINICAL APPLICATIONS MRG, which focus on the development and validation of Virtual Reality and mobile applications for cognitive training and clinical interventions.