Summer School - A Boost for Health and Happiness, 11-18 August 2015, University of Twente, Netherlands

Publish Date: Jul 07, 2015

Deadline: Aug 01, 2015

Event Dates: from Aug 11, 2015 12:00 to Aug 18, 2015 12:00

About the Summer School

Researchers have long known that happiness and health go together. Studies show how individuals can actively influence their own health and well-being. Numerous interventions and techniques, often with the help of technology, have been developed to help promoting a healthy and happy lifestyle. In this track, we will address a couple of questions: How can we keep older people active and independent? How can we help people cope with a chronic disease? What role can technology play to support health and well-being? What makes people happy? How can we change unhealthy behavior? Inspired by insights from health sciences, positive psychology and eHealth, this course will help you answer these questions. You will work on several cases related to health and well-being, with the ultimate goal to boost health, both physically and mentally.


Topics include:

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  • Knowing how to improve health and well-being in several areas
  • Designing technological interventions to improve health and well-being
  • Applying knowledge from positive psychology, persuasive technology, and health sciences to improve health and well-being


  • Methods: Discussions, lectures, workshops
  • Course level: Beginner's/Intermediate/Advanced
  • Target group: Everyone with an interest in technological interventions with a human touch to improve health and well-being.
  • Required knowledge: Interest in health and well-being.
  • External speaker: Dr Shanton Chang (University of Melbourne)
  • Course leaders: Prof. Jan Walburg
  • Credits: 2 ECs on completion of full course
  • Mix & Match: Possible, but you will not receive credits.


To attend the summer school, you pay a standard fee of €750. This includes:

  • Registration
  • A tent to sleep in
  • Course materials
  • WiFi
  • Food
  • Coffee/tea.

For those not comfortable sleeping in a tent for a week, we offer different accommodations for additional costs.

Not included in the fee are personal expenses like travel costs (plane ticket, train ticket, etc.), travel insurance and other expenses, as well as accommodation other than a tent.


We offer several accommodation upgrades, including a log cabin and a hotel. A tent (including air mattress and sleeping bag) is included in the standard fee. Read more details about the accommodation options.


Please check the International Office of your University if scholarships are available.


If you have questions, be sure to take a look at the frequently asked questions page. If your question is still unanswered after that, don't hestitate to contact us!


The application deadline is 1 August. However, we encourage students to apply as early as possible as some courses may fill up before the application deadline.

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