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VITALISE Summer School 2022

The first VITALISE Summer School 2022 is taking place on 6-7 July in Marathon (Athens area), Greece to support researchers and Living Lab beginners interested in applying the Living Lab methodology and tools in their studies and research.

General Information

  • Date: 6 and 7 July 2022
  • Location: Marathon (Athens Region, Greece) at
  • Venue: Golden Coast Hotel
  • Target audience: Researchers and living lab beginners interested in applying the Living Lab methodology and tools in their studies and research.
  • Available spots: 30
  • Registration deadline: 15 June

About the VITALISE Summer School

The VITALISE Summer School aims to provide effective training to researchers worldwide, both on the implementation of the Living Lab methodology in their studies, as well as the involvement of Living Lab Research Infrastructures and their services in Health and Wellbeing research studies.

Researchers and Living Lab beginners will get to learn more about Open Innovation and Living Lab tools, methods and services, so as to improve their research and follow new scientific paths, with the support and instruction of the highly experienced trainers of VITALISE project. The participants will also access the VITALISE ICT tools and e-infrastructure to collaborate on scientific research with other Living Labs recognized and labelled by the European Network of Living Labs.

The VITALISE Summer School is jointly organised and co-located with the School As Living Labs (SALL) / FOODSHIFT Summer School 2022. The “Schools as Sites for Food System Transformation” Summer School aims to familiarise participants with the concepts and methods of open schooling and Living Labs, providing a framework for educators and other societal actors to engage, discuss and explore how schools can become innovation incubators and accelerators within their local communities while offering new learning opportunities to their students.

What to expect

The participants will get to benefit from networking and peer to peer learnings with highly experienced trainers from the Living Lab community, as well as create a complete roadmap to conduct research work using the Living Lab methodology, with the support and guidance of the VITALISE trainers.

The VITALISE Summer School will include:

  • 5 hours of expert lectures
  • 5 hours of hands-on workshops to improve your research
  • 1-hour inspirational interaction with representatives of projects using the Living Lab methodology.
  • All materials and equipment needed for the course.
  • Catering (complementary lunch and coffee breaks).
  • A Social Programme & organisation of excursions (e.g., visit the Acropolis Museum, farewell dinner, etc.)

Registrations and further information

The participation to VITALISE Summer School is free of charge for all the participants enrolled. The selection of the applicants will take place in a first come first served format. The accommodation, travel and excursion expenses are not covered by VITALISE project.

Please register to the event here. Registrations will close on 15 June 2022. However, if we reach the number of 30 participants, we will close the registrations earlier, so please enroll soon.

The Venue

The Summer School will take place at the Golden Coast Hotel & Bungalows, an A-class/ 4-star sea-side hotel which stretches on the golden, sandy beach of the Marathon Bay, near the historic location of Marathon, at the outskirts of Athens.

Participants are expected to arrive through the Athens International Airport, approximately 25 km (15,53 miles) distance from the hotel. For more information you can contact


About the Project

Researchers need convenient access to Health and Wellbeing Living Lab infrastructures and procedures, as well as policies that foster innovative, person-centred research. The Health and Wellbeing research community has invested a great deal of effort in creating Living Labs to conduct research and innovation projects, with a lifecycle limited to the project’s duration, due to non-optimal use of time and resources and lack of a harmonization framework for their provided services, which restrain the exploitation potential of research results from local communities.

To address these challenges, VITALISE interlinks living labs coming from the three major living lab networks in Europe:

  • ENoLL, with 130 living lab members around the world, 41% of which are in the health and wellbeing domain.
  • Forum LLSA comprised of 38 members, all of which in the health and wellbeing domain.
  • EIT Health Living Labs, composed of 56 active Living Labs and an additional 37 that are in the process of joining, all of them in the health and wellbeing domain.

By bringing together these three (3) networks, VITALISE interconnects the majority of Living Labs across Europe, to cover all European geographical areas and all the spectrum of the Health and Wellbeing domain. The aim is to open up living lab infrastructures as a means to facilitate and promote research activities in the health and wellbeing domain in Europe and beyond by enabling in-person Transnational Access to seventeen living lab research infrastructures and supporting remote digital access to datasets (Virtual Access) of rehabilitation, transitional care and everyday life activities through harmonized processes and common tools. The project will also develop training methods towards the wider understanding and valorisation of Living Lab methodologies in the research community.

Open Calls

VITALISE project grants free Transnational Access to external researchers from multiple disciplines to the project’s Livings Lab Research Infrastructures. The external researchers approved for Transational Access will have the opportunity to conduct research studies in the available infrastructures and be granted Virtual Access to datasets collected during the Joint Research Activities of the project for further analysis. The provision of Transnational Access will be implemented through three (3) Open Calls that will be conducted in the following months: (i) March 2022, (ii) December 2022 and (iii) May 2023. More information at