EmTech Europe 2021 – Forging a Brighter Future

EmTech Europe 2021 – Forging a Brighter Future

Starts at:

Thursday, 1 July 2021 - 07:00

Ends at:​

Friday, 2 July 2021 - 16:00

EmTech Europe 2021 – Forging a Brighter Future

ECHAlliance is delighted to partner with MIT Technology Review for its EmTech Europe conference. We are looking forward to our sessions on the main programe.

ECHAlliance sessions on Friday 2nd July:

The Covid-19 Pandemic continues to put healthcare services under unprecedented pressure. Yet there are technological breakthroughs to navigate this crisis and usher in a healthier future across many other fields of medicine. How is the innovative use of data across Europe being used to improve health outcomes? Practitioners and thought leaders examine emerging solutions in connected health and telemedicine, and breakthroughs in the development of Messenger RNA vaccines for Covid. How can these advances be applied to tackle other healthcare delivery issues and disease states?

  • Brian O’Connor, Chair of ECHAlliance

Artificial Intelligence, blockchain, chatbots and personalised mobile apps are among the advances in technology being utilised to transform healthcare. Meet the experts on the frontlines of the healthcare revolution and hear about the innovative work making a real difference in the lives of patients.

  • Moderator: Bleddyn Rees, Chair of the Digital Health Society (DHS), Vice Chair of ECHAlliance
  • Rachel Dunscombe, CEO at NHS Digital Academy, UK
  • Tomaz Gornik, Co-Chair of the OpenEHR foundation, CEO, Better, Slovenia
  • Liz Ashall-Payne, CEO, ORCHA, UK


Personalised (or Precision) medicine has been in the last years a very disruptive concept pushed by the scientific community and a few innovative businesses. In Europe, it is defined as the “a medical model using characterisation of individuals’ phenotypes and genotypes (e.g. molecular profiling, medical imaging, lifestyle data) for tailoring the right therapeutic strategy for the right person at the right time, and/or to determine the predisposition to disease and/or to deliver timely and targeted prevention”. How such approaches could support the development of better therapies and effective predictive, preventive or lifestyle measures? Could it avoid the exposure of patients to unnecessary risks? Could it help to save some unnecessary costs for the healthcare systems? At which stage of deployment are we nowadays? These are some of the questions our panel of high-level visionary experts will answer presenting bold ideas such as the Personal Genome project and the human Digital twins.

  • Moderator: Angela Brand, Professor of Public Health Genomics at Maastricht University, Netherlands
  • Dr. Philippe Menu, Chief Medical Officer, Sophia Genetics, Switzerland
  • Hans Lehrach, Director at Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genomics, Germany
  • George Church, Winthrop Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, USA


The creation of the European Health Data Space is a priority for the EU but what are the key technologies which will ensure its success and how will it make a real difference to the health of Europe’s citizens? Who are the researchers in academia and industry who will best leverage this data pool to enable scientific breakthroughs in the treatment of illness and how will the regulatory environment hinder or help their work? 

  • Moderatos: Julien Venne, Non Executive Director at ECHAlliance and the Digital Health Society (DHS)
  • Jeroen Tas, CIO & CSO, Philips, Netherlands
  • Markus Kalliola, Project Director EHDS at SITRA, Finland
  • Loubna Bouarfa, HLEG on AI and CEO at OKRA
  • Louisa Stüwe, International Policy Manager, Health Data Hub, France

ABOUT EmTech Conference

MIT Technology Review is bringing its globally renowned EmTech conference, which provides access to the most innovative people and companies in the world, to Europe.

Broadcast live from Belfast on July 1 & 2, 2021, EmTech Europe ‘Forging a Brighter Future’ will bring together some of the most brilliant minds in science and technology.

Bringing bold thinking and innovative ideas to life and examining the technologies and forces influencing our rapidly changing world, EmTech Europe will cover areas including AI, Greentech, Health and Ethics. 

The two-day conference will explore the latest advances and trends at a time when the Covid-19 pandemic is adding fuel to the flames of the global climate and economic crises. 

In a world awash with dizzying change, the ground-breaking summit will create a stage where technology, business, and culture can converge. EmTech Europe will showcase emerging technologies with the greatest potential to change our lives. 

In conjunction with MIT, EmTech Europe will bring together the most brilliant minds of the global tech world to reimagine a world where tech transforms lives positively and serves the common good. 

There is no more appropriate location for EmTech Europe than Belfast, a European city which finds itself both inside and outside the EU post-Brexit and which has a global reputation for peacemaking. 

EmTech Europe 2021 – Forging a Brighter Future is broken down into four themes:

  • A Sustainable Future
  • An Intelligent Future 
  • A Healthy Future
  • An Equitable Future

EmTech will return to Belfast in 2022 and 2023 – when it will take place live and in person, coronavirus permitting.

ECHAlliance members have special discounted registration. Please contact heather@echalliance.com for further details


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