Future of Sustainable Healthcare Discussed in Turin

  • 30/05/2024
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DesHealth Seminar Turin
The researcher Marta Santamaria during her presentation at DesHealth Seminar in Turin. / Photo: DesHealth Project

The researcher Marta Santamaría, from the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change at ESCI-UPF, shared her visions about sustainability in healthcare management at the seminar “Futures of Sustainable Healthcare,” held on May 23rd at Valentino Castle (Turin) and online.

Last week, Politecnico di Torino hosted an insightful seminar on sustainable healthcare practices and innovations. The event brought together European experts who are currently tackling the sustainable healthcare agenda.

The UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change researcher Marta Santamaría explained the state of the art in sustainable healthcare management in scientific literature and provided insights on health staff views for realizing climate and sustainability goals. She also shared her approach to assessing the carbon footprint of the Catalan health system.

The speeches were delivered by project partners, representing three European universities (PoliTO, TU Delft, and ESCI-UPF) and cutting-edge hospitals and companies (Erasmus Medical Center, Unió Catalana d’Hospitals, TEM Foundation, Bioindustry Park Silvano Fumero, ADDAX Biosciences, and BioAir S.p.A.). They covered topics ranging from sustainability, systemic and circular design, and management to practical healthcare innovation stories.

This seminar was the first dissemination event from the DesHealth project, where the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change at ESCI-UPF participates. The sustainable transition of our healthcare systems is a priority for human and planetary health. Goods and services cause over 70% of the health sector’s emissions. Hence, design and management skills are crucial from an environmental perspective.

DesHealth brings together an experienced cross-sector partnership to develop interdisciplinary training tools through systems-thinking methods aimed at students and young professionals. Partners will develop a blended training program with a specific agenda on sustainable design, sustainability management, and systemic design, along with an intensive training course in TU Delft to allow students to tackle small-scale projects in an interdisciplinary environment.

The main goals of the project are:

  • To address the lack of interdisciplinary training tools on sustainable healthcare globally.

  • To bridge the knowledge gap among diverse health stakeholders by fostering cross-disciplinary collaboration.

  • To provide students and young professionals with the core skills to address a sustainable transition of the EU healthcare sector.

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