SAPHIRe workshops

Workshop 4: Webinar: Exit strategies for COVID-19 lockdown, what role do regions play?

After the global spread of COVID-19, and the resulting lockdown measurements, many governments and regional authorities are slowly rolling out their lockdown exit plans.

These lockdown exit strategies usually consist of carefully balancing the role of healthy individuals, socio-economic impacts and technological solutions. Many factors influence the success of an exit strategy, but which can we influence ourselves? What can we do as a person to minimise the risk of developing severe COVID-19 symptoms or spreading the disease?


To gain a better understanding of the different regional approaches to tackling these challenging times, SAPHIRe hosted a webinar on the 16 June; “Exit strategies for COVID-19 lockdown, what role do regions play”.


Sharing knowledge during this global crisis will be a significant factor in our ability to respond and find new ways forward.

Our speakers and topics for discussion included:

  • Alexandre LourençoThe new reality of our healthcare system

  • Gert Van Assche: Digital transformation of hospitals, and initiatives in UZ Leuven

  • Lisette van Gemert-Pijnen: Supporting intelligent build up by data-driven health care in Twente: towards a citizen science approach

  • Sofia Segkouli: ICT enabled care services for seniors

  • Marc van der Zande: Sports & Vitality in the post-COVID19 Economy, what will the future look like and how to prepare for it?

You can access the speakers bios herethe abstracts of their presentations here and full presentations available below.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 

2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 825046

The project is co-ordinated by Department Economy, Science and Innovation (EWI) of the Flemish Government.

Department Economy, Science and Innovation - Koning Albert II-laan 35 1030 Brussels, Belgium