i-HTS Scientific Meeting in Newcastle (UK)

i-HTS and the National Institute for Health and Care Research Innovation Observatory (NIHR IO)

Dear members, dear partners, dear all,

i-HTS Autumn Scientific Meeting 2023 will be co-host by i-HTS and the National Institute for Health and Care Research Innovation Observatory (NIHR IO) in Newcastle (UK). The meeting will take place on 26th and 27th of September 2023 under the theme "Future Signals - the value of intelligence and insights."

Who is international HealthTechScan?

international HealthTechScan (i-HTS, EuroScan international network) is the global forum for global scientific co-operation in the area of Horizon Scanning and Disinvestment. Each year two major scientific meeting take place in different locations in the world. Scientific meetings are one of the proven formats of scientific exchange that are not only open for members of the network but also external partners and interested parties. The aim of scientific meetings is to meet in locations that generates an environment of free floating of ideas, creativity, and trust.

Who is National Institute for Health and Care Research Innovation Observatory?

The NIHR Innovation Observatory (NIHR IO) is the home of health innovation futures scanning. Established at Newcastle University in 2017 the NIHR IO is an acitve research centre with a focus on the provision of early awareness signals and access to timely intelligence to support national decision making around health care innovation.

NIHR IO is also a member of i-HTS for many years. Together with the i-HTS secretariat in Cologne (Germany), NIHR IO coordinates the regional work of the network in the European region (Regional Group EuroScan).


Our meeting co-chairs

Professor Dawn Craig

Professor Craig is the Director of the Innovation Observatory and lead of the Evidence Synthesis Group, Population Health Sciences Institute. She plays an active role in the development, strategic management, and delivery of the Innovation Observatory, working across all the programmes and stakeholders. Since the inception of the Innovation Observatory in 2017 she has played a leadership role, supporting the team to provide strategic insight on the health and care innovation landscape to national stakeholders, academia and industry, and to exploit AI and novel methods to enhance accessibility and transparency of available intelligence/evidence.

In 2020 Professor Craig was appointed to be the Regional Group Coordinator at i-HTS for the European Area (EuroScan regional group).

Reference: https://www.io.nihr.ac.uk/team/dawn-craig/
More information about Professor Craig: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/medical-sciences/people/profile/dawncraig.html

Dr. Inaki Gutierrez-Ibarlueza

Dr. Gutierrez-Ibarluzea is currently the Head of Knowledge Management and Evaluation of BIOEF, the Basque Foundation for Healthcare Innovation and Research. Previously, he was the coordinator of the Osteba Health Technologies Life Cycle Early Warning System. Since 2020 he is the President of international HealthTechScan, the international network for the identification and early assessment of technologies in their life cycle, of which he was also president in the period 2007-2009. He has been a associated professor at the School of Nursing of the Basque Health Service from 2006 to 2019 and is an external professor of Public Health at the University of the Basque Country since 2006.

Reference: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Inaki_Gutierrez-Ibarluzea
More information about Dr. Gutierrez-Ibarluzea: https://www.linkedin.com/in/i%C3%B1aki-guti%C3%A9rrez-ibarluzea-a12b8629/

Meeting venue

The meeting will take place in St. James' Park (access by Main Reception). By metro, the venue can be reached via the St. James metro stop.