ICanHear Winter School in Switzerland

Wednesday 26 Feb 14


Bastian Epp
Associate Professor
DTU Health Tech
+45 45 25 39 53


Tobias May
Associate Professor
DTU Health Tech
+45 45 25 39 59

On a Sunday night early in February, a winding road brought the ICanHear Winter School participants up to snow-covered Wildhaus in the Swiss Alps. Our hearing group was represented with two PhD students (Suyash Joshi, Christoph Scheidiger), one post-doc (Tobias May) and two professors (Torsten Dau, Bastian Epp).

After a welcome dinner the participants - coming from 15 different countries - were introduced to the program of the week.
The schedule was busy, starting at 7.30am with breakfast and ending at 10.30pm. The goal of the week for the PhD students and post-docs was to work on a fictional recommendation for hearing aids that the British National Health Service should be purchasing in the year 2020. The participants worked in two groups, needed to organize themselves and look at different hearing aid features to be included in the future hearing aids. The features needed to be both tested on their technological feasibility but also on their benefit for the hearing impaired patients. The students and post-docs were supported by lectures from senior researchers of the ICanHear network on relevant special topics (Torsten Dau from DTU, Ian Bruce from McMaster University in Canada, Stefan Bleeck from the University of Southampton in England, Waikong Lai from the University of Zurich in Switzerland, Tom Francart from KU Leuven in Belgium, Dorothea Kolossa and Rainer Martin both from the Ruhr University Bochum in Germany). The results of the group-work were presented in an interim presentation on Wednesday and a final presentation on Friday morning.


Besides work there was also time for team building activities such as sledding, skiing, hiking, and snowshoeing. These events helped to get to know the partners of the network and to investigate possible collaborations.
All in all the week was a productive and inspiring time, a good start into the ICanHear project.

The next ICanHear scientific workshop is going to take place in Belgium on Aug 27-29.

The ICanHear network is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network supported by the European Union that consists of different partner research groups from all over Europe and north America. The network's goal is to educate young researchers (PhD students) by giving them the opportunity to collaborate with partners of the network. As an integral part of their training the PhDs are going to do an external research stay at the labs of two different partners. Read more here.