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Module 2: Managing the Project: Keeping on Track with an Eye to the Future.

This is a doctoral module intended to broaden the employment skills and opportunities available for doctoral candidates/students who have an interest in connected health by focusing on operational skills and occupational wellbeing.


This module is aimed at doctoral students who have already started with their studies, and are building and maintaining their work routines and learning how to work effectively and efficiently. Special focus is paid on wellbeing, (self)empathy building, and working in groups and ecosystems.

Module Goals

  1. Develop networking and communication skills.

  2. Understand ethical user-centered research design.

  3. Marketing research capacity and research skills.

  4. Building an understanding of yourself and others.


Module 2: Contributors

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Julie Dowsett has 20 years experience of working as a hospital dietitian and is a fellow of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute, the professional body for dietitians in Ireland. She has also been involved in a university post-graduate training programme as well as a variety of writing projects for textbooks, health professionals, the media, and the general public.                                                        


She is Postgraduate and Executive Education School Ag and Food Science at University College Dublin. Manager of Agri-Food Graduate Development Programme UCD. Institute for Food and Health, University College Dublin. A programme of specialised skills training for postgraduate students and young researchers in the Agri-food sector funded through The Dept Agriculture Food and the Marine and run jointly between UCD and UCC. Julie also was the Secretary of IrSPEN (Irish Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism) from Oct 2010 to Aug 2013. A New multidisciplinary organisation affiliated to ESPEN ( with the aim of advancing standards of nutrition care in Ireland. Senior Dietitian St. Vincent's University Hospital (1990-2008).

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Hugh Kearns is recognised internationally as a public speaker, educator and researcher. He regularly lectures at universities across the world and has recently returned from lecture tours of the UK and the US which included lectures at Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Berkeley and Stanford.

His areas of expertise include self-management, positive psychology, work-life balance, learning and creativity. He draws on over twenty five years of experience as a leading training and development professional within the corporate, financial, education and health sectors in Ireland, Scotland, North America, New Zealand and Australia. He has coached individuals, teams and executives in a wide range of organisations in the public and private sectors.

Hugh lectures and researches at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. He is widely recognised for his ability to take the latest research in psychology and education and apply it to high-performing people and groups. As a co-author with Maria Gardiner, he has published ten books which are in high demand both in Australia and internationally.

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Dr Jane Uygur, MD, CCFP, MCISc, was born and educated in Canada. She completed her medical degree at McMaster University and trained in Family Medicine at McGill University in Montreal. She did some additional training in obstetrics, gynaecology, and geriatrics in New Zealand before returning to Canada to complete a “Care of the Elderly” fellowship in her hometown of Ottawa. Dr Jane has fifteen years of clinical experience working in many different settings, both urban and rural. She loves working with people of all ages and is skilled at managing medical problems from childhood through to the later years. Her additional training in “Care of the Elderly” has also provided her with an in-depth understanding of health issues specific to this time of life. Dr Jane feels that a good patient-doctor relationship is fundamental to providing excellent healthcare. This is a key concept that she passes on to the medical students that she teaches at RCSI. Her interest in this area has led her to research how physicians can best provide compassionate care to their patients. Having finished her Master’s degree, she is continuing this research as part of her PhD. Dr Jane’s Irish husband brought her to Dublin over a decade ago and she loves her new home. When she isn’t busy working or running after her two wonderful daughters, she practices yoga and Buddhism, goes jogging and sings in a choir.

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Ms. Lena Barahona  studied education, psychology and communication science at the LMU Munich and the Universidad Europea de Madrid. She then worked for almost 10 years at the University Hospital in Munich (LMU). There she was responsible for the establishment and coordination of a continuing education program for the Latin American region and for the deputy working group leadership in the area of teaching. She also supervised various educational projects (face-to-face, online, blended) and led an international train-the-trainer program.

Ms Barahona joined the Fraunhofer Academy in April 2019 as Senior Program Manager responsible for didactics and quality management at the Fraunhofer Academy, working primarily in the Corporate Learning business area. Since 2014, Ms. Barahona has also worked as a freelance trainer and coach.

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Vasiliki Mylonopoulou, Ph.D. is a Marie Skłodowska Curie alumnus. She has worked on designing social features in technology supporting health behaviour change. Her Ph.D. thesis resulted in a design tool that can be used by practitioners in designing health and wellbeing technology that includes social aspects. She is passionate about designing and evaluating technology to support better people's diverse needs. Vasiliki is interested in matters related to invisible conditions and specifically to mental health and developmental learning disorders in adulthood such as work integration, awareness, and policies. In 2019, Vasiliki got the Equality and Diversity award from the University of Oulu and since then she initiates and organizes the event: A Different Way of Working and Studying.


Currently, she is working as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Goteborg, Sweden, at the newly found division of Human-Computer Interaction in the Applied IT department. She is part of the project Digital Seniors which focuses on creating design tools for designing technology for our older selves (casual technology users). She is also part of the More Stamina app science team, which aims to support people experiencing multiple sclerosis to manage their energy. She also has her own youtube channel!

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João José Ferreira

Founding Editor: Journal of Innovation Management

Education Open Innovation: OI-NET Open Innovation Network

João José has a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computers, from the  University of Porto (FEUP); a MSc Electrical Engineering and Computers from FEUP and achieved his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computers at FEUP in 1995.

He was an Assistant Lecturer at FEUP from 1987-1995, from 1995 – 2003 at ~FEUP he was an Assistant Professor; 2003-today: FEUP, Associate Professor. At FEUP (1997-2000)  he was also a Member of the Executive Board of the Electrical Engineering Department and since 2004 Director of the Master Degree of Innovation and Technological Entrepreneurship. From October 2004 to July 2007 assumed a joint coordination of INESC Porto Unit of Information and Communication Systems. In January 2008 moved to the “Industrial Engineering and Management Department” FEUP. Since March 2007  João José has been responsible for the pré-incubation activities at UPTec, U.Porto business incubator.

Research Activity: in 1988 João José started his collaboration as a researcher at Institute of Engineering Systems and Computers (INESC). His R&D activity, developed 1st at INESC and later at INESC Porto, started in 1988 and concentrated in areas such as: Enterprise Integration, supporting Architectures and Life-cycle. Executable Models. Enterprise Modeling. João José is a member of Portuguese Engineers Society, of the IFIP WG5.12, Working Group on Architectures for Enterprise Integration and Expert to the Comité Européen de Normalisation, CEN / TC 310 / WG1, Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, Systems Architecture. Along with his R&D activity he assumed different roles in several R&D European projects.


João José current research Interests involve, Front-end of Innovation; Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship.

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