Barcelona E-Lab

Training to healthcare professionals, researchers and citizens on co-creation.

Science Cafés and Science shops, addressing issues like environmental and air pollution health related problems.

Governance lab to set participatory research agenda in infectious diseases to boost evidence-based policy making.


  • University of Barcelona (UB – core partner) (Higher Education Institution)
  • Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal – Linked Third Party) (Research Institute)
  • Hospital Clinic (HCPB – Linked Third Party) (Healthcare centre)


Our E-Lab, its infrastructure and present activities (e.g. courses, modules, events etc.).

Our E-Lab is currently developing the course “Co-creating innovative solutions for health” (CRISH), funded by EIT-Health. CRISH main objective is to bring together key stakeholders of the health sectors, including patients, who will learn to co-create innovative processes, products or services that will promote/improve the health of populations through the identification of unmet needs. This course has a specific interest in fostering co-creation, co-desing, RRI and entrepreneurship to develop products and, especially, innovative processes and organizational changes in health systems.

Several events will take place by Q4:

  • Science café (environmental topics and infectious diseases/migrant health)
  • Science Shops (participatory research and innovation) (environmental topics and infectious diseases/migrant health)

Our added value, locally and for EIT

Our E-lab is a joint initiative among University of Barcelona, Barcelona Clinic Hospital and Barcelona Institute of Global Health (ISGlobal) where each partner different expertise. The University of Barcelona, through the department of business, provides knowledge on entrepreneurship components for the health context.

Hospital Clinic offers a real life healthcare setting, where collaboration with patients and caregivers is highly promoted. This is done through the patient experience methodology where touchpoints are identified in order to improve the healthcare system and health outcomes, but also unmeets needs translated into research questions or innovation projects.

Finally, ISGlobal focuses on research around two main topics: (i) Non-communicable diseases and their environmental exposures (air pollution, noise, water contamination, radiation). (2) Infectious diseases (malaria, HIV, chagas, chikungunya, TB…) in European countries, but also in low&middle income countries (Mozambique, Morocco, Bolivia…).

Following this insight, our e-Lab is devoted to tackle healthcare needs and health research topics, including their social and environmental determinants, from a social innovation perspective to foster innovative processes and organizational changes that increase the efficiency of health assistance and, thus, reduce costs.

Our activities for 2018

Our future actions are:


  • CRISH: targeted to healthcare professionals, formal and informal caregivers, patients and researchers.
  • Science Café (chronic diseases, and health literacy): targeted to general audience and aimed to collect societal concerns and needs.


  • Setting a science shop for environmental and air pollution health related problems: the science shop will gather inquiries and concerns from civil society organizations and transform those addressed to reduce health problems into research questions that will be facilitated to researchers.
  • Designing a governance lab to set participatory research agenda in infectious diseases to boost evidence-based policy making in health.
  • Shadowing activities to learn from other well-established E-LABS