Training School 2018


The Lucerne Training School in February was a huge success.

Lead organiser and Training School Lead Prof. Dr. Claudia Meier Magistretti has supplied us with a scientific report from the three days, plus a stack of images. You can read the full report via downloadable pdf here.

You can also download three pdf presentations from the event:
Prof. Dr. Claudia Meier Magistretti’s Training School introduction.
Prof. Dr. Claudia Meier Magistretti’s From local evaluation to national policy: Small, slow and stable changes in a small, slow and stable country presentation.
Soo Down’e PowerPoint presentation is available here.
Elena Skoko’s Lucerne presentation.
And here is Bengt Lindström’s presentation.


COST Action IS1405: Building Intrapartum Research Through Health (“Birth”).

An Interdisciplinary whole system approach to understanding and contextualising physiological labour and birth

Training School February 12th to 14 th 2018
Innovation implementation in practice through interdisciplinary research

Facilitating change and innovation by research: gain expertise – realize your own projects and ideas. There are 40 places available. The 20 top-rated applicants will receive a funding of 600 Euros each.

Program Outline

The training school will

  • focus on issues related to how we do research and implement change in organisations
  • provide case studies of places where changes have happened in challenging circumstances
  • facilitate the development and implementation of participants’ own ideas and projects

and provides interdisciplinary input by

  • health professionals
  • social scientists, lawyers and economists
  • artists
  • action researchers
  • innovation experts

Innovations and changes need more than just intellectual work, they are generated as well by unusual ideas, imagination and inspiration and they are realized by coincidences as well as by strategies. Therefore, the Training School will offer lectures on central topics of change, research and innovation as well as working sessions on participants’ own projects integrating multiple and innovative methods.

The Training School experts come from different countries, different disciplines and different working fields. They will coach your projects during the training school to help develop your ideas.

Conference fee:
The early bird conference fee is CHF 200 (registration after December 1st is CHF 250). This covers the participation at the training school and catering for lunch and coffee breaks. The journey and accommodation lies in the responsibility of participants.

Organizing committee and conference chair:

  • Prof. Dr. Claudia Meier Magistretti, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, conference chair (
  • Dr. Sarah Auerbach, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, (
  • Prof. Dr. Soo Downe, University of Central Lancashire, UK (
  • Elena Skoko, Unità di Ricerca “Diritti Umani nella Maternità e Nascita”, Laboratorio Multimediale di Comparazione Giuridica, Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche, Università degli Studi “Roma TRE”
  • Dr. Ramon Escuriet, Directorate for Planning and Health Research of the Ministry of Health of the Government of Catalonia, Spain,
  • Prof. Dr. Bengt Lindström, NTNU Health Promotion Research Center, Trondheim Norway,
  • Prof. Dr. Kerstin Uvnäs-Moberg, Swedish University of Agriculture, Uppsala

Participants of the training school should focus on projects concerning topics in the fields of maternity care, early life family care and health promotion. Projects may address medical, biological, epigenetic, social, psychological or economical questions and relate to Salutogenesis, Human Rights or other current and forthcoming discussions. Please note: the projects can be in different stages, e.g., concrete idea or vision, planned projects or already implemented projects.

Applicants apply with an own project-idea on:

  • implementation of research results into practice
  • intervention research or action research
  • innovation through and within research
  • initiating or supporting change in organizational and professional practice
  • innovation through best practice

Applicants are requested to prepare the following:
1. Describe your project (max. 1000 words) including:

    • Project title
    • History of origin of idea
    • category of your project

– implementation of research results into practice
– intervention research or action research
– innovation through and within research
– initiating or supporting change in organizational and professional practice
– innovation through best practice

    • Aims for the project (1-2 general aims, 1-3 specific aims)
    • Description of the stage of your project including the theoretical background, the acceptance in the organization or field, planned or conducted actions and interventions, planned next steps, funding and timeline
    • Your aim for the training school (what would you like to achieve and gain during the training school?)
  1. Bring a photograph of anything that could (or usually does) inspire your work and thinking, such as a vision or intuitive idea that relates to your project to the training school (e.g. a photo, music peace, object and so on). Write a short text (max. 200 words) explaining why you chose this object and what it means to you – and attach a photo of your intuitive idea.


Monday, February 12: Innovation in thinking, innovation in place
09:00     Welcome and introduction
Prof. Dr. Claudia Meier Magistretti, Conference chair (Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts)
Wetz (artist and head of KKLB)
Prof. Dr. Soo Downe, Chair of COST Action IS1405 (University of Central Lancashire)
09:20     When science meets art and art becomes research
Guided tour in the KKLB Centre
Silas Kreienbühl (artist and director of KKLB)
10:20     Coffee break
10:40     Innovation in thinking
Keynote: Prof. Dr. Nick Sevdalis (Imperial College London; invited speaker)
11:20     Innovative theory in action
The example of implementing Salutogenesis into maternity care
Prof. Bengt Lindström, NTNU Health Promotion Research Center, Norway
12:00     Innovation on site
Participants present their inspiration photos: there will be a special exhibition where participant’s inspiration photographs will be shown. The presentations aim to form groups of similar topics and interests that will work together for the coming days.
12:30     Lunch
13:30     Innovation in progress
Techniques, tools and experiences: Prof. Michael Doerk and team (Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts)
14:00     Innovation on site
Group workshops with coaches
16:00     Coffee break
16:20     Innovation in practice
Terra Alta: cooperation of midwifery and art
Team Terra Alta and Wetz (KKLB)
17:20     Organizational information
voluntary artistic and leisure programs can be booked after admission to the training school

Tuesday, February 13: Innovation in Action
09:00     Health for the future: Innovation for patients
Successful examples of innovation and change from COST participant countries: Portugal, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, and other countries
Speakers (preliminary):

  • Jordi Serrano, Spain
  • Dr. Ramon Escuriet Peiró (University of Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)
  • Prof. Dr. Claudia Meier Magistretti (Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts)
  • Diogo Ayres-de-Campos, Portugal
  • Elena Skoko, Italy
  • … and others

09:50     Panel discussion
Common patterns of successful changes: do they exist and what can we learn?
Speakers mentioned above
10:30     Coffee break
10:50     Innovation on site
Work plan and work start assisted by KKLB, COST and HSLU coaches
12:15     Lunch
13:30     Research with the methods of art
Guided tour by KKLB artists to the green cathedral
15:30     Innovation on site
Workshop including coffee break
Finalizing presentations/action plans/other products assisted by KKLB, COST and HSLU coaches
17:30     Organizational information
Dinner in Lucerne or Innovative Swiss Folk concert (voluntary)

Wednesday, February 14: Innovation for the future
09:00     Establishing innovation
Markus Theunert (Director Swiss Institute for Men’s and Gender Issues; invited speaker)
09:30     Innovation products
Final presentations of groups including coffee break
11:30     Aesthetic and health innovation in hospitals
Presentation of KKLB
12:00     Trip to Hospital Sursee
13:00     Lunch
14:00     Closing of the training school
Visit to the exhibition of Wetz (KKLB) at Hospital Sursee and the delivery ward

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Event flyer:

Details of the Training School in Lucerne, Switzerland, next year can be found on our dedicated page here. The flyer for the event is also available (see below). You can download the flyer here.

General information


The Training School takes place near Lucerne, in the KKLB – Centre for Modern Art and Culture of radio station Beromünster, Switzerland. KKLB is a centre for art, research, innovation and culture where exhibitions are shown, seminaries are hold and projects are developed. The professionals of the KKLB-centre created the birth hospital of Lucerne together with architects and obstetricians, they build up a birth house nearby and they are initiating political art actions. Some of the professionals and artists will be coaches and give special seminaries in the Training School. The KKLB has various seminary rooms and facilities, so a suitable environment can be chosen for every activity or topic.

The radio station is situated in one of the most beautiful and less populated areas of Switzerland and it has itself a significant history. During World War II, Jewish refugees were saved here and many of them saved their own lives listening to the news that were broadcasted in different languages at the time when neutral information was rare. Hence, the place itself has to do with positive changes.

Here is a list of reasonably priced hotels in Lucerne:
Back Packers
B&B Bettstatt
ibis Budget Luzern
The Tourist Hotel

Other information: A shuttle service / public transport will be organized.