4EU+ Urban Health Case Challenge

Do you want work in a multidisciplinary team and solve a real-world urban challenge together with 70 students from eight different universities across Europe? Sign up for 4EU+ Urban Health Case Challenge 2020 now and represent your city in this brand new student competition.

The Urban Health Case Challenge (UHCC) is a new initiative under the 4EU+ University Alliance, launched to address the many urban changes in relation to health and demographic transformation in our growing urban environments. Due to the worldwide COVID-19 crisis, this year’s case challenge will focus on community resilience in times of the pandemic.

The UHCC will take place on 23-27 November 2020. Due to COVID-19 this year's case challenge will be a blended format with both local physical activities in each city and online joint sessions.

The case topic and provider in 2020

The topic of urban community resilience in times of COVID-19 takes its point of departure in the community responses to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Together with your local team, you will work on a solution to a given case question that will be revealed on the case challenge’s first day.

This year’s case provider is Gehl Architects - a people centered urban research and design consulting firm based in Copenhagen with offices in New York and San Francisco. They specialise in improving the quality of urban life by re-orienting city design towards the inhabitants. They have participated in projects in 250 cities around the world and they recently studied people’s behaviour in urban settings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What is a case challenge?

In a case challenge (also often called a case competition) the participating student teams strive to develop the best solution to a real-world issue presented by a business or organisation within a limited time-span. Each team presents their solution in front of an expert jury at a pitching session on the last day of the case challenge. All teams receive pitch training to prepare them for the final presentation.

What will I gain from participation?

The aim is to strengthen university students’ competencies and engagement in solutions to real-world cases through employment of practical, theoretical, innovative and interdisciplinary thinking. Students will be given a unique opportunity to work in mixed teams, to network and learn from and with each other, faculty, the external case provider and other stakeholders.

UHCC will give you a chance to:

  • get away from the books and engage yourself in a an actual real-world urban issue
  • work innovatively and cross-disciplinarily to solve complex case problems
  • network and learn from the best within urban health across your local university and European partner universities
  • train your pitch skills and practice task and time management

What will happen during the case challenge?

Due to travel restrictions and other COVID-19 measures, this year the case challenge will be a blended format. It stretches over five days, and combines local team work and supervision at each university, with joint online sessions for all teams including an opening event, lectures on pitch and innovation, and a final pitch and feedback session with a jury panel. At the pitch session, each team will pitch their solution for five minutes, followed by a five minutes Q&A by the jury panel.

It is mandatory to join the live online opening session on 23 November and the full-day session Friday 27 November where all solutions are to be presented, and the winner team is announced at the very end. The remaining days it is up to your team to organise yourselves and prioritize your time the best you can among any other obligations in order to come up with the best solution.

Who can participate?

Bachelor, Master and PhD students from all disciplines and programmes at Heidelberg University (Germany), Charles University (Czech Republic), University of Milan (Italy), Sorbonne University (France), University of Warsaw (Poland), University of Copenhagen (Denmark), Uppsala University (Sweden) and Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway).

Each of the six 4EU+ partner universities have ten spaces to be divided into two teams. In addition Uppsala University and Norwegian University of Science and Technology have been invited to take part with one guest team each.


If you want to join, please send an application with the following information to the contact person at your university (see the contact information on the top of this page to the right):

  • Full name
  • Study programme and level (bachelor, master, PhD)
  • A short and concise motivation for joining the case challenge (maximum 10 sentences)

Each university is responsible for the local registration process, selecting participants among their applicants, and putting together the local multi-disciplinary teams. 

School of Global Health, University of Copenhagen, is the overall host.

Deadline for registration

Apply no later than Sunday 25 October.

Attend the event on Facebook here.