Urban Health Case Challenge 2021: Mental Health in Urban Spaces

You want to work on a real-world urban challenge in a multidisciplinary team and get in touch with over 70 students from all across Europe? Sign up for the 4EU+ Urban Health Case Challenge and represent your city and your university in the second edition of this format.

The Urban Health Case Challenge is an initiative under the 4EU+ European University Alliance. The aim is to develop the best solution to a real-world issue 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. In order to find a solution, there will be a number of online lectures that deal with the general topic and give insights from different perspectives. The focus this year is on how the quality of urban space and social interactions within it can help in the prevention and mitigation of mental health issues on an emotional, psychological and social level and thus to ensure the well-being of the inhabitants and the strengthening of social cohesion.

Starting on October 29, we will have four online lectures that provide background knowledge, ranging from psychological perspectives to behavioral economic approaches and urban planning aspects. The participants will also receive training in innovative methods and the pitching of results and solutions. The group work of the challenge itself will take place from December 9 to December 12. On December 9, the specific case question will be revealed, and the teams will join to work on their innovative solutions to the aforementioned challenges. Background materials on the specific question, the neighborhoods and their residents will be the starting point of students’ research projects. However, the case question will be wide enough to meet the realities of several cities in Europe. The joint sessions will take place online, the local teams are encouraged to meet and work face to face wherever possible. On December 12, the last day of the competition, the teams will pitch their solutions to an international jury of experts. All teams will receive feedback on their ideas. The winning team may be given the opportunity to put the proposed idea into practice.



Course information (UHD)

Registration process

The process and deadline for registration depends on your hometown university. Please check the respective student portals for further information. In case of any questions, please contact and .

Depending on the regulations of your home university, participation in the UHCC may be awarded by ECTS credits.

Charles University

Students of Charles University should send an application with the following information to Julie Hubeňáková, and Luděk Sýkora, by 18 October 2021:

  • Full name, CU student´s number

  • Study programme and level (bachelor, master, PhD)

  • A short and concise motivation for joining the case challenge (maximum 10 sentences).

Based on the application, students will be selected to represent Charles University in the UHCC 2021.

Heidelberg University

Contact person: Christiane Schwieren ( ), Leonie Loy

Sorbonne University

Contact person: Djamel Bouhadjer ( )

University of Copenhagen

Contact person: Bjørg Elvekjær ( )

University of Milan

Contact person: Antonelle Delle Fave ( )

University of Warsaw

Students from the University of Warsaw should download the application form, fill it in and send it to Ms. Sylwia Kulczyńska ( by 18 October 2021.

Contact person: Grzegorz Kula ( ).

Uppsala University

Contact person: ( )

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Contact person: Elin Dvergsdal Elin Yli Dvergsdal ( )