The aim of the Alhtour project is to strengthen and stimulate scientific excellence and the innovation capacity of the University of Lisbon in technologies for independent living, applied to the health tourism industry. This will be ensured by mutual exchange, knowledge transfer and multidisciplinary cooperation among the University of Lisbon, the University of Leuven, the University of Maastricht and the University of Macerata where focus is put on equipping the University of Lisbon to set up a ‘Living Lab for Assistive Technologies for the Health Tourism sector’.

Specific aims are:

  • To raise the research profile of the four universities and researchers involved, through mutual learning- and knowledge transfer activities enhancing the capacity for innovation, also thanks to increased opportunities for research collaborations among the partner institutions involved.
  • To better integrate the University of Lisbon with the local business system to build successful partnerships, to bring research to the market and to transform it into marketable services and products.
  • To promote a culture of entrepreneurship among postgraduate students and early-career researchers at the University of Lisbon.
  • To contribute to the implementation of the Smart Specialization Strategy of the four participating territories involved, i.e. Lisbon, Leuven, Maastricht and Macerata.