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Helianthe Kort is a Full Professor and Chair of Building Healthy Environments for Future Users at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Her areas of expertise include Technology in medicine and health care, sanitary engineering gerontechnology, domotica and smart technology. She specializes in research on the impact of the built environment on health, prevention of building related symptoms and diseases and  support for daily activities and participation. Her research has a focus on searching for evidence of the built environment to realize quality of life and positive health for building users. The application domains cover the full healing environment health continuum from prevention at home and work to long-term care and care in hospitals. 

Academic background

Helianthe Kort obtained her PhD in the Built Environment from TU/e and also holds an MSc in medical biology from Utrecht University. In addition to her work at TU/e, Helianthe is also a Full Professor and Chair of Technology for Healthcare Innovations at Utrecht University of Applied Sciences and has been Visiting Professor, at the Centre for Technology Enabled Health Research, Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, Coventry University and has undertaken several research visits to India, Taiwan, Brazil and the USA.

Helianthe is also on the committee for several programs of ZonMw, the Dutch organization for healthcare research and innovation, Board Member of the Herman Bouma Foundation for Gerontechnology, Board member of the program Healthcare Innovation Transfer (HIT), member of the Man-Machine-Interaction (MMI) platform and Track coordinator Smart Environments (SRA Health) at TU/e. In addition, Helianthe is President of the Dutch Flemish Discipline of the International Society for Gerontechnology (NV/ISG), Executive Committee Member International Society for Gerontechnology (ISG). Since 2008, she is associate editor of the Gerontechnology journal.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

External positions

2004-05-01, University of Applied Science Utrecht


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