27 Sep 2022

The 13th International Symposium of Health Sciences on: Innovation, Health and Technology: Multidisciplinary Approaches

On September 17, 2022, the Institute of Southeast Europe for Health and Social Policy in collaboration with Heimerer College hosted one of the greatest events in Kosovo, the 13th International Health Sciences Symposium which was held in the Swiss Diamond Hotel in Pristina.  Following two years of online editions, the event’s moderator, Mrs. Shegë Bahtiri, introduced the theme of this edition and thanked the attendees for their high level of enthusiasm for this edition which was held in a hybrid format (physically and online).  The event started with the President of the Symposium – Dr. rer. medic. Petrit Beqiri, Rector of Heimerer College – Prof. Ass. Dr. Naime Brajshori, member of the Parliament of the Republic of Kosovo – Mrs. Jeta Statovci as well as the Rector of the University of Southeast Europe in Macedonia – Acad. Prof. Dr. Abdylmenaf Bexheti. The 13th edition included 8 sessions, 4 poster presentations, and over 30 presenters from around the world who discussed their research and recent advances in technology, innovation, and multidisciplinary approaches in health with over 500 attendees.

Session I: Invest in Nursing and Respect Rights to Secure Global Health 

Keynote speaker: Prof. Dr. Christian Eissler and presenters: a) Prof. Ass. Dr. Naime Brajshori, b)BSc. Endrit Nimani,  c)BSc. Albin Pllana


Session II: Digitalization of Mental Health Services

Keynote speaker: PhD. Mariel Leclere; presenters: a)PhD. Cand. Lulejete Prekazi, b) MSc. Irma Sadiković & MSc. Leonita Berisha c) MSc. Elina Morina



Session III: Digital Health Care Services and Robotics

Key speaker: Prof. Dr. Patrick Jahn; Presenter: Prof. Ass. Dr. Florim Gallopeni


Session IV: The Impact of Technology on the Quality of Healthcare Services

Key speaker: Prof. Dr. Olav Götz;  Presenters: a) Prof. Ass. Dr. Ilir Hoxha, b)Isabella Schimitzek,  c)Prof. Ass. Dr. Bernard Tahirbegolli



Session V: New Frontiers in Speech Pathology: Advanced Practice, Research, and Education

Key speaker: Dr. Xenia Schmalz Presenters: a) Prof. Ass. Dr. Sc. Mirjana Djordjevic, b)PhD. cand. Blerta Krasniqi


Session VI:Challenges and Benefits of Involving Clients in the Treatment Phase

Presenter:PhD. Cand. Arben Hysenaj


Session VII: Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Key speaker: Mr. Daniel Worch; Presenter: PhD. Arben Sahiti

Session VIII: Multidisciplinary Approach for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Key speaker: BCBA-D Andresa A. DeSouza ; Presenter: a) Dr. Ralf Herwig, b)MD. Necip Cem KINACI


Poster presentations by authors and presenters:

1). PhD. cand. Matti Mieskolainen  2). BSc. Erza Haxhi-Jakupi, 3). BSc. Elona Bellaja, 4). PhD. Phil. Lic. Toini Harra, MR. Anna Kaipainen and MSc. Panu Karhinen




After reviewing all of the papers presented, the Symposium’s Scientific Committee selected three oral presentations for first, second, and third place, as well as the best poster presentation.
MSc. Elina Morina took first place as the best oral presentation, followed by MBA. Isabella Schimitzek in second place and BSc. Albin Pllana in third place. BSc. Elona Bellaja took first place as the best poster presentation. The top two winners (oral and poster) will receive an all-expenses-paid study visit to Dresden, Germany. Second and third prize winners will be offered assistance in realizing and publishing their research ideas, with advice and support from ISEE-HSP and Heimerer College research experts.

Finally, we’d like to thank and appreciate the local and international presenters and attendees who helped to make this year’s International Health Sciences Symposium a success!