Welcome to HeLiCA!

The HEalthy LIfestyles & Health Literacy Chair Academy (HeLiCA) is a joint venture under the auspices of UNESCO Chair of Health Promotion and Education. Involving several institutions,  HeLiCA is a three-fold entry point designed to contribute to sustainable living in the midst of an ecosystem challenge:

A) HeLiCA journey starts with a boot camp (Summer University Program, 10 ECTS) where participants are invited to consider a new ethos and praxis regarding the human experience towards its sustainability, from the standpoint of the health field; 

B) As this journey moves on, a second step can be laid down in the re-boot camp, a Post-graduation course (50 ECTS) where fundamental questions raised in the boot camp are amplified and participants have the opportunity to steadfastly continue with their journey;

C) As a third major entry point stands the HeLiCA booth Doctoral Program (240 ECTS). Here a fully online structured and interdisciplinary PhD program in Public Health with a focus on Healthy Lifestyles and Health Literacy, with particular realms in issues such as Lifestyles Medicine & Sustainability, Health Inequalities, Health and Education, allow participants to meet and foster their creativity & innovation towards the HeLiCA’s challenge.

Please indicate here your interest in getting involved in any of these HeLiCA three components and you’ll receive information on their specific prerequisites and calendar! 

The HeLiCA Consortium joins other regional, national and international organizations committed to be stakeholders in the domain of sustainability in order to meet citizens’ expectations. Therefore, moving beyond the risk approach, HeLiCA is a striking example of how relevant it is today to move from our traditional perspectives to embrace a new ethos and praxis regarding human experience. Analyzing risks, reducing risks and ensuring against risks is a whole-of-society and whole-of-government endeavor. But more is needed than this risk perspective.

Promoting health and pro-actively engaging the resilient individual is the sustainable perspective that needs to be triggered. In this very sense, the “one health” perspectives, inclusive of health promotion, becomes of utmost importance for future health action and policy. Although recognized today as a priority topic in the agenda, sustainable living and lifestyles lacks a reflection in an era of globalization. From the standpoint of lifestyles footprint impact on the planet, incipient and contradictory approaches populated today a vast spectrum of opinions that leads to the need of health literacy increment.

There is a lack of a comprehensive and integrative approach, since most of the time this discussion is anchored in the disease realm, without proper research and knowledge validation on health creation. Today these issues are amplified with the information society where ideas can resonate almost instantly through the web highways reaching hordes of consumers or prosumers in a blink of an eye. Consequently, health promotion & education in a public health context are the right nest to nurture the scientific approach to the dyad lifestyles and health!

Clocks within clocks and rest of it: timed lifestyle democracy & our cells sense of time

Time:    10h30 until 11h30 (GMT) Lisbon (please check your equivalent timezone!)

Please Pre-register here.

As a glimpse of HeLiCA is all about, we invite you to participate in the discussion on the New Challenges in Mental Health, next Tuesday 18 May, focusing Rest, Chronobiology and Health Promotion in times of crisis

Event type:  Conference

Event format: Online only

Description:  Isabel Palmeirim, Professor and Director of the Medical Course at the University of Algarve is a trained physician and passionate researcher. She developed a PhD in Development Biology, at the “Université Pierre et Marie Curie” - Paris. Her doctoral work led to the discovery of an embryonic molecular clock, a discovery considered by the scientific journal “Nature” a 20th century Milestone in the area of Embryonic Development. Isabel Palmeirim was later a researcher at the Gulbenkian Institute of Science, Assistant Professor and founder of the Medical Schools of the Universities of Minho and Algarve, being, since 2013, Professor and Director of the Medical Course at the University of Algarve. In this conference Isabel Palmeirim will unveil some of the intriguing Chronobiological mechanisms that help us cope with uncertainty in times of crisis.

Hosting country:  Portugal

Specific location(s): on line

videoconf-colibri.zoom.us/j/82291637202

Language(s): English

Reach: Global

Organisers: EUPHA Health Promotion Section; Freiburg University of Education (PH); University of Algarve, Faculty of Medicine

Please Pre-register here.


In HeLiCa, traditional disciplines will walk in hand with advanced tokens of innovation, offering their methodological and substantive contributions. Covering topics such as how evidence is built in medicine and public health, how education contributes to the conscientização (empowerment) of the world citizen, how ethics transforms science to respond to health creation, will be the basis for training in transferable skills of students.

Such skills will cover project management, planning, leadership, team work, communication skills and a comprehensive domain of theory in which crushed research and hypothesis testing may propagate. Therefore with HeLiCA, employability is strengthened, increasing aptitudes to the up-and-coming move from, for example, the PhD study plan to a forthcoming career.

Getting involved in any of HeLiCA's three components will trigger different themes and different levels of insight and depth. For example with the PhD program in Public Health with a focus on Healthy Lifestyles and Health Literacy, with particular realms in issues such as Lifestyles Medicine & Sustainability, Health Inequalities, Health and Education our aim is to offer the right booth where creativity, innovation and knowledge are translated to the world citizen of the XXI century.

HeLiCA will offer opportunities for students to develop post graduate or PhD research in close articulation with organizations and networks linking them to health promotion and education, public health, disease prevention and medicine, at the local, regional, national and international levels. 

Participants will come into contact with current healthy lifestyles and health literacy research, at the crossroads of disciplines that very often bring isolated contributions towards a healthier society. Therefore being a booth of such confluences, HeLiCA crosses boundaries, endorses sustainability in the demand of the health literate citizen.

During the European Public Health Week (from the 17-21 May 2021 "Joining forces for healthier populations") the Health Promotion Section is organising several online events related to the Healthy Lifestyles & Health Literacy Chair Academy (HeLiCA). We would like to invite you to participate and disseminate this information among your colleagues and friends.

Where: at this location virtually:

When & What:

Date / theme:   Monday 17 May - Communicating science and health

Co-creating health promotion in educational communities (English)

Time:    11h30 until 12h30 (GMT) Lisbon (please check your equivalent timezone!)


Of the grid event

Date / theme:   Tuesday 18 May: New challenges in mental health: Rest, Chronobiology and Health Promotion in times of crisis

Clocks within clocks and rest of it: timed lifestyle democracy & our cells sense of time

Time:    10h30 until 11h30 (GMT) Lisbon (please check your equivalent timezone!)


Date / theme:   Wednesday 19 May - Your local community

Social Networks for Health & Wellbeing (English)

Time:    8h30 until 9h30 (GMT-10:00) Hawaii (please check your equivalent timezone!)


Date / theme:   Wednesday 19 May - Your local community

Health in the virtual & digital world (English)(check updates)

Time:    16h30 until 17h30 (GMT) Lisbon (please check your equivalent timezone!)


Date / theme:   Thursday 20 May - All for one health

Public Health Evidence to support decision making (English)

Time:    11h00 until 12h30 (GMT) Lisbon (please check your equivalent timezone!)

You may register here to any of these activities. and bellow find further details:


  HW234 - Co-creating health promotion in educational communities (English)

Date / theme: Monday 17 May - Communicating science and health

Time: 11h30 until 12h30 (GMT) Lisbon (organisers' local time) (please check your equivalent timezone!)

Event type:   Panel discussion

Event format: Online only

Description: Co-creating health promotion in educational communities is a major issue in Health Promotion. Therefore during this webinar, Graça S. Carvalho, Zélia Anastácio & Teresa Vilaça – Research Centre on Child Studies (CIEC), Institute of Education, Universidade do Minho, Portugal – will explore how educational communities may play a leading role in health promotion

Hosting country:  Portugal

Specific location(s): videoconf-colibri.zoom.us/j/82291637202

Language(s): English

Reach: Global

Organisers: EUPHA Health Promotion Section; Freiburg University of Education (PH); University Minho (UM)

For registration and further information please contact the event organisers directly


Out of the grid : Clocks within clocks and rest of it: timed lifestyle democracy & our cells sense of time 

Date / theme: Tuesday 18 May: New challenges in mental health: Rest, Chronobiology and Health Promotion in times of crisis

Time: 10h30 until 11h30 (GMT) Lisbon (organisers' local time)(please check your equivalent timezone!)

Event type:   Conference

Event format: Online only

Description: Isabel Palmeirim, Professor and Director of the Medical Course at the University of Algarve is a trained physician and passionate researcher. She developed a PhD in Development Biology, at the “Université Pierre et Marie Curie” - Paris. Her doctoral work led to the discovery of an embryonic molecular clock, a discovery considered by the scientific journal “Nature” a 20th century Milestone in the area of Embryonic Development. Isabel Palmeirim was later a researcher at the Gulbenkian Institute of Science, Assistant Professor and founder of the Medical Schools of the Universities of Minho and Algarve, being, since 2013, Professor and Director of the Medical Course at the University of Algarve. In this conference Isabel Palmeirim will unveil some of the intriguing Chronobiological mechanisms that help us cope with uncertainty in times of crisis.  

Hosting country:   Portugal

Specific location(s): https://videoconf-colibri.zoom.us/j/82291637202?pwdd04zUXdNZmxhN2h0NkdBdm5wWUd0Zz09

Language(s): English

Reach: Global

Organisers: EUPHA Health Promotion Section; Freiburg University of Education, Germany; University of Algarve, Faculty of Medicine

For registration and further information please contact the event organisers directly


  HW233 - Social Networks for Health & Wellbeing (English)

Date / theme: Wednesday 19 May - Your local community

Time:  8h30 until 9h30 (GMT-10:00) Hawaii (organisers' local time) (please check your equivalent timezone!)

Event type:  Lecture

Event format: Online only

Description: The role of social networks on health and well-being is still a major field of research. Therefore during this webinar Tetine Lynn Sentell - Head of The Office of Public Health Studies (OPHS), University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa - more deeply explore the role of community-, social-, and family- level variables, especially how community-level strengths can help build a culture of health and how social networks can support and sustain health literacy.

Hosting country:  EUA, Hawaii

Specific location(s): videoconf-colibri.zoom.us/j/82291637202

Language(s): English

Reach: Global

Organisers: EUPHA Health Promotion Section; PH Freiburg University of Education (PH)

For registration and further information please contact the event organisers directly


  HW235 - Health in the virtual & digital world (English)

Date / theme: Wednesday 19 May - Your local community

Time: 16h30 until 17h30 (GMT) Lisbon (organisers' local time) (please check your equivalent timezone!)

Event type:  Conference

Event format: Online only

Description: In this session Luis Saboga-Nunes will explore the benefits of the use of the digital tools, with the health promotion lens, with a study case in smoking cession. Luis Saboga-Nunes (LicSoc, MPH, PhD, EuHP), a health sociologist, is associate professor at the Institute of Sociology, University of Education, Freiburg, Germany, professeur affilié UNESCO Chair/WHO Collaborating Center in Global Health & Education, professor coordinator of Healthy Public Policies & Health Policies, IPC. He is also Scientific Consultant of the Institute for Evidence Based Medicine, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal and President of the Health Promotion Section at the European Public Health Association (EUPHA). His research focus theoretical and evidence-based best practices in public health & health-literacy in the context of health in the virtual world/ e-health, digital health literacy and life styles.

Hosting country:  Portugal

Specific location(s): videoconf-colibri.zoom.us/j/82291637202

Language(s): English

Reach: Global

Organisers: EUPHA Health Promotion Section; Freiburg University of Education, Germany; Institute for Evidence Based Medicine, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Lisboa

For registration and further information please contact the event organisers directly


  HW225 - Public Health Evidence to support decision making (English)

Date / theme: Thursday 20 May - All for one health

Time: 11h00 until 12h30 (GMT) Lisbon (organisers' local time) (please check your equivalent timezone!)

Event type:   Conference

Event format: Online only

Description: How can we support decision making on behalf of Public Health benefit? During this webinar António Vaz Carneiro - Head of Cochrane Portugal and of the Scientific Council of the Institute for Evidence Based Health (ISBE) - will address one of the hot topics of today when we are concerned with "All for One health".

Hosting country:  Portugal

Specific location(s): videoconf-colibri.zoom.us/j/82291637202

Language(s): English

Reach: Global

Organisers: EUPHA Health Promotion Section PH Freiburg University of Education (PH) University Minho (UM) Faculty of Medicine ULisboa (UML) ESTeSC Escola Superior de Tecnologia da Saúde de Coimbra

For registration and further information please contact the event organisers directly


The Healthy Lifestyles & Health Literacy Chair Academy (HeLiCA) is a joint venture between several institutions and is designed to contribute to a sustainable living in the midst of an ecosystem crisis. The recent COVID-19 outbreak is a striking example of how relevant is today to move from our traditional perspectives to embrace a new ethos and praxis regarding human experience.

HeLiCA is designed to be a booth of knowledge development and translation. As an open structure, it is aimed to search, test concepts and explore new praxis at the fair of human solutions and propositions for a sustainable living. Therefore, the needs of participants are addressed to enhance research skills and implementation tools in health promotion and education, public health and sustainable living. 

HeLiCA uses English as a basic language. Except for the first mandatory boot camp, it is fully online (with optional face- to- face and blended learning possibilities). During the first year mandatory and optional courses will be offered to be chosen by students following the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). With this tool of the European Higher Education Area for making studies and courses more transparent, students can more comprehensively move between countries and have their academic qualifications and study periods abroad recognized. 

We are sure that the best students that want to bring their influence and contribution to the deep quest for sustainability, will find the HeLiCA program the best up-to-date internationally competitive PhD program, a clear first choice to guarantee success of a thriving world.

HeLiCA is grounded on the teaching and research experience of international universities and institutions based in countries such as Germany, Norway, Israel, Portugal, France, USA  building on long standing experience of training in Education, Health Promotion, Health Education, Disease Prevention, Medicine and Public Health.

It offers the structural conditions needed for such international training in close articulation with the Unesco Chair of HPED (UC), PH Freiburg University of Education (PH) Germany, University Minho (UM), University Madeira (UMa), Faculty of Medicine of Lisboa (UML), ESTeSC Escola Superior de Tecnologia da Saúde de Coimbra, Faculty of Medicine of Algarve (UA) Portugal, School of Public Health, University of Haifa, Israel (UHI), University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UH) USA.

Indicate your interest in getting involved in any of the HeLiCA three components and get informed of their specific conditions and calendar! Pre-register here.

Please contact Luis Saboga-Nunes for your questions.

The HEalthy LIfestyles & Health Literacy Chair Academy (HeLiCA) is a joint venture under the auspices of UNESCO Chair of Health Promotion and Education. Involving several institutions,  HeLiCA is a three-fold entry point designed to contribute to sustainable living in the midst of an ecosystem challenge:

A) HeLiCA journey starts with a boot camp (Summer University Program, 10 ECTS) where participants are invited to consider a new ethos and praxis regarding the human experience towards its sustainability, from the standpoint of the health field; 

B) As this journey moves on, a second step can be laid down in the re-boot camp, a Post-graduation course (50 ECTS) where fundamental questions raised in the boot camp are amplified and participants have the opportunity to steadfastly continue with their journey;

C) As a third major entry point stands the HeLiCA booth Doctoral Program (240 ECTS). Here a fully online structured and interdisciplinary PhD program in Public Health with a focus on Healthy Lifestyles and Health Literacy, with particular realms in issues such as Lifestyles Medicine & Sustainability, Health Inequalities, Health and Education, allow participants to meet and foster their creativity & innovation towards the HeLiCA’s challenge.

Please indicate here your interest in getting involved in any of these HeLiCA three components and you’ll receive information on their specific prerequisites and calendar! 

Welcome!