Edwin Morley-Fletcher

President - Project coordinator, Lynkeus

Edwin Morley-Fletcher is President of Lynkeus (www.lynkeus.eu) and former Professor of Administration Science within the Faculty of Politics, University of Rome “La Sapienza”. Member of the National Council for Economy and Labour (CNEL) and chairman of the CNEL Working Group on the Social Market from 1995 to 2000, Senior Fellow at the School of Public Policy at the UCLA on 1999, Jean Monnet Fellow at the EUI in 1989, Morley-Fletcher was for several years a director of the National League of Cooperatives in Italy, being eventually in charge of the Department of Economy and Finance within the Board of Presidents from 1989 to 1993, President of Unicard SpA from 1991 to 1996, and cooperating with the Nobel Laureate James Meade, as acknowledged in his Liberty, Equality and Efficiency (1993). After founding Lynkeus in 2001, Morley-Fletcher was also advisor of the Gaslini Foundation, Genoa, and of the Bambino Gesù Hospital, Rome, and led the “Healthcare governance and technology” working group within the ASTRID Foundation, Rome. From 2006 Morley-Fletcher has been leading a number of EU-funded research projects in the area of ICT for Health: Project Manager of the FP6 IP Health-e-Child (2006-2010) and of the FP7 STREP Sim-e-Child (2010-2012), Project Manager of the FP7 IP MD-Paedigree (http://md-paedigree.eu), Co-ordinator of the FP7 STREP Cardioproof (http://cardioproof.eu), co-author of the Roadmap on In Silico Clinical Trials within the FP7 Avicenna CSA (http://avicenna-isct.org). From 2016 to 2018 he was also Co-ordinator of the highly innovative H2020 RIA WhoLoDancE (http://wholodance.eu). In the last three years, Morley-Fletcher has coordinated the H2020 MyHealthMyData project (http://myhealthmydata.eu) , which – according to the final review report issued by the European Commission – “has successfully proven that there is a viable and feasible alternative to centralised data solutions in healthcare”. The project has aimed at providing new solutions for health data sharing by introducing advanced privacy-enhancing technologies based on “bringing the algorithms to the data” with secure computations solutions and in generating synthetic data coupled with differential privacy. MyHealthMyData is a blockchain-based system for health which has exerted the function of a technological, ethical and legal sandbox for testing the feasibility, robustness and meaningfulness of a new privacy paradigm allowing to develop “trust-less trust” to facilitate data transactions between people, hospitals, research centres, and businesses.

Edwin is speaking at

Application Track 2 - Health
November 5, 2020
10:00 am - 11:30 am


  • Klemens Budde (Chair) Charité Universitatsmedizin Berlin/Plattform Lernende Systeme
  • Milan Petkovic (Chair) AI & Data Science Department Head, Philips
  • Thomas Wiegand (Speaker) Professor / Executive Director, TU Berlin / Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institute
  • Ioana-Maria Gligor (Speaker) Head of Unit European Reference Networks and Digital Health, European Commission - DG SANTE
  • Catherine Collin (Speaker) MD, Senior Executive Consultant, University of Copenhagen - EU-STANDS4PM
  • Jan Baumbach (Speaker) Professor and scientific coordinator, Technical University Munich - Feature Cloud
  • Edwin Morley-Fletcher (Speaker) President - Project coordinator, Lynkeus
  • Christos Xenakis (Speaker) Professor - Project coordinator, University of Piraeus - CUREX
  • Maria-Esther Vidal (Speaker) Head of the Scientific Data Management Group and Professor, German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB)
  • Veronika von Messling (Speaker) Director General, Life Sciences Division, Federal Ministry of Education and Research


When innovation learns from the best data available, health outcomes for patients improve. This is why, in the age of artificial intelligence, digitized data has become the key driver for innovation in healthcare. Furthermore, availability of health data across European countries accelerates the scale and scope of innovation. However, while there are huge amounts of data across hospitals, insurances and practices, there is lack of integration. As a result combining and exchanging data from various sources to develop innovative applications is a challenge. Moreover, legal and technical prerequisites for privacy-preserving data sharing are not implemented sufficiently in most European countries.

The focus of EBDVF health track is on European health dataspaces, healthcare applications as well as post-COVID healthcare systems. It will bring together representatives from the most important European health data initiatives to discuss lessons learned from previous projects, joint positions and possible roadmaps for European health data infrastructures and applications.

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