SHINE 2Europe aims to promote inclusive communities to citizens, by delivering research services and support to the implementation of tech-Savvy, Healthy and INclusivE solutions (SHINE) in Europe, with a clear vision of promoting inclusive societies for all.

The promotion of inclusion ranges from aspects such as gender, race, age, personal opinions and lifestyles, literacy, and skills levels, environmental concerns, and sustainability, with shared responsibility between all citizens and within democratic values, fostering awareness raising, advocating for the most fragile citizens and calling up the public attention for specific interventions.  What we really foster is to help imagining a society that is already built taking into consideration the different needs of all citizens and creating holistic solutions that can help them to be happy and have a fulfilled life.

SHINE’s CEO is the Chair of the COST Action NET4Age-Friendly, Coordinator of the SHAFE Network and Member of the National Cancer Hub, in the working group Survivors.

SHINE in RadioVal

SHINE is leading Work Package 1: “Multi-stakeholder engagement and social Innovation”, which aims at developing the methodology to involve citizens, professionals, patients, public authorities and other relevant actors in the evaluation and implementation of radiomics and Artificial Intelligence tools in breast cancer treatment. SHINE is also leading the impact assessment process concerning the socio-ethical implications of this work, including the diversity of contexts, countries, and populations.

Carina Dantas

Carina Dantas has a degree in Law, she is a PhD candidate on Biomedical Sciences (Towards ethical excellence in AI) and is the CEO of SHINE 2Europe with over 20 years-experience in areas related to health, social aspects, and ICT. She is also the Chair of the COST Action NET4Age-Friendly; Coordinator of the Stakeholders Network on SHAFE – Smart Healthy Age-friendly Environments; Vice-President of the European Covenant on Demographic Change; and Member of the National Cancer Hub.

Carina is an evaluator/reviewer for the European Commission, Eureka, AAL, EIT Climate and EIT Digital; Committee Member of CEN/CENELEC TC 428 and member of the Expert Team developing the EU Ethics framework for the ICT Profession; and Team Leader of the group of experts designing the Reference Guidelines in the Field of Ethics, Data Privacy and Security, contracted by the AAL Programme. Also, Ethics Board Member of the H2020 Valuecare and IMI Beamer projects, Advisory Board Member of the H2020/MSCA/AAL projects ReHyb, VisuAAL, PROCare4Life, Tactile, Homes4life, Uptake, DTHSC, and reviewer of ICF Journal, Geriatrics and MDPI.

Additionally, to her responsibilities in RadioVal, she is the Coordinator of SIRENE | Social Innovation Responsive Environments NETwork, an HORIZON Europe CSA aiming to promote social innovation ecosystems on SHAFE.


Harm op den Akker

Harm op den Akker is a Senior Researcher and freelance IT Consultant with 15 years of experience in research and development in Digital Health, namely in acquiring, managing and executing complex research and innovation projects with international consortia. He has a background in computer science (BSc) and human-computer interaction (MSc), and a PhD degree obtained through research on Personalized Healthcare. Harm is also the founder of the startup Fruit Tree Labs, focused on dialogue-driven user interaction in web and mobile applications.

Miriam Cabrita

Miriam Cabrita is a Biomedical Engineer with a strong passion for digital health innovation. With 10 years of experience in both academic and business environments, her role is in aligning the needs and expectations of all stakeholders throughout the innovation process. She started working on European projects in 2013 and has worked since then in multidisciplinary and international teams towards solutions that fit the needs of the individuals and the organizational systems in different countries while accounting for cultural diversity. Her research expertise focuses on the personalization of digital health solutions for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. This means that working at the intersection of various fields, such as psychology, physiology, and public health, but also signal analysis and human-computer interaction. Her dream is to help close the health inequalities gap by contributing to digital health solutions available to and usable by everyone, especially those in underprivileged groups.


Natália Machado

Natália Machado is SHINE’s Project Director, with a degree in Law and a master’s degree in International Law and Human Rights from Brasília University Centre and University of Porto. She is a Ph.D. student in the Faculty of Law of the University of Coimbra. Between 2014 and 2016 she was a human rights professor in Brazil. Natália has experience in managing and coordinating projects of different programs as AAL, H2020, Erasmus+, Interreg, including proposal writing, management, participating in events, and scientific and non-scientific publications, co-creation sessions and pilots’ implementation with end-users and its evaluation. She has recognized experience in ethics compliance, being ethics chair in two Ethics Boards, as well as participating in Working Groups and research projects in this area.