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Health Economics Summer School 2015

September 14th – September 18th, 2015

A high–level program offered by the Institute for Innovation & Valuation in Health Care in cooperation with the University of Heidelberg (Department for Public Health, Mannheim Medical Faculty).


Studio Villa Bosch
Studio Villa Bosch

The Health Economics Summer School 2015 will be held at the Studio Villa Bosch in Heidelberg, nicely located in close proximity to the Heidelberg Castle and in easy reach from the historical Old Town – currently listed to become a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site.

Studio Villa Bosch, Heidelberg

Starting in 1921, BASF erected for its CEO, Professor Carl Bosch, a spacious country mansion and ancillary buildings in the Schlierbach district of Heidelberg. The complex encompassed extensive grounds and a garage building some 300 meters west of the villa.

View of the historical gardens

Carl Bosch (1874-1940) had entered BASF in 1899 as a chemist. In 1919 he became CEO of BASF, in 1925 additionally CEO of the newly established IG Farbenindustrie AG. In 1935 he was appointed chairman of the supervisory and administrative board of this major chemical company. Two years later, Bosch became president of the Kaiser Wilhelm Gesellschaft, which later became the Max-Planck-Society. In his work, Bosch represented an unrivaled combination of chemical and technological know-how. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1931, together with Friedrich Bergius.

The mansion is considered one of the most beautiful buildings in Heidelberg. The house is set in a small park on the slopes of the so called “Little Odenwald Forest” overlooking the river Neckar and within easy walking distance (15 minutes) of the famous Heidelberg Castle. It was placed on cultural heritage listings long ago; moreover, in 1997 it was added to the list of heritage buildings deserving special protection.

After the end of World War II, the Villa Bosch served as a domicile for high-ranking military staff of the United States Army. After that, a local enterprise used the building for several years as its central offices. Later, in 1967, the Süddeutscher Rundfunk (SDR), a broadcasting company, bought the villa and established the “Studio Heidelberg – Mannheim” here. Finally, the house was sold and the SDR moved to the newly built “Studio Mannheim”, which is suitable both for audio and video productions – much to the chagrin of the editorial staff for science and education programs, formerly housed in the mansion.

In 2001, the former broadcasting studio on the Villa Bosch compound was converted by Klaus Tschira into a modern conference center where scientific lectures, symposia, workshops, and educational courses can take place. Visitors can now enter the building via the newly created street entrance on Schloss-Wolfsbrunnenweg. A light-flooded access and reception area, three conference halls featuring the latest in communication technology, and the stimulating combination of modern architecture and historical gardens create a unique ambience. Visitors are able to park in the garage beneath the “Bosch meadow” opposite the Villa Bosch.

Directions to Studio Villa Bosch (© Studio Villa Bosch)
Directions to Studio Villa Bosch (© Studio Villa Bosch)

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