International Institute for Subjective Experience and Research (ISER)

ISER in cooperation with
MSH Medical School Hamburg
Am Kaiserkai 1
20457 Hamburg
Tel.:     +49 (0)40 361226418
Fax:     +49 (0)40 361226430

Ergosom Zentrum Nidau
Oberer Kanalweg 8
2560 Nidau
Tel. +41 61 821 88 84

Cooperation Partners

MSH Medical School Hamburg
Björn Steiger Stiftung
Deichtorhallen Hamburg
Demenz Support GmbH Stuttgart
European Graduate School (EGS) CH
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin: Gemädegalierie und Hamburger Bahnhof
Hamburger Kunsthalle
Institut für Kunsttherapie und Forschung
Klinikum Itzehoe
Konfetti im Kopf e.V.
Kunstmuseum Bochum
Kunsthalle Bremerhaven
LEB Niedersachsen
Lehmbruck Museum
Luthergemeinde Hamburg Bahrenfeld
Museum Schloss Moyland
Museum Villa Stuck
Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
Zentrum für Elektropathologie und Umweltmedizin (ZEPU)


The institute conceives and realizes research projects, develops and realizes curricula and modules for the promotion of health in organizations and businesses. Furthermore the institute supports the development and establishment of degree programs for the promotion of health at universities. The institutes' research practice is application-oriented and is backed by a network of partners from the fields of medicine, education, social work and economy.

A qualification for emergency services: Developing a module to train the perception and to contribute to health promotion

A cooperation project with the Björn Steiger Foundation

The "International Institute for Subjective Experience and Research (ISER)" in connection with the initiative "baby-ambulance" by the Björn Steiger Foundation provide a module to increase the perrception for doctors and nurses of the neonatal and pediatric intensive care.
The module is intended as part of emergency care contact between workers and newborns, the helpers to each other and to the surrounding environment, like the contact between the parents and the newborn. Moreover, it is a support for doctors and nursing staff for a health-promoting behaviour in extreme situations.

Key aspects of the module are:
Individual treatments of doctors and nurses with Ergosoma in order to stimulate the physical self-regulation mechanisms of the helpers and their self-perception. Workshops to promote empathic perception and action skills through exercises, as well as dialogic and interactive forms in the work with different aesthetic media.
The implementation of the module is accompanied by a scientific study to back up the benefits and sustainability of the project.

               Funded by

The module was presented in Stuttgart at the celebration of the first baby-emergency ambulance in a panel discussion:

Research Project: Development of a model for social participation of people with dementia in museums

ISER has developed a model for the social participation of people with dementia in the museum in cooperation with the Lehmbruck Museum Duisburg/ Germany. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
The project explores the specific potential of the art reception at the Museum for people with dementia. This concerns the question how the art museum can contribute to cultural participation and social communication of people with dementia by individual and collective experiences that follow their specific potentials. The aim of the project is to obtain the participation of old diseased people in social life and to improve their quality of life, empowerment and social inclusion, in order to avoid isolation and loneliness.
First decisive factors will be explored in experience-based teaching practice and their conditions in order to develop a model for social participation for people with dementia in the museum. The following topics will be: Exploring the perception skills of the elderly, the aesthetic form of artistic works, their production and presentation in a museum space, as well as educational opportunities for art education. In a further step, the developed mediation and participatory model will be tested in other art museums in Germany.

The study period was divided into four phases:

Preprocessing phase
Development of the model for social participation of people with dementia in the museum space
Evaluation of the model
Creating the Final Report

Duration of the project: 01 Oktober 2012 to 30th September 2015

Project Management:
Prof. Peter Sinapius Ph.D.

Research Associate:
Michael Ganss
Sybille Kastner

Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum Foundation
Dementia Support gGmbH

Funded by the BMBF (Social innovation for quality of life in an aging society) 

Foto: LehmbruckMuseum/ Michael Hagedorn

Preventing Drug Trafficking and Abuse in Prisons in Romania

A Project by the National Anti-Drug Agency and Pompidou Group, Council of Europe

Improving counselling skills and introducing solution-focused art therapy was the purpose of the workshop for psychologist and social workers working with the rehabilitation of drug dependent or recovering detainees. Over 20 Romanian and Moldovan participated in this event which took place in Poiana Brasov in Romania from 25 to 27 September 2012. The event was organised by the Pompidou Group in collaboration with the Romanian National Anti-Drug Agency and the National Prison Administration. The workshop was led by a psycho-analyst and an art therapy professor who illustrated theoretical approaches with practical therapeutic assignments. The participants discovered the art producing process as a powerful method for communicating suppressed emotions and solving drug-related problems. A result of the workshop was the development of a tool for the implementation of participatory drug prevention projects in prisons.
A following poster competition in Romanian prisons led to more than 150 works of art that were created by prisoners. The best results were selected and 28 February exhibited at an international conference in Bucharest.

Project management:
Pompidou Group

Entwicklung eines körper- und kunstorientierten Curriculums zur Wahrnehmungsförderung in medizinischer Versorgung und Pflege

Inhalt des Vorhabens ist die Entwicklung eines körper- und kunstorientierten Curriculums zur Förderung der Wahrnehmungs- und Empathiefähigkeit für das Ärzte- und Pflegepersonal im Gesundheitswesen. Ziel der Qualifizierungsmaßnahme ist die Förderung der Empathiefähigkeit zum Patienten, die Förderung  der Kommunikation und Zusammenarbeit im Team auf den Stationen und die Bewältigung von stressauslösenden Situationen.
Die Pilotstudie wird in der Notfallaufnahme der Unfallchirurgie des Klinikums Itzehoe durchgeführt und schließt an Ergebnissen von Qualifizierungs- und Forschungsmaßnahmen der Zentralen Aufnahmestation (ZASA) am Klinikum Itzehoe an.

Prof. Peter Sinapius Ph.D. (EGS)
Dr. rer. medic Markus Köhl

Björn Steiger Stiftung
Klinkum Itzehoe

11/2012  - 4/2013

Zusammenfassende Veröffentlichung über das Projekt hier

Gefördert vom

New Publications

Mirjam Strunk, Sandra Freygarten (2017): Komplementäre künstlerische Strategien Ein Handbuch für Künstlerinnen, Berater und Multiplikatoren in Veränderungs- und Bildungsprozessen. Hamburg, Potsdam, Berlin: HPB University Press.

Jahn, H., Sinapius, P. (Hrsg.) (2016):
Transformation - Künstlerische Arbeit in Veränderungsprozessen / Grundlagen und Konzepte. Hamburg, Potsdam, Berlin: HPB University Press
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March 10, 2017 | 10:00 - 16:00
Introductory workshop
of the Department of Art, Society and Health at MSH Medical School Hamburg

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International Institute for Subjective Experience and Research (ISER)

ISER in cooperation with
MSH Medical School Hamburg
Am Kaiserkai 1
20457 Hamburg
Tel.:     +49 (0)40 361226418
Fax:     +49 (0)40 361226430
Ergosom Zentrum Nidau
Oberer Kanalweg 8
2560 Nidau
Tel. +41 61 821 88 84