Frequently Asked Questions

What is Sciana: The Health Leaders Network?

Sciana: The Health Leaders Network is designed to bring together outstanding leaders in health and health care policy and innovation. The network provides members space to take inspiration and learning from across the globe, and time to share insights gained as well as their own experiences with peers, with whom they will work to address some of the shared challenges we are facing across Europe.

The network will run as a pilot for five cohorts, with refinement as the programme develops. Sciana network members contribute actively to shape the programme and build the network for the future.

Who is the network for?

The network is for outstanding leaders who are primarily living and working in one of the three countries of the founding partners (UK, Switzerland and Germany) who share a deep commitment to quality, sustainability, universal coverage, and patient and community-centered care, nationally and internationally. Their vision and collaboration, aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, is critically needed to respond to common issues, such as fiscal strains, demographic change, chronic diseases, digital transformation, patient centredness and migration.

What are the selection criteria?

  • Sciana members are leaders in health or health care and have a proven outstanding record of achievement. They are already well established in their career, which they are anticipated to continue developing, regularly exceeding expectations and influencing peers and diverse organisations.
  • Sciana members are entrepreneurial and strategic thinkers, who understand the scale and complexity of key challenges facing health and health care systems and how to manage the tensions between long-term policy goals and short-term political pressures.
  • Sciana members have a demonstrated interest in collaboration and innovation across sectoral boundaries, both nationally and internationally.
  • Energetic and curious, members are not afraid to ask uncomfortable questions and are able to motivate others to implement unconventional measures.
  • Sciana members have excellent English (further languages are an advantage) and superb communication skills.
  • Sciana members include health policymakers and practitioners, as well as academics, journalists, elected officials, other public sector leaders or from business, who are primarily living and working in one of the three countries of the founding partners (UK, Switzerland and Germany). Exceptional applications from other countries that meet the selection criteria may be considered.

Who is supporting the network?

The Health Foundation (UK), Careum Stiftung (Switzerland) and the Robert Bosch Stiftung (Germany) have come together to design and fund the network. The three foundations are working in collaboration with Salzburg Global Seminar who manage and deliver the programme on their behalf. Professor Ilona Kickbusch, a renowned health leader, is chair of the Sciana network programme development.

What is the role of Sciana members?

This is a prestigious opportunity and the foundations expect members to play a full and active part in collaborating with colleagues from across the three countries, and further afield. They should have a track record of making change and being innovative. Sciana members are individuals who are committed to seeing excellent health and care across Europe and beyond. We want people that can spark debate, say the unsayable and think the unthinkable. We want senior leaders who are delivering today, and will continue to deliver real change in the future, whilst exciting passion and commitment from those working across the health and care field.

How is the network structured?

Sciana members attend four five-day gatherings in Salzburg, over two years. Salzburg Global Seminar is responsible for the programme delivery and supports members throughout their time on the programme via a dedicated internet platform. Workshops are led by international experts, and members can showcase and develop policy proposals, innovations and game-changing projects. Together the cohort will have the opportunity to shape a ‘Sciana challenge’ which will guide cohort members to develop integrated solutions for each country’s health system. Sciana members are encouraged to meet one another to work on agreed projects, in between these formal meetings. The network comprises up to eighteen members in each cohort – around six from each country, selected by each foundation.

What time commitment is required?

Sciana members are required to attend all four of the five-day gatherings in Salzburg over two years. Members are also encouraged to work in smaller project teams in between formal meetings to collaborate on joint projects to deliver work and project findings at national and international conferences and events. 

Do Sciana members have to attend all four meetings?

Sciana members must be committed to attending all five days of each meetings when they apply to join the network. As there are usually only 18 members per cohort and demand for places are high, attending all four seminars is obligatory. We kindly ask for your understanding that we are unable to make exceptions.

How will a Sciana member benefit from this opportunity?

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of and help build something new, that has a real and lasting positive impact on health and care across Europe, with scope to expand world-wide in the future. By joining Sciana now you would be able to shape and build this exciting new network and see your ideas and vision for the future discussed, debated and acted upon by senior leaders with the potential to make real and lasting change. Sciana is building a legacy for the future. You will have access to the brightest of minds and an opportunity to interact with senior ambassadors as well as other network members who will challenge your thinking and bring different perspectives to bear.

How is the network funded?

Costs for all meetings for Sciana members are covered by the three foundations, including travel to attend the meetings.  Bursaries are available for site visits, and every member will be encouraged to devise and undertake at least one visit as an individual or collaborating in a team.

How to apply

If you wish to become part of the Sciana network, we would be grateful if you would send Astrid Koblmüller your CV, along with a letter of motivation that includes:

  • why you wish to join the network
  • what you would bring to the network and what you would aim to get out of it
  • a brief outline (up to 500 words) of a recent health policy initiative or innovation, drawing on your own experience or which you know well, and which you think would be of interest to other Sciana members
  • confirmation that you are available for all four meetings.

The application process for cohort 4 is over but we accept applications on a rolling basis for furture cohorts, and will post information on cohort 5 (dates) as soon as available. 

If you have any questions about the application process, you can also contact the Foundations directly:

The Health Foundation: Ruth Thorlby, Assistant Director, Policy:

Robert Bosch Stiftung: Louise Baker-Schuster, Senior Project Manager:

Careum Stiftung: Martina Hersperger, Head of Corporate Development and Communication:

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