Sciana: The Health Leaders Network is a new initiative bringing together outstanding leaders in health and health care policy and innovation across Europe. 

The Sciana network is supported by a partnership between the Health Foundation (UK), Careum Stiftung (Switzerland) and the Robert Bosch Stiftung (Germany) in collaboration with Salzburg Global Seminar.

The network is for leaders who share a deep commitment to quality, sustainability, universal coverage, and patient and community-centred 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, and migration.

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What does ‘Sciana’ mean?

The distinctive name of the network ‘Sciana’ was created by combining the Esperanto words ‘scias’ (which means ‘to know’) and ‘sana’ (meaning ‘healthy’) and is inspired by the network’s international and interdisciplinary healthcare expertise.


  • Sciana provides members with space to take inspiration and learning from across the globe, and time to share insights gained from their own experiences with peers, with whom they will work to address some of the shared challenges we are facing across Europe.
  • Sciana aims to support high-calibre policy and health care leaders with their professional development and career goals.
  • The Sciana network has up to eighteen members in each cohort, with six members selected by each foundation from the UK, Switzerland and Germany.
  • Members of the network include health policymakers and practitioners, as well as academics, journalists, elected officials, other public sector leaders or from business.
  • Each cohort attends four five-day gatherings over a two-year period. The first cohort meeting took place on 26 April 2017 at Salzburg Global Seminar, Salzburg, Austria.
  • International experts lead the workshops where members showcase and develop policy proposals, innovations and collaborate on joint projects.
  • The network activities and organised and coordinated by Salzburg Global Seminar.

If you have any questions about the Sciana network contact: Astrid Koblmueller,