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 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-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, digital transformation, patient centredness and migration.

The Sciana network offers three key dimensions of engagement:
•    Personal learning from peers and faculty and support to take personal projects forward.
•    Partnerships on a national and international as well as cross sectoral level.
•    Opportunity to shape a ‘Sciana challenge’ which will guide cohort members to develop integrated solutions for each country’s health system.

The 2017 Sciana cohort 1 began in April 2017, the 2018 Sciana cohort 2 began in June 2018, and the 2019 Sciana cohort 3 in May this year. We have just started collecting applications for the 2020 Sciana cohort 4. If you are interested in becoming involved in this cohort and feel that you meet the selection criteria below, we would welcome your application.

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.

Benefits for members

  • Sciana members benefit from new insights and peer mentoring in policy development and ways to incubate, replicate and scale health systems innovations in and beyond their countries.
  • They develop key connections for coalition building across organisational, professional and national boundaries necessary to act strategically and to negotiate the complex economic, political, and social settings in which health is embedded.    
  • Sciana aims to support individual members in their professional endeavours.
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All meetings take place at Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg, Austria. Meetings begin around lunchtime on day one and end early afternoon on day four.

As places on the network are limited and highly sought after, all Sciana members must be committed to attending all four days of each of the four meetings. We kindly ask for your understanding that this is non-negotiable and a prerequisite for any application.  

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.

We are happy to accept now applications for cohort 4 (2020/2021). Please send your application by 30. September 2019. We accept applications on a rolling basis for furture cohorts.

The dates are:

12-16 May 2020

23-27 November 2020

16-20 May 2021

20-24 November 2021

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: