"Enhanced well-being across a generation" - one of the ideas put forward by 2018 cohort Sciana members at the last meeting

Members from Sciana’s second cohort will continue their work on the “Sciana Challenge” at the final meeting

Sciana 2018 cohort returns to Salzburg to “complete Sciana Challenge”

Final meeting of second cohort to outline next steps post-Salzburg and how members can continue supporting the Sciana Network

Members from Sciana’s second cohort will look to conclude their “Sciana Challenge” this week as they return for their fourth and final meeting.

Between November 24 and November 27, 2019, members will convene at Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria as they continue to find solutions and develop new ways of thinking.

The cohort’s “Sciana Challenge” was drawn up in June 2018, and outlined three priority challenges for the cohort to explore.

John Lotherington, program director for Sciana, said, “At this meeting, we will be completing the first-ever Sciana Challenge, pioneered by Sciana members, who chose to work together on the dimensions and indicators of a sustainable and resilient health system in a complex, ageing, and increasingly diverse society.

“They have been exploring how best to use those insights and how leaders can accelerate purposeful improvement in complex systems.”

As well as discussing the “Sciana Challenge,” members will report on their activity since May. These reports will include a nod towards several members’ involvement at a Sciana-backed hackathon that took place in September.

Other highlights at the upcoming program will include talks on Germany’s long-term care system, and improving the value of money in the health sector thanks to “(shadow) competition.”

Lotherington said the program would also introduce “new and urgent” themes. He said, “We know how crucial it is to get health systems right for the sustainable well-being of populations into the future. 

“Connected with that, and with everything else, is climate change. We are very much looking forward to hearing from Maria Neira of the WHO, the Sciana Lecturer on this occasion, who will address the present and future connections between health and climate change.”

Members of the 2018 cohort will also have a chance to meet and advise members of the 2019 cohort when they arrive on the final day of the program.

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, Careum Stiftung, and the Robert Bosch Stiftung in collaboration with Salzburg Global Seminar.