Apply to Be Part of the 2018 Sciana Cohort




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Jul 31, 2017
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Apply to Be Part of the 2018 Sciana Cohort

Health Leaders Network welcomes applications from people living and working in UK, Switzerland, and Germany The first cohort of the Sciana network at Salzburg Global Seminar in April

Leaders in health and health care are being encouraged to become part of the second cohort of a groundbreaking international initiative.

Sciana – The Health Leaders Network – is inviting new members to join the next cohort, who will begin their work in June next year.

The network brings together professionals from the UK, Germany, and Switzerland to improve health and health care across Europe and further afield.

The initiative, facilitated by Salzburg Global Seminar, is the brainchild of three organizing partners: The Health Foundation (UK), Careum Stiftung (Switzerland), and the Robert Bosch Stiftung (Germany). 

Each cohort consists of 18 leaders and emerging leaders, six each from Germany, Switzerland, and the UK. They attend four four-day gatherings over a two-year period. 

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 chosen 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 which exceed the selection criteria will be considered on a rolling basis.

What are the dates?

  • Meeting 1 | 10 - 13.06.2018
  • Meeting 2 | 24 - 27.11.2018
  • Meeting 3 | 13 - 16.05.2019
  • Meeting 4 | 24 - 27.11.2019

Where are we meeting?

Meetings take place at Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg, Austria. Meetings begin around lunchtime on day one and end early afternoon on day four. All Sciana members must be committed to attending all four days of each of the four meetings. This is non-negotiable and a prerequisite for any application.

How do I apply?

If you would like to apply for the second cohort, please email your CV, along with a  letter of motivation which 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 second cohort is open for application until September 29 2017. If you meet the criteria for pre-selection, John Lotherington at Salzburg Global Seminar will contact you to outline the next steps. For further information and answers to FAQs, please click here.

The first cohort met in April earlier this year. On the final day of the program, members focused on what they would do after leaving Salzburg. They outlined three projects at varying stages of development.

Watch the video below for highlights from the first cohort's meeting in April.