Everything we experienced together on day one of the SNF Nostos Conference
23 JUNE 2022

The first day of the SNF Nostos Conference on the most essential human resource—health—has come to a close. It was a full day of lively open discussion, big ideas, pithy and fascinating talks, momentous announcements, and delightful moments for all who attended.

With Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Co-President Andreas Dracopoulos as host, the discussions took the SNF Health Initiative as their starting point. Together with partners and stakeholders, including the Greek Ministry of Health, the architecture firm Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW), and the Child Mind Institute, we presented the progress of each grant included in the Initiative. We also announced three new major grants in collaboration with The Rockefeller University, Columbia University, and the Child Mind Institute, to help extend the impact of the Initiative around the world.


In the afternoon, young people from the SNF Nostos Youth Advisory Committee, Βeatrice, Giannis, and Μary Ann, took on the role of hosts and shared health issues that matter to them. We saw, among other engaging events, compelling talks by Brian Lobel, who has lived longer since after cancer than before it, and Beth Blauer, Associate Vice Provost for Public Sector Innovation at Johns Hopkins University, who shared a case study about the disturbingly accurate way in which a postal code can be used to predict someone’s health outcomes.

During the day, we attended a CPR seminar set against the backdrop of the fountains in the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNFCC) Canal and a basketball game unlike any we’ve seen before, played onstage at the Greek National Opera with Special Olympics athletes, deaf athletes, and basketball champions, which was organized together with Field of Life and Special Olympics.

From the radio studio established specifically for SNF Nostos Health, 16 young people served as the event’s official radio voice, capturing the atmosphere of the event and relaying interesting ideas and perspectives.

There’s even more waiting for us tomorrow, including a conversation and performance with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and the SNF Dialogues Discussion. See you there!

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The SNF Nostos Conference is organized by SNF in collaboration with journalism nonprofit iMEdD (the incubator for Media Education and Development)