Annual Report of Activities 2018

John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation

“No one is entitled to commendation or praise when fulfilling one’s fundamental duty towards one’s homeland and fellow man.”

John Latsis

2018 in numbers

~86,000 individuals benefited directly from initiatives funded by the Foundation in the areas of:

Education & Science, Arts & Culture, Social Welfare & Community Development

6 collaborative initiatives were implemented with 20 Greek and foreign charitable foundations with the aim:

166 non-profit organisations and institutions received grants for their activities

10 job positions in Civil Society organisations were funded by the Foundation

34,242 individuals benefited from donations to healthcare services providers

3,367 individuals benefited from donations to healthcare services providers

22,745 students and 1,723 teachers participated in diverse educational activities

155 scholarships were awarded to young students at all levels of education

4,285 individuals benefited from initiatives supported by the Foundation in the area of Arts and Culture

19,808 individuals visited the Neraida Floating Museum among which 2,920 students that participated in the Museum’s educational programme

Education & Science

The Foundation seeks to improve quality of education, at all levels, through targeted activities, as well as to support access to education, first and foremost via the provision of scholarships. In the realm of Science, the primary goal is to support the research of young scholars in the fields of Humanities and Social Sciences.

“Learning Together” Programme

The “Learning Together” programme is an initiative of the Latsis Foundation implemented since 2013. A primary goal is to support the creativity that develops during the learning and education process. Public calls are addressed annually to public preschools and primary schools of general and special education.

From 2013 to 2016, each cycle of the programme, by school year, had different geographic targeting. In the 1st cycle, the public call was addressed to schools of the Greek islands. The following school year, proposals were submitted for educational activities in schools of mainland but border regions of the country. The target group of the 3rd cycle of the programme included preschools and primary schools in Central and Western Greece as well as the Peloponnese and Crete. Schools from the Directorates of Primary Education of A’ Athens, Piraeus, East Attica and West Attica submitted their ideas for implementation in the 2016 – 2017 school year.

From 2017, the programme has gained Panhellenic reach and offers the opportunity for teachers from all regions of Greece to submit their proposals aiming to enrich the education process in their classroom.

Since the programme’s first implementation cycle, 113 educational activities have been carried out with the participation of 4,435 students and 331 teachers in public preschools and primary schools all over Greece.

January – June 2018

20 activities were carried out in schools from 18 different regions of the country. Two short films, an aquatic cultivation system, an album with ceiling murals of neoclassical houses of Ermoupolis and a model depicting the future colony on the planet Mars are just a few of the creations of the students who participated in the programme, led by their teachers.

The involvement of the students in the educational activities was particularly encouraging. The experiential nature of the activities provided an opportunity for children and teachers to interact in a highly creative way and has contributed to the strengthening of the participants’ self- esteem, achieving one of the primary goals of the programme.

September – December 2018

Another cycle of the programme started at the beginning of the school year, calling on teachers from all parts of Greece to submit their proposals.

The implementation of 20 activities was launched in December and, as in each cycle of the programme, will be completed at the end of the school year.

“Through the ‘Learning Together’ programme, 48 pupils of the 6th grade made an approach towards cinema art. They attended photography and directing workshops. Based on their interests, they took on different roles and created two short movies that were filmed with equipment obtained through the programme. Within the framework of the school cooperative ’Galerita’, an informal film club was established. Eight quality movies were screened in public events, were warmly received and created a cultural kernel.”

Stavroula Lagou, 5th Primary School of Korydallos Coordinator of educational activity titled “6th grade – 7th art … Galerita films!”

“Thanks to the Latsis Foundation funding, we managed to implement an innovative initiative aimed at promoting a bookwarm culture and showcasing literature as a means of intercultural dialogue, thereby enhancing our school’s multicultural dimension. The equipment obtained and especially the books have considerably enriched the teaching process and will continue to do so in the school years to come.”

Maria Karagianni, 35th Preschool of Athens Coordinator of educational activity titled “In books I mirror myself, learn about the world and think”.


Athens Open Schools Programme

The Latsis Foundation supports the Athens Open Schools Programme, an initiative of the Municipality of Athens which has been implemented since 2015 by the Athens Partnership with the founding donation of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. A primary goal of the programme is to make use of school buildings outside school hours for the benefit of the local community. Athens Open Schools comprise a place of creation and innovation with culture, education, technology and sports activities for all age groups. These activities are based on innovation, are implemented free of charge and are carried out at school facilities during the evenings throughout the week as well as on weekends.

Activities offered in Athens Open Schools are proposed by civil society institutions or by individuals, are selected after evaluation and are realised by the implementing body with the support of the Municipality of Athens. Through the programme, the doors of school buildings are opened in an organised and secure manner, access to free knowledge and entertainment is provided to citizens of all ages and, as a result, their quality of life is enhanced.

In November 2018, the following activities were launched with funding from the Foundation:

Creative pastime for children with autism and pervasive developmental disorder. The activity, in which preschool and school-age children as well as adolescents participated, included sports, construction, painting, music and storytelling among other things.

Within the framework of the “Little builders” activity, children ages 6 to 12 have the opportunity to explore the worlds of sculpture, engraving and painting, to remodel old toys, to build musical instruments, and to understand the importance of recycling through stories and games.

Christmas gardening and manufacturing of Christmas decorations from recyclable materials. Through the robotics activities “Young engineers” and “Introduction to educational robotics with LEGO WeDo”, children ages 6 to 8 and 9 to 11 years, respectively, have the opportunity to experientially approach the laws of physics and mathematics and gain a first exposure to programming and the logic of automation.

Through the “Young people’s stage goes to school” programme, qualified theatre professionals meet with the students of the 2nd General Lyceum “Theodoros Aggelopoulos” on a weekly basis. Students’ contact with theatre techniques, the rehearsal process and the preparation of a performance is aimed at getting them to know and love the theatre.

Yoga lessons for adults. Through the offered activity, yoga classes are provided to participants with the aim of improving their physical condition.


“I Care & Act” Programme

The Foundation continues to support the work of Desmos, this time in the field of education, through the “I Care & Act“ programme. It is an innovative educational programme aimed at the young generation’s adoption of volunteering and community contribution as a way of life. The implementation of the “I Care & Act” educational programme in schools provides the stimulus and resources to students to become active and responsible citizens by cultivating the values of volunteering, solidarity and selfless giving.

“I Care & Act” is implemented throughout the spectrum of school education, from preschool to lyceum, in all types of schools all over the country. The programme includes educational material for students, teachers and, beginning from the current school year, also for families, and is available free of charge on the programme’s website. Experiential learning is a very important element of the programme’s methodology, as the combination of academic knowledge with experiential activities, the taking of initiative by students and the interaction of school and society are catalysts for understanding the value and joy of giving. In addition, cooperation with civil society organisations and local actors is also being sought, with the ultimate goal of mobilizing the families of students as well as the school and local communities.


Educational Programme “The Third Bell or Theatre with a Difference”

For the third consecutive year, the Municipal Theatre of Piraeus, with the support of the Foundation, has been carrying out the educational programme “The Third Bell or Theatre with a Difference”, aiming to actively support students’ engagement with creative extracurricular activities. The programme consciously integrates the fields of theatre and education into the classroom and into a professional theatrical stage. Theatrical teaching, under the guidance of young directors and people from the theatre, encourages students to develop their relationship with reading, writing and the ability to discuss and collaborate with each other.

In the 3rd cycle of the programme, a particular emphasis was placed on the theatrical text. Students of gymnasiums and lyceums of the greater Piraeus region, along with directors, collaborated to write a text which they then used to “construct” a theatrical performance. The children undertook rehearsals, made costumes and scenery and finally presented their school performance on the central stage of the Municipal Theatre of Piraeus.

The schools that participated in the programme and the performances presented in April 2018 were as follows:


Children's Drawing Competition & “Together at the Museum” Programme

The Foundation supports the educational activities of the Museum of Cycladic Art (MCA) and, in particular, the children's drawing competition the Museum organises and implements for children ages 4 to 12, as well as the “Together at the Museum” programme, which began in September 2018.

The children’s drawing competition entitled “Imagine what is hidden in the lamp!”, which started in October 2018, is being held for the 6th consecutive year and invites preschoolers and all years of primary school to become the artists of the next Museum exhibition. The protagonist of the competition is a ceramic lamp, an object of the 1st century A.D., which is exhibited on the second floor of the Museum, within the exhibition “Ancient Greek Art – A Story with Pictures”. The winners of the competition, selected by a jury established by the Museum, will be awarded at a special event on the Museum’s premises.

The “Together at the Museum” programme was launched in 2016 and offers a series of free workshops for children and teenagers, from 5 to 17 years old with learning and developmental disabilities, encouraging them to communicate ans socialise with each other. Through the workshops that are being developed and implemented by the experienced staff of the Museum who specialise in education and art therapy, the participants come into contact with the collections of the Museum of Cycladic Art and also have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the experience of visiting cultural institutions.

The following individual activities were implemented under the “Together at the Museum” programme:

September – December 2018


Support of the Student Competition “Out of the Box Challenge”

In 2018 the Foundation supported the Student Competition on Creativity – Critical Reasoning “Out of the Box Challenge”, which is organised by Charismatheia and is addressed to all students of primary schools and gymnasiums in Greece and abroad.

In April 2018, the first phase of the competition took place, during which the students were called upon to try their skills in responding to logical and imaginative problems. The 120 children thereby distinguished proceeded to the second phase, where they had the opportunity to take part in a festival of creation and construction in Athens. The children were tried in such skills as teamwork and communication. The 12 children that advanced to the last phase of the competition stayed in a camp area for 10 days, where they were given the opportunity to seek and find innovative and realistic solutions to real-life problems while cohabiting with other children. At this stage, students were called upon to use technology to go from idea to practice and produce an original product with a reciprocal benefit to society. The winning team dealt with the topic of collective intelligence describing a smart city focusing on concepts such as security, privacy and freedom.

Charismatheia was founded in 2015 and implements activities aimed at strengthening children’s skills, recognising and promoting talented children and implementing customized education in Greek schools. The action pillars of the organisation are interdisciplinarity, creativity and critical reasoning, and the ultimate goal is the children’s holistic development and future contribution to society.


Training of Secondary Education Teachers

In the summer of 2018, 37 secondary school teachers from all over Greece travelled to CERN, in Switzerland, and through funding of the Foundation, attended an intensive 4-day seminar. The seminar is part of the Greek Teacher Programme, implemented in 2018 for the 10th year and aiming to promote innovative methods of teaching Physics through high-level education and workshops at CERN facilities.

During the seminar, the teachers had the opportunity to attend lectures by Greek scientists of CERN concerning scientific issues such as, among others, developments in the areas of particle physics, detectors, energy conversion, electronics, information technology, and their medical applications. They also participated in workshops, through which they had the opportunity to understand best practices in conducting scientific experiments, so that, in addition to the educational value there would be excitement and stimulation of student interest. Many of the participants have already planned the implementation of activities for the current school year.

The most exciting lesson for the teachers was the construction of their own particle detector (Cloud Chamber) during the S’Cool Lab workshops. S’Cool Lab is an integral research and education facility that was used by teachers with the aim of implementing and testing their knowledge in an environment that was novel and innovative for them.

Impressions of participants from the field of education

“This was an experience that benefited us all on multiple levels, beyond the simple learning objectives. [Here] someone can grasp the possibilities for further technological advancements. [CERN] represents a place where people from different countries and cultures harmoniously cooperate and it offers opportunities for personal development for both educators and their students.”

“When you leave this place you feel richer in knowledge and experiences. It’s a miracle how people managed to build so great things in such a little time!”

“I would definitely recommend this Programme to my colleagues as I believe that every teacher should know about the research work of the largest scientific research centre in the world!”

“It is a unique opportunity for direct interaction with the place and people who create new knowledge and technologies!”

Postgraduate Scholarship Programme

The John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation continues to support young people who wish to advance their studies at the postgraduate level in any field of science at universities in Greece and abroad through the annual postgraduate scholarship programme that it has implemented from its establishment.

During the evaluation of applications, special emphasis is given to academic performance, educational development, the level of postgraduate curricula and the future aspirations of candidates, taking into account their social and economic situation.


“The John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation scholarship is an excellent opportunity thanks to which I continue my studies at a postgraduate level abroad. By covering the majority of my expenses, it enables me to conserve resources for my next academic steps. It is also a significant distinction that is very much taken into account in the academic as well as in the professional area.” Aix-Marseille Universite, Aix-en-Provence, France

Clementine-Eleni Nikolaidi Lefrancois, Master 2 Droit Public: Pratique des Droits Fondamentaux

“With the Latsis Foundation support as an undergraduate scholarship recipient, I gained experience in labs in Spain and the United States, thanks to which I’m now pursuing postgraduate studies in Neuroscience at the University of Oxford. The Foundation continues to support me, as a postgraduate scholarship recipient now. I am truly grateful for all the support – without which I would have been on a considerably different path.”

Ioanna Mitrakou, MSc in Neuroscience, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

“The Latsis Foundation support is critical for pursuing my postgraduate studies since it is thanks to it that I am able to entirely cover my living expenses in London. If I did not receive the Foundation scholarship, attending the postgraduate programme I have chosen would have been unachievable and I would have therefore followed a different path. To that end, I am truly grateful to the Foundation.”

Megi Zenelak, MSc in Culture and Society, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom


Chevening Scholarship Programme

Within the framework of the Foundation’s broader strategy of providing targeted opportunities at all levels of education in Greece and abroad, in September 2018, its cooperation with the British Government to provide a Chevening Scholarship was announced. The scholarship offers full funding for a postgraduate programme in the fields of Social Policy, Public Administration, International Development and Political Science at a UK university for the academic year 2019/2020. Priority is given to applications for programmes related to Civil Society and Management of Non-Profit Organisations.

The Chevening Scholarships are funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and partner organisations and are awarded to individuals with demonstrable leadership potential who also have a strong academic background. From the start of the Chevening programme in 1983 to today, more than 50,000 scholarships have been awarded.

“I am delighted that Chevening once again offers an opportunity for the brightest and best Greek students to pursue postgraduate studies in this important field. Civil society has a crucial role to play in both our societies.”

British Ambassador to Greece, Ms Kate Smith CMG


Research Funding

The Foundation continues to support the research of Greek scientists, focusing on the humanities and social sciences, through its constant collaboration with the Research Centre for the Humanities (RCH). The Centre’s main purpose is the strengthening and funding of research in the humanities as well as the further dissemination and diffusion of the results to the scientific community and the general public through the organisation of conventions, conferences and meetings.

Each year, RCH announces a public call for postdoctoral researchers and research teams to submit proposals. Proposals are evaluated by specialist scientists in each field who work in universities and research centres in Greece or other countries. An important activity of RCH is the international communication and cooperation with equivalent centres and institutions, with the aim of exchanging scholars, co-organising research programmes and other scientific activities.

In 2018, the following research projects were realised with the Foundation’s funding:

During the year, conventions took place where postdoctoral researchers presented the results of their work with the participation of scientists, researchers and students of each field.


Saint Catherine’s Project

The Foundation supports the Saint Catherine’s Project, located within the Ligatus Research Centre at the University of the Arts London. The project is concerned with the preservation and conservation of the world’s oldest library which is located within the Monastery of Saint Catherine in Sinai, Egypt, itself the oldest active Christian monastery in the world. The Monastery's library holds a unique collection of manuscripts from the 4th to the early 19th century. Although the great majority are written in Greek, there are substantial collections in Arabic, Syriac, Georgian, and smaller numbers in seven other languages.

Ligatus has undertaken the task of assessing the condition of these manuscripts, together with an important collection of early printed books, classifying the information using modern digital techniques and offering advice on further conservation work. Professor Nicholas Pickwoad is the Saint Catherine’s Project leader, and his work in this field has been supported by the Foundation during 2018.

The annual Ligatus Summer School for advanced book conservation was held at the new National Library in Athens from 15-26 October 2018. Eight members of the Library’s staff attended Professor Pickwoad’s course in the first week of the School. The group visited the library of the Laskaridis Foundation in Piraeus and the Gennadius Library and was given access to the rare book stacks in order to select material for the School’s afternoon sessions. The course in the second week, which was attended by eight students, including members of the Library’s staff, was taught by Dr. Athanasios Velios and Dr. George Boudalis.

Professor Nicholas Pickwoad gave a public lecture in the National Library at the end of the first week of the Summer School entitled “Portraits with books: an examination of books in the paintings of Lorenzo Lotto and his contemporaries”, which was very well attended.


European Young Leaders Programme

The Foundation supported, for the fourth consecutive year, the European Young Leaders programme, organised by the think-tank Friends of Europe. The programme, implemented since 2011, brings together 40 40-and-younger leaders who have already made their mark in a wide range of fields such as politics, science, business, media, NGOs, the arts and civil society. Within the framework of this year’s programme, the European Young Leaders came together in Warsaw and Malta, where they had the opportunity to engage in discussions related to the European elections of May 2019. They were also able to listen to the message of Marian Turski, a Holocaust survivor, on the importance of freedom and to exchange views concerning the protection of liberal values in a critical time

for Europe. The 40 European Young Leaders concluded that more direct democracy and ethical social media campaigns are needed, issues further discussed during a meeting of alumni of the programme organised in October 2018 in Brussels.

Arts & Culture

Showcasing the Greek civilisation and supporting young artists and cultural managers are among the Foundation’s priorities and are realised through collaborations with organisations in Greece and abroad.


“START – Create Cultural Change” Programme

“START – Create Cultural Change” is a capacitybuilding and fellowship programme for aspiring cultural managers in Greece. Through the programme, young creative minds are supported so as to kick-start their cultural initiatives aimed at generating positive social impact in their local communities.

The START programme includes three phases in Germany and Greece, which enable programme scholars to implement innovative ideas in independent cultural initiatives and acquire professional skills.

The programme includes the following phases:

The Latsis Foundation, for the second consecutive year, conferred the 5 “Scaling Awards”. The individuals distinguished in 2018 were:

The programme is implemented by the Robert Bosch Stiftung Foundation in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki and the German Federal Association of Socio-cultural Centres (Bundesvereinigung Soziokultureller Zentren e.V.), and is supported by the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation and the Bodossaki Foundation.

“The Scaling Grant awarded by the Latsis Foundation has enabled us to maximise our organisation’s social impact by multiplying the number of our activities and ensuring the KYMA Festival will take place in 2019. The Foundation’s support helps us keep our promise for equal access to all of our activities for everyone, with or without disability.”

Angeliki Mitropoulou, Founder / Project Manager, “Kyma Project”

“Participating in START programme puts you in the market. You cooperate, negotiate, fail and succeed at the same time; you witness the realisation of your plan. You dive in the deep and uncharted waters of cultural management, towards which steps are only now being taken. Yet through the expertise (legal, accounting, mentoring) provided, you manage to build your capacity, realise how theory is put into practice and contribute to making the change.”

Olga Daskali, Manager, Diadromi Non-profit organisation, Project “Roots are Routes”

“The Foundation’s support has helped us kickstart vatira, a non-profit organisation with the imperative ‘art for a society free of discrimination’, through which we continue to develop ’To Whom It May Concern’, an initiative that in collaboration with civil society organisations brings HIV to the public sphere not as a threat, as it is usually portrayed, but as what it actually is: a fully manageable human experience.”

Alexandros Michail, Co-founder, vatiras, Project “To Whom It May Concern”


Support of Operation and Concert Organisation

Following upon the funding for the creation of the Greek Youth Symphony Orchestra (GYSO), the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation remains a supporter of the Orchestra, supporting its operations in the 2018 – 2019 artistic period. The Greek Youth Symphony Orchestra, which was founded by conductor Dionysis Grammenos, is composed of young musicians from all over Greece as well as Greek musicians living abroad. It is mainly aimed at the identification, guidance, education and promotion of talented young musicians in the symphonic and operatic repertoire under the guidance of internationally renowned soloists and principals of Greek as well as major European orchestras. The participation in the orchestra is free of charge and travel and accommodation expenses of the musicians are covered.

A key element of GYSO’s operations comprises educational programmes aimed at young audiences, such as the open general rehearsal of the Orchestra, which students of all ages may attend at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.

“I think that the power of GYSO is the participants’ passion and energy. It is beautiful to see, in your colleagues’ eyes, the thirst for playing music. This has been a pivotal motivation for me to participate in the orchestra, together of course with my appreciation for the conductor Dionysis Grammenos, who is extremely talented and has what it takes to lead the orchestra to very high levels.”

Nikolaos Prevezianos, Violoncello (26 years old), Greek National Opera Leading Cellist

“I learned about GYSO for the first time last year, through a video shared on Facebook by various members of the orchestra. It caught my attention from the very beginning. It was something very different from what I have seen and heard in youth orchestras in Greece. GYSO’s effort to create a youth orchestra of European standards at a very difficult time seems to be an immense undertaking that I already see bearing fruit. And this is admirable, as well as moving.”

Anastasia-Artemis Dimopoulou, Violin (23 years old), Department of Music Science & Art, University of Macedonia

“GYSO is a new effort for our country and I am truly happy to be given the opportunity to be a part of it! From the very first concerts of the orchestra’s first period, I have been amazed by the level of the musicians’ competence, their professionalism and the atmosphere in general. It truly is an orchestra to stand proudly among its peers abroad. I am very excited to see what the new season brings!”

Andreas Anthopoulos, Bassoon (22 years old), University of the Arts Bremen, Germany


“Youth Opera” Programme

The “Youth Opera” programme is an initiative of the Greek National Opera (GNO) with the primary goal of offering young artists who are starting their career the experience of an artistic period in real working conditions under the guidance and supervision of experienced artists and teachers. The John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation continues to support the programme, thus enhancing the process by which young artists acquire the resources and tools that will render them truly qualified professionals according to contemporary requirements in the field of opera.

Artists have the opportunity to attend acting lessons, seminars on the improvement of vocal technique and role preparation by visiting professors and conductors. The first artistic period of the programme was completed with the presentation of the two one-act operas by Giacomo Puccini “Sister Angelica” and “The Cloak” at the Greek National Opera's Stavros Niarchos Hall.

These two operas were first presented at the New York Metropolitan Opera in 1918, while in the Greek National Opera they were presented for the first time in 1970, and they deal with issues such as loss, crime and death, difficult subjects that the artists have been called upon to face with sensitivity.

The production of the above works was the culmination of the programme. The presentation, in a large hall and a stage with a full operatic orchestra, in real conditions and production times, gave the artists the opportunity to grasp the standards they will need to set and adhere to on their professional path.

“A young artist needs (apart from talent) to be goal-oriented, fellow travelers and an environment of trust in which they can flourish…

Experiences like the one I had with the Youth Opera have shaped me artistically and spiritually. Through the programme, I explored my personal boundaries at various levels. The faith and persistence of the programme’s coordinators have helped me reach my full potential and the on-stage interaction with my colleagues has filled my “music pockets” with experience and knowledge that would have been impossible to obtain solely by individual study. Finally, our encounter with real-life working conditions (using the Stavros Niarchos Hall and the Alternative Stage of the Greek National Opera, collaborating with the Greek National Opera orchestra and the Greek Youth Symphony Orchestra led by Dionysis Grammenos, etc.) proved the feasibility of our dreams.

Opera, as an art form which is universal and timeless, requires its “Youth” in order to evolve. In the Greece of today, maybe more than ever.”

Marietta Sarris, first programme cycle participant


“Little Musicians” Programme

The “Little Musicians” programme was designed in 2013 by the Athens Conservatory in collaboration with the Latsis Foundation, which fully funded its first 3 years of operation. The Foundation continues to support the programme, the aim of which is to enhance music education in Greece by granting scholarships for musical studies to children whose families are unable to cover the cost of tuition.

The “Little Musicians” programme is aimed at children ages 6 to 13 and takes into account, among other things, the inclination of candidates towards music and their financial status in order to select participants and thus grant scholarships. The little scholars are selected after auditions by experienced music educators in the Athens Conservatory. The training includes lessons of theory and musical instruments as well as participation in musical ensembles and the Little Musicians choir.

The “Little Musicians” are progressing, standing out for their high level of musical studies, continuing to distinguish themselves in domestic and international competitions and participating in noteworthy professional music events. Indicatively, during 2018, the Little Musicians choir took part in concerts at venues such as the Presidential Palace and the Megaron Athens Concert Hall.


“Fred Boissonnas in Egypt” Exhibition

In March 2018, the Benaki Museum inaugurated an exhibition dedicated to the important Swiss photographer Fred Boissonnas; the exhibition ran for two months and was set up with the support of the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation.

The Swiss photographer Frédéric (Fred) Boissonnas (1858-1946) was invited to Egypt in 1929 by King Fuad I to gather photographic material for the lavish publication entitled Égypte [Egypt] (Geneva, 1932). With his compatriot publisher and author Paul Trembley as a companion, he travelled the country for eleven months, creating images that referenced both the long history of the country and the identity of the newly-established Egyptian state.

In May 1933, Fred Boissonnas returned to Egypt for his last, as it turned out, photographic campaign. He visited the Sinai Peninsula and the Monastery of Saint Catherine for the second time, following the route of the Israelites as recorded in the biblical “Exodus”. The images from this trip as well as the extensive handwritten notes he kept would provide the material for a new publication, similar to Égypte, which was given the provisional title of Au Sinaï [In Sinai]. Despite Boissonnas’s efforts, the book was never published.

The exhibition “Fred Boissonnas in Egypt” focused on his photographic work for these two books, visually exploring, on the one hand, the complex narratives of the newly-founded Egyptian state (after the unilateral declaration of independence from Britain) and, on the other hand, the photographer’s own search for inspiration in the Sinai desert. The exhibition was curated by Prof. Oriana Baddeley, Professor of Art History and Dean of Research, University of the Arts London, Ms. Ewelina Warner, Research Assistant and Research Administrator, Ligatus Research Unit, University of the Arts London and
Dr. George Manginis, Academic Director of the Benaki Museum.

“The ‘Fred Boissonnas in Egypt’ exhibition was planned and mounted in record time as a result of enthusiastic teamwork between the organisers, the curators and the funder. The captivating images by the Swiss artist photographer as well as the allure of Egypt at a pivotal moment in its history, when it tried to balance between tradition and modernity, shone through thanks to the concise texts, the bold design (featuring panoramic prints of Sinai desert images) and a video that escorted visitors around Saint Catherine’s Monastery through Boissonnas’s own words.”

Dr. George Manginis

Academic Director, Benaki Museum


“The countless aspects of Beauty in ancient art” Exhibition

The Foundation supported the organisation of the temporary exhibition of the National Archaeological Museum “The countless aspects of Beauty in ancient art”, which constitutes the third part of the exhibition trilogy designed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the National Archaeological Museum from the foundation of the emblematic building that houses it.

The trilogy opened in 2015 with the exhibition “A dream among splendid ruins ... Strolling through the Athens of travellers, 17th–19th century”, where, among other things, the cultural environment in which the need for the establishment of the National Museum arose, and continued with “Odysseys”, an exhibition that depicted abstractly and symbolically the long-standing endeavours of man for creation and evolution. The narrative of the third consecutive exhibition, which ran from May 26 to December 31, 2018, is formulated in four parts and showcases the different expressions of aesthetics in heterogeneous social and cultural environments from the Neolithic to Late Antiquity, capitalising on the wide chronological range covered by the collections of the National Archaeological Museum.

Many experimental workshops ran alongside the exhibition. Scientists, artists and craftsmen from Greece and abroad offered their special knowledge to explain to visitors their experimental approaches to Neolithic textiles, clothing in the Aegean in the second millennium B.C., Mycenaean apparel, polychromy of ancient sculptures and the rendition of Beauty in ancient Greek music.


2018 Systematic Excavation and Restoration Programme

The Latsis Foundation, for yet another year, supported the excavation and restoration work at the sanctuary of Apollo at the site of Mantra of Despotiko, which took place during the summer months of 2018. One of the most important archaic sanctuaries in the Cyclades, dedicated to Apollo (6th century B.C.), has been discovered at the site.

The results of the excavations were particularly significant, as two new buildings of the 6th century B.C. were discovered, the investigations of the buildings identified in 2017 continued and a number of findings came to light: an archaic kouros head, red-figure and black-figure kraters, inscribed shell vessels with the name of the god Apollo, bronze utensils and much more. 20 buildings are now known to exist at the sanctuary of Apollo, the size of which in the 6th century B.C. must have surpassed that of the sanctuary of Apollo at Delos.

Restoration and preservation work also made significant progress during the year. After the emplacement of the third column of the temple and the architrave above it, the monument has regained its third dimension and visitors can observe its size and grandeur even from the opposite coast of Antiparos.


Creation of a Website for the Cultural – Environmental Route of Central Greece

As a member of the Diazoma Association and continuing supporter of its work for the promotion and protection of monuments, the Foundation contributed to the implementation of the Programme of the Cultural – Environmental Route in Central Greece: “The Paths of History – Routes of Nature and Culture”. The Programme is carried out by the Region of Central Greece in collaboration with the Diazoma Association and its primary goal is the formation of a singular and comprehensive product of cultural tourism through which the sights of the Region will be promoted.

The monuments and sights of the Region of Central Greece, with the exception of the archaeological site of Delphi, remain unknown to the majority of the people visiting our country. Another key purpose of the Route is to attract potential tourists and visitors and especially tourists of special interest to benefit the accommodation, food and leisure businesses established in the area as well as the producers of agri-food products, crafts and other industries and the producers of modern cultural products.

The following main nodes identifying the Cultural and Environmental Route of Central Greece were selected:

1. Chalkida – Eretria (Evia),

2. Delphi (Parnassos),

3. Karpenissi (Evrytania),

4. Thermopylae (Kamena Vourla – Lamia – Lamia Castle),

5. Thebes,

6. Orchomenos,

7. Skyros.


Athens 2018 – World Book Capital

Athens was named the 18th World Book Capital for 2018, following the original proposal submitted to UNESCO by the Municipality of Athens in collaboration with members of the book and culture industry. The Foundation supported the initiative “From April 23rd 2018 until April 22nd 2019 the city reads. Books Everywhere! Stories to Live!”. A plethora of organisations, embassies, programmes of the Municipality of Athens, publishing houses, creative teams and individuals collaborated in developing the programme of events.

The aim of the programme with the main slogan “The city reads – Books everywhere!” is to spread the delight of reading, to encourage creative expression and to spotlight the significance of stories and narratives for our life in modern-day metropolises like Athens.

Book-related activities and events, such as the Moving Library and the Athenian Book Itineraries cover all age groups and “activate” different parts of the city of Athens. Within the framework of the programme, exhibitions, talks, screenings and workshops that emphasise the association between the book and art (visual art, photography, theatre, music, cinema, comics, street art, etc.) are organised. Furthermore, educational activities and games related to books and reading are being implemented for children and families.

Throughout the project, world-accredited writers address the public and engage in discussions with Greek journalists, writers and poets through a series of talks, events and festivals.

Social Welfare & Community Development

The Foundation is active in numerous fields of social welfare and community development, seeking to respond to current social challenges by supporting initiatives that enhance social inclusion of vulnerable social groups and by implementing projects aimed to meet urgent needs of the Public Health sector in Greece.

“Collaborating for Health” Programme

In 2018, on the initiative of the Latsis Foundation and the Greek Shipowners’ Social Welfare Company SYN-ENOSIS,the implementation of the "Collaborating for Health" programme was launched. The aim of the programme is to meet urgent needs in the field of Public Health and contribute to the upgrading of its infrastructure as well as to strengthen the services of public healthcare providers in Greece.

In the programme are being evaluated, jointly with SYN-ENOSIS, requests by healthcare providers from all over the country for a) procuring medical equipment and b) upgrading the infrastructure of public or other non-profit healthcare providers. In 2018, a donation of an angiographic system was made to the General Hospital of Attica “Sismanoglio – Amalia Fleming” with the aim of upgrading the Hemodynamic Unit of Interventional Cardiology of the Hospital.

In parallel this year, the implementation of the following donations, which were co-funded by the Foundation and SYN-ENOSIS, was set in motion:

“The procurement of medical equipment through the ‘Collaborating for Health’ programme is a special honour for the Cardiac Arrest Unit of the Navy Hospital of Athens. The aim of this action is the upgrade of medical care for the more than 500 hospitalised patients per annum suffering from serious heart diseases. Of great value is the fact that a significant part of the donation is directed to those suffering from heart failure, who account for more than 20% of the total number of admissions to the Cardiology Clinic. This action will make a decisive contribution to the realisation of our vision of high-quality medical services.”

Anastasios N. Milkas, Interventional Cardiologist, Head of the Cardiac Arrest Unit, Navy Hospital of Athens


Setting Up an Intensive Care Unit

The Annousakeio Foundation of the Holy Metropolis of Kissamos and Selinos has been operating since 1976 and provides non-profit health and social care services through various frameworks in the areas of closed and open care. It is aimed at lone, economically and socially weak elderly people and people with disabilities, as well as people who are unable to support themselves and need special care.

Funded by the Latsis Foundation, the Intensive Care Unit of the Annousakeio Therapeutic Centre now consists of a renovated and fully-equipped double room as well as medical equipment such as defibrillator, upper and lower abdomen and heart ultrasound, cardiograph, permanent oxygen supply, infusion set and first aid kit.

The Unit will accommodate patients with craniocerebral injuries, strokes, victims of traffic accidents and people with pathological, cardiac and surgical problems that require continued monitoring and high levels of preparedness by medical staff, being at increased risk.

“The John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation's donation is aimed at more efficient management of urgent medical needs. In particular, the operation of the Intensive Care Unit provides the necessary medical equipment for cases of patients requiring close medical supervision and specialised nursing care. It brings better results to patients' health, as it ensures a safe therapeutic environment and prevents deterioration of their condition, therefore protecting human life to the maximum possible extent.”

Rev. Antonios Aretakis, Director of Annousakeio Therapeutic Centre


Donation of Medical Equipment

The General Cancer – Oncology Hospital of Athens “Agios Savvas” is aimed at advancing cancer prevention, the provision of high-level care to cancer patients, and the development of activities completely addressing the illness at a medical, psychological and social level.

The Latsis Foundation contributed an automated molecular analysis system for detecting and identifying Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). HPV is considered a potential cause of cervical cancer and is often detectable in the cervix of women suffering from this form of cancer. Cervical cancer is the second most common form of cancer of female genital organs, after ovarian cancer. The average age at which it occurs is about 52 years, but there has been an increase in cases in younger women.

Thanks to the detection and treatment programmes for conditions that can lead to the appearance of cervical cancer, its mortality rate has decreased to a remarkable extent in recent years.


Donation of Medical Equipment

The General Hospital of Thessaloniki “Agios Pavlos” is one of the seven hospitals in Thessaloniki and the only public hospital serving the eastern part of the city, which includes the municipalities of Kalamaria, Pilea-Hortiatis, Thermi and Thermaikos.

The Latsis Foundation and the TIMA Charitable Foundation jointly supported the “Agios Pavlos” Hospital by providing an electrophysiology data logging system, a cardiac stimulator and other medical equipment. This donation makes it possible to set up an Electrophysiology Laboratory on the premises of the Hospital and allows for the expansion of the activities of the cardiology clinic into the modern fields of electrophysiology and interventional arrhythmology and implantation of artificial cardiac devices. Unlike pharmaceutical treatment, which often has a limited effect, the possibility of electrophysiological study of patients with cardiac arrhythmias allows for ablation and consequently for definitive treatment.


Donation of an Injector

Following an earlier donation of a CT scanner to the GHA Sismanoglio – the Latsis Foundation responded positively to a new request from the Hospital for the grant of an intravenous contrast media injector.

The injector allows for the delivery of contrast agents – drugs administered for diagnostic purposes as well as for displaying specific areas of the human body – during invasive operations under the guidance of radiography devices, such as the said CT scanner.


Support of Operation

The primary aims of the Hellenic Cancer Society consist of informing the population about the prevention and early detection of cancer, psychosocially supporting those who are ill or are caring for the ill, scientifically briefing health officials, and providing consulting services to the State. In 2018, the Foundation supported the Society’s operations and, by extension, the efforts voluntarily made by its members.

The establishment and operation of hospices for patients with cancer and their relatives in Athens and Thessaloniki, the operation of two mobile mammography units, which provide free mammography screening to women across the country, and the provision of free medical check-ups within the framework of early diagnosis programmes for the most common forms of cancer are just some of the Society’s activities. The Hellenic Cancer Society also began the antismoking battle in our country, which is bearing fruit, since with the help of the medical community and the State, Greece is no longer first in Europe in the consumption of tobacco and non-smokers now comprise 70% of our fellow citizens.

The Society is a regular member of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), the Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL), World Health Organization (WHO) departments and various Committees of the European Union (EU) within the framework of the EU Health Programme.


Support of Operation

GIVMED is a network for the use of excess medicines that employs technology to meet the pharmaceutical needs of vulnerable social groups. Its aim is to inform and mobilise citizens with regard to excess drugs as well as to connect people with charitable organisations in order to make use of the excess drugs. To achieve its goals, GIVMED organises campaigns on the proper management of medicines and develops a network of social actors including, among others, social pharmacies and social markets.

The Latsis Foundation, having as a major priority the immediate relief of vulnerable social groups and the strengthening of non-profit organisations supports GIVMED by funding the personnel position “Operations and Fundraising Coordinator”. The aims of this funding concern the following development directions of GIVMED:

  1. Strategy: Design, analysis and adaptation of the organisation’s business plan to the needs of the internal and external environment.

  2. Fundraising: Identification of appropriate funders for the organisation’s programmes.

  3. Partner Network: Development of a partner network through outreach efforts, conducting of new activities and improvement of existing ones.

“The Foundation's support is crucial to the development of the organisation, as it has allowed the recruitment, to the group, of a new member with significant experience in the field of non-governmental organisations and pharmaceutical companies. This new strategic position with a specialisation in fundraising contributes significantly to fulfilling our vision of all people having direct access to the medicines they need.”

Thanassis Vratimos, Strategic Advisor, GIVMED


Support of Medical Care Programmes

In 2018, the Latsis Foundation supported the activity of the Mission “ANTHROPOS” organisation. The organisation was established in 2010 to provide medical support to vulnerable social groups which do not have access to health services, without any age, racial, political, religious or other discrimination. It has carried out three missions to Ethiopia and has been implementing activities in Greece since 2012. In 2018, the organisation carried out, among other things, the following programmes:

“Stiri-zoume: Medical and pharmaceutical care for all”, aiming to provide direct and individual coverage of the medical needs of children and adults, Greeks, immigrants and refugees. From January to December 2018 the organisation covered 524 requests, including medical/ laboratory examinations, clinic visits, and covering medication or pharmaceutical material.

“Caring for the Elderly”, with the aim of providing primary medical care to persons housed in nonprofit Long-Term Elderly Care Units in Attica. The programme focuses on the specialised medical needs of 157 elderly persons hosted in 4 not-forprofit long-term care facilities.

“Points of Support” Programme

In 2018, the second cycle of the “Points of Support” programme was completed and its third cycle began implementation. The Programme is aimed at supporting small-scale innovative projects with a maximum social impact as well as strengthening infrastructure and building capacity of Greek civil society organisations, prioritising small and medium-sized ones, for the further development and effectiveness of their work. Within the framework of the Programme’s second cycle, 19 funded activities were implemented by 23 organisations in 7 different prefectures of Greece.

The programme covered a wide range of activities – from innovative social inclusion practices for people with disabilities and pilot intergenerational programmes for the elderly and children, to initiatives for the prevention of children’s social victimisation. In parallel, the selected organisations participated free of charge in capacity building activities, funded and implemented by the Bodossaki Foundation through Social Dynamo, an initiative of the Foundation and the Municipality of Athens (via synAthina). The second cycle of the Programme was a joint initiative of the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, the TIMA Charitable Foundation, the Hellenic Hope charitable organisation and the Bodossaki Foundation.

The Public Call of the Programme’s third cycle was again addressed to Greek non-profit, privatelaw legal entities as well as to social cooperative enterprises. The third cycle of the Programme was funded also by the Captain Vassilis and Carmen Constantakopoulos Foundation and the A. G. Leventis Foundation. Out of a total of 198 applications, 24 activities were selected to be funded by 33 organisations, of which 10 are participating in the activities as cooperating organisations. The activities have a duration of up to 12 months and fall under one of the following thematic areas: “Social integration of people with disabilities”, “Support of the elderly”, and “Support of children”: a. “Child protection”, b. “Children and health”, c. “Children and the environment”, while organisations participate free of charge in Social Dynamo’s capacity-building activities.

  1. Career Sign – Accessibility Assessment of the School of Information and Communications Technologies of the Department of Informatics of the University of Piraeus.

  2. Challedu – Running workshops for the creation of games specially adapted for children with autism, in collaboration with the Special Education Preschool of Chalkida.

  3. Liminal, Access to Culture – Familiarising people with visual disabilities with the art of photography, in collaboration with Beyond Sight Foundation.

  4. Panhellenic Association of Parents, Guardians & Friends of People with Visual Impairments & Additional Disabilities, AMIMONI – Creating an online fairy tale library for visually-impaired children, in collaboration with Reading to Others.

  5. Reading to Others – Organising and running multi-sensory sensitivity-raising children’s workshops on blindness, in collaboration with Black Light social enterprise.

  6. Interdisciplinary Network of Special and Intercultural Education, INCLUDE – Implementing a judo training programme for children with intellectual and autisticdisorders, supported by athletes, members and graduates of KETHEA PROMETHEUS.

  7. KOINSEP Puzzle – Creating educational material and implementing educational activities for the management of mourning by adults with mental handicaps.

  8. Association of Parents, Guardians and Friends of Autistic People in Rethymno – Promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities in businesses in Rethymno

“Greatness! Silent excitement at JUDO's training area when, in front of the surprised eyes of teachers and parents, children with mental and autistic disorders, in white uniforms, exercise, respecting the rules of the sport, stand on their feet and claim their autonomy. With them, the members of KETHEA PROMETHEAS, with consistency and soul, support the effort of all and share anxieties and emotions. The benefactors benefit, those who teach are taught! We experience the greatness of universal design while the educational material we design reaches all all the Dojos of the world! The "Points of Support" Programme paves the way of social inclusion for all through Judo! How much benevolence! Rei! Hajime!”

Dr. Andromachi Nanou, Chairwoman, INCLUDE

“The ‘Points of Support’ Programme gave Challedu as a young organisation the opportunity to innovate by implementing the first festival of the creation of games for children in the Autistic Spectrum, “ABI GAMES FESTIVAL”. The festival and its subsequent workshops brought together more than 150 beneficiaries, producing 12 original games and a manual. In addition, it assisted in creating conditions for children in the autistic spectrum to integrate into the local community by taking a different approach to develop their skills.”

Asimina Brouzou, Co-founder, Challedu


Educational Programmes for Familiarisation with Disability

SKEP – Association of Social Responsibility for Children and Youth was founded in 2008 in Athens with the aims of helping students get familiar with disabilities, abolishing stereotypes related to diversity and helping combat the social exclusion of people with disabilities. SKEP’s key axis of activity is the organisation of educational programmes and the encouragement of active citizenship through the Association’s national and international network.

The Latsis Foundation has supported informational and “familiarisational” educational programmes concerning disability which were implemented by SKEP and aimed at primary and secondary school education. The programmes take place during school hours, inside and/or outside school, and include an open dialogue of information and awareness-raising between the speakers with disabilities and the students. The aim is to help children get familiar with diversity and better understand the meaning of social acceptance and equality.

“I feel very fortunate that the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation has helped me approach my ‘ikigai' – that is, according to Japanese culture, the reason of my existence! I was given the opportunity, for a whole year, to do something I love, I am good at and is useful to society. Every week throughout this school year, with SKEP, we implemented 10 Educational Programmes regarding the ‘Familiarisation’ with Disability and Diversity.

A big thank you for bringing us a little closer to our Vision: A society in which everyone feels accepted and useful.”

Thalia Kiousis, Coordinator of Educational Programmes for “Familiarisation” with Disability SKEP – Association of Social Responsibility for Children and Youth


Support of Research and Advocacy Work

In 2018, the Latsis Foundation supported Human Rights Watch, an independent, global organisation dedicated to protecting and defending human rights. The organisation’s activities include the investigation, recording and disclosure of human rights violations and their presentation to competent authorities to press for changes in policy and practice that promote human rights and justice around the world.

The organisation’s work in Greece includes, among other things, highlighting issues related to immigration, asylum and minority rights. Specifically, in 2018 research on infringement of asylum seekers’ rights and conditions prevailing in refugee camps in Evros and the Aegean islands, as well as denial of education for children living in hotspots, was published.

“Thanks to the support of the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, we were able to defend and protect vulnerable groups in Greece, including women, children, people with disabilities and refugees. In direct response to our campaigning with other organisations, the Greek government moved more than 18,000 asylum seekers from horrifying conditions on the islands to better conditions on mainland Greece. We would not have been able to achieve this without the partnership with the Latsis Foundation.”

Eva Cossé, Greece Researcher, Human Rights Watch


Support of Planting Programme

The Support Network for Women Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners has as its primary objective the support of women who have experienced or are experiencing incarceration in Detention Centers. The basic principle the Network operates under is solidarity, in terms of equality rather than philanthropy, to persons belonging to this vulnerable social group. The actions of the Network therefore aim at empowering and training prisoners, providing opportunities for social inclusion as well as at preventing stigma and social marginalisation.

The Latsis Foundation funded the planting of perennial plants of Thyme and Oregano programme which took place in a six-acre field in the Women’s Detention Centre in Eleonas Thebes. The action aimed, among other things, at eliminating the inertia and “dead time” prisoners are often faced with when in detention as well as at providing vocational training to women prisoners. The products harvested are designated for use in prisons as well as for channeling to the market.


Donation of Fire-resistant Equipment

The Civil Protection Volunteer Organisation of the Municipality of Penteli aims to protect the citizens of the municipality from natural disasters taking measures and actions of prevention, preparedness and recovery helping the residents in emergency situations. Furthermore, they offer social solidarity services to vulnerable groups that reside in Penteli, Nea Penteli and Melissia.

In 2018, the Latsis Foundation supported the Civil Protection Volunteer Organisation of Penteli with the procurement of special fire-resistant equipment to the Fire Protection Volunteers of Penteli allowing it thus to better deal with the potential of a forest and/or urban fire in the area of Penteli.


Support of Entrepreneurship Programmes

Reload Greece aims to develop new and innovative ventures with social and economic benefits for Greece through the mobilisation of the Greek diaspora. The Latsis Foundation supported the Young Entrepreneurs Programme (RG YEP) and RG Connect programmes implemented by the organisation in 2018.

RG YEP supports and inspires young entrepreneurs wishing to develop their business ideas into sustainable businesses. The programme operates through three phases: Ignite, Accelerate, and Pitch. The first phase involves participation in a series of workshops where leading professionals with business and academic backgrounds help the participants in establishing their business ideas. The second phase (Accelerate) involves individual guidance of participants from experienced mentors with the aim of creating start-up businesses. Finally, within the framework of the programme’s third phase, a presentation, open to the public, of ideas and business plans is made to a panel of judges determining a winning team.

The RG Connect 2018 brought together the next generation of entrepreneurs, leading CEOs, notable academics, investors from the USA, the UK and Greece, and politicians in an effort to network and exchange views.

“Joining RG YEP was a very significant moment for our entrepreneurial journey, we received the right mentorship, tools and support we needed to work with our mentors, clarifying and defining our business model and really identifying the next steps that we need to take to make our vision a reality.”

Alexander Tanti, Co-Founder, Racecheck, RG YEP 17-18 winning team

Olympic Preparation Scholarship Programme

With the vision of supporting excellence, Olympic spirit and the hopes of young athletes, the Latsis Foundation has joined forces for the second consecutive year with the A. G. Leventis Foundation and the Hellenic Initiative, supporting Greek and Cypriot athletes who continue their preparations for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020. The three institutions awarded a total of 41 scholarships to athletes who were distinguished for their performance in 2017.

The scholarship programme of the A. G. Leventis Foundation is an institution in the field and has been supporting, in the last 20 years, those who train hard, often in unfavourable conditions, to enter to deservedly compete with the best of the world in this great celebration of athleticism, the Olympic Games.

“Last year, I had the pleasure and honour to receive a scholarship through the Olympic Preparation Scholarship Programme. Thanks to this, I was able to do much of my preparation, as I managed to buy the necessary apparel. Thank you very much to the Foundation and hopefully this year the athletes who receive a similar scholarship will be helped like me!”

Thanasis Kalakos, Track and field athlete, 800m and 1,500m

“I would like to express my sincere thanks to the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation and the A. G. Leventis Foundation for the scholarship I received for the 2017 – 2018 period. It was very substantial support, as I went through a year in which I needed many rehabilitation sessions in order to reach some of my athletic goals. I am grateful for this scholarship and I hope that such support for athletes will continue to exist for many years to come!”

Evangelia Plyta, Gymnastics Athlete


Lycabettus Programme: The Present and Future of the Urban Forest of Athens

The research programme of the School of Architecture was developed following an invitation from the Mayor of Athens to the National Technical University of Athens and was funded by the Latsis Foundation. The purpose of this research is to investigate the possibilities of intervention on the hill of Lycabettus, with the aim of revitalising it. Within the programme’s framework, matters such as the following were recognised: the importance of the hill as an emblematic tourist landmark and a reference point for Athenian identity, the improvement of accessibility from the city and nearby neighbourhoods, the analysis of the vista points in combination with the capabilities for the development of uses and activities for residents, visitors and all Athenians.

The ultimate aim is to prepare a strategic framework for future intervention and to identify priority projects. Proposals are made for traffic arrangements, such as making the Lycabettus ring road one-way and the improvement of the main entrances to the hill, its emergence as a cultural ecosystem, as well as priority projects such as the conversion of the internal asphalt road into a principal tour route and the redevelopment of the outdoor theatre with a view to it recommencing operations.

The "Lycabettus Programme" as a road map facilitating and guiding future interventions was compiled by the Bureau of Urban Resilience and the Technical Service of the Municipality of Athens, the Agricultural University of Athens, a variety of stakeholders as well as foreign experts who undertook the relevant public consultation. The public presentation of the programme took place on October 16, 2018, at the Athens Conservatory.

“The Latsis Foundation recognised the fact that the hill is an ideal field for studying the relationship between nature and the anthropogenic element, and that it is possible to balance its promotion and protection and supported the ‘Lycabettus Programme’ where theory and experience, vision and action, come together linking scientific, administrative and empirical approaches. Thus addressing the problems provided the opportunity to weave together a modern vision of highlighting a hill that is not afraid to confront the challenges of its time and can be strengthened by a modern urban design that Athens lacks.

In February 2019, the first studies of major flood protection and upgrading works were completed, setting a new concept for the hill, while the process of approval by the Forestry Office is already underway for it to be promptly auctioned by the Municipality.”

Μaria Kaltsa, Architect, Special Adviser to the Mayor of Athens, Responsible for the “Lycabettus Programme: The Present and Future of the Urban Forest of Athens”

Neraida Floating Museum

The purpose of the Neraida Floating Museum is, inter alia, to promote the maritime and shipping history of the country, to highlight the field of business history and to protect the maritime environment through activities of educational, informative and scientific nature.

Museum Operation

The Neraida Floating Museum, moored at the Flisvos Marina, operates with free entrance for the general public. The museum’s collection recounts both the story of the ship itself, the passenger ship “the Neraida”, one of the symbols of Greek coastal sailing that sailed in the Argo-Saronic from 1950 to 1974, and the chronology of its remaking into a modern and seaworthy floating museum, as well as the business career of its owner, John Latsis, which spans most of the 20th century.

In 2018, the events celebrating International Museum Day were dedicated to “Hyperconnected museums: New approaches, new publics”. This theme, selected by the International Council of Museums (ICOM), aimed at highlighting museums as vessels of cultural exchanges with the aim of enhancing education through new approaches and technologies, both for interconnecting museums with each other and for conveying museum experiences to the general public. The Neraida Floating Museum, participating in the celebratory events, organised and offered to the general public speciallythemed tours under the title “Greek Shipping in the 20th Century”, showcasing the history of the ship “the Neraida” and the history of Greek and Greek-owned shipping from the commencement of the 20th century, in connection with specific exhibits, also drawing on historical publications related to museum artefacts.

“Travelling with the Neraida: A Game on Board” Educational Programme

In 2018, the Neraida Floating Museum continued offering the educational interactive programme “Travelling with the Neraida. A Game on Board”, in collaboration with schools of primary education.

The programme, specially designed for third to sixth grades of primary school, takes place for free in the museum’s premises and aims to acquaint children with the shipping history and tradition of the country. Qualified museum pedagogues carry out a series of group games and experiential activities and encourage the children through the games and discovery to explore the historic ship as well as to learn about aspects of Greek coastal and oceangoing shipping of the 20th century and investigate individual themes such as travel and the sea, boats and navigation, communication and transportation, people and memories.

In the first six months of 2018, the educational programme was implemented in cooperation with the primary schools of the A’ Athens Directorate of Primary Education (the municipalities of Athens, Vironas, Galatsi, Dafni-Ymittos, Zografou, Ilioupoli, Kaisariani, N. Philadelphia and N. Chalkidona) and the Piraeus Directorate of Primary Education (the municipalities of Aegina, Agios Ioannis Renti, Galata, Keratsini, Korydallos, Kythira, Nikaia, Piraeus, Perama, Poros, Salamina, Spetses and Hydra), while with the commencement of the 2018 – 2019 school year, the programme has thereafter been addressed to schools from all parts of the country.

“Beyond its educational and psychopedagogical value, it is important that it is a free, high quality programme. It combines the concept of ships / travel / adventure with the concept of business / development / life history.”

4th grade, 94th Primary School of Athens

“It was a very creative programme, as it contained games, painting activities, guided tours and provided material for the children to take with them”.

4th grade, 1st Primary of Nikaia

Sea Days 2018

The Neraida Floating Museum, taking part in the tradition of celebratory events “Sea Days” organised by the Municipality of Piraeus, was moored at Zea Marina from Friday 1/6 until Sunday 10/6 2018 to welcome its visitors. This tradition, focusing on the sea and culture, aims to showcase the importance of the sea for the development of the city of Piraeus and, through various themed activities and events, attempts to highlight different parts of the city and honour its people.