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A large group poses for a photo at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, overlooking Athens

Launched in 2019 with exclusive support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Bioethics Academy (SNFBA) aims to expand awareness of bioethics in Greece through participatory workshops on timely ethical questions.

The backbone of the Academy has been intensive summer courses held at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) in Athens and, during the pandemic, online. Biomedical researchers, clinical researchers, biobank researchers, and those involved in ethics and deontology committees attended lectures on topics like biomedical research and bioethical lessons from the pandemic, then broke out into small groups for facilitated discussion.

SNFBA is organized through a partnership between the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University and the Bioethics Chair at ETH Zürich and is co-directed by Professors Jeffrey Kahn, the Andreas C. Dracopoulos Director of the Berman Institute, and Effy Vayena, Head of the Health Ethics and Policy Lab at ETH Zurich.