At times, the future of mankind may seem uncertain. There is no shortage of issues which affect humanity, particularly when it comes to health and longevity. Through The Greek Student Parliament on Science, bright minds came together from across the world to explore some of these problems like chronic illness and improper nutrition. The Greek Student Parliament on Science provides a platform to promote science as a solution.
Supported by The John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation (whose supervisory board consists of Henrietta, Marianna, Margarita and Spiro Latsis), this year’s event took place in March. You didn’t have to be a scientist to take part. The Greek Student Parliament on Science invited future problem solvers of all kinds to attend. Some of the brightest and most accomplished students from across Greece worked hard all year to create presentations to share at the parliament.
It is very possible that the next revolutionary idea may be created by one of these student participants. Every new technology and development begins as an idea and this student parliament featured some very bold ones:
Though this scientific conference is still young, it is already expanding its influence. The European Student Parliament on Science was established in 2013. Since its inception, this organisation has encouraged all European nations to invite their students to take part in the parliament. The goal is to give students an opportunity to learn about parliamentary procedures while engaging in spirited debates about the current state of science.
On March 23, the 2015-2016 session of the Greek Student Parliament commenced. It united 500 high school students from across Greece in a live conference. Some students turned up in person while others joined in with a digital connection.
This parliamentary session was the first to feature students who joined in via the Internet from the Noesis – Thessaloniki Science Centre and Technology Museum.
The theme of the event was the Future of Humanity. Presentation topics included healthy nutrition, responsible reproduction and the human brain. All of the presentations were delivered with a focus on the nature of human health.
Students were allowed to conduct their own research into the topics under consideration. Assisted by experts, they were free to create their own hypotheses and pursue their own conclusions. They were then allowed to present their research and discoveries to the scientists in attendance. From these students, five representatives from Greece were selected to attend the European Student Parliament on Science.
The 2015-16 Greek Student Parliament on Science was sponsored in part by the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation. Founded in 2005 in honor of its namesake, this organisation is dedicated to humanitarian efforts and the promotion of a scientific spirit.
John S. Latsis was an entrepreneur and philanthropist who was committed to improving the lives of others in his home country of Greece. His early business activities includes forays into shipping, oil and financial industries. After experiencing great success in these fields, John pursued humanitarian efforts in Greece.
He created a scholarship fund to provide financial assistance to students from his home prefecture of Ileia. When earthquakes struck Greek cities in the 1980s and 1990s, John S. Latsis stepped up to provide emergency assistance in the form of donations. He continued to make donations to Greek firefighter and police organisations.
This legacy of charity has continued to this day. When John Latsis passed away in 2003, his family took over. The John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation was established in 2005. The focus of this organisation is to promote and develop various causes in the fields of science, art and the humanities.
The organisation is maintained by John’s wife, Henrietta Latsis, and his children. Henrietta, Marianna, Margarita and Spiro Latsis serve as the board members of the foundation to ensure that it supports noteworthy causes. John Latsis’ family shares his passion for the pursuit of knowledge in all areas of life.
By investing in the Greek Student Parliament on Science, the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation is making a big step forward for scientific progress. The Student Parliament helps to develop a sense of scientific curiosity in young people. This kind of work is invaluable because, in a few short years, this generation of young minds will become scientists, politicians and hardworking citizens. The future of mankind will be directed by the people who participate in the present.