Spiro John Latsis: Projects the Latsis Foundation has supported

The Latsis Foundation, originally founded by the late John Spiro Latsis, involves itself in programmes and initiatives in Greece and other countries, where the Foundation supports social Spiro Latsiswelfare, cultural, educational and scientific research projects.

Officially known as the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, the Foundation’s supervisory board consists of president Henrietta Latsis, and members Marianna, Margarita and Dr. Spiro Latsis. In essence, it is the Foundation’s responsibility to implement and manage the public benefit works of all Latsis family members.

Among the various recent initiatives the Latsis Foundation has supported, several stand out as significant achievements for the Foundation and its partners. For example, the Latsio Burn Centre, which cares for serious burns victims and is the only one of this nature in southern Europe. It is a state-of-the-art burns clinic that the Foundation donated to Greece in 2005 and it has enabled the Greek health services sector to improve and widen the scope of assistance it can provide to burns victims.

Since 2008, the Foundation has branched out in its funding and has supported a large number of 1-year research projects, of which many have been research activities in scientific disciplines particularly relevant to Greece. These projects have enabled Greek and overseas universities to work more closely together and is has been the Foundation’s aim to promote such collaboration further. Given that Spiro John Latsis has a Master’s degree in Logic and Scientific Method and a Bachelor degree in Economics and a PhD in Philosophy such projects are understandably given a large platform as part of the Foundation’s overall funding initiatives.

Last year, the Latsis Foundation supported no fewer than 18 projects, which included research fields like Life Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities and Physical and Engineering. Every year, the Foundation issues a public call for the following year’s 12-month research projects. No fewer than 946 exciting proposals had to be considered for 2014, before the final 19 applications were selected for funding.

This year the Latsis Foundation will support research projects like the one the University of the Aegean’s Social Sciences and Humanities department is conducting into the intricacies of the Yevanic dialect. An equally interesting research project run by the University of Ioannina, which investigates consumers’ willingness to pay more for agricultural produce if it means workers can enjoy fairer conditions, is also among the chosen funding projects for 2014.