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The Symi Symposium is an annual gathering of global thinkers following the tradition of Ancient Greek philosophers

Step into the Future: The 26th International Symi Symposium
June 29 - July 3, 2024 | Samos, Greece

“Prometheus Unbound: Power Re-imagined for a Demos of Peace, Equity and Sustainability”

Dear Symi friends

Welcome to the 26th Symi Symposium, taking place on the island of Samos from June 29th to July 3rd, 2024. Join us for a transformative journey where we explore forward-thinking ideas on reclaiming and harnessing power for the betterment of society. Our focus lies on peace, equity, and sustainability as we confront global crises and redefine democracy.

At this year’s Symposium, we tackle major challenges such as climate change, pandemic preparedness, and the unregulated advancements in AI and technology. Through critical analysis, we examine the current state of democracy worldwide, addressing issues like extreme demagoguery, political structures, corruption, and the influence of social media.

Additionally, we navigate conflicts in search of peace, exploring new approaches and understanding how climate and technology shape conflicts and their resolution. From ongoing situations in Ukraine, the Middle East, the Balkans, and Africa, we delve into the complexities influenced by global geopolitical tensions.

But we’re not just discussing problems—we’re actively seeking and formulating innovative solutions. Join us in fostering pathways for change and be part of a symposium that aims to empower change-makers. Let’s embark on this thought-provoking journey together.

The Symi Symposium is not just an event; it’s a catalyst for change. Celebrating 25 years of groundbreaking dialogue and collaboration, we have influenced significant policy initiatives and fostered cross-cultural networks and partnerships and continue to do so.

For more information, please contact us:

George A. Papandreou
f. Prime Minister of Greece – Founder of the Symi Symposium

Our History

The Symi Symposium is an annual gathering of global thinkers following the tradition of Ancient Greek philosophers.
It brings together like-minded individuals from different backgrounds, leading intellectuals, politicians, Nobel laureates, entrepreneurs, diplomats, scientists, and activists
to discuss some of the most pressing issues of our time. It was first held in 1998, on the island of Symi, which has lent its name to the Symposium ever since.

Past Locations

2023 Crete • 2022 Lagonisi • 2021 Lagonisi • 2020 Lagonisi • 2019 Crete • 2018 Rhodes • 2017 Crete • 2016 Kos • 2015 Corfu • 2014 Spetses • 2012 Samos • 2010 Poros • 2009 Sklathos • 2008 Ouranoupolis • 2007 Paros • 2006 Samos • 2005 Crete • 2004 Spetses • 2003 Kos • 2002 Samos • 2001 Olympia • 2000 Spetses • 1999 Corfu • 1998 Symi

Our goal is to initiate and nurture spirited deliberation in a discreet setting,
while giving participants the opportunity to learn from each other
in a more personal and substantive way.

Symi’s overarching ambition is to foster ideas that help make our societies
more equitable, more responsive to the needs of citizens,
and better equipped to overcome global challenges.

Our Symposium this year is set in the beautiful environment of Greece, in Pythagorion, Samos between June 29th to July 3rd, 2024 …

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