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The Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH), established in 1983, is one of the largest research centers in Greece with well-organized facilities, highly qualified personnel and a reputation as a top-level research foundation worldwide. FORTH reports to the General Secretariat for Research and Technology of the Hellenic Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs. The Foundation, with headquarters in Heraklion, includes six Research Institutes in different parts of the country:

In Heraklion

  • Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL)
  • Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB)
  • Institute of Computer Science (ICS)
  • Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics (IACM)

In Rethymnon

  • Institute for Mediterranean Studies (IMS)

In Patras

  • The Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences (ICE-HT)

Also, in Ioannina operates the Department of Biomedical Research under the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB).

FORTH’s activities are complemented by Crete University Press (CUP), the Skinakas Observatory, the Science and Technology Park of Crete (STEP-C) and PRAXI/HELP- FORWARD Network.
The research and technological directions of FORTH focus on areas of major scientific, social, and economic interest, such as: Microelectronics, Lasers, Materials, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Biotechnology, Computer Sciences, Bioinformatics, Robotics, Telecommunications, Computational Mathematics, Chemical Engineering, Human and Social Sciences, Cultural Studies.

IESL is a well-established internationally-recognized Research Institute, with personnel of ~200 members. IESL possesses research infrastructures of international standards and unique within Greece (lasers, micro/nano-electronics, polymers & soft matter, astrophysics). The Institute has achieved excellence in several research areas and has laid the grounds for a competitive presence in others.

IESL in collaboration with the Univ. of Crete and other national and international Universities is training post-graduate and PhD students. A large number of PhD dissertations of Physics, Chemistry, Material Science, Biomedical departments are implemented at IESL. Training activities include series of seminars and the organization of schools.

In IESL operates currently the attosecond S&T experimental laboratory conducting research in generating, characterizing and exploiting of energetic short pulse duration XUV radiation.

Research Training Modules (RTMs)

  1. Non-linear XUV autocorrelator for attosecond pulse measurements (see PDF below for details)
  2. Polarization gating of many cycle laser pulses (see PDF below for details)


N.Plastira 100
Vassilika Vouton
70013 Heraklion – Greece

General Contacts

Scientist in charge

Dimitris Charalambidis

Contact Person

Magda Kokolaki

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