The Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH),, established in 1983, is one of the largest research centers in Greece with state-of-the-art research facilities, highly qualified academic personnel and a reputation as a top-level research foundation worldwide. It is ranked 1st in the Greek Research Centers both for the quality of researcher evaluated by international expert committees under the General Secretariat of Research & Technology in Greece and for the successful participation in FP7 projects (15th in all European Research Organizations and 35th with Universities included). For instance, FORTH received 11 ERC (~28.9% of all awarded to Greece) and 61 Marie-Curie Excellence Grants. Currently, FORTH is participating in several EC projects on RIs including ARIADNE, PARTHENOS and IPERION CH. Also, FORTH with the Ormylia Foundation (OF_ADC) leads IPERION, the national RI on heritage science that is included in the Greek roadmap for RIs and will serve as the National Hubs for E-RIHS.
FORTH participates in the E-RIHS PP with 5 of its Institutes (IESL, IMS, IMBB, IACM, ICS) and OF_ADC as a linked third party.
IESL-Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser [Ultraviolet Laser Facility]. It is a leading research institute
serving the fields of lasers, photonics and materials science. It has a long-standing record on laser conservation and diagnostics of works of art and monuments.
IMBB-Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology [Ancient DNA Laboratory]. IMBB is one of the few research institutions working in genome sequencing of different organisms. The Ancient DNA Lab is a stateof- the-art infrastructure that offers access to a number of Archaeogenetics methods compliant with the latest specifications and guidelines for handling and analyzing ancient biological samples.
IMS-Institute of Mediterranean studies[Laborat ory of Geophysical-Satellite Remote Sensing & Archaeoenvironment].
Established in 1996, the GeoSat ReSeArch Lab is one of the leading laboratories at an international level concerning applications of geoinformatics in the humanities (Geophysical Prospection, Satellite Remote Sensing, GIS, 3D Reconstructions & VR and Archaeo-environmental Research).
IACM-Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics [Underwater Archaeology Facility]. Founded in 1987, IACM maintains a state-of-the art computing and experimental facilities. IACM is planning a new facility for Underwater Archaeology by use of AUVs equipped with advanced underwater acoustics sensor technology and specialized software developed at FORTH.
ICS-Institute of Computer Science [ISL-CCI – Information Systems Laboratory-Centre for Cultural Informatics]. It is a unique facility that brings together skills in information systems with expertise in archaeology, museum, art, archives and libraries. The results include archaeological data models and standards, monuments’ and museums’ information systems, and terminology systems. CCI works as competence center for the CIDOC-CRM (ISO 21127).