Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas
FORTH-IESL is a major research organization in Greece with a strong international and national presence, with a mission to pursue high quality basic and applied research along a broad scientific area. The Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL) centres its research activities in the fields of Lasers and Applications, Materials Science, Microelectronics and Devices and Theoretical-Computational Physics achieving excellence in several of the above while laying the grounds for a competitive presence in others. Basic and applied researches as well as technological innovation projects are carried out in the overhead fields, with financial support from national and EU research programs. FORTH-IESL has been a key participant of the Access to Research Infrastructures programme (since 1990 as a Laser facility and now as a facility in Cultural Heritage and Soft Matter as well) and is currently also a member of the Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) consortium. With support from the EC, the institute provides educational-training opportunities to doctoral students from European countries, within the Marie-Curie training scheme. Also, FORTH-IESL has been collaborator and co-founder of several spin-off companies focused in the fields of biomedical optics and laser material processing. FORTH-IESL holds one stakeholder position in Photonics21 Board of Stakeholders (BoS), being one of the founding organisations of the Platform, while members of its Research Staff have been heavily involved into the activities of the Platform. Along with other keyrole national players, FORTH-IESL initiated the establishment of a similar thematic platform for Photonics in National Level in Greece (PhotonicsGR) and currently participates in the executive board of this National Platform.