The Centre for Research and Technology-Hellas (CERTH), founded in 2000, is the only research centre in Northern Greece and one of the largest in the country employing more than 600 people.

It is a legal entity governed by private law with non-profit status, supervised by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) of the Greek Ministry of Education.

CERTH’s mission is:

  • The promotion of the triplet Research – Development – Innovation
  • The conduction of High Quality Scientific Research
  • The development of Innovative Products and Services
  • The strengthening of partnerships with the International & National Industry
  • The strong collaboration with Research Centers and Universities in Greece and abroad

CERTH has important scientific and technological achievements in many areas including: Energy, Environment, Industry, Mechatronics, Information & Communication, Transportation & Sustainable Mobility, Health, Agro-biotechnology, Smart farming, Safety & Security, as well as several cross-disciplinary scientific areas.

CERTH includes the following five institutes with indicated major fields of research:

Chemical Process & Energy Resources Institute (CPERI)
Sustainable & Clean Energy, Environmental Technologies, Chemical & Biochemical Processes, Advanced Functional Materials
Information Technologies Institute (ITI)
Informatics, Telematics and Telecommunication Technologies
Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT)
Land, Sea and Air Transportation as well as Sustainable Mobility services
Institute of Applied Biosciences (INAB)
Agro-biotechnology, Health Translational Research, Informatics for big bio-data
Institute for Research & Technology of Thessaly (IRETETH)
Agrotechnology, Mechatronics, Biomedicine and Kinesiology

CERTH has participated successfully in more than 1.000 competitive research projects (with a total budget exceeding 423 M€ and involving more than 1.100 international partner organizations) financed by the European Union (EU), leading industries from USA, Japan and Europe and the Greek Government.

CERTH has received numerous awards and distinctions such as the European Descartes Prize, the European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant, Microsoft International Contest Prize, the Trading Agents Competition Award and many more and is listed among the Top-20 of the EU’s Research Centers with the highest participation in FP7 competitive research grants.



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.

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