The Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser of the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (IESL-FORTH) was founded in 1983. It has since established its international presence in the areas of Laser Science, Micro/nano-electronics, Polymer Science, Materials Science and Astrophysics. Nowadays, IESL occupies a distinct position in the international scientific map in several of these fields. 

Our motivation is:

  • To perform high quality basic and applied research.
  • To develop expertise in selected advanced technological fields and to exploit this either via sales of specialized innovative products and services or via the transfer of knowledge and expertise for the benefit of Greek and European industry and the broader public sector.
  • To provide education and training to young scientists in specific fields of advanced technology as optoelectronics, micro/nano-electronics, materials science & engineering as well as laser science & applications.
Thirty years after its establishment, IESL aims at performing high quality both fundamental and applied research in specific target areas in the fields of laser science and applications, micro/nano-electronics, polymers and soft matter, materials science and astrophysics. IESL has established its strong international presence in these areas occupying a distinct position in the international scientific map.

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). A number of important scientific achievements by members of the Institute have led to publications in high impact journals and to international awards and distinctions for excellence to its research personnel.

IESL aims at improving the human potential by providing education and specialized training to post-docs, graduate and undergraduate students and technicians in specific fields of advanced technology, which is an essential factor for the enhancement of competitiveness, innovation and employment. Moreover, it aims at developing expertise in selected advanced technological fields for the benefit of Greek and European industry and the broader public sector.

For the forthcoming period, IESL will make all necessary efforts to continue expanding its National and European role in Research Infrastructures, to strengthen its international presence in aspects of micro/nano-electronics and photonics, to strengthen further its international importance in the area of advanced technologies in the preservation of cultural heritage, to establish its international influence in the area of (nano)materials for applications in energy and environment, to establish its international weight in the area of graphene based materials and devices, to improve its ability to exploit the research outcome and the relevant IP, to provide services and specialized training. to strengthen further its relation with the Society. Spiros Anastasiadis

Director, IESL-FORTH

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