Institute for Mediterranean Studies


Advancing Young Researchers’ Human Capital in Cutting Edge Technologies in the Preservation of Cultural Heritage and the Tackling of Societal Challenges, Stavros Niarchos Foundation

Principal Investigator Christos Hadziiossif
Collaborator Researchers Post-doctoral researchers: Spyros Tzokas, Christos Karampatsos
Funding Institution Stavros Niarchos Foundation

Advancing Young Researchers’ Human Capital in Cutting Edge Technologies in the History and the Societal Implications of Science and Innovation in the Sectors of the:
i) Preservation of Cultural Heritage and the Tackling of Societal Challenges
ii) Environment and Clean energy

The project aims to fight the unemployment among young scientists through further development of their research potential. This will create new opportunities for young researchers, thus, aiming at reducing or even reversing the so-called brain drain or, even better, at promoting brain circulation. The implementation of the project ARCHERS aims to support young doctoral students as well as post-doctoral researchers in the early stages of their career through training in the cutting-edge technologies in which the Institutes of FORTH excel both nationally and internationally. More specifically, the areas of interest in this project are the preservation of cultural heritage and the tackling of societal challenges such as environment, clean energy and health, i.e., interdisciplinary research fields within the high-quality competitive research activities of FORTH.

The research project studies aspects of public policy in the fields of Intellectual Property (Patents, Trademarks, Copyright, Industrial Designs, Geographical indications, Trade Secrets), Technical Standardization and Managerial/Organization Methods following the research of experts’ communities (engineers, scientists, lawyers, economists) in the Greek state and abroad. The aim of the project is to highlight the conditions that allowed (or prevented) the production of a "primary innovation" in the Greek case during the 20th century.

The scientific and public discourse concerning oil and fossil fuels deposits in Greece is older than usually thought; it surfaced in the 1920s and went on until the Second World War. It gave rise to expectations for ‘prosperity and fiscal reconstitution’, as well as to fears -or aspirations- concerning the involvement of the ‘Great Powers’ into Greek affairs. It was accompanied by the emergence of relevant scientific and state institutions and was connected to state priorities as such priorities formed and evolved during a turbulent period of Greek history. Interestingly though, the much discussed Greek fossil fuel deposits of the inter-war period eventually remained buried under the earth’s crust.

Project Team

Spyros Tzokas

Postdoctoral researcher

Christos Karampatsos

Postdoctoral researcher
Curriculum vitae

Christos Hadziiossif

FORTH Distinguished member, Professor Emeritus of Modern and Contemporary History
Department of History and Archaeology, University of Crete