Foundation for Research & Technology - Hellas (FORTH), Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences



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
  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 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.

The Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences (ICE-HT) was established in 1984, as an Independent Academic Institute (initially under the name Institute of Chemical engineering and High Temperature Chemical Processes). In 1987 ICE-HT became one of the founding Institutes of FORTH (Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas). FORTH comprises six Research Institutes (4 in Heraklion, 1 in Rethymnon, and 1 in Patras) and has been classified in all previous research assessments as "the first Research Centre in the whole of Greece". FORTH reports directly to the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) of the Hellenic Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs. The six Research Institutes of FORTH cooperate creatively as an integrated network for RTD.

During its operation ICE-HT has been developed into a world-leading centre for the advancement of high quality scientific knowledge in the fields of chemical engineering sciences. Currently, ICE-HT runs ca 46 RTD projects in cooperation with numerous industrial enterprises, universities and research institutes from Greece, as well as from other EU-member countries, USA, Japan, etc. These projects are funded by national and EU competitive R&D programs, and also directly by industrial enterprises.
ICE-HT Mission Statement
- Forefront scientific research;
- Cooperation with industrial companies in EU and other countries;
- Development of innovative technological products, key enabling technologies (KETs) and production processes;
- Participation in the creation of spin-off companies;
- Cooperation with other research & development organizations;
- Training and advanced education of new researchers;
- Active participation in the development of the Region of Western Greece;
- Significant contribution to the technological and economic growth of Greece.