The Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH) announces the official kickoff of the project “Advancing Young Researchers’ Human Capital in Cutting Edge Technologies in the Preservation of Cultural Heritage and the Tackling of Societal Challenges – ARCHERS”, which is implemented with the exclusive donation of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF). The duration of the project is three years. Professor Spiros H. Anastasiadis, Director of the Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL) of FORTH, is the scientific coordinator of the project.

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.

Young postdoctoral researchers (for 72 person-years) and young Ph.D. students (for 72 person-years) will receive Stavros Niarchos Foundation - FORTH Fellowships following open calls in the respective scientific fields. An International Conference at the end of the project will demonstrate the results achieved through the project highlighting the contribution of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.