15 - 16 October 2019, ICE-HT, Patras

Under the Αuspices of H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic
Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos

Welcome to the 12th FORTH Scientific Retreat

The «12th Scientific Retreat», of the Foundation for Research & Technology - Hellas (FORTH) is organized on Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 October 2019, in Patras, at the Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences including a ceremonial opening session on Monday October 14 at the Apollon Theater in downtown Patras city. The main objective of the Retreat, which is organized bi-annually in one of the cities hosting FORTH Institutes, is to provide the framework for scientific interactions between the research laboratories of FORTH, for oral and poster presentations of research PIs, postdocs and graduate students and discussions on interdisciplinary projects enabling exploration of synergy opportunities.

Technical Program

FORTH / ICE-HT Conference Center, Patras

The Technical Program of the Retreat includes:

  • Presentation of FORTH by the Chair of the Board of Directors
  • Presentation of FORTH Institutes and Units by their Directors
  • Plenary lectures from invited speakers in Precision Medicine, Petroleum Research, Space Research, Big Data Analysis and Archaeological Research & Practice (the latter in the opening ceremony)
  • interdisciplinary sessions with presentations from FORTH researchers from various Institutes on innovative research carried out at the Foundation
  • poster presentations by graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and PIs of research activities of various FORTH laboratories and facilities that provide the basis for fruitful discussions and interactions towards synergies.   

Ceremonial Opening Session

Municipal Theater Apollon in Downtown Patras

The opening ceremonial session of the 12th Scientific FORTH Retreat will take place in the evening of Monday, October 14 2019 at the Patras Municipal Theater Apollon, a historical building of Patras city. The session will include presentation of FORTH by the Chair of the Board of Directors, a keynote lecture by Prof. N. Chr. Stampolidis, University of Crete & Director of Museum of Cycladic Art, the ceremony for the 2019 FORTH Employee Awards and a performance of the vibrato ensemble of the Polyphonic Choir of Patras. The full program is shown here.

Gala Dinner

IFIGENEIA Restaurant, Rio

IFIGENIA restaurant is one of the largest catering and entertainment venues in the area of ​​Patras and Achaia, which can organize and host all kinds of events such as: Weddings, Baptisms, Conferences, Parties, Dances, Family gatherings, Kids parties. In our traditional tavern which operates daily, you can enjoy dishes with traditional Greek flavors and homemade recipes.

The Organizing Committee

Gold Sponsors



Silver Sponsors


Pegasus S.A.

DIVICO security


Lab Supplies Scintific





Past FORTH Scientific Retreats

since 1996...

1st / May 1996, Heraklion
2nd / June 1997, Patras
3rd / May 1998, Thessaloniki
4th / June 1999, Heraklion
5th / October 2000, Heraklion
6th / March 2002, Metsovo
7th / June 2005, Anogia
8th / October 2007, Rethimnon
9th / October 2009, Kilini
10th / July 2013, Heraklion
11th / October 2017, Heraklion