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FORTH’s Digital Innovation Initiative against COVID-19

The Centre for eHealth Applications and Services (CeHA), of the Institute of Computer Science, Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH-ICS), responded to the "Rapid Implementation of Mature Digi-Tech Solutions" invitation of the Hellenic Ministry of Digital Governance for utilization or repurposing already existing infrastructure and ready to use solutions for direct implementation and results.

ERC featured FORTH/ICE-HT article

The European Research Council recently featured a study at the high impact journal in atmospheric sciences, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, on the lidar remote sensing of ice nuclei with the participation of the Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences of FORTH in Patras (Center for the Study of Air Quality and Climate Change, C-STACC, article co-authored by Prof. Athanasios Nenes), in collaboration with the National Observatory of Athens, Institute TROPOS, the Cyprus Institute and other organizations.

Highly Prestigious International HFSP Grant Awarded to IMBB-LAB

Prof. Electra Gizeli from IMBB-Biosensors lab (http://biosensorslab- forth.gr) is recipient and will coordinate a new Human Frontier and Science Program (HFSP) grant entitled “Self-organization and biomechanical properties of the endosomal membrane”.

Development of superlubricity in graphene materials.

Researchers of FORTH / ICE-HT in Patras headed by Prof. Costas Galiotis of Chemical Engineering Dept. of University of Patras published in the high-impact scientific journal Nature Communications a scientific report for the superlubric behaviour (approximately zero friction) between two randomly packed graphene monolayers.

Professor and Collaborating Faculty Member of FORTH/ICE-HT Costas Galiotis was awarded by the Academy of Athens

The Award of Excellence in Natural Sciences of the Academy of Athens for the year 2020 was given to Dr. Costas Galiotis, Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras and Collaborating Faculty Member of the Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences of the Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas (FORTH/ICE-HT).

European Astronomical Society 's MERAC Prize to Aris Tritsis for Best PhD Thesis in Theoretical Astrophysics conducted at the University of Crete and FORTH

The European Astronomical Society has announced the award of the 2020 MERAC Prize for Best PhD Thesis in Theoretical Astrophysics to Dr. Aris Tritsis (https://eas.unige.ch/merac_prizes.jsp). The award represents the highest distinction of the European Astronomical Community for doctoral studies.

Ambient air THz source shines bright

A major frontier in strong field laser physics and nonlinear optics is the interaction of powerful terahertz (THz) pulses with matter. A plethora of scientific challenges and applications are presently under study, like table-top electron acceleration, THz-enhanced attosecond pulse generation and strong electric and magnetic THz field interactions with matter.

FORTH-IESL Researchers explain how disorder in tiny crystals enables heat-therapeutic systems

A new research study at the Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL) of FORTH finds that minute crystals, many thousand times smaller than a particle of dust, when they are dressed by the right kind of imperfections, adjust their electronic properties to favorably convert energy into heat, an important attribute for potential use in smart materials for energy, health, sensors etc.

A new icy planet detected in our nearest exoplanetary system

Strong indications for the existence of a second planet in orbit around Proxima Centauri, the nearest star to the Sun, have been recently unveiled by an international team of scientists.

New scientific discovery by researchers at FORTH DNA damage triggers metabolic reprogramming, leading to aging

Inborn defects in DNA repair mechanisms are associated with cancer, aging but also complex metabolic and endocrine disorders. Integrity of the genome is critical for normal cellular function but the DNA is continually challenged by intrinsic and extrinsic genotoxic factors. To counteract DNA damage, cells have evolved DNA repair mechanisms ensuring that the genome remains functionally intact and is faithfully transmitted to progeny. Nucleotide excision repair (NER) is a major DNA repair mechanism that cells employ to remove a wide class of bulky, DNA-distorting lesions from the genome. The importance of NER defects in man is illustrated by rare syndromes that either show increased cancer predisposition or dramatic features of accelerated aging, including depletion of fat depots. However, with the exception of cancer and aging, the links between defects in NER and the rapid onset of developmental defects in humans are not well understood.

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