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Oct 12, 2016

The Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL) of the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH) organizes the 2nd Israel-Greece Joint Meeting on Nanotechnology and BioNanoscience (, in collaboration with the Weizmann Institute of Science and the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. The event will take place at Aquila Atlantis Hotel in Heraklion Crete on October 25-28, 2016.

The main objective of the Conference is to foster scientific interactions and explore opportunities for further collaborations between the scientific communities of Greece and Israel in the general field of nanosciences including nanomaterials, nanoelectronics, nanophotonics and nanobioscience.  The Organization Committee of the meeting is composed of Prof. Spiros H. Anastasiadis, Director of IESL, Dr. Emmanuel Stratakis and Prof. Anna Mitraki , from the Greek side, and Prof. Reshef Tenne (Weizmann Institute) and Prof. Maya Bar Sadan (Ben-Gurion) from Israel. This is the second meeting of the two communities that builds on the success of the first one that was held at the Weizmann Institute in Israel during October 19-24, 2014. 

Greece and Israel are two neighboring nations with old historical roots. While ancient Greece has been the cradle of Democracy, the Hebrew people gave humanity the heritage of the Old Testament and many ethical and philosophical values, which are still valid to these days.  Modern Greece and Israel are lively communities but with some major differences in their economic landscape and quite different scientific structure. Israeli scientists, being part of a small and isolated community in the Middle East, have always aspired to collaborate with scientists from countries with strong scientific tradition, the US in particular, as well as Germany, UK and France. Greece, a member of the EU and NATO, sharing the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea with Israel, being strategically a close ally, could and should collaborate closely with Israel, thus creating strong research ties for the benefit of the two nations. Moreover, the economic system in Israel which encourages creation of small start-up companies, contributed significantly to the effective translation of research results to innovation and, thus, growth. Greece can benefit from the transfer of such knowledge to the Greek research and innovation ecosystem.  

The 2nd Greece-Israel Joint Meeting will promote the recent advances in Nanotechnology and BioNanoscience through the participation of distinguished scientists as well as of younger graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. It will further enhance the scientific exchanges of young scientists between the two Countries through short-time scientific missions, workshops, seminars, conferences and summer schools.