Published September 18, 2010

The Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH) and Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) co-organize the Researchers Night 2010 event, in Crete with the title “Technology and Environment”. The event takes place under European Union’s efforts to inform the society about the importance and role of research and researchers towards alerting the state for more systematic policy guidance, with emphasis on scientific research. As every year, the 2010 event will be held simultaneously in more than 200 European cities, while in Greece similar events will take place in Athens, Patras, Volos, Thessaloniki, and Heraklion.
In Crete, two parallel events will be held at Natural History Museum of Crete (Sofokli Venizelou Avenue -west of the port of Heraklion) and Cretaquarium/Thalassokosmos (former American Base at Gournes), Friday, September 24, 2010, at 17:00p.m. Entrance is free. 
The aim of the organizers is to highlight the role and work of researchers in the community and present, especially to young people, potential job and career opportunities for researchers.  
The visitors to parallel events will have the opportunity to be guided through the museum exhibition, and visit the premises of Cretaquarium/ Thalassocosmos and discussing with the researchers.
Furthermore, the program includes:  

Parallel events

Friday, September 24, 2010 at 17:00p.m.

“Natural History Museum of Crete”
Organizer: Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH)

Tour of the public/visitors at the exhibition

Brief speech / welcome from Museum, FORTH and Municipality of Heraklion representatives

Information for the EU initiative to organize events to promote research
Presentations of innovative technologies and applications for the environment

– Applications of nanotechnology in the house of the future
– Sun: The power source of the future
– Visit the kiosks of:
– Municipality of Heraklion
– Regional Energy Agency of Crete
– Project Biosolenuti, Department of Chemistry, University of Crete
– Natural History Museum of Crete
– Institute for Youth, Youth Entrepreneurship Support Structures, Heraklion
Free discussion with researchers


Organizer: Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR)


Activities in main buildings:
– Institute of Marine Biology and Genetics
– Institute of Marine Biological Resources
– Institute of Oceanography

Visit at the research facilities of the Institute of Aquaculture (Aqualabs)
Free discussion with researchers
Visits/Tour and activities at CretAquarium

Entities supported the event:

• Municipality of Heraklion
• Regional Energy Agency of Crete
• University of Crete, Department of Chemistry
• Natural History Museum of Crete
• Institute of Youth, Youth Entrepreneurship Support
Structures, Heraklion










Contact info:

For the event at the Museum

Foundation for Research  and Technology Hellas (FORTH)
Science and Technology Park of Crete (STEPC)

Mr. George Papamichail, tel: +30 2810 391904 & 2810 391900, email:

For the event at Cretaquarium

Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR)

Mrs Maria Skoula, tel: +30 2810 337766, email:

Thalassokosmos – CretAquarium
tel: +30 2810 337880

See the leaflet of the event

See the poster of the event

See the TV spot of the event

Hear the radio spot for the event