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The Institute of Historical Research | National Hellenic Research Foundation

The Institute of Historical Research is one of the three institutes that constitute the National Hellenic Research Foundation in Athens, Greece. It was formed in 2012 from the development of the three former humanities institutes of the National Hellenic Research Foundation (KERA, IBR and INR), the oldest Greek research institutions on historical and philological sciences. Its research activities focus on the creation and dissemination of new knowledge, as well as the training of younger researchers, thus contributing decisively to national self-awareness and international scientific cooperation in the scientific fields it serves. 


Project Director

Efthymios NICOLAIDIS  Research Director, Institute of Historical Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation 


Scientific Committee

John Hedley BROOKE Fmr Idreos Professor of Science & Religion, University of Oxford

Peter HARRISON Director, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Queensland

Rev. Christopher KNIGHT Executive Secretary, International Society for Science & Religion

Rev. Kyrill KOPEIKIN Senior Lecturer of Theology, St. Petersburg Orthodox Theological Academy

Alexandre KOSTOV Director of Research, Institute for Balkan Studies, Sofia

Vasilios MAKRIDES Prof. of Religious Studies (Orthodox Christianity), Faculty of Philosophy, University of Erfurt

Alexei NESTERUK Senior Research Lecturer, University of Portsmouth

Ronald NUMBERS Professor Emer., University of Wisconsin

Aleksandar PETROVIĆ Professor, University of Belgrade

Alexey POSTNIKOV Director of Research, Institute for the History of Science, Russian Academy of Science

Yakov RABKIN Professor, University of Montreal

William SHEA Galileo Professor of History of Science, University of Padua

Magdalena STAVINSCHI Fmr Director, Astronomical Institute, Romanian Academy

Gayle WOLOSCHAK Professor, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago


Public Understanding Advisors

Konstantinos SKORDOULIS Professor of Epistemology of Science, Dept of Education, University of Athens

George VLAHAKIS Associate Professor, Hellenic Open University



Miriam ASLITURK Researcher for Ukrainian & Russian language sources

Eudoxie DELLI Researcher for French & English language sources

Gianna KATSIAMPOURA Researcher for Greek language and diaspora (USA/Australia) sources

Vangelis KOUTALIS Researcher for Greek & German language sources

Ivaylo NACHEV Researcher for Bulgarian language sources

Tamara PATARIDZE Researcher for Georgian language sources

Dmitry SAPRYKIN Researcher for Russian language sources

Alexandra STAVINSCHI Researcher for Romanian language sources

Aleksandra STEVANOVIĆ Researcher for Serbian language sources

Kostas TAMPAKIS Researcher for English & German language sources



Ersi BAKOU Administration Officer

Evangelia CHORDAKI Events assistant


Nikos LIVANOS Events & Communications Manager


Communications Consultant



Translators & language editors

Victoria BOLSHAKOVA Russian language translator & editor

Maria DARMOU Interview & database editor

Krini KAFIRIS English language translator & editor

Emmanuel MEIMARIS English language database editor


Graphics Design




Conference Keynote Speakers

1st Conference:

H.Em. Nikolaos HATZINIKOLAOU Metropolitan of Mesogaia and Lavreotiki, Greece

2nd Conference:

Stylianos ANTONARAKIS Professor and Chairman, Department of Genetic Medicine and Development, University of Geneva Medical School, and University Hospitals of Geneva, Switzerland

3rd Conference:

Richard SWINBURNE Professor Emer. of Philosophy, University of Oxford, United Kingdom


Participants & Convenors

Athanasios ALEXANDRIDIS MD, PhD, Child Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst, Greece

Rev. Georgios ANAGNOSTOPOULOS Dept of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece

Nikolaos ASPROULIS Volos Academy for Theological Studies, Greece

Marios BEGZOS Fmr Dean of the School of Theology, University of Athens, Greece

Rev. Jean BOBOC Dean, Centre Orthodoxe d’Études et de Recherche Dumitru Staniloae, Paris, France

Alexei BODROV Founder & Rector, St Andrew’s Biblical Theological Institute, Moscow, Russia

Maria BOURI Pediatrician, M.A. Medical Humanities, Dip Palliative Medicine | National Primary Health Network, Greece

David BRADSHAW Professor of Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Kentucky, USA

Andrew BRIGGS Professor of Nanomaterials, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Rev. Ioan CHIRILĂ President of the Senate, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Mihai-Dan CHIȚOIU Professor, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iaşi, Romania

Kriton CHRYSSOCHOIDIS Research Director Emer., Institute of Historical Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Greece

Radu CONSTANTINESCU  Professor, Faculty of Physics, University of Craiova, Romania

Rev. Doru COSTACHE Senior Lecturer in Patristic Studies, Sydney College of Divinity, Australia

Sergey DEMIDOV Professor, Dept of Mechanics and Mathematics, Moscow State University, Russia

Kirill DIAKONOV Russian Academy of Sciences and M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia

Nina DIMITROVA Institute of Research of the Societies and Knowledge, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria

Rev. Denis EDWARDS Professor of Theology, Australian Catholic University, Australia

Konstantinos EMMANOUILIDIS MD, PhD, Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst, Greece

Rev. Francois EUVÉ Theologian, Centre Sèvres-Facultés Jésuites de Paris, France

John H. EVANS  Professor of Sociology, University of California, San Diego, USA

Bruce FOLTZ Professor Emer. of Philosophy, Eckerd College, USA

Nikolay GAVRYUSHIN Professor, Moscow Theological Academy, Russia

Evangelos GOGOLIDES Research Professor, Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, "Democritos" Center for Scientific Research, Greece

H.Em. Makarios GRINIEZAKIS Archbishop of Australia (fmr Bishop of Christopolis) 

Dcn Paraskevas (Perry) HAMALIS Metropolis of Korea | North Central College, Naperville USA

Steven-John M. HARRIS PhD, Center for Depth Psychology, Inc., USA

Peter HEERING Institute of Mathematic, Scientific and Technical Literacy, Europa-Universität, Flensburg, Germany

Sergey HORUZHIY Major Research Fellow, Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia

Christopher HOWELL Duke University, Durham, NC, USA

Ekmeleddin İHSANOĞLU Honorary President of the Turkish Society for the History of Science, Turkey

Rev. Răzvan Andrei IONESCU Centre Orthodoxe d’Étude et de Recherche «Dumitru Stăniloae», Paris, France

Petar JEVREMOVIC Professor, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Pantelis KALAITZIDIS Director, Volos Academy for Theological Studies, Greece

Rev. Panagiotis KAPODISTRIAS Master of Theology, Holy Metropolis of Zakynthos and Strophades, Greece

Tatiana KHARITONOVA M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia

Rev. Dmitry KIRYANOV Assoc. Professor, Tobolsk Orthodox Theological Seminary, Russia

Rev. Stavros KOFINAS Psychotherapist | Coordinator of the Network of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for Pastoral Health Care, Greece

Vasilios KONSTANTOUDIS Senior Researcher, Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, "Democritos" National Scientific Research Center, Athens, Greece

Konstantinos KRIMBAS Member of the Academy of Athens, Professor Emer. of the University of Athens, Greece

Rev. Sergey KRIVOVICHEV Professor, St. Petersburg State University | Chairman, Kola Science Center, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia

Dimitrios KYRIAZIS Psychiatrist, Child Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst HSPP/IFPS, Greece

Adrian LEMENI Faculty of Theology, University of Bucharest, Romania

Tatiana LITVIN Assoc. Professor, Russian Christian Academy of the Humanities, Russia

Rev. Nikolaos LOUDOVIKOS Higher Ecclesiastical Academy of Thessaloniki, Greece

Hilary MARLOW Course Director, Faraday Institute for Science and Religion | Aff. Lecturer, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Emmanouil MATHIOULAKIS Research Director, "Democritos" Center for Scientific Research, Greece

Rev. Antoine MELKI Assoc. Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Balamand, Lebanon

Georgios MESKOS Dr of Theology, Greece

Meropi MORFOULI SYRTE, Observatoire de Paris, France

Rev. Stephen MUSE Director of Counselor Training and Clergy-in-Kairos Program of the Pastoral Institute, Colombus, GA, USA

Argyrios NICOLAIDIS Professor, Dept of Theoretical Physics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Basarab NICOLESCU President, Centre International de Recherches et Études Transdisciplinaires, Paris, France

Petros PANAGIOTOPOULOS Asst Professor of Theology, Department of Theology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Aristotle PAPANIKOLAOU Archbishop Demetrios Professor in Orthodox Theology and Culture, Co-founding Director, Orthodox Christian Studies Center, Fordham University, USA

Athanasios PAPATHANASIOU Theologian, Director of Journal “Synaxi”, Greece

Alexey PARSHIN Member of Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia

Suzana POLIC Director, Central Institute for Conservation, Belgrade | Senior Scientific Assoc., University of Belgrade, Serbia

Nicolas PRANTZOS Director of Research, Institut d' Astrophysique de Paris, CNRS, France

Maria PROTOPAPA-MARNELI Director, Research Center for Greek Philosophy, Academy of Athens, Greece

Sandy SAKORRAFOU Historian of Science, Hellenic Open University, Greece

Jean STAUNE General Secretary, Université Interdisciplinaire de Paris and Lecturer, École des Hautes Études Commerciales, France

Gheorghe STRATAN Chief Researcher, Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna | Professor, Horia Hulubei National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering, Bucharest, Romania

Stoyan TANEV Assoc. Professor, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

Rev. Vasilios THERMOS Professor, High Ecclesiastical Academy of Athens | Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Greece

Petros VASILIADIS Professor Emer., Director of the "Orthodox Ecumenical Theology" inter-Orthodox post-graduate program of the International Hellenic University, Greece

Charalampos VENTIS Dept of Pastoral Theology, University of Athens, Greece

Stelios VIRVIDAKIS Professor, Dept of History & Philosophy of Science, University of Athens, Greece

Stavros YANGAZOGLOU Chief Advisor, Hellenic Ministry of Education, Research and Religion, Greece

Donald YERXA Professor Emer., Eastern Nazarene College | Editor, Fides et Historia, USA

Konstantinos ZORBAS Director General, Orthodox Academy of Crete, Greece




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