Who we are


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. The Director of IHR/NHRF is Prof. Taxiarchis Kolias.


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


Nikos LIVANOS Events & Communications Manager


Participants & Convenors

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

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

Nikolaos ASPROULIS Volos Academy for Theological Studies

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

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

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

Andrew BRIGGS Professor of Nanomaterials, University of Oxford

H.Em. Nikolaos HATZINIKOLAOU Metropolitan of Mesogaia and Lavreotiki

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

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

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

Radu CONSTANTINESCU  Professor, Faculty of Physics, University of Craiova

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

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

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

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

Rev. Denis EDWARDS Professor of Theology, Australian Catholic University

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

Nikolay GAVRYUSHIN Professor, Moscow Theological Academy

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

H.Gr. Makarios GRINIEZAKIS Bishop of Christopolis

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

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

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

Christopher HOWELL Duke University, Durham, NC

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

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

Petar JEVREMOVIC Professor, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade

Pantelis KALAITZIDIS Director, Volos Academy for Theological Studies

Tatiana KHARITONOVA M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University

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

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

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

Dimitrios KYRIAZIS Psychiatrist, Child Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst HSPP/IFPS

Adrian LEMENI Faculty of Theology, University of Bucharest

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

Rev. Nikolaos LOUDOVIKOS Higher Ecclesiastical Academy of Thessaloniki

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

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

Georgios MESKOS Dr of Theology

Meropi MORFOULI SYRTE, Observatoire de Paris

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

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

Petros PANAGIOTOPOULOS Theologian - Physicist, Content Director of Journal Pemptousia

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

Athanasios PAPATHANASIOU Theologian, Director of Journal “Synaxi”

Alexey PARSHIN Member of Russian Academy of Sciences

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

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

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

Stoyan TANEV Assoc. Professor, Carleton University, Ottawa

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

Charalampos VENTIS Dept of Pastoral Theology, University of Athens

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

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

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

Konstantinos ZORBAS Director General, Orthodox Academy of Crete



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