University of Athens NKUA / IASA

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The Institute for Accelerating Systems and Applications (IASA) was founded in 1994 in order to promote research and postgraduate studies in the Greek University system. It is affiliated with six university departments: Medicine, Physics and Informatics of the University of Athens and Electrical & Computer Engineering, Chemical Engineering and General Science of the National Technical University of Athens.


The University of Athens and the National Technical University of Athens which equally partake in IASA are the oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher learning in Greece. IASA is charged with pursuing research and promoting graduate studies in areas where accelerators, and accelerator related technologies play a major role. Its cross disciplinary character and its superb infrastrucutre in enabling technologies have proven to provide particularly attractive and fertile ground a number of technology driven scientific fronts.
IASA is an autonomous legal entity governed by a Board of Directors elected by the governing bodies of the two Universities and it is managed by a directorate appointed by the Senates of the two Universities.
Its developmental program and its operating funds are directly provided by the Ministry of Education which exercises direct financial oversight over the Institute. IASA is the largest research institute operating under the auspices of the ministry of Education (Greece). Its research program is supported through competitive research grants primarily from the Ministry of Development and the European Union. IASA is currently engaged in Research projects in the following areas:

  • Accelerator Science & Engineering
  • Nuclear, hadronic and particle physics
  • Nuclear medicine and imaging
  • High Energy Astrophysical Plasmas
  • Automated Control
  • Scientific Computing
  • Atmospheric Research
  • Microwave Engineering
  • Energy production and conservation
  • Telecommunications
  • Archaeometry and preservation of cultural heritage artifacts

The Institute is affiliated, through a number of agreements, with a number of International Research Centers and Universities such as the University of Illinois and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US, DESY, CERN, Clermont-Ferrar (France), Lomonosov University, the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (Russia), YERPHI and CANDLE (Armenia) and the University of Sao Paolo (Brazil).

The Group of Building Environmental Research, (GRBES), operates under the frame of the Section of Applied Physics, Department of Physics of the University of Athens. It carries out specific research and development programs on the field of environmental quality of the built environment. In parallel, offers education and training to under and post graduate students, and prepares educational material and books on the field of energy and environment.
The Laboratory of Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality of the Group of Building Environmental Studies, involves all the necessary equipment to carry out specific ventilation and indoor air quality measurements. It combines multiple and single tracer gas equipment with an air chromatographer, and an advanced indoor pollutants measurement equipment. In parallel the lab includes air flow visualization equipment, as well as equipment to measure the air speed and flow in indoor and outdoor environments. The lab has very high experience in natural ventilation experiments. In addition, the Group is equipped with a blower door facility to perform research and development work related to air infiltration and transfer of pollutants between the ambient and indoor environment. Indoor air quality research is carried out using a very modern GCMS facility for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of indoor pollutants.
The facility permits to perform complex experiments while in collaboration with the tracer gas equipment offers full research capabilities. Detailed Indoor Air Quality Studies have been carried out in hundreds of buildings like offices, schools, commercial and residential buildings. All studies involved measurement of pollutants, ventilation measurements, and study of specific solutions to improve the indoor air quality. In parallel, it has participated in many European and National projects on Indoor Air Quality issues and has published many research papers.
The group is the officially recognised laboratory by the Greek State to certify indoor air quality measurements and solutions.