CERTH is a leading research center in Greece, conducting specialized basic and applied research and offering high quality services in several fields. It is a non-profit private status legal entity supervised by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) of the Ministry of Development and Investment. The Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT) is one of CERTH’s five (5) Institutes which conducts transport research in Greece and beyond. Its main mission is to provide state-of-the-art research and create innovation in the field of transport at a national, European and international level covering issues relating to the operation, planning and development of infrastructure; standardization; economic analysis; vehicle technology; impact assessment of land, maritime, air, and multimodal transport services; training and education activities in related fields; dissemination of research activities; and the representation of Greece in relevant scientific bodies. HIT has been involved in about 120 European research projects, in the majority of which is having a main role and is currently participating in 20 Horizon-2020 projects. HIT was the coordinator, technical and quality manager of many successful FP5, FP6, and FP7 and Horizon-2020 projects. It has been leading several WPs related to the transport impact on the environment, economy, and society in general. The Institute of Applied Biosciences (INAB) is at the forefront of research and applications in Life Sciences, placing Biomedicine and Agribiotechnology as the main research pillars and aiming at a holistic approach of Well-being within the context of One Health. In more detail, INAB is conducting multidisciplinary Biomedical Research with a particular focus on non-communicable diseases (NCDs), while it is also very active in eHealth and personalized medicine. Over the last 8 years, almost 200 scientific articles have been published in high cited peer reviewed journals. Currently, the Institute is involved in 9 EU and 35 National projects. Importantly, INAB has been designated as one of four nodes within the Hellenic Network for Precision Medicine (PM), a recent initiative launched by the Greek state with a strong initial focus on cancer and the aim of tailoring medical treatment to the individual characteristics of each cancer patient through merging genomic, biological, behavioural, environmental.

HIT has been doing research on ambient air quality since 2007, when it realised the Mobile Lab. The activities focused on air quality in the urban environment and the contribution of traffic in the degradation of the atmospheric air. HIT run campaigns lasting from a few days to more than a month long at several locations in the city of Thessaloniki, but also to other locations such as ports or tourist areas that are main points of interests. Very recently, the Greek government has funded a HIT project which deals with the indoor and outdoor air quality monitoring in the very touristic island of Rhodes. The project will also study the effect of electromobility in seasonally dense-populated small size areas.

On the other hand, INAB is involved in the development and use of biotechnological applications taking full advantage of the current advances in the field. To this end, INAB exploits advances in molecular biology, genome sequencing and mapping, computational biology, protein engineering, protein localization and trafficking and functional cell-based assays. Both Institutes work closely with the Environmental Pollution Control Laboratory of the Department of Chemistry in Thessaloniki. They frequently employ high expertise staff as well as using their equipment for conducting specific tasks related to analytical chemistry.


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