The Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH), established in 1983, is one of the largest research centers in Greece with well-organized facilities, highly qualified personnel and a reputation as a top-level research foundation worldwide. The research and technological directions of FORTH focus on areas of major scientific, social, and economic interest.
FORTH includes seven Research Institutes in different parts of the country.
The Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics (IACM) is one of the founding institutes of FORTH. IACM maintains the necessary state-of-the art computing and experimental facilities. A large part of the Institute’s research is funded by competitive national and EU grants. Through its research programs IACM has developed many collaborative projects and relations with other research groups in universities, research centers, organizations and private companies in Greece, Europe, the United States, and other countries.
Besides research on Mathematics the Institute hosts research activity in the field of education, the research concerns of the Educational Research and Evaluation Group (ERE) concentrate in the area of educational and social innovation with particular focus on the dimension of science, curricular frameworks, assessment of effectiveness (from an inclusion perspective), gender in research, ICT embedded in the learning process, governance of education and organizational change. The scope of activity is on research for modelling and the building of understanding of the emerging social, pedagogical / training and policy trends in Europe. The underlying concern is the identification of pedagogical methods and supportive tools / applications which can foster effectiveness in social cohesion and learning for responsible decision-making and improvement of education and lifelong learning services.
Over the years, the Group has developed conceptual tools to facilitate policy and tangible outputs to direct self-reflection for practitioners on matters pertinent to education and training. It is well networked with European research, policy and practice agencies.