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Issue 27
August 2013


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Nanosciences at the Onassis Seminar Lecture Series

The 2013 seminar lectures organized by the Onassis Foundation from 15 to 19 July at the Foundation for Research and Technology (FORTH) in Heraklio, Crete, touched upon the topics of nanosciences and nanotechnology. Konstanin Novoselov, Professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester, UK, and winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics was the keynote speaker at the lecture.

The Onassis Foundation Science Lecture Series has being held for the 13th consecutive year and was dedicated to Physics and Chemistry, attracting a host of distinguished speakers.

The keynote speaker, Professor Novoselov, won the Nobel Prize in 2010 at the age of only 36 years old, for the discovery of graphene, a material with unique properties, making him the youngest Nobel prize winner in Physics for the past 40 years.

Other equally distinguished speakers were:

  • Phaedon Avouris from the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, New York, USA
  • Andrea C. Ferrari from the University of Cambridge, UK
  • Stephan Roche from the Catalan Institute of Nanotechnology (ICREA), Barcelona, Spain
  • Christian Thomsen from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany
  • Paul S. Weiss, Director at the California NanoSystems Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
  • Hua Zhang from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

The lectures specifically focused on graphene and its numerous applications. Graphene is the material of the future as it possesses unparalleled electronic, mechanical and visual properties, amongst others. Indicative of its importance is the fact that more than 6,500 patents have been filed for its potential applications. In addition, the European Union recently declared graphene as the "technology of the future", acknowledging its significance, and allocated €1 billion for its further research in the next decade.

The Onassis Foundation seminar lectures, which have been organized annually since 2001 in Heraklio, Crete, cover subjects at the forefront of current research and have been established as the most advanced such institution worldwide. President of the organizing committee is Giannis Papamastorakis, Professor Emeritus at the Institute for Research and Technology.

Each lecture series lasts one week and addresses students, PhD candidates, post-graduate and graduate students of high academic performance from Greece and the rest of the world. Admitted students (up to 35 Greek and 15 foreign students) are provided with the unique opportunity to meet, communicate and familiarize themselves with some of the most prominent scientific personalities in the world. This allows them to plan their scientific career in the best possible way. The Onassis Foundation covers travel and accommodation expenses in Heraklio, Crete, for all speakers and admitted students.

The lectures were also broadcast live online at

Further information at the Onassis Foundation Science Lecture Series Homepage.

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