The Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CE.R.T.H.), founded in March 2000, is the largest research centre, comprised of six institutes, in Northern Greece.

CERTH is a non-profit organization that directly reports to the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT), of the Greek Ministry Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs. CERTH has received numerous distinctions for its research activities such as “Centre of Excellence” (2005) by the Greek Ministry of Development and EU evaluators, the “Descartes Prize for Collaborative Scientific Research” (2006) and has been listed by Euro Research Ranking (2010) in the top 80 European research organisation in terms of funding and networking performance.

Apart from its research excellence, CERTH has a proven record of its commitment in human resources issues. Since late 2003, CERTH is the coordinator of the Greek EURAXESS Services Network supporting thousands of mobile researchers throughout the years. CERTH has also played significant role in the transposition of the EU law on scientific visas into national law as well as in the growth of the EURAXESS Jobs in Greece. Furthermore, CERTH is nominated as National Contact Point in the FP7 Specific Programme ''People''. Additionally, CERTH was among the first Greek organisations that have endorsed the “Charter & Code” principles and with the assistance of the “1st Institutional Human Resources Strategy Group” organised by the EC has prepared a “Human Resources Strategy for Researchers incorporating the Charter & Code" and is close in being awarded by the EC with the “HR Excellence in Research” logo.

In this project, CERTH is represented by the Horizontal Projects Implementation Unit (HPIU) which is in charge of coordinating the Greek EURAXESS Services Network and has been leading the aforementioned Human Resources actions. HPIU has participated or coordinated in the last three years in more than ten projects (HR related) among CERTH’s 300 active research projects. Therefore, its previous experience with the assistance of CERTH’s administrative departments (Legal, Financial and Project implementation departments) guarantee the successful implementation of the project.

Key personnel:

Dimitrios Sanopoulos, (Chem. Engineer), is head of the HPIU dept. He is National coordinator of the Greek Mobility Centres Network and member of the Working Group Network Management of the EURAXESS Services Network. He is responsible for the NCP “People” in FP7 for Northern Greece. Finally he is coordinator of many EC or national projects related to mobility of researchers’ policy issues, awareness and promotional activities.

Elizabeth Kokozila holds a Degree on Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies (University of Macedonia, Greece) and a Masters Degree on the Practice and Theory of Human Rights (University of Essex, UK). Currently, she is working on the PEOPLE Programme, on proposals preparation and projects implementation.

Achilleas Tsiligeridis holds a Bachelor degree on Computer Science and two Master degrees in Information Systems and in Software Engineering and Telecommunication from University of Sheffield. After finishing his Bachelor degree, he started working in CERTH and he is engaged in project management activities.