Enhancing the Research Potential of the NCSR “Demokritos” Environmental Research Laboratory in the European, National and Regional Research Areas


Acronym: PERL
Title: Enhancing the Research Potential of the NCSR “Demokritos” Environmental Research Laboratory in the European, National and Regional Research Areas
Status: Active
Funding Organization: European Union

FP7 Project Number: 229773



Coordinator (Dr. A. Stubos)
Leader in charge: A. Stubos
Start Date: 1/1/2009
Duration: 36 months


Summary The basic objective and scope of this Supporting Action is to improve the research potential of the Environmental Research Laboratory (EREL) of the National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos” (NCSRD) in the fields ofatmospheric environment and sustainable development (clean energy production). The Laboratory has achieved over the last years significant progress and growth but needs further support to undertake the required leap forward (in terms of infrastructure and critical mass) and evolve to a major R&D center in the above areas for the region, the country and South Eastern Europe. More specifically, for the purposes of the present project EREL intends to focus on air quality and hydrogen technologies as two research areas of great importance for an integrated environmental protection and sustainable development in regional and global terms. Indeed, EREL is a leading R&D entity on hydrogen safety and hydrogen storage in solid materials in the region (Attica), in the whole country (Greece) and in the broad area of South Eastern Europe. At the same time, the Laboratory is one of the main R&D players in the region and the country in the field of air pollution.

The present project consists of a set of coherent activities directly aiming at strengthening the research capacity of the Laboratory for successful participation in research activities at European, National and Regional level. The proposed action will be built on three solid pillars:

  • Strategic partnership and collaboration between EREL, renowned research entities and the industry, in key thematic priorities of the ERA and National Research Activities.
  • Outreaching of the EREL scientific achievements and research capacities as a means of increasing visibility of the work and expanding R&D collaboration.
  • Research infrastructures, which includes the recruitment of expert scientific personnel, modernization of existing unique facilities and acquisition of new equipment.