Greece National Experiences

Published: 08/03/2011 | Modified: 08/04/2014, 2:22 pm

Contact details of the institution hosting the BHO


Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH)

6th Km. Charilaou – Thermis Rd
Phone: +30 2310 498155
URL website:
URL national EURAXESS portal:

Bridgehead Organisation

The BHO is hosted by the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), which is a public research organisation supervised by the General Secretariat of Research & Technology of the Ministry of Education.

EURAXESS Services Centres

There are nine ESCs hosted by Democritus University of Thrace (DUTh), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh), International Hellenic University (IHU), University of Thessaly (UTh), National Hellenic Foundation for Research (NHRF), University of Patras (UoP), Industrial Property Organisation (OBI) and University of Crete (UoC).

Local Contact Point

There is one LoCP hosted by University of the Aegean (UoA). The EURAXESS UoA covers all the islands of the Aegean Archipelago and Cyclades Islands.
Structure of the national network

In Greece, 11 research organisations are part of the Greek EURAXESS Network. Each ESC is responsible for a certain geographical area, with the exception of the Industrial Property Organisation (OBI), which offers its services nationwide. The LoCP (University of the Aegean) is responsible only for mobile researchers within own institution. The LoCP gives feedback both to the ESC which is responsible for the area (University of Thessaly) and to the BHO.

  • Full-time equivalent staff:
  • Number of persons:
  • BHO: 1.5
  • BHO:6
  • ESC: 0.5
  • ESC:1
  • LoCP: 0.25
  • LoCP:1

Declaration of Commitment (DoC)

All institutions in the network have signed the DoC.

National funding of the EURAXESS Services Network

In the past, EURAXESS was funded by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) through the 3rd Community Support Framework. This is no longer the case.

Target groups of the Bridgehead Organisation

  • authorities
  • researchers
  • administrative staff

Target groups of the EURAXESS Services Centres

  • researchers
  • research institutions in their geographical area

Target groups of the Local Contact Points

  • researchers at the local institution

Relationship and communication between the BHO, the Steering Group for Human Resources and Mobility for Researchers (SG HRM), the National Contact Points (NCPs) and the Programme Committee

There is a very good collaboration with the SG HRM since one of the members of the delegation to the SG HRM is Mr. Sanopoulos, coordinator of the Greek EURAXESS network. Therefore, the EURAXESS network is informed regularly and accurately regarding the SG HRM meetings while its interests are promoted to the SG HRM through the same channel. Additionally, the Greek NCP-People network is formed by organisations that are members of the Greek EURAXESS network. So again, communication is flawless.

Until recently, communication with the Greek representatives in the Programme Committee was regular and the representatives took the network’s suggestions into consideration. However, since the national elections in October 2009, the seat remains empty. Candidates have submitted their applications and the new representative is soon to be announced.

1. Three simple ways to increase job postings

Published: 09/05/2011 | Modified: 06/05/2014, 12:35 pm


By the end of 2009, CERTH, the Greek BHO, noticed that the Greek job vacancies published in the EURAXESS Jobs portal were limited. Each month, approximately 4-5 new job vacancies were being published. In order to improve this situation, the BHO took the following measures:

1. Communication with inactive subscribers of the EURAXESS Jobs portal
CERTH got in touch with organisations that had posted at least one job vacancy in the portal, reminding them of the benefits of making jobs publicly available via EURAXESS—both the publicity that the organisation gains and the increase in accepted CV’s since the vacancy reaches a much larger audience. Part of these organizations became more active and began publishing new job vacancies on the EURAXESS Jobs portal.

2. Communication with the ESCs and the LoCP
The BHO reminded the other members of the network of their responsibility to promote the EURAXESS Jobs portal and the network’s goal of increasing the number of job vacancies. In order to accomplish this goal, the ESCs and LoCP had to focus primarily on publishing as many jobs vacancies as possible from their own institutions.

The ESCs and LoCP reacted promptly and managed to create the appropriate links with internal departments and institutions, which in return responded positively and published a large number of job vacancies.

3. Communication with research institutes outside the EURAXESS network
CERTH decided to use a bottom-up approach in its communication with research organizations that didn’t belong to any of the categories mentioned above. After finding the appropriate administrative personnel, it communicated directly with the institutions. CERTH explained the role of the EURAXESS network, the availability of the EURAXESS Jobs portal and the benefits of using it to post job vacancies.


2. Harmonizing the Greek legislation with the European directive

Published: 09/05/2011 | Modified: 06/05/2014, 1:46 pm

The NHRF is located in Athens, where the Greek ministries are based. Due to its proximity to the ministries and the excellent network it maintains with them, the NHRF took on the responsibility of keeping a close watch on the transposition of the European Directive regarding the Scientific Visa into the Greek legal system.

Firstly, the NHRF got in touch with its supervising authority, the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT). The GSRT granted the NHRF permission to represent GSRT in meetings with the other ministries involved.

Since then, the NHRF participated in the interministerial meetings regarding the new migration law. In the course of these meetings, the NHRF managed to integrate the European directive into the new migration law (Article 43, L. 3386/2005) and achieve a smooth and normal transposition with the Presidential Decree 128/2008, which administrates the procedure for admission of third-country nationals for scientific reasons.

1. Links revisited

Published: 10/05/2011 | Modified: 06/05/2014, 12:45 pm


In our effort to keep our National Information data updated and the associated web links alive, we have come up with a rather tedious but quality-driven process.

Besides using an automated link checker—the most common route—we found that upon examining one category at a time manually, the outcome was more satisfactory and resulted in an improved collection of data.

First, at intervals that were determined by the portal administrator (PA)—once or twice a month, depending on the volume of the content—a colleague checks all the links manually per category, and highlights on a printout what works, what is obsolete and what is temporarily unavailable.

Then the PA takes all the highlighted notes and tries to solve each problematic link individually, by either correcting the link address line due to a change on the server, finding a completely new address after a migration, or replacing an obsolete link with an entirely new one.

Along these lines, during our daily activities—which for the most part take place in a research environment—if something interesting comes up while we are not actually working on our national portals duties, and we consider it appropriate for including it in our content, we mark it and keep it in our Mobility Portal Notebook with the date it was found. Later on, when the time comes to perform our manual link check, we also take into account the notebook and enrich our content with the new entries, which can belong to any category; we place it in our national portal accordingly. We thus not only correct our links, but also improve and enhance our content with more recent, newly added material.

Although the procedure may seem tedious, it is worth its while: when you put your heart into every little task you do, the results are truly rewarding.


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