Institute for Mediterranean Studies

Research Projects


Coastal Zone Environment and Geo-Sciences

COASTLINE-Project: 101130576
Coastal Zone Environment and Geo-Sciences
MSCA Staff Exchanges 2022 (HORIZON-MSCA-2022-SE-01)
Duration: 01/01/2024-31/12/2027


Towards Democratic Landscape observation through Geoinformatics and Public Participation

Coordination: IMS/FORTH, Dr. Dimitrios Alexakis
Duration: 01/12/2023 - 30/11/2027
Total budget: 915.000 Euro

Onassis Business History

Onassis Business History

The purpose of the research project is to create a private Onassis Business Archive as well as publish a volume on Onassis Business History, based on the Onassis Archive material.


History of the Black Sea, 18th-20th centuries

The aim of the project was the identification, analysis and synthesis of the economic and social develοpment of 20 port-cities of the Black Sea that formed an integrated market that became the larger grain-exporting area in the world in the second half of the nineteenth century until the beginning of the twentieth century.


Screening Souls, Building Nations. Macedonia(s) as a Laboratory for Balkan-wide Authoritarianism


Principal Investigator: Dr. Tasos Kostopoulos
Funded by: European Research Council - Starting Grant 2022 (Grant Agreement 101077076)
Start date: 1 March 2023,   End date: 29 February 2028
Overall budget: € 1,467,800
Hosted by: Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas, Greece


Phylogenies probing Grammar. Exploring morphosyntax at different scales of language change


Principal Investigator: Elena Anagnstopoulou
Funding Body: European Research Council (Advanced Grant 2022, Grant Agreement 101096554)
Starting Date: 1 October 2023,   End Date: 30 September 2028
Total Budget: € 2,499,925
Host Institution: IMS-FORTΗ 


Migration Narratives in European Media: Teaching, Learning, and Reflecting

Project Coordinator
Prof. Dr. Markus Heide, Stiftung Universität Hildesheim

IMS Coordinator
Panayiota Mini, Institute for Mediterranean Studies & University of Crete


Enslaved persons in the making of societies and cultures in Western Eurasia and North Africa, 1000 BCE - 300 CE


Principal Investigator: Kostas Vlassopoulos
Funding Body: European Research Council (Advanced Grant 2022, Grant Agreement 101095823)
Starting Date: 1 July 2023,   End Date: 30 June 2028
Total Budget: € 2,495,575
Host Institution: IMS-FORTΗ


Preliminary investigation of marine freshwater discharges on Island of Crete (Greece) as a potential source of fresh water supply and energy.

Goal: Identify potential sources of the freshwater in coastal zone of Crete.
Objective: Measure and record conductivity (salinity) changes in selected monitoring locations over four years.



The aim of this project is to preserve, document and showcase, through a series of actions, the work of  Errikos Thalassinos (1927-2000), the prolific filmmaker, screenwriter, and writer from Herakleion, Crete. With the permission of Errikos Thalassinos’ family, the project’s team has completed the digitalization and documentation of the holdings of his personal archive (Responsible: Grigoris Voskakis).


Translating Submerged and Buried Cultural Heritage from Shallow Water to Digital environment with Geoinformatics

Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (H.F.R.I) under the framework of the 2nd Call for H.F.R.I. Research Projects to support Faculty Members and Researchers

Coordinator & Principal Investigator

Athens Alexandria

Between Athens & Alexandria

Principal Investigator: Irini-Fotini Viltanioti
Start date: 1 January 2022, End date: 31 December 2024
Hosted by: Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas, Greece


At the Crossroads of History, Industry, and Technology: Olive Oil Production in the Eastern Mediterranean in the Late Nineteenth Century

The last twenty years have witnessed an increase in the production of olive oil The last twenty years have witnessed an increase in the production of olive oil in the Mediterranean as a consequence of the campaigns of the International Olive Oil Council. The proposed research aims at bringing forth an original contribution to this dynamic field by adopting a comparative perspective that concentrates on the history of olive oil production in several most important olive and olive oil producing regions of the Eastern Mediterranean. 

Shipping and trade in Venetian Crete

Shipping and trade in Venetian Crete; The case study of Curcumeli’s company (16th century)

Funded by: Hellenic Institute of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Studies/ Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs
Host Institution: IMS/FORTH


Leaders and Crisis Management in Ancient Greek Literature

Principal Investigator: Melina Tamiolaki, Dept. of Philology UoC
Host Institution: IMS/FORTH
Collaborating Institution: University of Crete

Greek Cinema-Film Adaptation. Theory and Practice

Greek Cinema-Film Adaptation. Theory and Practice

Under the auspices and funding of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture & Sports

Organization: Institute for Mediterranean Studies, FORTH.

Collaborating Organizations
Union of Philologists of Heraklion Prefecture
Camera On: Cultural School Network of Secondary Education of Heraklion
With the support of the Social Space of the A. & M. Kalokairinos Foundation