The Foundation for Research forthand Technology-Hellas (FORTH), established in 1983, is one of the largest research centers in Greece with we ll organized facilities, highly qualified personnel and a reputation as a top-level research foundation worldwide. FORTH reports to the General Secretariat for Research and Technology of the Hellenic Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs. The Foundation, with headquarters in Heraklion, operating the following institutes: Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL); Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB); Institute of Computer Science (ICS); Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics (IACM); Institute for Mediterranean Studies (IMS); The Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences (ICE-HT); Division of Biomedical Research of the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB).

The research and technological directions of FORTH focus on areas of major scientific, social, and economic interest, such as: Microelectronics, Lasers, Materials, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Biotechnology, Computer Sciences, Bioinformatics, Robotics, Telecommunications, Computational Mathematics, Chemical Engineering, Human and Social Sciences, Cultural Studies. ICS-FORTH is currently creating a state-of-the-art AmI Facility, which occupies a three-floor 3,000 square meters building and comprises six simulated AmI-augmented environments, including a fully accessible two-floor home simulator.