The Science and Cultural diplomacy of Greece: From the early 20 century to the present

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22-24 July, European Cultural Centre of Delphi

The conference delves into Greece’s scientific and cultural diplomacy across the 20th century to the present, emphasizing its impact on European and international organizations. Papers will illuminate how scientific, technological, and cultural advancements, both locally and globally, shape Greece’s diplomatic presence in the EU and international fora. Questions like Greece’s early involvement in CERN, its reception of post-WWII cultural and scientific exhibitions, and its participation in the International Atomic Energy Agency will be explored. Additionally, the role of the European Research Council (ERC) in EU and Greek scientific policy will be scrutinized.


The conference aims to understand the motivations behind these collaborations, their knowledge dissemination, and their consequences on Greece’s scientific, economic, political, and cultural landscapes. It stresses the importance of intercultural exchanges and interdisciplinary approaches, aiming to bridge gaps between various academic fields and policymakers. Ultimately, it seeks to provide a platform for interdisciplinary exploration of Greece’s scientific and cultural diplomacy within the EU and international organizations.


The conference is part of the ERC Consolidator Grant “Living with Radiation: the Role of the International Atomic Energy Agency in the History of Radiation Protection” and is co-organized by the following universities and institutions:


Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Section of Social Theory and Sociology, Department of Political Science and Public Administration of the University of Konstanz-Alexander-Nuremberg

Institute of International Relations (IDIS), Panteion University

European Cultural Centre of Delphi

Hellenic Open University

Hellenic Association of Historians


Organizing Committee (alphabetically):


Vlachakis, Georgios, Associate Professor, Hellenic Open University

Gofas, Andreas, Professor of Panteion University and Director of the European Cultural Centre of Delphi

Evangelopoulos, Georgios, Professor, Panteion University

Lialiouti, Zinovia (Jenny), Assistant Professor, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Rentetzi, Maria, Professor and Chair, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Skamantzouras, Georgios, PhD Candidate, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Freris Loukas, PhD Candidate, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg


The papers will be presented in Greek.