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National Centre of Scientific Research “Democritus”

The complex of "Democritus" research centre in Agia Paraskevi area.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

    1950 At the end of this decade, it was founded as the “Demokritos” Nuclear Research Centre.

    1992 The "Lefkippos" Technological Science Park of Attica operates, which hosts companies.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1821)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

What I can see

The complex of this research centre consists of 24 facilities. These include a nuclear reactor area, a Tandem ionic accelerator, ELLOGON, a tissue graft and dry graft processing unit, a cobalt mobile radio unit, animal breeders, a convention centre accommodating 600 persons, and 15 other laboratories (eg nanotechnology, spectroscopy, multimedia, archeometry and isotopic hydrobiology, etc.). The electronic lab buildings and the accelerator stand out. The first one has the shape of an inverted Π and has a ground floor and only one other floor, so it is easy to transfer the equipment whenever necessary. It also has two small atriums and an interior space that is adaptible to changes. The accelerator building includes the accelerator area, experiment rooms, workshops, offices, machine lab, engineering facilities and SFX gas storage room.

What I can't see

The name of the research centre comes from the ancient philosopher Dimokritos (460- 370 BC), who inspired the atomic theory by saying that the universe consists of two elements: atoms, which he defined as basic particles of matter that were indivisible, and the void, in which atoms exist and move. The centre began by aiming to promote nuclear research and technology for peaceful purposes, and brought back to Greece many important Greek scientists from abroad. Today, it is a world-renowned centre, covering a very wide range of sciences. It offers postgraduate studies of a high standard, and its goals are to develop technology and sciences, train young scientists, and collaborate with other research centres in Greece and abroad.




Doumanis V. O. (ed.), (1974), «Κτίριο επιταχυντή στον Δημόκριτο», [Electronic Laboratoriew at the Nuclear Research Centre “Dimokritos”, Athens], in Architecture in Greece, v.9, p.p.176-179, NTUA


National Centre for Scientific Research “Dimokritos”, (2017), Ιστορικό, [Background and Current Situation], in

Last visit: 15/11/2017


Passisis I. (ed.), (1973), «Κτίριο Ηλεκτρονικών Εργαστηρίων στον Δημόκριτο», [Tandem van der Graaf Accelerator at the Democritos Nuclear Research Centre, Athens], in Architecture in Greece, v.8, p.p., 176-179, NTUA