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History, Philosophy and Didactics of Science and Technology (HPDST)

The Programme focuses on the history of science in the Greek word from the end of Antiquity to contemporary period, and philosophy and didactics of physics. It is a Programme of the Institute of Historical Research in collaboration with the Laboratory of Science Education, Epistemology and Educational Technology (ASEL) of the University of Athens, Greece.



HPDST originates from two initially complementary teams, the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology team and the team for the Didactics of Science, merged into one single team. The merge was brought through the acknowledgement that there is a strong need for science to be reestablished in society and engage its stakeholders. This goal is to be accomplished through state of the art research using an interdisciplinary approach. Since 2000, HPDST has developed into one of the most promising research teams in Southeastern Europe.



HPDST has completed 13 research projects with Greek and European partners, has created a prominent scientific exhibition, has organised the collections of a Science Museum, has organized 16 Symposia and Conferences, organizes a summer seminar, has created a website and a has established an important international network by signing bi-lateral cooperation agreements with 7 European institutes and one Chinese, participating to common research projects with 5 more institutes and coordinating the network for the history of science in Southeastern Europe.



The programme publishes

HPDST has published more than 35 books (in Greek, English, French and Chinese), has co-edited four special issues of international Journals and has published about 250 articles.



The current period (2013-2015) HPDST implements two funded research projects:

  • the project “Dacalbo” (Digital archive concerning alchemy in Byzantium and in Greek-speaking communities of the Ottoman Empire) which aims to study the history of Greek alchemy (manuscripts, sources, metadata, data base of receipts, relations alchemy-society, educational applications of the history of alchemy). The project is funded by the Programme Thales, NSRF 2007-2013.
  • the project “NARSES” Nature and Religion in South Eastern European Space which aims to the study of the relations between Greek orthodox Christianity and science form the end of the antiquity until our era. The project is funded by the Programme Aristeia, NSRF 2007-2013.

The HPDST team submitted in 2008 the project proposal Hephaestus (Hellenic Philosophy, History and Environmental Science Teaching Under Scrutiny) which was granted funding from FP7 for a three year period (2009-2012). Hephaestus aim wasto constitute HPDST a European team of excellence in the domain of the history of Greek science and didactics of physics by funding research visits of young members of the team to European centers of excellence, research visits of renown scholars for cooperation and seminars, the organization of research seminars and international conferences, the publishing of books and scientific journals, the organization of international exhibitions, educational events, a documentary film etc.



Nikolaidis Efthymios, Research Director, Supervisor
Research Collaborators
Danai Avgeri
Eleni Bakou
Ioannis Bitsakis
Maria Darmou
Eudoxie Delli
Konstantinos Exarchakos
Ioanna Katsiampoura
Konstantinos Tampakis
Vangelis Koutalis

See also the catalogue of the team


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