The Corfu Meetings started in September 1982 as a series of post-graduate Summer Schools on Elementary Particle Physics called the Hellenic Schools on Elementary Particle Physics (HSEPP). The duration of the HSEPP was 3 weeks and the meetings were taking place every 3 years, in September, in public buildings of the Corfu town (Old Palace, Ionian Parliament, Public Library, Ionian University, Old Castle, etc.). The scope of the School was to provide an international audience of graduate and postdoctoral students with a rather complete and in depth background on the subject of Elementary Particle Physics, both theoretical and experimental.
In May 2006 the Research Organization "European Institute of Sciences Applications" (EISA) was founded by the National Technical University and the Municipality of Corfu as a non-profit Civil Society character, with headquarters the city of Corfu. It has already involved NCSR "Demokritos", the Prefecture of Corfu and some of the most prestigious research centres and universities in Europe such as CERN, DESY, MPI Munich, École Normale Supérieure, etc and initiated the procedures for the participation of a number of other European Institutions.
The EISA runs as an extension of the activities of a very successful programme entitled “Corfu Summer Institute on Elementary Particle Physics”. This Institute is the sum of various scientific activities such as Experimental collaboration meetings, European network meetings, Summer School, major Conferences and Workshops on various fields. During all these years, the EISA has managed to attract the leading scientists of many scientific fields and educate hundreds of talented young scientists who are now playing a leading role in science in Europe.
The EISA is functioning based on its constitution:
- ◼ Constitution (Foundation, 2006)
- ◼ First Amendment (2011)
- ◼ Καταστατικό (2006)
- ◼ 1η Τροποίηση Καταστατικού (2011)
Members of the EISA are scientific institutions, research centers and institutes, universities of the member states of the EU, Greek local and regional authorities and internationally recognized scientists who have substantially contributed or are willing to contribute to furthering the aims of the EISA. Current members can be found on the members page.
The administrative bodies of the EISA are the General Assembly (GA) and the Steering Committee (SC). The important administrative decisions are taken by the GA, which is regularly convened by the SC. The SC is elected by the GA and is responsible for the day to day administration of the EISA and its representation and is accountable to the GA. The SC elects a three-member Executive Secretariat (ES) consisting of the president, the secretary, and the cashier. The scientific activities of the EISA are overseen by the International Scientific Committee (ISC), which is an advising body on the organization of the scientific events of the EISA. Details can be found on the administration page.
The EISA is an extension of the "Corfu Summer Institute on Elementary Particle Physics" which oversees the organization of the "Hellenic Schools and Workshops on Elementary Particle Physics and Gravity". These consist of a series of international schools and workshops taking place in Corfu since 1982. The participants and the organizing committees consist of very important scientists in their respective fields, including several Nobel prize laureates. The EISA's facilities provide a very rich infrastructure, which is necessary for the widely recognized success of the organized scientific events. The EISA is also investing time and effort to organize outreach activities to establish relations with and arouse the interest of the general public in science and scientific applications.
The EISA is making a huge effort to expand its purpose to include long term scientific events and host scientists in its facilities for longer periods.