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Greek Inventors Refuse to Give Up

Greek InventorsAlthough the Greek government claims that the country will soon recover from the financial crisis, many young scientists and inventors immigrate abroad to live a better life. At the same time, few scientists choose to stay in Greece and to keep struggling.
Despite insufficient state funding and major bureaucracy issues, some Greek scientists are still trying to shine in their country. There are of course many research groups forced to leave Greece due to lack of funding.
Statistics show, despite the difficulties, the number of publications of Greek scientists in scientific journals  has increased over the last years. In 2010, Greek publications were amounting to 10,219 while in 2000 to 4,900. The same applies to the number of patents issued every year, with their number increasing.
However, Thanassis Konstantopoulos, president of the board of the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) in Thessaloniki reports that the Greek state isn’t supporting Greek scientists. “Research and innovation are valuable, but depend exclusively on the patriotism of the researchers. The Greek state doesn’t seem to support scientists, as there is no funding.” he says.
According to a report released by the European Commission, our country has made significant progress in the field of innovation. The technology sector in Greece presents constant growth which is exactly what the country needs in order to recover.
The start-up companies Helic, Raycap, Constelex, Taxibeat, Cookisto, Corallia and The egg, are some successful examples of Greece’s technological progress.
The students of the Faculty of Pharmacy of Athens University have created a research group that is involved with the chemical analysis of as many plants possible. They have founded a spin-off company, which utilizes waste of oil mills, and pomace factories producing  high value added products.

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