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Research Account for the Athens School of Fine Arts

The first meeting of the Research Committee of the Athens School of Fine Arts was held on the 30th of June 1987, following the implementation of article 6 of Presidential Decree 432/81 “On establishing Research Accounts for the utilisation of grants to conduct research projects in the country’s Higher Education Institutions”. Subsequently, and following the publication of Ministerial Decision Β1/819/1989, the first “Research Framework” was established at the Athens School of Fine Arts, by recommendation of former professor Mr. Exarchopoulos, which defined, on the one hand, the general principles of research at ASFA, and, on the other hand, the procedure for approving research programmes and managing research funds.

The first research programme was submitted on the 5th of April 1993, by Assistant Professor St.-Pan. Metaxas. The programme title was: “Tolerance of painting materials in relation to methods of use – Toxicity” and its budget came to 12,420,000 GRD.

In that same year, professor D. Mytaras submitted a research programme entitled “Experimental teaching methods – Identifying the environment”, with a budget of 17,250,000 GRD.

In 1995, professor D. Kokkinidis submitted a research proposal entitled: “Social – Economic – Aesthetic conditions of production, circulation and reception of Contemporary Art”, which had a budget of 27,370,000 GRD.

Ministerial Decision 679/1996, which still governs the operation of the Special Accounts of Higher Education Institutions to this day, was issued in 1996.

That same year, with the introduction of the 2nd Community Support Framework, and from 2000, through the 3rd Community Support Framework, the Special Account evolved, and promoted, coordinated and realised several projects included in the Operational Programmes Education and Initial Vocational Training and Information Society. These projects produced substantial results, including enriching and supporting the Library, opening the Network Management Centre, establishing and offering two Master Degrees (Digital Arts and Fine Arts), establishing and opening the Career Office, regenerating the undergraduate studies programme of the Department of Fine Arts, creating the Multimedia and Hypermedia Labs, establishing the ASFA Press, and supporting the operation of the newly-formed Department of Theory and History of Art. The Athens School of Fine Arts was modernised, developed, acquired contemporary equipment and renewed its human resources.

With the end of the 3rd Community Support Framework, and in view of the the National Strategic Reference Framework,the Special Account underwent a process of reconstitution, established a new organisation chart, updated its Funding Guide and received management competency certification during the transitional period from the Special Service for “Education and Lifelong Learning”.

In 2009, as part of the National Strategic Reference Framework, and in response to invitations of the Sectoral Programmes Education and Lifelong Learning and Digital Convergence, the Special Account has submitted proposals for funding for the following actions:

  • Heraclitus – Doctoral Research Scholarships
  • Employment and Career Structures
  • Work Experience Office
  • Career Office
  • Innovation Unit
  • Comprehensive Digital Environment
  • Quality Assurance Unit

Η προοπτική του Ε.Λ.Κ.Ε. είναι να συνεχίσει να δραστηριοποιείται ενεργά στην υλοποίηση και διαχείριση συγχρηματοδοτούμενων προγραμμάτων προς όφελος του συνόλου της ακαδημαϊκής κοινότητας της Σχολής.