The Norwegian institute at Athens for classical studies, archaeology and cultural history, was founded in 1989 under the aegis of the Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions (UHR), and is financed and directed in collaboration by the Norwegian Universities in Bergen, Oslo, Tromsø and Trondheim. According to Greek law, all foreign archaeological institutes or schools are Archaeological schools, i.e. they are non-profit research institutions.
The institute is dedicated to research, teaching, publication and dissemination of the scientific study of heritage, history, archaeology and language of ancient Greece. While the main focus of the Institute’s activities is directed towards the study of the ancient cultural heritage, the scientific exploration of modern Greek culture is also an important part of its mission.
The Norwegian Institute at Athens is the principal resource in Greece for Norwegian academics and it aims to facilitate scientific discussion, exchange and education between the two countries. Among others, the Institute supports research by applying for research permits and by maintaining publication and lecture series through which the research is disseminated. The Institute co-organizes and hosts student courses in collaboration with Norwegian universities. Together with the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Greece, the Institute also supports cultural cooperation and contacts between Norway and Greece.
The Institute has an administrative staff of three employees, and a director from one of the participating Norwegian Universities. The directorship rotates after maximum two consecutive mandates. Her Majesty the Queen of Norway is the Patron of the Institute.
- Founded on the 8th of May 1989
- Financed and directed in collaboration by the Universities of Bergen, Oslo, Tromsø and Trondheim
- Dedicated to facilitating the work of Norwegian scholars in Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean
- Several completed and ongoing archaeological field projects
- Offers student courses in collaboration with participating universities from Norway
- Maintains a peer-reviewed publication series
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- Support for researchers interested in working in Greece
- Accommodation to scholars, researchers, and students at competitive prices in the center of Athens
- Access to world-class library resources, including the Nordic Library and libraries of other foreign schools and institutes at Athens
- Hosting and logistical support for academic and administrative visiting groups, seminars and conferences
- Competitive financial support for students and scholars
- Lectures and events on topics related to Greek, Mediterranean, and Nordic archaeology and the study of past and current culture