The University of Ioannina (UoI) has more than 15.000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, 550 Members of Academic Staff, 170 Teaching Fellows and 130 members of Technical Laboratory Staff. The University Administrative Services are staffed with more than 280 employees. There are a number of postgraduate study programs on offer, which combine teaching and research elements, both at Master’s and Doctoral level. Approximately 1,300 students are involved in full-time study progressing to a Master’s degree, while more than 2,200 students are currently pursuing their studies at Doctoral level. The University includes 15 Departments operating in 7 Faculties, more than 50 research centers and laboratories as well as central services and infrastructures all contributing in strengthening education and research activities. Within a 50-year span, the University of Ioannina has been firmly established and its development prospects appear to be particularly promising. This is likely to have a continuing positive contribution to both the academic community and the region as a whole.
High quality research activity is implemented in every aspect of the scientific areas covered by its Academic Departments, including basic and applied research in information and communication technologies, engineering, science, arts, medicine, biology, new materials, economic studies, environment, philosophy, psychology, history and archaeology, Greek literature, linguistic studies and training methods. UoI participated in many National and European funded activities and as a result it has a proven long-term experience in managing, monitoring, and coordinating research, educational and development projects. Furthermore, it has coordinated activities related to infrastructural development and equipment acquisition projects as well as many education and training activities. Additionally, UoI has successfully undertaken industrial contract research projects both on a National and International level. For this reason UoI has implemented and established a Quality Management System in conformance with the International Management System Standard ISO 9001:2008, as well as the Greek Management Efficiency Standard, with a scope of “Project Management of Research and Development of Technological and Other Related Programs and Activities”.
UoI engages in high quality interdisciplinary applied research activities of high importance to the Greek industry, economy and society. Research is mainly financed by the European Commission, the Greek Authorities, as well as the Greek General Secretariat of Research and Technology as well as other funding sources. Other research funding sources are the Ministry of Development (now Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change) as well as bilateral agreements and research grants given by International Organizations to promote specific research areas by research staff and their postgraduate students. Furthermore many research groups from both the University of Ioannina and other Greek or foreign institutions are collaborating under several international research programs.
Today, the University of Ioannina participates in the development of several research projects in the research areas of science, chemistry, new materials, biochemistry, biology, biomedicine, environment, education technologies and science, arts, as well as information and communication technologies. All funded research activities are coordinated by the University of Ioannina Research Committee (UOI-RC), whose main aim is to manage the National, EU and industrial contract research projects in accordance to National and EU financial regulations, as well as ISO 9001:2008 standards.
The aim of the University of Ioannina Research Committee is the disposal and the undertaking of funds, which come from any source and are intended to cover expenses of any kind, essential for the needs of research, educational, training and developmental projects as well as for the needs of continuous training projects. These funds can also cover expenses of projects that provide scientific and technological services, the elaboration of special studies, the implementation of tests, measurements, laboratory exams and analyses, consultations, as well as other related services or activities that contribute to the connection between education and research with the industry. These services and activities are implemented or provided by the scientific personnel of the University of Ioannina, in close collaboration with other specialists or external scientific personnel. The aforementioned Quality Management System is compliant with the requirements of the Greek Management Efficiency Standard, in the scope of “Project Management of Research and Development of Technological and Other Related Programs and Activities”.
The scientific objectives and research goals of the Atomic and Molecular Physics Laboratory (ATOMOL) of the University of Ioannina are highly related to the fundamentals of atomic and molecular structure and dynamics, as well as to applications utilizing laser technology. ATOMOL, amongst other activities related to atomic spectroscopy and nanoparticles technology, is largely involved in the physics of strong laser fields with matter as realized by molecular ionization and fragmentation as well as harmonics generation. Specifically, the highly non-linear process of harmonic generation in gases has been studied and optimized in corresponding setups that have developed and adjusted to the requirements of the laboratory laser instalation as secondary VUV/XUV sources. Based on this, imaging techniques relying on pump-probe approaches have been developed for the study of interaction of strong laser fields with atoms, molecules and molecular clusters, targeting on non-linear phenomena such as molecular alignment/orientation and molecular fragmentation.
Key person in this project is Assistant Professor Emmanouil Benis whose expertise support the physics of strong laser fields with matter especially in the topic of harmonic generation, technology and applications. His main research interests include: Laser based atomic molecular and optical physics, Harmonics generation, Non-linear dynamics in the VUV/XUV spectrum, Metrology and applications of ultra-short XUV pulses, Ultrafast molecular dynamics, Molecular photoionization / photofragmentation, Pump-probe molecular spectroscopy.