When an economic crisis hits, people move elsewhere to find financial security. For highly qualified researchers, it’s easier to find those jobs and many leave. But a brain drain can make it still harder to recover from economic shocks. How can a country stem the flow?

Dr. Nektarios K. Nasikas, a physicist who has worked in Greece and in the United States in materials science and engineering research, is scientific advisor to the minister responsible for research and innovation and is working with other colleagues towards finalising the creation of the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation, which parliament is expected to approve in September. Backed by a €180-million loan from the European Investment Bank and €60 million from the Greek government, the Foundation will issue regular calls for research proposals, fill requests for research equipment and award fellowships for young talented scientists. Dr Nasikas spoke to EIB Connectabout the problems facing Greek innovation and research, and the Foundation’s aims.

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