Founded in 1846, the École française d’Athènes is the first foreign institute established in Greece. The School is a centre of advanced research in humanities whose core mandate is the study of Greece in its Balkan and Mediterranean contexts, from prehistoric time to the present. This mission encompasses the training of a new generation of academics, facilitating early-career researchers’ access to the field and the sources. It supports their integration within a high-level international environment. The school is one of the Écoles françaises à l’étranger (EFE), a network of five French higher education and research establishments based abroad (Athens, Rome, Madrid, Cairo and Asia) : https://www.resefe.fr/
The French School at Athens is:
• a research centre with 70 permanent team members working in different departments.
• a research library containing 96,000 items, including 2,600 journals, with access to cutting-edge electronic resources. The holdings are open to researchers.
• a publisher of up to 20 volumes each year in eighteen collections, 5 internationally renowned academic journals, and a catalogue of more than 600 titles in history, archaeology, epigraphy, numismatics, geography, sociology, and other disciplines.
• a unique archival collection of written and iconographical materials from its expeditions to the sites and museums of Greece and other Mediterranean countries: 8,000 engravings, more than 657,000 photographs, 56,000 maps and drawings, 256 linear meters of handwritten documents.
• a state-of-the-art technology park supporting researchers developing cutting-edge approaches to archaeology.
• a high-performance digital ecosystem structured according to the principles of interoperability and open science.
• an academic conference centre hosting a year-round programme of more than 100 colloquia, and specialised seminars covering the entire range of current research on Hellenism from Antiquity to the present.