The Council of the Hellenic Phycological Society (2019-2021), as it emerged from the elections held on March 5, 2019 and constituted on March 26, 2019, has the following composition:



Research Director,

Fisheries Research Institute (HAO-DEMETER),

Nea Peramos, Kavala


Our Team 2


Professor Emeritus,

Department of Biology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens


Our Team 3



External collaborator,

Fisheries Research Institute (HAO-DEMETER),

Nea Peramos, Kavala


Our Team 4


Biologist, Researcher,

Department of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki


Our Team 5


Biologist, Researcher,

Hellenic Centre for Marine Research



The dynamism of our Society depends on the number of its members and their will to contribute to the fascinating and multidimensional field of Phycology.

We invite all scientists in the country dealing with Phycology, especially students and young researchers, to apply as members.

  • They have the pleasure of belonging to a large scientific community with intense activity in Greece and Europe, as our Company is a partner of Federation of European Phycological Societies (FEPS)
  • They have their research project displayed on the Society 's website, where, in addition to the list of their publications, special reference and special presentation are made to meaningful papers that they produce.
  • They determine the developments in the Society and co-shape their physiognomy.
  • They have a say as to who will participate in the Society's bodies and will represent it but also their ability to be elected to them.
  • They express an opinion on issues that concern the Society or even suggest new ones to deal with.
  • As members of a broader scientific community and with their participation in the Society's activities, they contribute to the enhancement of its extroversion and social footprint, so that it can play a more prominent role in environmental policy issues.




If you agree with them and are interested in becoming a member of the Hellenic Phycological Society, you will need to fill in the following application.



You will then send it electronically to the Secretary of the Society, T. Tsioli, with a notification to the President, S. Orfanidis.


Once you receive your acceptance letter, you will deposit the membership fee and send a receipt to the same recipients.


The annual subscription is set at 17 euros.

The account details for the payment of the annual subscription are as follows:


Bank: Piraeus Bank

IBAN: GR61 0172 2020 0052 0200 8592 888

Bank account number: 5202-008592-888

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Hellenic Phycological Society (HELPS) was founded in 1991, by a group of phycologists from the Universities of Thessaloniki and Athens, as well as from the Hellenic Center for Marine Research (HCMR). The constitution of the Society was approved by the Court on 15 April 1991, when it began to officially function.

The discussions on the foundation of the Society had already begun since 1990, as a response to the proposal of European phycologists and particularly Professor Michael Melkonian (University of Cologne) for the foundation of a European Federation of Phycological Societies. The first proposal was made by Chris Katsaros in a meeting of the Greek Phycologists in Thessaloniki on 8-9 June 1990 (in the frames of COST 48).


Professor M. Melkonian, who was invited in this meeting, developed his opinions for the foundation of the Federation and suggested us to found either a separate Phycological Society or a Phycological Section within the already existing Hellenic Botanical Society (HBS). After that, Prof. I. Tsekos and Prof. S. Haritonidis, who were among the founders of the Society, participated in a related meeting that took place on 7 March 1991 in Germany.


The aims of the Society, as it is reported in the constitution, are “the promotion of the basic and applied phycological research, the organization of congresses and the development of international relationships”. In other words, the development of Phycology in Greece, and the appointment of its advantages, the communication and exchange of opinions between Greek Phycologists, as well as the cooperation with other phycologists in the world. Moreover, the promotion and growth of Phycological Education in Schools and Universities, in order to help the young Greek Phycologists to work in a better scientific and professional environment and further develop Phycology in Greece, in both basic and applied research.


HELPS, despite the small number of members (due to the small number of Phycologists in Greece), developed important activity, with scientific meetings, either alone (Educational Phycology Symposiums) or in cooperation with the Hellenic Botanical Society (HBS).