FORTH Ethics Committee (FEC) is an advisory and auxiliary instrument of the research personnel of FORTH and is appointed by the Board of Directors of FORTH ('FORTH BoD').
Biology Lab Safety Rules:
Biology lab safety rules are guidelines designed to help keep you safe when experimenting. Some equipment and chemicals in a biology laboratory can cause serious harm.
It is always wise to follow all lab safety rules. Don't forget, the most helpful safety rule is to use plain old common sense.
The following biology lab safety rules are a sample of the most basic rules that should be followed when in biology lab. Most biology labs have the safety rules posted in the lab and your instructor will most likely go over them with you before you begin working.
Before you enter a biology lab, you should be prepared for and knowledgeable about any lab exercises that are to be performed. That means you should read your lab manual to know exactly what you will be doing.
Review your biology notes and relevant sections in your biology book before your lab begins. Make sure you understand all procedures and purposes, as this will help you understand the lab activities you will perform. It will also help you get your thoughts organized for when you have to write your lab report.
When working in a biology lab, make sure you keep your area neat and organized. If you happen to spill something, ask for assistance when cleaning it up. Also remember to clean your work area and wash your hands when you are finished.
An important biology lab safety rule is to be careful. You may be working with glass or sharp objects, so you don't want to handle them carelessly.
Wear Proper Clothing:
Accidents do happen in a biology lab. Some chemicals have the potential to damage clothing. With that in mind, you want to make sure that the clothing you wear is something you could do without if it becomes damaged. As a precaution, wearing an apron or lab coat is a good idea.
You will also want to wear proper shoes that can protect your feet in case something gets broken. Sandals or any type of open-toed shoes are not recommended.
Be Cautious With Chemicals:
The best way to remain safe when dealing with chemicals is to assume that any chemical you handle is dangerous. Be sure you understand what type of chemicals you are using and how they should be properly handled.
If any chemical comes in contact with your skin, wash immediately with water and inform your lab instructor. Wear protective eyewear when handling chemicals.
Wear Safety Goggles:
I know that safety goggles are not stylish and can fit awkwardly on your face, but they should always be worn when you are working with chemicals or any type of heating apparatus.
Locate Safety Equipment:
Be sure you know where to find all safety equipment in the biology lab. This includes such items as the fire extinguisher, first aid kit, broken glass receptacles, and chemical waste containers. Also be sure you know where all the emergency exits are located and which exit route to take in case of an emergency.
Biology Lab Don'ts:
There are several things in a biology lab that you must always avoid. Here are a few major laboratory do nots.
eat or drink in the lab
taste any chemicals or substances you are working with
use your mouth for pipetting substances
handle broken glass with bare hands
pour chemicals down the drain without permission
operate lab equipment without permission
perform your own experiments unless given permission
leave any heated materials unattended
place flammable substances near heat
engage in childish antics such as horseplay or pranks
The Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB) is based in Heraklion (Crete), and is conducting basic and applied research in established and emerging areas of Biomedical science. IMBB was founded in 1983 and is part of the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH), one of the largest research centers in Greece.
The Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH), established in 1983, is one of the largest research centers in Greece with well organized facilities, highly qualified personnel and a reputation as a top-level research foundation worldwide. FORTH reports to the General Secretariat for Research and Technology of the Hellenic Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs. The Foundation, with headquarters in Heraklion, includes six Research Institutes in different parts of the country:
Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL)
Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB)
Institute of Computer Science (ICS)
Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics (IACM)
Institute for Mediterranean Studies (IMS)
The Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences (ICE-HT)
Division of Biomedical Research of the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB)
FORTH's activities are complemented by Crete University Press (CUP), the Skinakas Observatory, the Science and Technology Park of Crete (STEP-C) and PRAXI/HELP- FORWARD Network.
The research and technological directions of FORTH focus on areas of major scientific, social, and economic interest, such as: Microelectronics, Lasers, Materials, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Biotechnology, Computer Sciences, Bioinformatics, Robotics, Telecommunications, Computational Mathematics, Chemical Engineering, Human and Social Sciences, Cultural Studies.
The University of Crete is a young public educational institution committed to excellence in research and teaching.
Established in 1973, the University accepted its first students in 1977-78. It now has 16 Departments in 5 Schools (Philosophy, Education, Social Sciences, Sciences & Engineering, and Medicine) as well as a number of affiliated research-oriented institutions, including the Skinakas Observatory, the Natural History Museum, and the University General Hospital. Currently, over 16,000 undergraduates and 2500 postgraduate students are registered here. They are educated by an outward looking academic faculty of around 500 members, supported by adjunct lecturers, post-doctoral researchers, laboratory support staff and instructors, as well as around 300 technical and administrative support staff.
The international orientation of the University is reflected in its track record of collaborations with many of the leading research and educational institutions in Europe and worldwide as well as active promotion of mobility and exchange programmes. Research and research training at all levels benefits also from the close collaboration between many of the University’s research groups with the Institutes of the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH) and the Institute of Marine Biology & Genetics (IMBG)
Reflecting its research activity and associated initiatives, the University of Crete is the first Greek University to have signed the EU Charter and the Code for the recruitment of researchers, and forms part of the Euraxess European network for the mobility of researchers. The University fully participates in quality assurance mechanisms both for its academic and administrative structures, and it is a strategic choice of the University that there will be an ongoing effort to meet quality in all its structures.
Located at campuses in Heraklion and Rethymnon on the island of Crete, a site rich in ancient and modern Mediterranean cultures, the University offers a vibrant social and intellectual environment for research and education. As such, whether your contact with the University is brief or long-term, we trust it will be rewarding.
Forth Library is located at the first floor of FORTH's main building. The library is divided into two parts. The upper part holds the library's main collection, latest print version of journals and books pertaining to IESL, IACM, and IMBB institutes. The lower part of the library holds previous issues of the journals on a binding form. The Computer Science Institute has all of its collections, journals and books located at the lower part of the library. Two photocopy machines, two PCs, and one scanner are also available at the library. Their use is strictly permitted to the scientific community of FORTH.
The University of Crete Library consists of the Central Library in Rethymnon University Campus, which supports Humanities, Social Sciences and Education, and the Library of Heraklionin Heraklion University Campus, which supports the School of Science and Engineering and the School of Medicine.
CORDIS is the European Commission's primary public repository and portal to disseminate information on all EU-funded research projects and their results in the broadest sense.
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