The Commission is an independent advisory body of experts addressed to public authorities either by its own initiative or upon request. Its mission is to highlight the interaction of life sciences and contemporary social values. In particular, the Commission
(a) investigates the ethical, social and legal aspects that arise from scientific advances in biology, biotechnology, medicine and genetics,
(b) outlines, in collaboration with the respective ministries, proposals of general policy and provides specific recommendations on related issues,
(c) collaborates with international organizations and related bodies and represents Greece to international fora, and
(d) informs the public on issues related to biotechnological advances and the impact of their applications promoting public awareness and dialogue.
The Commission has also the responsibility to co-ordinate other relevant committees at a national level. More details can be found in the Commission's founding law and the rules of procedure. The General Secretariat of the Government supports the Commission on a financial and administrative level.
The Commission is composed of nine (9) members, distinguished scientists, appointed by the Prime minister for a term of five years. On the 30th October 2014, the fourth composition was appointed.
Chairman Eleni Rethimniotaki, Assistant Professor of Law, Law School, University of Athens.
Deputy Chairman Andreas Karabinis, Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Athens.
Nikolaos Anagnou, Emeritus Professor of Biology, Medical School, University of Athens.
Charalampos Savvakis, Emeritus Professor of Molecular Biology - Molecular Genetics, Medical School, University of Crete.
Emmanouil Kanavakis, Emeritus Professor of Medical Genetics, Medical School, University of Athens.
Charalampos Chrisanthakis, Professor of Administrative Law and Institutions, Law School, University of Athens.
Georgios Vasilaros, Associate Professor of Ancient Greek Literature, School of Philosophy, University of Athens.
Eusevios Pistolis, Metropolitan of Samos and Ikaria.
Kotsabasi Athina, Professor of La, Law School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Eleni Rethimniotaki, Assistant Professor of Law, Law School, University of Athens, was assigned as President (ΦΕΚ Υ.Ο.Δ.Δ. 30 - 26.01.2017), in replacement of Christodoulos Stefanadis who resigned.
Andreas Karabinis, Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Athens, was assigned as member (ΦΕΚ Υ.Ο.Δ.Δ. 85 - 23.02.2017), in replacement of Eleni Rethimniotaki who was assigned as President.
Ioannis Karakostas, Emeritus Professor of Law, Law School, University of Athens, resigned from his position as President of the HNBC.
The Commission is supported by two (2) scientific officers plus the Secretariat.
The Commission offers to students, mostly postgraduates, both from human and life sciences the possibility of training on issues related to bioethics.
Training period can last up to three (3) months without remuneration. The scientific officers support the trainees for accomplishing their diploma, while the students carry out documentation and other library-related tasks. Currently the Commission is in position to accept at most four (4) students per trimester. Therefore the interested students should contact the secretariat, preferably by email, communicating their request and sending their CV as an attached document. The CV must be accompanied by a short cover letter specifying the reason of interest (e.g. stage, seminars), or otherwise it won't be assessed.
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Chairman John Papadimitriou, Emeritus Professor of Surgery, Medical School, University of Athens
Julia Iliopoulou-Stranga, Professor of Constitutional Law, Law School, University of Athens.
Costas. B. Krimbas, Member of the Academy of Athens, Professor Honoris causa of Genetics, Agricultural University of Athens and Emeritus Professor of History and Philosophy of Biology, University of Athens.
Evangelos Moutsopoulos, Member of the Academy of Athens, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, University of Athens.
Theocharis Patargias, Emeritus Professor of Genetics, University of Athens.
Constantinos Tsoukalas, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Athens.
Christos Voulgaris, Emeritus Professor of Theology, University of Athens.