The “Nick Kylafis Lectureship” was established in 2019 in order to honor Nick Kylafis, Professor Emeritus at the Dept. of Physics of the Univ. of Crete, on the occasion of his 70th birthday, for his 35 years of scientific contributions and leadership towards the founding and continuous improvement of the astrophysics group at the University of Crete and FORTH. This lifelong commitment has been instrumental in the international recognition of the research activities of the Crete astrophysics group, which led to the creation of the Institute of Astrophysics at FORTH in 2018. Under the auspices of the Lectureship, one distinguished theoretical astrophysicist is invited annually at FORTH for a brief visit.
The inaugural 2019 “Nick Kylafis Lectureship” has been awarded to Prof. Dr. Rashid Sunyaev, Director Emeritus, Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics (Germany), "for his seminal contributions in the fields of theoretical astrophysics and cosmology". Prof. Sunyaev visited the Institute of Astrophysics on October 24 and 25, 2019. He gave a Physics Colloquium entitled "Two milestones in the life of the Universe: the last scattering surface and the black body photosphere of the Universe", as well as the "Nick Kylafis Lecture" at FORTH entitled "Detecting very hot plasma in the clusters of galaxies".
The 2020 "Nick Kylafis Lectureship” has been awarded to Prof. Joseph Silk, Professor of Physics at the Institut d'Αstrophysique de Paris, Université Pierre et Marie Curie "for his seminal contributions in the fields of theoretical astrophysics and cosmology". Prof. Silk is also Professor Emeritus Oxford University and Homewood Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University. Unfortunately because of travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic the visit of Prof. Silk did not take place during 2020. Instead his lecture entitled "The Future of Cosmology" [video] was given virtually on June 3, 2021 at 17:00 Athens time (UTC + 3:00) and he will physically visit the Institute of Astrophysics in a later date.