The Greek Computer Society (EPY), with the support of the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications of the National University of Athens and the Informatics Department of the Technological Educational Institution (T.E.I.) of Athens have undertaken the organization of the 16th International Olympiad in Informatics, under the auspices of the Ministry of Education of Greece.
Greek Computer Society is a scientific non-profit association, founded in 1977 to represent Greek scientists and professionals from the fields of Information Technology.
GCS has labored since 1998 in order to undertake the organization of IOI2004, making Greece the only country to hold the event twice. The organization was granted when GCS submitted their official bid with a letter of support from the Ministry of Education, which has since put IOI2004 under its auspices. GCS has the organizational ability, along with the scientific integrity that guarantee the successful organization of IOI2004.
The Department of Informatics and Telecommunications belongs to the School of Sciences of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. It was officially founded in 1989 and today the Department has 36 full-time faculty members, about 20 permanent employees who belong to the technical and administrative personnel, and many research associates, most of whom are PhD candidates and post-doc researchers supported by externally funded research and development (R&D) projects/programmes. More than 1200 undergraduate students, 200 postgraduate students and 100 PhD candidates are enrolled in the Department's programmes. The undergraduate studies program of the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications reflects the convergence of "Information Technologies and Telecommunications", effected by the domination of digital technology and the resulting unification of information and communication systems.
The Informatics Department of the Technological Educational Institution (T.E.I.) of Athens was founded and welcomed its first students in October 1983, and saluted its first graduates in 1987.
The main specialization of the graduates is software and system analysis, programming and materialization. Apart from its educational activities, the Informatics Department participates in Applied Research programmes financed by the Greek Government, European Third Degree Institution programmes (ERASMUS, TEMPUS), programmes that aim to the cooperation of Industry and Education, as well as in programmes of Research and Development.