The “Institute of Mediterranean Forest Ecosystems and Forest Products Technology” is one of the oldest research institutes in Greece. It was established in Athens, Greece, in 1929 as the research arm of the Greek Forest Service. Its title soon changed to “Forest Research Institute of Athens” (FRIA) In its more than 80 years of operation, the Institute has produced excellent research always focusing on the research needs of the practicing foresters of the Forest Service. In 1989 the Institute was integrated into the National Agricultural Research Foundation (NAGREF) and got its current official title. Both the historic name and the official title are currently in use.
In 2011 NAGREF was merged with three other organizations of the Ministry of Rural Development and Food forming the Hellenic Agricultural Organization “DEMETER” to which the Institute now belongs.