About Us


The Institute of Balkan Studies at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences was founded on January 15, 1964 by a decision of the Council of Ministers of the People's Republic of Bulgaria under the auspices of UNESCO. It was established as a research and educational center for languages, history, culture and modern development of the Balkans.

The Centre of Thracology "Prof. Alexander Fol" is the successor to the Institute of Thracology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, founded in 1972. It existed as an independent unit at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences till the reforms from 2010. Then it joined the Institute of Balkan Studies creating the Institute of Balkan Studies and Centre of Thracology "Prof. Alexander Fol".

Situated in the historical center of Sofia, the Institute of Balkan Studies and Center of Thracology "Prof. Alexander Fol" (BAS) occupied two beautiful old buildings which are architectural monuments. Close to the Institute are located some of the most important national institutions and historical sights, such as: the National Assembly, the Central Administration of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", “St. St. Cyril and Methodius” National Library, National Academy of Art, National Gallery for Foreign Art of Bulgaria, St. Alexander Nevsky Patriarchal Cathedral, the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, St. Sofia Basilica from the 5th century, the Royal Palace housing the National Gallery, and the Presidency of the Republic of Bulgaria.

More about the history of the Institute of Balkan Studies

More about the history of the Centre of Thracology "Prof. Alexander Fol" 


Prof. Roumiana Preshlenova, PhD
Email: roumiana.preshlenova@balkanstudies.bg
Mobile phone: +359 888 461 801

Deputy Administrative Director:
Rositsa Shtereva
Email: r.shtereva@balkanstudies.bg
Mobile phone: +359 882 352 387

Scientific Secretary:
Assoc. Prof. Zlatomira Gerdzhikova, PhD
Email: gerdzhikova@balkanstudies.bg

Scientific Coordinator:
Assist. Prof. Alexandra Milanova, PhD
Email: koordinator@balkanstudies.bg

Administrative Coordinator:
Eli Filipova
Mobile phone: +359 886 568 862
Email: ibct@balkanstudies.bg

Financial and Accounting Department
Mobile phone: +359 888 745 381
Galina Terziyska, Chief Accountant
Email: fso@balkanstudies.bg
Katya Aleksandrova, Senior Accountant
Mariyana Toncheva, In-house Financial Controller


Prof. Alexandre Kostov, Dr. habil., Corresponding member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Deputy Chairman:
Prof. Vanya Lozanova-Stancheva, D.A.

Prof. Valeria Fol, Dr. habil.
Prof. Kalin Porozhanov, Dr. habil.
Prof. Liliana Simeonova, Dr. habil.
Prof. Nadya Boyadzhieva, LL.D.
Prof. Orlin Sabev, Dr. habil.
Prof. Raia Zaimova, Dr. habil.
Prof. Svetlozar Eldarov, Dr. habil.
Prof. Roumiana Preshlenova, PhD
Prof. Lora Taseva, PhD
Assoc. Prof. Bisser Petrov, Dr. habil.
Assoc. Prof. Yura Konstantinova, Dr. habil.
Assoc. Prof. Antoaneta Balcheva, PhD
Assoc. Prof. Dobriela Kotova, PhD
Assoc. Prof. Dobrinka Parusheva, PhD
Assoc. Prof. Irina Ognyanova, PhD
Assoc. Prof. Ivo Topalilov, PhD
Assoc. Prof. Lyudmila Mindova, PhD
Assoc. Prof. Mariyana Stamova, PhD
Assoc. Prof. Rositsa Gradeva, PhD
Assoc. Prof. Zlatomira Gerdzhikova, PhD
Assoc. Prof. Zorka Parvanova, PhD

Assist. Prof. Elmira Vasileva, PhD - secretary

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