Practical Course

European Molecular Biology Organization


Computational molecular evolution

29 April - 10 May 2012 | Heraklion | Greece





B) Iraklio / IMBG and HCMR


Host Institute:

Institute of Marine Biology and Genetics (IMBG) - Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR)



Hotel Astir Beach
Gouves, Heraklion, 70014, Crete, Greece
Tel: +30 28970 41141, +30 28970 41142,
Fax: +30 28970 41143,




It takes approximately 15 minutes to walk from the Hotel to the Institute.

All food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and accommodation costs are included in the registration fee for non-local students. 


The island of Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and separates the Aegean from the Libyan sea.


Crete forms a significant part of the cultural heritage of Greece and retains its own local cultural traits (such as its own music and  dialect). 


Heraklion is the largest city and the capital of Crete.


Crete was the center of the Minoan civilization (approximately  2600–1454 BC), the oldest Greek and European civilization. 


The Knossos  palace, one of the two most important Minoan sites on the island, is located in the outskirts of Heraklion. 

The archaeological museum in Heraklion contains some of the most important treasures of minoan culture such as the Phaistos disk.


Apart from numerous magnificent beaches Crete is characterized by a  very diverse landscape and three high mountain ranges (all rise to 
above 2000 meters from sea-level), that provide excellent hiking  opportunities and views on spectacular gorges such as the Samaria 

Among the most famous sons of the islands are the writer Nikos Kazantzakis, the painter El Greco and the poet Odysseas Elytis
(Nobel Prize in Literature). Famous musicians are Nikos Ksilouris and his brother Antonis Ksilouris (also known as Psarantonis).


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