The EMBO workshop will be held at the Anargyrios & Korgialenios School on the Island of Spetses (Greece) offering excellent meeting facilities and idyllic surroundings with lots of recreational possibilities.
Free wireless internet is available.
Anargyrios & Korgialenios School, Spetses - 18050, Greece
Participants will be accommodated at the Anargyrios & Korgialenios School in dormitory-style, shared rooms. Most rooms have private bathrooms and air-conditioning. A few have to share toilet and shower facilities. The School provides towels and bed linen.
Lecturers will stay at Spetses Hotel (http://www.spetses-hotel.gr/en/).
There is no need to bring formal clothing. The temperature in August varies normally between 25 - 38 degrees Celsius during the day. Humidity is low, so summer clothes are welcome. In case the evenings are cool, and since conference rooms have air-conditioning, sweaters are also needed.
Don't forget your swimsuit, beach towel, and foot protection for swimming: The Sea contains sea urchins and sharp stones.
Please bring your proof of studentship; this is required for excursions.
Based on our experience from previous summer schools in Spetses we recommend flying to Athens International Airport and to take a boat to Spetses from the port of Piraeus.
From Athens International Airport to the port of Piraeus
The Express Bus E96 leaves at least every 30 minutes from Athens International Airport (between exits 4 and 5 outside the arrival level) to the port of Piraeus, 24 hours per day. The trip takes about 1 ½ hours depending on traffic and will drop you off at the bus station in the port of Piraeus within walking distance to Gate E9 where the boats for Spetses depart. A one-way ticket is about 5 Euro and can be bought from the driver or the information kiosk by the bus stop at the airport.
From the port of Pireaus to the Island of Spetses
From the port of Piraeus there are frequent Flying Dolphin and Catamaran departures to Spetses. The travelling time varies depending on how many stops the boat makes on the way (about 2-3 hrs). Check the schedules at http://www.hellenicseaways.gr and book online or call +30 210 4199000.
You are strongly advised to book your tickets well in advance due to the high season in Greece. Several connections can be booked out by the time you reach Greece.
Try to arrive at Piraeus 30 minutes before the departure time to allow time to purchase or pick up your ticket and find the boat.
Spetses harbor to Anargyrios & Korgialenios School/Spetses Hotel
It takes about 20-30 minutes to walk the distance along the water - starting from the main square to the right of Dapia Harbour as you look at it from the sea.
A water taxi takes a maximum of 8 people. The water taxis are very close to the hydrofoils and they sail straight to the pier of the Spetses Hotel / Anargyrios & Korgialenios School of Spetses
The horse buggies, which take up to four people - or two people with luggage - are parked by the harbor in front of the Poseidonion Hotel. Make sure to arrange the price in advance.
If you miss the last boat to Spetses or more than two travel together you can take a taxi or a rental car from Athens Airport to Kosta which is a small town on the mainland fairly close to the Island of Spetses. It is important that you either fix a price or get the taxi driver to start the meter before departure.
At Kosta you can get a water taxi directly to Spetses Hotel / Anargyrios & Korgialenios School of Spetses.