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(Laboratory for Ecology & Systematics)
The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, officially founded in April 14th, 1837, is the first University not only of Greece but both the Balkan Peninsula and the Eastern Mediterranean region.

Mission and Activities
Since its foundation it has always been a university of an "all-embracing" nature as this is described by the concept of "universitas". It has thus developed its educational and research merits under university conditions which were often innovative for Greece, providing society with graduates who have global knowledge and who are independent citizens.

Parallel to that, NKUA has always remained faithful to the idea of "University" as this is described by Humboldt; an institution, that is, in which society reflects upon itself. The National Kapodistrian University of Athens extended its action and developed alongside Greek society as an integral part of it, not only through its educational and research work but also through a network of cultural events and a range of activities of a scientific and social kind which are organized almost on a daily basis.

At present, the University of Athens constitutes a modern Tertiary Education Institution comprising 2200 members of teaching staff, 1505 members of administrative staff, around 110,000 undergraduate students and 12,000 postgraduate students, 31 Departments, 102 Postgraduate programmes, 158 Laboratories, 69 Clinics (included in 4 University Hospitals and several others which belong to the National Health System), 6 big Central Libraries, the Modern Greek Language Teaching Center (currently with around 1600 students), the Center of Foreign Languages and many new modern study areas. Moreover, the University of Athens is equipped with 2 new and 2 renovated Student Halls, more than 35 new multi-media centers with free access to students, a new, modern swimming pool and 2 Sports Centers. All this indicates that the University of Athens is a dynamic University where all sciences are fostered with quality and systematic organization according to the present day status of human knowledge.

The Laboratory of Ecology and Systematics was established in the 70's by the late Prof. K. Anagnostidis and is directed thereafter by Prof. Dr. Athina Economou-Amilli. The Lab staff has extensive expertise in the fields of algae, plant and animal ecology and systematics. Special experience was gained by research on phytoplankton and benthic algae, as well as on primary productivity and anthropogenic impacts pertaining to domestic and abroad marine habitats, coastal lagoonal habitats, fluvial habitats and lacustrine habitats. The Lab created and maintains a strain bank of about 150 marine phytoplankton strains. The Lab team developed over the years expertise also in applied phycology for water depuration and aquaculture, harmful algae, and ecophysiology and cryostorage of phytoplankton. Numerous research projects and scientific cooperation efforts with academics in Greece and abroad were carried out over the years.

The Lab occupies a lot of space in the University with facilities for algae culturing, chemical analysis of water and biomass samples, microbial analysis, a lot of high quality microscopes some equipped with data imaging systems, scanning electron microscope. The Lab has an extensive collection of water sampling tools for field work and a very well organised library with lots of books, keys monographs and rare literature about algae.

For further information:

National & Kapodistrian University of Athens
School of Science, Faculty of Biology
Department of Ecology and Systematics
Prof. Dr. Athina Economou-Amilli
(Dpt. Chair & Head of NKUA's Botanical Garden & Botanical Museum)
Address: Panepistimiopolis of Athens
15784 Zografou, Greece
Telephones: +30 2107274325, 2107274356
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Fax: +30 2107274885