The Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture (IMBBC) is one of the three institutes of HCMR, which is the Greek partner in ASSEMBLE Plus. It is based on the premises of HCMR  in Crete (Thalassokosmos). The institute was created by the merging of the Institute for Aquculture (IA) with Institute for Marine Biology and Genetics (IMBG) in 2012. The main research activities of IMBBC are the study of biodiversity at all levels of biological organisation, from genes to ecosystems (genomics, population genetic structure of natural and cultivated marine species, aquaculture, the quest for novel and/or improved products and organisms, species identification, ecosystem functioning and protection, conservation and socio-economic and cultural factors), and over all observational scales (in sustainable use of marine biological diversity and its components accounting for all relevant space, time, function). The institute's main research topics are genetics and molecular biotechnology; biodiversity; ecosystem management and aquaculture; bioinformatics and e-Infrastructure; environmental chemistry and microbiology; and bioanalysis and biotechnology.


  • Coastal ecosystems and pelagic ecosystems of the oligotrophic Eastern Mediterranean
  • Hydrothermal vents
  • Sub-marine caves
  • Coralligenous formations
  • Posidonia- and algal meadows
  • Vermetid reefs
  • Deep-sea habitats


Ecosystem access

  • Research vessels (R/V Philia, Aegaeo, Alkyon)
  • Inflatable boats
  • Pickup truck
  • Manned submersible vehicle (Thetis)
  • ROV
  • SCUBA diving facilities
  • Underwater imaging
  • Sampling facilities and equipment


Biological resources

  • Provision of Biological resources and culture collections
  • Biobanks
  • Provision of samples of micro-algae, protists and bacteria
  • Provision of samples of marine and freshwater invertebrates
  • Marine and aquaculture species of interest for research and technological development purposes


Experimental facilities and technology platforms

  • Aquaria and mesocosms
  • Wet/Dry Laboratories
  • Intensive hatchery facilities
  • Live food production (Artemia and rotifers) facilities
  • Bioreactors
  • Larval-rearing facilities
  • Nursery facilities
  • Behaviour facilities
  • Reproduction and Physiology facilities
  • Phenotyping facilities (micro-CT scanning)
  • Microscopy and bio-imagining (micro-CT scanning)
  • Molecular biology and -omics technologies
  • TPs for structural and chemical analysis
  • Environmental biobanking
  • Biological analysis facilities
  • Structural and chemical analysis
  • Aquaculture: Phytoplankton biochemistry, broodstock, nutrition, fish rearing, histology, immunology/Toxicology and microbiology

Associated services (E-services, Expert advice, Supporting faciltites)

Bioinformatic data and -omics technology data services, such as:

  • IMBBC Bioinformatics Cluster: Genome and transcriptome assembly and annotation, population genomic and phylogenomic analyses, parallelised pipelines and access to specialised software
  • Biological databases (collaboration with ELIXIR)
  • Electronic catalogues of biodiversity data and data observatories (LIFEWATCH)
  • MedOBIS vLab (Mediterranean node of Ocean Biogeographic Information System) reliable and quality-controlled marine species datasets, meta-data and satellite data from all over the Mediterranean Sea
  • Literature Mining
  • Citizen science data

In-house restaurant and cafeteria, hotels and B&Bs at close proximity to the institute.


Former US Base at Gournes, P.C. 71500,
municipality of Hersonissos, P.O. Box 2214,
GR 710 03 Héraklion
Liaison officer: Panagiotis Kasapidis (, cc to:

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