Social Programme

Excursion to Schinias-Marathon National Park

Guided tour of historic and biodiversity highlights at the famous site of the Battle of Marathon

Wednesday, 21.3.2018, 11:00 – 19:00

Participation costs: 30€ (to be paid at the conference venue)

A packed lunch will be provided.


image1In 490 BC a vast marsh in the area of Marathon defined the outcome of the world-changing battle of Greeks against the Persian invasion After decades of landscape degradation by modern humans, the relic wetland is now protected and has been partially restored to become one of the most important remaining wetland reserves in southern Greece. The so-called palaeo-lagoon basin and spring-fed wetland maintains varied habitats attracting fascinating birds, and other wildlife. It was declared a National Park in 2000 and it covers roughly an area of seven square kilometres including one of Greece's most important beach-side umbrella pine forests and the unique Olympic Rowing Center's artificial lake. Depending on weather conditions, our natural history tour will include: a guided stroll of the Archaeological Museum of Marathon, a walk in the wetland and beach, birdwatching and wildflower spotting. Packed lunch will be provided at the Olympic Rowing Center with a wonderful lake view and good Greek wine.

The tour will be guided by biodiversity experts from the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research and archaeologists from the Ephorate of Antiquities of Eastern Attica as well as members of the National Park Management Authority.


Map of sites to be visited:

1. The Archaeological Museum of Marathon and the ancient cemetery near the Battle site;

2. The Olympic Rowing Center's Artificial Lake and the offices of the National Park Management Authority;

3. View of the Kynosoura Peninsula and good wildflower spotting;

4. Birdwatching walk to the look-out tower in the middle of the Great Marsh;

5. Beach walking near the small canal mouth on Marathon Bay.




 Culture at Schinias-Marathon:




From top-left: The small archaeological museum of Marathon in the beautiful agricultural landscape of Vranas hosts a wonderful array of ancient art from the area; The National Park is located next to the world famous battleground; The National Park Management Authority will host our group and we will also visit a small ancient cemetery near the Archaeological Museum







Landscapes of Schinias-Marathon:




From the top: Marathon Bay with the unique Allepo and Umbrella Pine Wood along the relic sandy spit separating the paleo-lagoon wetlands from the sea; The beach of Schinias with its distinctive patches of Posidonia sea grass beds; the restored wetlands next to the Olympic Rowing Center's Lake. Unfortunately you will also see examples of degraded landscapes due to poor planning and peri-urban sprawl.





Nature of Schinias-Marathon:

From top-left: Wildflowers abound in the National Park, such as these wild garlics; The freshwater marsh restoration has enhanced many water bird populations (a "star species" is the Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca); Other birds prefer salt and brackish marshes near the shoreline (such as this Black-winged stilt Himantopus himantopus); Two native species of aquatic turtles abound in the park (such as this Striped-neck terrapin Mauremys rivulata); A world-class inhabitant in the Rowing Center's artificial Lake is the tiny Greek endemic freshwater fish, the Marathon Minnow (Pelasgus marathonicus); the Park is famous for its wild orchids, this purple Serapias orchid flowers next to the Olympic Rowing Center.



Special issue

Options for publishing your conference contribution in a Special Issue will be announced during the symposium.

Special sessions

Special Session: "Future of Coastal Management"

TUESDAY 20/03, 17:00 – 19:00

Chair: Gerald Schernewski


Objective of this session is to discuss the future of Integrated Coastal Zone Management, explore future co-operation and funding possibilities as well as discuss suitable structural frameworks and organisation structures. Further, aim is to analyse how ICZM elements and tools (like the stepwise Systems Approach Framework (SAF), ecosystem service assessments, sustainability indicator applications or public participation tools) can be embedded into EU environmental policies and support the work of major organisations.    

Spatial focus: The Baltic and the European context.

Participation: Open to all interested persons, independent of an EuroLag 8 conference registration. The session will be hosted by the BONUS BaltCoast project.

Structure: Participants have the possibility together with invited experts, to give brief oral statements of max. 3-5 minutes (using one Powerpoint-slide) addressing the objectives mentioned above. The statements, slides and the discussion will be compiled into minutes, that will be publicly available and can serve as input for the EuroLag 8 discussion on ‘Lagoon Networks & Future Projects’ on Friday 23/03 at 15:30. Those interested to give a brief statement, are welcome to contact the moderator (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Presentation Guidelines


Oral and Poster Presentations Guidelines

Format and duration of presentations

Oral presentations should no exceed 15 minutes, including time for questions. Speakers will not be permitted to exceed the maximum time given, therefore they are encouraged to allow a few minutes for questions.

Keynote speakers will be allowed 45 minutes for presentation and 15 minutes for questions.

Please deliver your PowerPoint presentation (USB stick) to the Preparation Desk 24 hours in advance of your presentation time. If you arrive later than 24 hours in advance, please take your presentation to the Preparation Desk as soon as you arrive.

Name the file with your presentation, as follows: (1) session theme, (2) the day and (3) your surname.


Posters should be A0 Portrait size, i.e. width 841 mm x height 1189 mm. Posters need to be in portrait (i.e. upright) format.


The 8th Eurolag conference will take place in the hotel Divani Palace Acropolis:                       

Parthenonos 19-25, 11742 Athens – Greece

Tel. +302 1 09 28 01 00


Map: https://divaniacropolishotel.com/en/map.html 


Accomodation is available at the Divani Palace Acropolis at special rates for Conference Participants, but many alternative accomodation options   can be found nearby.


Travel directions to Divani Palace Acropolis:

In regards to transportation (Airport → Divani Palace Acropolis Hotel), you can choose one of the following options:

1. Metro: You can take the metro from the airport to Syntagma square ( Timetables here).
In Syntagma square you have to change metro line. Take the red line, with direction to "Elliniko". You have to get out at the "Acropolis" station (which is 5 minutes walking distance far from the hotel, see map). The metro operates from 05:30 till midnight and tickets cost 10 €. Don't throw away your paper ticket, it is re-chargeable as many times as you want! (More information on tickets here.)

2. Bus: you can take the bus X95 from the airport to Syntagma square. (Timetables here)  From Syntagma square you take the metro to the Acropolis station (which is 5 minutes walking distance far from the hotel, see map).
Buses operate 24hours - Every 10-15 minutes peak periods & 20-30minutes off peak periods and tickets cost 6 €. Don't throw away your paper ticket, it is re-chargeable as many times as you want! (More information on tickets here.)

3. Taxi: You can also find a taxi outside the airport's arrivals terminal. The cost will be EURO 40-45 approximately (till midnight).

Journey time by taxi from/to airport: 30 min
Journey time by public transport from/to airport: 45min