Natural History Museum of Crete is an academic and research organization operating since 1980 under the University of Crete (www.nhmc.uoc.gr). It focusses on the study of the abiotic and living nature of Crete and the broader Eastern Mediterranean, putting emphasis on the basic research, education and management. To achieve these, it hosts full equipped laboratories and collections that support both research and educational needs. In addition, it has designed and created many temporary and local exhibitions, with most profound the permanent exhibition halls located at the coastal road of Heraklion that presents the environment of the Eastern Mediterranean. NHMC develops and implements various research and applied projects that focus on the environment, species, environmental education and disaster mitigation. Projects are financially managed through the Research Account of the University of Crete (www.elke.uoc.gr).
Since many years, the geodiversity dep. of NHMC studies, monitors, assesses and promotes the geodiversity of Crete through research and applied projects, publications, management and public dissemination activities. It is partner and Scientific advisor of Psiloritis UNESCO Global geopark since its establishment in 2000, was partner of the “GEOTOPIA” project funded in past under INTERREG Greece-Cyprus, whereas it supported the application of Sitia area to become a UNESCO Global geopark. Dr C. Fassoulas, geologist of the Museum, is the scientific coordinator of Psiloritis UGGp, Coordinator of the Hellenic Geoparks Forum, Member of the Scientific Committee for geoparks, of the Hellenic Commission for UNESCO, and Vice Coordinator of the European Network of UNESCO Global Geoparks.