The conference will take place in Drakopoulos Hall at the Historical Central Building of the University of Athens (30 Panepistimiou St.); in the Cultural Center of the University of Athens - Kostis Palamas Building (Akademias 48); and in the Hotel Titania (52 Panepistimiou St.). Details can be found in the program.
The two buildings of the University of Athens are a three-minute walk from each other. Their relative location is shown on the map.
There is no online registration. If you plan to attend the conference, please let us know by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or to Eirini Mergoupi-Savaidou. You may register in person at the conference desk, which is located near the entrance of Drakopoulos Hall at the Historical Central Building of the University of Athens.
A block of rooms has been reserved for the conference at the Hotel Titania, which is conveniently located near the conference location. Some other possibilities are:
Hotel Astor (3,5*)
Hotel Central (3*)
Athens Diamond Hotel (4*)
Hotel Electra (4*)
Hotel Royal Olympic (5*)
Electra Palace (4*)
Public transport to conference location and Hotel
The Historical Central Building of the University of Athens is just outside the Panepistimion station of the Athens Metro (red line). See the map of the metro.
The Titania Hotel is two blocks away (about 300 meters) from the Panepistimion station.
From the Athens International Airport (Eleftherios Venizelos). Click here for the Athens Airport site.
There is a taxi rank available outside the arrivals hall. A ride to the center of Athens costs 35 Euros (this is a fixed price including the tolls). Taxis are easy to get, but unless you carry very heavy luggage or have someone else pay for your taxi ride, it might well be preferable to use the metro or the bus.
Note that the tariff should show "1", except after midnight and until 5am when the tariff is "2" (the price then is 50 Euros). Always get a taxi from the official taxi rank at the airport and ask for a receipt. Tipping is optional but very welcome.
Metro (Here is the Athens Metro website)
Follow the signs to the Metro station at the airport. There is a metro to the city center (blue line/line 3) every half hour (on the hour and half past the hour). It takes roughly 45 minutes and costs 8 Euros (14 Euros for a return ticket.) Get off at Syntagma station. Then change to the red line/line 2 towards Agios Antonios and alight at Panepistimion station (just one stop after Syntagma).
Note that you should validate your ticket before entering the metro cars.
Alternatively you can get off at Syntagma Station and walk down Panepistimiou Avenue for about 500 meters.
Next to the Metro Station at the Airport. You can get off at Plakendias station and get on the metro (blue line/line 3) to Syntagma (direction Egaleo). Not really recommended, given the availability of a direct metro connection from the airport to Syntagma Square.
Take bus X95 just outside the arrivals hall. Get off at the end of the journey at Syntagma Square. The ride costs 5 Euros and takes about an hour (depending on the traffic). At Syntagma Square you can walk down Panepistimiou Avenue for about 500 meters.
Note that you should buy your ticket either from the booth outside the bus-stop or directly from the driver and you should validate your ticket upon entering the bus.
Athens has many restaurants, from cheap to expensive, including a variety of local tavernas. Some info about dining in Athens can be found here.
Getting around the city
Walking around the center of Athens is pleasant and safe. Most hotels will be within walking distance from the conference venue. Do try to explore Athens on foot, especially the area from Acropolis down to Thission and then up to Monastiraki via Plaka to Syntagma Square and then down to Klafthmonos Square (next to the Conference Venue). Ippokratous street (next to the Conference Venue) separates two of the most well-known and very different neighbourhoods of Athens: Exarchia (on the left) and Kolonaki (on the right). Exarchia is the quarter of students, intellectuals and bohemians. The Exarchia Square (one of the most famous of the city) has nice cafes and tavernas. You won't have seen Athens unless you have visited Exarchia. Kolonaki is the neighbourhood of the old aristocrats and a lot of nouveau riche. Around Kolonaki Square there are plenty of trendy cafes and restaurants-mostly on the expensive side. There are also some very interesting galleries and museums. From Kolonaki you can easily reach Lycabettus hill and have a spectacular view of Athens from above.
Taxi (yellow cabs) is relatively inexpensive in Athens. There are not many taxi ranks, but you can always hail a taxi on the street. Make sure the meter is running and ask for a receipt. Tipping is optional but very welcome.
There is a reliable metro network with three lines: the blue/line3, the red/line 2 and the green/line 1. The green line is the oldest (mostly overground; we call it the 'electric') and runs from the port of Piraeus to the northern affluent suburbs of Athens (Kifissia). The blue line runs from the Airport to the western working class suburbs of Athens (Egaleo); the red line runs from the western working class suburb of Peristeri (Agios Antonios) to the mixed eastern suburbs of Athens (Agios Dimitrios). Follow the link for a map. Here is the Athens Metro website.
Places you can visit by metro (though almost all are within walking distance from the Central Building of the University):
The new Acropolis Museum (Acropolis station, red line)-a “must see”.
Thission (with a magnificent temple of Hephaestus plus trendy cafes and restaurants. Another place you have to visit if you want to say you have visited Athens.) (Thission station, green line)
Monastiraki (a rather touristy but picturesque flea market; also next to Plaka and Psiri—a recently reclaimed area of Athens with lots of restaurants, bars and street life) (Monastiraki station, green and blue lines)
Keramikos (the ancient cemetery; next to a recently revamped and multi-cultural area with tavernas and trendy bars-known as Gazi, from the old Gas factory) (Keramikos station, blue line).
Omonia Square (the most famous square of Athens; it is an ugly square at the heart of Athens; but there you get a feel of the diversity and vibrant character of the city.) (Omonia station, green and red lines)
Evangelismos Station (for the national gallery and a number of smaller galleries and museums) (blue line)
The spectacular Archaeological Museum of Athens (Victoria station, green line)
Athens' Concert Hall (Megaro Moussikis station, blue line)
There are various types of tickets available. You can get a one-day travel card (4 Euros), but you can also get an ordinary ticket which you can use for 90 minutes on all means of public transport (except for the journey to and from the airport). This costs 1.40 Euros.
There is also a light rail system (tram), with two lines that connect the center of Athens (Syntagma Square) with some of the affluent seaside suburbs of Athens.
There is a dense network of buses and trolleys in Athens. For information, go to the OASA site (Athens Urban Transport Organization - click top right for English). You will find right there all the information you may need about routes, tickets and times regarding all means of public transport: metro, train, tram, buses, trolleys as well as information about travelling from Athens airport to the centre or port. Also, a useful route search.
From 08.00am to 14.00pm Monday - Thursday. Fridays until 13.30pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday. There are plenty of ATM cash machines on Korai pedestrianised street, just across the Central Building of the University.