Dates & Place
11 – 13 September 2014, Athens, Greece
Royal Olympic Hotel
28-34 Athanasiou Diakou Str.
117 43, Athens, Greece
Tel.: +30 210 92.88.400+30 210 92.88.400
Fax.: +30 210 92.33.317
The official language of the Congress is English. All abstract submissions and presentations are to be in English.
Scientific and Commercial Exhibition
During Congress a Scientific and Commercial Exhibition will take place.
Speakers are kindly requested to hand in all material of their presentation (USB stick, CD-ROM) at least one hour before their scheduled presentation time. If a presentation is scheduled early in the morning, speakers are kindly requested to check their presentation the day before. If you are using embedded video clips in your presentation, please remember to submit video files separately.
Registration & Accommodation
All participants must submit a completed registration form. Hotel accommodation at special Congress rates will be available to participants on the Congress website.
Delegates’ badges will be available from the Congress secretariat. It is compulsory for all participants to wear their badges in the Congress venue and the exhibition area.
Certificate of Attendance
A certificate of attendance will be given to participants the last day of the Congress.
Internet access can be found in the Internet Cafes and some of the rest of the cafes around the city. It is also generally available in the business centers in most of Athens Hotels. The Internet country code is .gr Free internet access will be available at the Congress Venue.
The international access code for Greece is +30. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 001 for the USA or Canada, 0044 for the United Kingdom). Public payphones are available all over Greece and use phone cards, which can be purchased from kiosks.
GMT +2 (GMT +3 between last Sunday in March and last Sunday in October).
The climate in Greece is typically Mediterranean with warm and dry summers and mild winters. The weather in Athens during the month of September is usually warm in the morning and quite cool in the evening.
For more information please visit: www.freemeteo.com or www.bbc.co.uk/weather/.
Electricity is 220 V/50 Hz. Plugs are the standard continental (DIN) type with two round pins. Appliances from North America require a transformer and British ones an adaptor.
The currency of Greece is the Euro (€). Foreign currencies and travellers cheques can be exchanged at all banks, exchange counters and most of the hotels.
All major credit cards are accepted in almost all hotels, shops and restaurants. Stickers in the front windows will advise you as to which cards are accepted.
Banks & ATMs
Banks are open from Monday to Thursday, 8:00-14:30 hrs and on Friday, 8:00-14:00hrs; on Saturdays and Sundays they are closed. Central branches of some banks (Omonia Square, Syntagma Square) may be found open until 20.00 daily and from 10.00 to 16.30 on Saturdays. ATMs are widely available all over the country. For further details while in Greece please consult your hotel concierge.
Post Offices Operating Hours: Monday to Friday from 08:00 am – 14:00 pm. Central Post Offices are open from Monday to Friday from 08:00 am -20:00 pm and on Saturday from 08:00 am – 13:30 pm
Shopping in Athens
The usual opening hours for shops are:
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 09.30 to 14.30
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 09.30 to 14.30 and from 17.30 to 20.30
Department stores and supermarkets are open from 09.00 to 20.00 (Monday to Friday) and from 09.00 to 18.00 (Saturday) and are closed on Sunday.
Restaurants and Taverns are normally open for lunch from 12:30 to 16:00, for dinner from 19:00 to midnight. Fast food and souvlaki shops usually serve food all day long, and some of them stay open till late at night. Cafes and bars are open all day from about 8:00 until late at night.
Tap water is potable in Athens, while bottled water is widely available and can be purchased in kiosks, supermarkets, convenience stores and hotels.
Athens International Airport “ELEFTHERIOS VENIZELOS”
Call Center: +30 210 3530000+30 210 3530000 (available on 24th hours basis)
Location: The airport is situated 20 miles (33km) south east of Athens city center.
Proper travel and health insurance is recommended to be carried out before travelling to Greece. The Professional Congress Organizer cannot accept liability for personal injury or loss/damage of property and belongings during the Congress or your stay in Athens, Greece. Participants are requested to make their own arrangements with respect to health and travel insurance.
Useful Telephone Numbers
Tourist Police: 171 & 210 6977386
Airport Police: 210 3536919
Hospitals: 149 44
Pharmacies: 149 44
International Emergency Call: 112 & 911
Telecommunications: 11 888
Weather: 14 944
Time: 14 844
International Call Information: 139
Ferry Routs: 149 44