The 5th Annual EALTA Conference

Location

 

During the Conference use will be made of the Hellenic American University conference facilities located at Massalias 22. The main building of the University is located at Kaplanon 12.

 

Conference facilities (Massalias 22)

 

Fully renovated in 1998, the building houses the only multi-purpose conference center in the heart of Athens.

All sessions will be held in the Main Conference Room (2nd floor) with a seating capacity of 200. With equipment such as Dolby ProLogic Surround System, wireless simultaneous interpretation equipment, voting system and Internet/network access, the Auditorium hosts a wide range of events such as Conferences and large workshops, guest lectures, talks, film screenings for both the University community and the broader professional public.

 

Coffee breaks and the cocktail reception will be served in the “Union Café” restaurant (2nd floor) and in the Roof Garden (8th floor) respectively, overlooking the Acropolis and the Saronic Gulf.

Participants will be able to use the Hellenic American University Library (4th floor), with more than 30,000 books and 166 titles of journals and, via EBSCOhost, will have access to ERIC, Business Source Premier, and other on-line sources.

Also, an "Internet park" with 20 computers will be in operation, for the exclusive use of the participants.

 

Transportation

 

Both the conference facilities and the University’s main building are very near bus and trolley-bus stops and Metro stations (Metro: Panepistimio).

 

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About Athens

 

Welcome to Athens – or Athina (/a' θ ina/) – as Greeks or Hellenes (/' ε lin ε s /) call it.

With thousands of years of history and a tradition steeped in mythology, the city – named after Athena, the goddess of wisdom – is the capital of Greece or Hellas (/e'las/), with a population of roughly 3,500,000 citizens.

Throughout, there are ancient remains, the most prominent of which is the Acropolis, a reminder of the glory of the 5th century B.C. Athenian Democracy (/ð imokra'tia/), the first ever democracy in the world. You can also see many Byzantine churches and monasteries and admire the well-preserved neo-classical buildings to be found in the center and in older neighborhoods such as Plaka.

Of course, Athens is a modern city as well. The host of the 2004 Olympic Games (the first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens in 1896), it boasts an expanding new subway (The Metro) and tram systems.

It is a hospitable city, with many outdoor cafes, pedestrian streets, parks, and gardens, and nightlife for all budgets and tastes.

Also, the center of Athens is only 35' away by subway to the port of Piraeus (/pir ε ' as/). From there, you can take boats to all the nearby islands of the Saronic Gulf (Hydra, Poros, Aegina, Spetses), the Cycladic islands, the islands of the Dodecanese, Crete, and many others.

If you wish to enjoy the beach, the nearest ones can easily be accessed by tram.

Enjoy your stay!

 

Shopping and Entertainment

 

The venue is very centrally located and within walking distance to all major Athens shopping and recreation areas, such as the following:

  • Kolonaki area: Rather expensive stores by major Greek and international designers – Cafés – Restaurants – Bars (Metro: Evangelisomos)
  • Syntagma Square: The Greek Parliament – Expensive hotels with classy cafés, bars, and restaurants (Metro: Syntagma)
  • Ermou Street: Moderate priced stores for all tastes, esp. women's footwear, clothes, and cosmetics (Metro: Syntagma)
  • Plaka: Below the Acropolis, traditional Athenian tavernas (some with live Greek music) – Souvenir stores – Paved streets and neoclassical buildings (Metro: Syntagma)
  • Monastiraki: Flea Market – A “must” on Sundays – Inexpensive stores with new and used clothing, items, antiques – Bargaining is imperative! (Metro: Monastiraki)
  • Psyri: Traditional Greek mezedopolia with tasty titbits (some with live Greek music) – Cafés – Restaurants – Bars – Clubs – Antique stores (Metro: Monastiraki)

 

Culture

Most major art galleries and museums are either within walking distance or quite close by means of transport.

 

Useful links

General information

Travel in Greece

Transportation in Athens

 

Transportation to / from the airport

The Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” is located 33km southeast of Athens and is easily accessible via Attiki Odos, a six-lane motorway constituting the Athens City Ring Road.

Connection with Athens and the port of Piraeus is provided by Metro, suburban railway and express airport buses, ensuring efficient transport for air travellers and facilitating linkage to key tourist attractions.