CONGRESS SECRETARIAT & REGISTRATION DESK
The Congress Secretariat & Registration Desk will be located at the Main Entrance of the School of Philosophy of the University of Athens. Volunteers will be around the Secretariat Desk to direct you within the Venue.
The Congress Secretariat will be responsible for Registration and Accommodation issues. Badges and all Conference Material will be also provided from there.
For your convenience, please give your confirmation letter to the Congress Secretariat upon registration.
CONGRESS SECRETARIAT & REGISTRATION DESK HOURS OF OPERATION
Saturday, August 3, 2013 09:00 – 18:00
Sunday, August 4, 2013 07:30 – 18:00
Monday, August 5, 2013 07:30 – 18:00
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 08:00 – 18:00
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 08:00 – 18:00
Thursday, August 8, 2013 08:00 – 18:00
Friday, August 9, 2013 08:00 – 18:00
Saturday, August 10, 2013 08:00 – 18:00
A tour desk will be located next to the Registration Desk. You can book a tour or an excursion at the special Congress rates.
GENERAL INFORMATION DESK
The General Information Desk will be located next to the Congress Secretariat.
For any information regarding sessions, ceremonies, transportation and dining, you are kindly requested to consult the Congress Programme.
23rd World Congress of Philosophy
University of Athens
School of Philosophy
Greece is a European Country, where the visitor is in a crossroad of colours and cultures, feels the strength of History and the warmth of the southern extremity of Europe and discovers the evolutionary course of thought, influence and experience. The country has a uniquely affluent historical past and although statistically small, is huge in its diversity. It acquires landscapes that have given thousands of postcard images and remain incredibly vivid and of unrivalled beauty. Greece is a country of beautiful contradictions, a constant journey in time, from the present to the past and back again. In Greece the succession of images is not just imagination; it is a sheer reality.
The Greek spirit, a force of creativity and renewal throughout Greece’s long history, has yet again transformed the urban landscape. Even under the recent difficult circumstances, Greece still remains a unique destination that combines business and pleasure in the best possible way! It is one of the most charismatic locations in terms of natural beauty, with mild climate conditions, a combination of landscapes from sea to mountains and a very safe & hospitable place appropriate for vacation and business activities throughout the year!
THE CITY OF ATHENS
Athens – The city of history and vision.
Within the sprawling city of Athens it is easy to imagine the Golden Age of Greece when Pericles had the Parthenon built, when the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides were performed in the Theater of Dionysus and when democracy brought all citizens together to decide their common fate on the Pynx Hill. Each year, more and more travelers are choosing Athens for their leisure and business travel all year round. There are several reasons; Athens offers a variety of things to see and do, and most of the times, under favorable weather conditions. Athens is considered one of Europe's safest capitals; its transportation network is user-friendly; there are numerous museums and archeological sites and hundreds of restaurants to satisfy every taste.
Characterized by a culture and people that are welcoming and hospitable, every visitor just feels at home in Athens. The glorious Athens of antiquity is becoming synonymous with that of its contemporary counterpart.
Athens is an ideal congress destination, combining state-of-the-art infrastructure, excellent conference facilities and easy access from all over the world with world-class cultural attractions, modern amenities, diverse entertainment and natural beauty. Most hotels in Athens underwent extensive renovation in preparation of the 2004 Olympic Games, a great benefit for contemporary visitors that can enjoy comfortable and stylish accommodation combined with outstanding services.
Surrounded by a lining of stunning seas and mountains, Athens is filled with gems just waiting to be discovered. The Saronic Gulf, which, due to its proximity to Athens, is the prime yacht charter area in Greece, surrounds the west coasts of Athens and Attica.
During the last two decades, a construction of advanced wastewater treatment facilities has resulted in a spectacular recovery of water quality in the Saronic Gulf. Visitors can now enjoy numerous beach and bathing establishments which are in operation from Palaio Faliro to Sounion.
GETTING TO ATHENS–GREECE
The new award-winning Athens International Airport, Eleftherios Venizelos, has been serving Greece's capital since its opening to the public on March 28th, 2001. Its stellar design has -according to surveys- made it one of the world's leading airports in overall passenger satisfaction for the last four years and Europe's fastest growing airport. Athens International Airport is regarded as one of the safest airports in the world.
At the crossroads of Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Athens is a city that is easily accessible from virtually any point of departure. Flights from major airport hubs in London, Berlin, Paris, New York, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Zurich, Rome, Milan, Larnaca and Dubai come in daily and frequently.
Located 33 km (20 miles) southeast of Athens, it is easily accessible via Attiki Odos, a major highway constituting the Athens City Ring Road. Public transportation to Athens and the Port of Piraeus is provided by express airport bus connections on a 24-hour basis, while a direct Metro line connects the airport with the city centre (Syntagma square) in 27 minutes.
How to reach from the airport the City Centre:
By metro: There is a direct line (blue line no 3), which runs every 30 min. and connects the Athens International Airport with the City Centre (Syntagma Square).
By Bus: X95 (direct airport line)
How to reach from the airport the Congress Venue:
By metro: Take the blue line no 3, and take off at “Evangelismos” Station. Then take the bus 608 to Zografos Cemetery or the bus 250 to the Gate of the University Campus. From the gate of the University Campus, you may use the specific bus which stops outside the venue.
Athens can be reached by road via Western Balkan countries, Bulgaria, Albania, FYROM and Turkey.
There are daily ferryboat connections from Italy (Ancona, Bari and Brindisi, Venice and Trieste) to Patras, the second largest port of entry to Greece approximately 220 km (135 miles) from Athens, and to Igoumenitsa.
The main railway network of Greece currently provides links between Athens and the rest of Central and Eastern Europe through Bulgaria and Turkey.
Greece is a Member-State of the European Union and has ratified and follows the provisions of the Schengen Agreement, which abolished controls on common internal lands, at air and sea borders and allows Member-State citizens to travel around without a visa for a short stay period of up to three (3) months. However, airlines and other carriers require a valid passport and/or police I.D. Card or other form of official identification means.
Citizens of the majority of the countries that are not Member-States of the Schengen Agreement require a visa to enter Greece and the E.U. Visitors from these countries can obtain further information from the Hellenic Embassies or Consulates in their countries, or even from their travel agencies.
When travelling to Greece on a tourist visa, visitors are required to have travel insurance that covers cases of medical or other emergencies for the duration of their stay.
LETTER OF ACCEPTANCE
In order to facilitate Congress participants to issue an entry visa to Greece, official invitation letters will be provided upon request. The letters of acceptance will confirm that participants holding this letter will travel to Greece in order to attend the Congress. For that reason, we kindly ask participants to fill in their passport number in the Registration Form. Participants are kindly requested to take into account that invitation letters serve only the purpose to obtain Visa and do not include any financial obligation or commitment on behalf of the Organizers.
TRAVELLING IN & AROUND ATHENS
The Athens public transportation network offers a wide variety of routes, combining many different means, namely the metro, railway, buses, trolleybuses and trams. With a 1,40 € ticket anyone can move around using one or more means of transport within 1 hour and 30 minutes. Tickets are available at all metro and train stations as well as at the kiosks on the streets. Day or weekly passes are also available offering public transport at a discounted rate.
When travelling on the bus, metro, railway and tram, passengers are required to validate their tickets after purchasing them and before boarding (metro, tram) or on board (busses etc). The fine for a non-validated ticket in Athens is 40 times its value. The validation machines in the buses and trolleybuses are orange boxes. On the metro, the boxes are in the station lobby and on the tram, there are beige boxes located on the platform and inside the car.
Integrated Ticket: 1,40 € (valid for multiple trips on all public transport options, in urban zone - buses, trolleys, tram, metro, suburban railway-, in any direction for up to 90 minutes).
One Way Ticket: 1.20 € (valid only on buses and trolleys for only one trip.)
Airport Express Bus Lines Ticket: 5€ (valid only for one trip from or to the airport)
Airport Metro And Suburban Railway Ticket : 8€ (valid only for one trip from or to the airport)
Day ticket: 4€ (valid for all means of public transport for 24 hours)
Weekly ticket: 14€ (valid for all means of public transport for 7 days)
Note: Above rates are valid for 2012. A slight increase may occur during the forthcoming year
The native language is Modern Greek. English is widely spoken as a second language by the majority of Greeks, while French and German are also spoken at a good extent.
Greece is two hours
ahead of Greenwich Mean Time GMT+2
Greece 12:00 - London 10:00 - New York 05:00 - Sydney 20:00
The electricity current in Greece is 220v, 50Hz and the socket type is European Standard.
Starting from July 1st 2009 smoking is prohibited by the law at all indoor public areas in Greece.
Public hospitals work on a rotation basis with regards to dealing with emergency incidents. To find out which hospitals are open for emergency incidents at a specific time, dial 14944. Treatment in public hospitals is free of charge.
Currency & Banking
Greece is a full member of the European Union since 1981 and its currency is the Euro (€). All major credit cards are widely accepted in Greece. ATMs and Exchange Offices are widely available.
Foreign currency may be exchanged to Euros at most Greek and foreign banks and at exchange bureaus located in the city centre. Travellers are kindly requested to bring their passport when exchanging money as they will need it for the transaction. Traveller’s checks and credit cards issued by major companies are also widely recognized and an accepted means of purchasing items in Athens.
Banks are open to the public Monday through Thursday 08:00 to 14:30 and Friday 08:00 to 14:00, except for public holidays. The "Open24" Bank (Eurobank) is open mornings and afternoons, as well as on Saturdays.
Restaurants and taverns are normally open for lunch from 12.30hrs to 16.00hrs, for dinner from 19.00hrs to midnight. Cafes and Bars are open all day long until late at night.
Athens takes the fuss of sightseeing. It is a user-friendly town thanks to the pleasant demeanor of the English-speaking Athenians and the easy to use and manageable transportation system. The visitor can see a lot in one day. Archaeological Sites, Classical Greek, Byzantine Museum, Art Galleries, street performances, festivals and many other attractions.
Needless to say, The Acropolis remains a “must see”… There is a special ticket package at the price of 12€ (the price is as per today) package at with which the visitor can visit almost all archaeological sites within the Athens City Center, namely:
• The Acropolis of Athens (The The Acropolis Museum is not included)
• The Ancient Agora
• The North slope of Acropolis
• The Roman Agora and
• The South Slope of Acropolis
This special ticket package can be bought at the entrance of each one of the above mentioned archaeological sites.
Furthermore, organized tours at special rates will be available for Congress participants. For further information on organized tours, participants are kindly requested to contact the Congress Secretariat.
Shopping in Athens can be a fascinating and satisfying experience for all. There are many well-known international name brand outposts and traditional Greek art and folklore shops. The visitor must make sure to stop in at least one of the many wonderful year-round outdoor cafes and restaurants in order to make his experience of shopping in the Athenian way, complete!
Major outlets: Monday - Friday. 9:00 - 21:00
Saturday, 09:00 to 18:00
Other Shops: Monday, Wednesday & Saturday 9:00 to 15:30;
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 9:00 to 20:30;
The international access code for Greece is +30 and for Athens 210.
The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code.
Athens is an ideal year-round city destination with comfortable and favourable climate conditions for travel and sightseeing. Rainfall is minimal, while the sun smiles upon its streets over 300 days a year. The summers (June through August) are dry and hot with temperatures ranging from 25° to 35°C. Seasonal winds, known as meltemi, may accompany some hot days depending on the climatic conditions.
The average temperature in Athens in August is 30-35°C. All Congress participants are strongly recommended not to wear heavy clothes during August, while hats, sun umbrellas and sunglasses are a “must”
Insurance & Liability
The Organizers accept no liability for any personal injury, loss or damage of property or additional expenses incurred to Conference participants either during the Congress or as result of delays, strikes or any other circumstances. Participants are requested to make their own arrangements with respect to health and travel insurance.