Official Language

The official language of the Congress is English.

All abstract submissions and presentations are to be in English.

No simultaneous translation will be provided.

Scientific and Commercial Exhibition

During Congress a Scientific and Commercial Exhibition will take place.

Audiovisual Equipment

A Speakers Ready Desk will be available for presenters, every day throughout the Congress. Please note that you need to bring your presentation (PPT or PDF format) on a CD (not a ZIP disk!) or on a USB stick. Personal laptops are not allowed.

We advise you to do this the day before your presentation or, if not possible, early in the morning of the day of your presentation. 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 and Accommodation

All participants must submit a completed registration form. Hotel accommodation at special Congress rates will be available to participants on the Congress website.

Badges

Upon registration, participants will receive a badge with their names written on.

Delegates are asked to wear their badge during in sessions. Entrance to meeting halls, poster and exhibition areas will not be permitted to any person without a congress badge, which will be scanned with a barcode system.

Certificate of Attendance

A certificate of attendance will be given to participants the last day of the Congress.

Liability and Insurance

The organizers cannot be held responsible for accidents to conference participants or accompanying persons, for damage, or loss of personal property or cancellation expenses. Participants are kindly advised to carry out their own insurance arrangements during their stay in Greece.

Time

GMT +2 (GMT +3 between last Sunday in March and last Sunday in October).

Climate

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 Supply

Electricity in Greece, as in the rest of Europe, comes out of the wall socket at 220 volts alternating at a 50 cycles per second. The sockets are for plugs with two or three round pins in a row (CEI 23-16/VII and CEE 7/4 German style Schuko). Appliances from North America require a transformer and British ones an adaptor.

Currency

Euro is the official currency in Greece. Money exchange is available in most of banks. There are plenty of cash dispensers in Athens. Major international credit cards are widely but not always accepted in Greece (check in advance is small restaurants), and are not commonly used for small amounts. Banks are open from Monday to Thursday 08:00-14:30 and on Friday 08:00 – 14:00.

Credit Cards

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 and 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 Office

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 form 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

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.

Water

Tap water is potable in Athens, while bottled water is widely available and can be purchased in kiosks, supermarkets convenience stores and hotels.

International Calls

Dial 00 + country code + area code + phone number. The international code number from abroad is + 30 followed by the number code of the person you are calling, comprehensive of the “210” of Athens region.

Useful Telephone Numbers

Police-Immediate Response: 100

Fire Brigade: 199

Tourist Police: 171 or (+30) 210 6977386

Airport Police: (+30) 210 3536919

Ambulance Service: 166

Emergency Hospitals, Pharmacies: 14944

Medical Emergency Number: 112

Poisoning center: (+30) 210 7793777

Immediate social help: 197

Telecommunications info: 11888

Weather: 14944

Time: 14844

International Call Information: 139

Ferry Routs: 14944

Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos”, Call Centre: (+30) 210 3530000

Service of Lost or Stolen Credit Cards

American Express: (+30) 210 3397250

MasterCard: 00800118870303

Diners: (+30) 210 9290200

Visa: 00800116380304

Eurocard: (+30) 210 9503673