The Conference will be hosted at the National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF). NHRF is one of the largest Research Centers in Greece, was founded in 1958 originally under the name "Royal Research Foundation". It is a non-profit Research Foundation supervised by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) of the Ministry of Culture, Education and Religious Affairs in Greece.

NHRF has around 450 employees (both permanent staff members and personnel in externally funded research projects), of which, 85% of them are University graduates with the majority of them to be PhD holders. In addition, NHRF acts as an Educational Centre for undergraduate students, postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers. In particular, NHRF hosts, supports and trains young scientists (approximately 100 per year) who carry out dissertations, doctoral research (in collaboration with Greek universities) as well as post-doctoral papers in the framework of externally funded projects. Finally, a large number of researchers is involved in teaching in the framework of undergraduate and postgraduate programs of Greek and foreign Universities.

NHRF is carrying out around 180 research programmes funded by the European Commission, the Greek General Secretariat of Research & Technology, public organizations and private enterprises. During the period 2005-2012, the overall budget of the programmes amounted to 25,5 million Euros, which were carried out through collaboration with more than 100 partners from Greece and abroad.

NHRF has become a key player both at the National and International levels in the development of new scientific knowledge. Institute of Historical Research (IHR) is at international level one of the most important places for the study of the Greek archaeology and history (ancient, medieval and modern) and, at the same time, a unique infrastructure of national importance. The two "Natural Sciences" Institutes have excelled in their individual fields of study whereas, in the framework of the strategic policy of the Foundation, they optimize the potentials for synergies due to their spatial and scientific proximity. In addition, the human capital as well as the logistics infrastructures for the common development of innovative interdisciplinary basic research actions and applications is present as well. Both the Humanities and the Natural Sciences Institutes collaborate closely with the National Documentation Centre in joint activities, thus increasing the potential and the outreach of the research carried out at NHRF.

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National Hellenic Research Foundation (N.H.R.F)
48 Vassileos Constantinou Avenue
11635, Athens

The building has two entrances: the first is located on Vassileos Constantinou Av (N. 48) and the second on Vassileos Georgiou str.

You can get to NHRF by:
  • Metro
    Evangelismos station (Exit to Rizari). This is the preferred way to move in Athens. You can download a map of the Athens metro here.
  • Bus
    203, 204, 211, 214 (Bus stop: 2nd Rizari),
    225 224 (Bus stop: Evangelismos)
    450, 550 (Bus stop: Rizari)
    622 (Bus stop: Evangelismos)
    815 (Bus stop: Evangelismos)
  • Trolleybus
    from Patision St. Trolleybus 3 (Bus stop: Evangelismos, on Vas. Sophias Ave.)
    8, 13 (Bus stop: Evangelismos, on Vas. Sophias Ave.)

Getting to/from the Athens International Airport and the city center, located about 20 km (12 miles) east can be achieved via:

  • Metro
    Take Metro Line 3 (Aghia Marina – Douk. Plakentias - Athens International Airport), which connects the Athens airport with the city center. Trains run every 30 minutes, 7 days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. The trip from/to the Airport to Syntagma station (Athens center) lasts 40 minutes. See the Metro timetable to the airport here.
    For tickets and cards check here.
  • Bus
    X95 : Syntagma – Airport
    Direct Connection to Syntagma Square at Athens city center. Link to metro line 2 station at: SYNTAGMA Link to metro line 3 stations at: NOMISMATOKOPEIO, ETHNIKI AMYNA, SYNTAGMA Link to tramway routes at: SYNTAGMA.
    Χ96 : Piraeus – Airport
    Direct Connection to Piraeus central passenger port terminals. Link to metro line 1 stations at: N.FALIRO (ISAP N.FALIRO), PEIRAIAS. Link to suburban rail station at: PEIRAIAS Link to tramway routes at: PLATEIA GLYFADAS, EDEM, FLISVOS.
  • Proastiakos
    The Suburban railway (Proastiakos) connects the Athens airport with the Athens Central Railway Station (Larissis Station) and Acharnai Railway Center, and through them to the National Railway network.
    Current timetables:
    Airport – Kiato and Kiato – Airport
    Kiato – Patras bus connections
    Piraeus – Athens – Halkida line.
    Tip: The Suburban railway departs every 15-25 minutes from the Athens Airport railway station to Plakentias station, where you can change trains and continue to the city center (Metro Line 3 to Egaleo), using the same ticket. To find your itinerary or book your tickets, please check here .
  • Taxi
    Taxis are available at the designated Taxi waiting area located at Exit 3 of Arrivals Level.A taxi from the airport to the city center (inner ring) costs a flat rate of €35 from 5:00 a.m. to midnight, and €50 from midnight to 5:00 a.m.
    Note: The charge is determined by the time of arrival at the destination and includes all applicable surcharges and extras.


The history of Athens begins more then 3000 years ago when during the prehistoric times its first inhabitants created their first settlement on the rock of Acropolis. It took hundreds of years until the sacred rock of Acropolis find its glory during the golden age of Pericles 495 - 429 BC with the construction of most of its Monuments like the Parthenon by the famous architects Iktinos and Kallikrates and the Sculptor Phidias. During those thousands of years Athens went through times of Glory and times of decline . Finally became the Capital of Greece in 1834 mostly for its location and historical importance.

Since then Athens grew to the city we know today, an important financial European capital that hosted the last Olympic games with a great success. The infrastructure of Athens has been developed very fast within the last 10 years with new highways, a new airport, new metro lines, a new tram line, a new railway the Proastiakos rail, huge shopping centres, stadiums and sport centres and the port of Piraeus has been developed to one of the most important ports in the Mediterranean.

Due to this new infrastructure and the quick access by rail ,metro and car a kind of dis urbanisation has began in Athens as many Athenians prefer to live out side of the city centre in suburbs and areas that a few years ago were holiday resorts. Athens has very good transport services, the visitor can use the bus, trolley tram or the metro and of course taxi. Since the distances to most of the main sights of Athens are not far, walking is a good idea and a good way to get to know Athens. Of course you will not be able to see Athens within one or two days unless you want to get some pictures of the Acropolis and pack for the Greek islands, but Athens has a lot of attractions that someone will need at least one week or more. there are many museums in Athens like the National Archaeological museum of Athens one of the most important museums in the world, exhibition centres, shopping malls, theatres and concert halls and of course the famous nightlife of Athens equivalent with the nightlife of Paris and London. There are many places to visit in Athens that sometimes you can spend the whole day just strolling around. A place like that, is Monastiraki and its famous flea market with all kind of old and new stuff, a place that first was used by the rag and bone men of Athens as their main market place. Just across Ermou street from Monastiraki is the area of Psiri with numerous restaurants, bars , cafes and taverns with Greek live music both Monastiraki and Psiri is something like the Camden market in London. But do not forget the beaches of Athens. From the Lycabettus hill you can have an amazing panoramic view of Athens. The coastal road from Faliro to Glyfada, Vouliagmeni and further until Sounion is full of sandy beaches, yacht marinas, hotels, sport clubs, a worth seeing Riviera of Athens. From the port of Athens, Piraeus you can visit the beautiful Greek islands of the Aegean world famous for their nature, history and tourist attractions like Crete, Rhodes, Kos, Santtorini, Mykonos and many others.

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Visit to the Acropolis Museum

The Acropolis Museum is an archaeological site-specific museum, housing more than 3.000 famous artefacts from the Athenian Acropolis, the most significant sanctuary of the ancient city. Located in the historical area of Makriyianni, southeast of the Rock of the Acropolis, the Museum narrates the story of life on the Rock from prehistoric times until the end of Antiquity. From its opening in June 2009 until March 2015 more than 12 million local and foreign visitors have passed through the Museum’s doors.

Architect Bernard Tschumi’s new Acropolis Museum replaced the old Museum on the Rock of the Acropolis. The new museum has a total area of 25,000 square meters, with exhibition space of over 14,000 square meters, approximately ten times the size of the old Museum. A tailor made museum building with extensive use of glass ensures breathtaking views of the Acropolis, the surrounding historic hills and the modern city of Athens and immediate views of the archaeological excavation that lies below the Museum, visible through large expanses of glass floor. With the benefit of the changing natural light, visitors can discern and discover the delicate surface variations of the sculptures and select the vantage point from which to observe the exhibits.

The archaeological excavation that lies beneath the Museum provides the opportunity to visitors to appreciate both the masterpieces of the Acropolis in the upper levels of the Museum against the remains of the day to day lives of the people that lived in the shadow of the Acropolis over various periods. After crossing the ground floor lobby of the Museum, the first collection that lies before the visitor presents finds from the sanctuaries and the settlement which were developed on the slopes of the Acropolis during all historic periods.

On Level One visitors learn about the history of life at the top of the Rock, from the 2nd millennium BC until the end of Antiquity. On Level Three, visitors are afforded the opportunity to view the sculptural decoration of the Parthenon, the most significant temple of the Acropolis.

The Museum provides an increasingly diverse program of activities for its visitors, including the presentation of Museum conservators at work within the galleries - currently the delicate laser cleaning of the famous Caryatid sculptures - 3D projections about the Acropolis in antiquity, gallery talks by Archaeologists-Museum Hosts and family-focused activities aided by backpack materials. Restaurant, café and Museum shopping is available, as well as quiet reading areas with publications about the Acropolis.

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