Venue – General Information

The conferences are jointly organized in Athens, Greece.

 

Dates

 

The iarigai conference will start on Sunday, 19 September (evening reception) and will end on Friday, 24 September 2021 (departures)

The International Circle conference will start on Monday, 20 September (evening reception) and will end on Friday, 24 September 2021 (departures)

 

Location of the Conferences

The 47th annual conference of iarigai and the 52nd conference of the IC will be hosted at the premises of University of West Attica – UNIWA (former TEI of Athens), Egaleo Park Campus, Ag. Spyridonos str.,12243, Athens. Most of the conference activities will take place at the UNIWA Conference Center, with a capacity of 350 seats.

 

For the location of UNIWA, please follow the link.

 

How to get there from the official Conference Hotels at Metaxourgheio Square:

By Bus: Take busses A15 and B15 from Metaxourgeio Sq. bus Station to “Athens TEI” station (12-15 minutes drive). For more information, please follow the link 

 

By Metro: from Metaxourgeio station direction HELLINIKON. Change at Syntagma station to line 3 (blue line) direction NIKEA. Disembark at AGHIA MARINA station. From there it is 15 minutes walking to the University of West Attica.

By Taxi: Around 6 Km drive. Cost: Around 5 to 8 Euros.

For directions from Metaxourgeio square to the University of West Attica – Egaleo Park Campus, please follow the link.

 

 

Organizers

The Conferences are organized by HELGRAMED – The Hellenic Union of Graphic Arts and Media Technology and GRAPHMEDLAB – The Hellenic Graphic-Media Research Lab, University of West Attica.

 

Co-organizers are:

iarigai – the International Association of Research Organizations for the Information, Media and Graphic Arts Industries and

 

IC – the International Circle of Educational Institutes of Graphic-Media Technology and Management

 

Director of the Conferences: Prof. Dr. Anastasios E. Politis, politismedia@gmail.com

 

Conference Secretariat: Pinelopi Gkountara helgramed@gmail.com

 

for iarigai please contact:  

Prof. Branka Lozo Secretary General, office@iarigai.org

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gunter Huebner, Chairman of the iarigai, huebner@hdm-stuttgart.de

 

for IC please contact: Anastasios E. Politis, Chairman of the IC, politismedia@gmail.com

 

Badges

Badges will be handed over at the Secretariat office to all registered participants during the working days and hours of the conference. Participants are requested to wear their badge for security reasons and for access to the meeting rooms and the social events.

 

Letter of Invitation

Delegates – conference participants requiring a letter of invitation in order to attend the conference may write to the Conference Secretariat, specifying the necessary details. Please note this procedure aims to assist delegates who need to obtain a visa or permission to attend the Conference. It is not an official invitation covering fees and other expenses and does not imply any financial support from the Conference.

 

Disclaimer

The Organizing committee accepts no liability for any injuries/losses incurred by participants and /or accompanying persons, nor loss of, or damage to, any luggage and/or personal belongings.

 

 

Useful tips and links about Greece, Athens, Maps and Travel

 

Please find here useful information about Greece and Athens in regard with your attendance of the conferences

Arrival at Athens International Airport S.A. (AIA) “ELEFTHERIOS VENIZELOS”

Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos commonly initialized as AIA, is the largest international airport in Greece, serving the city of Athens and region of Attica. It is located between the towns of Koropi, Markopoulo, Spata and Loutsa, 30 km (19 miles) east of Athens.

At Athens Airport you can find a wide variety of options regarding ground transportation:

  • Bus: There are 4 bus lines which connect the airport to Athens greater area. 
  • Train: Athens Airport is connected via suburban rail to Athens Central Railway Station (Larissis Station), Port of Pireaus and Kiato.
  • Metro:To access by metro, take Athens Metro Line 3 at the Airport’s Railway Station. 
  • Taxi: Get to downtown Athens within 35 minutes by taxi.
  • Car Rental: Rent a car in Athens Airport.

For further information about the transportation from the Airport you can find in the following link

https://www.airport-athens.com/transport.php                 

 

From Athens Airport to the Conference Hotels

From the Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos, you can reach the Conference Hotels at Metaxourgheio Square by metro and suburban railway (named Proastiakos).

– By Metro: From the Airport train station take Metro line 3 (Blue Line) to Syntagma. Change to metro line 2 (Red line) direction ANTHOUPOLI. Disembark at Metaxourgeio Station (3rd station). All official Conference hotels are located at 2-5 minutes walk from the metro station.

– By suburban railway (Proastiakos): From the Airport train station take Proastiakos train to Larissa Station. Change to metro line 2 (Red line) direction HELLINIKO. Disembark at Metaxourgeio Station (next station). All official Conference hotels are located at 2-5 minutes walk from the metro station.

– By taxi: Cost: around 40 to 60 Euro (depending on the time and traffic). For more information and taxi booking please follow the link.

 

Public Transport

Metro

In Athens, there are 3 metro lines (red, blue, green) which serve the city, 2 suburban railway lines (yellow, dark blue), which connect the city center with the suburbs, trams that connect the city center to the seaside, as well as a lot of busses and trolley busses and of course taxis.

Tickets can be bought either inside the metro station from the automatic machines and the desks, from kiosks, or the TfA app.

Map of Athens Metro: https://www.athensguide.com/map/athens-metro-map.jpg

More details about public transportation in Athens you can find in the following link

https://www.oasa.gr/en/

 

Taxis (yellow color in Athens) may be a more convenient – although pricier- mean of transportation. On the road if you want to catch a taxi you must raise your hand to stop it. Taxis operate a 24-hour service and are rather cheap, compared with other cities in Europe. They can be hailed down on the street or otherwise picked up at taxi stands around major tourist squares such as Monastiraki and Syntagma. Most taxi drivers speak English, however, if you have the address of your destination, you can show it to the driver. don’t.

Otherwise, you can call a taxi company for a private appointment:

  • Taxiplon: +30 210 27 73 600
  • Radio TAXI Asteras: 18288
  • Radio Taxi Kosmos: 18300

You can also use the application Taxibeat to find a taxi or the Uber where you can choose your taxi driver.

You can lodge a complaint by calling 1019 (weekdays from 8:00am-10:00pm and on Saturdays from 8:30am-8:00pm).

 

 

General Information

Athens, GREECE

Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece and dominates the Attica region. Athens is considered Europe’s historical capital and the birthplace of democracy, arts, architecture among others. The official language is Greek, which is spoken by the vast majority of the population. English is widely spoken particularly in tourist destinations.

Below you can find some useful and practical information concerning everyday life in Athens.

Athens has a mild climate, with sunshine more than 260 days a year. The average monthly temperature in September in Athens is: 25°C.

For Weather forecasts visit the following links: 

 

 

COVID-19 Information

Important information about your travel plans from/to the Athens International Airport can be found here: https://www.aia.gr/traveler/travellers-info/faq-for-covid19

Further advice for travelers regarding COVID- 19 and the current pandemic situation in the country is available here: https://eody.gov.gr/en/

 

Electric current

You can use your electric appliances in Greece, if the standard voltage in your country is in between 220V – 240V. This includes countries in Europe, Australia and most of the Asian and African countries. However, if the standard voltage in your country is in the range of 100V – 127V you need a power converter. This refers to the US, Canada and most South American countries.

Depending on your country you may need an adapter, if the power socket of your appliances does not fit into the plug. You can buy the appropriate equipment, like voltage converters and adaptors from many places in Greece, such as electric stores, or local markets. You can even find them at shops located in the airports, before departing from home.

 

Currency – Banks – ATMs

Greece uses euro (EUR – €) as a monetary unit and no other currency is accepted for transactions. You can exchange foreign currency at a bank or at the airport, or at an official exchange shop.

 

Internet:

In many parts of central Athens (Syntagma square, Kotzia square, the area of Thissio etc.) there is free wireless internet connection available. For more information: www.athenswifi.gr.

Safety in the city

Greece and Athens are regarded as safe in terms of safety and security. However, Athens is a big city and therefore pick-pockets are also present. Please take all appropriate security measures in order to protect your belongings. In particular be aware in metro and busses, metro stations and at places where you deal with money (ATMs, Banks, purchase of tickets, archaeological sites etc.

City Discovery

Antiquities in Athens: A 3-kilometre pedestrian zone (the biggest in Europe) has been established in central roads (Vas. Olgas Str, D. Areopagitou Str, Ap. Pavlou Str, Adrianou Str. and a section of Ermou Str) leading to the major archaeological sites of Athens (archaeological park).

  • THE ACROPOLIS
  • OLYMPIEION
  • HADRIAN’S ARCH
  • DIONYSSIOU AREOPAGITOU STREET
  • THE ANCIENT THEATRE OF DIONYSOS
  • THE STOA OF EUMENES
  • THE AREIOS PAGOS
  • PHILOPAPPOU HILL
  • PNYX
  • THE ANCIENT AGORA
  • THE ROMAN AGORA
  • HADRIAN’S LIBRARY
  • KERAMEIKOS
  • AKADEMIA PLATONOS (PLATO’S ACADEMY)

 

Museums:

In Athens, Piraeus, the suburbs and environs, are a multitude of important museums and Archaeological sites. The list below includes a selection of most important museums to visit.

Shopping in Athens

In Adrianou Street (Plaka), you will find shops selling traditional products, souvenirs, Greek folk art and handicrafts, etc.

Ermou Street is a very busy street most of the year. It is the location of a multitude of wellknown shops.

Golden and silver jewellery are popular, given the international renown of Greek designers. A multitude of jewellers shops most of them located in the Syntagma Square and Kolonaki areas.

 

Emergency  Numbers

  • FIRST AID NATIONAL CENTER (Ambulances): 166
  • SOS DOCTORS : 1016
  • EUROPEAN EMERGENCY NUMBER: 112
  • POISONING PHONE CENTER: 210 77 93 777
  • FIRE AUTHORITY: 199
  • POLICE: 100
  • TOURIST POLICE: 1571

 

Travel documents, Passport & Visa

In order to visit Greece you need to have the following travel documents:

ID card:

In case that your country of origin is a signatory to the Schengen Agreement, you may use your national ID to enter the country and you may stay for a three-month period. In these cases a passport is not necessary, although you will need it in a variety of other transactions, including currency exchange, shopping etc.

Passport:

 If your country of origin is one of the following non-EU countries, your passport allows you to visit Greece and remain in the country for up to three months (90 days) within a six-month period: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Vatican, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, USA, Uruguay, Venezuela. Find out more on the official webpage of the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs

VISAs – Entry requirements for Greece:

Depending on the country of origin, a visa may be required fοr entering Greece.

In case you travel with VISA, make sure you also have suitable insurance coverage for emergency medical treatment or other needs. Further information can be obtained from the link:

https://www.mfa.gr/en/visas/visas-for-foreigners-traveling-to-greece/

 

Insurance and liability

It is highly recommended that all participants carry an adequate travel and health insurance, as the organizers of iarigai-ic conferences cannot accept any liability for accidents, illnesses or injuries that may occur at or during the conference.