Demokritos IESL FORTH



Institute of Nuclear Physics

NCSR "Demokritos"

153 10 Aghia Paraskevi
Athens, Greece


Important Dates

15 January 2009

2nd Anouncement and Call for Abstracts

20 February 2009

Abstract submission deadline

16 March 2009

Notification to authors

27 March 2009

Preliminary program

27 March 2009

Early registration, Hotel reservation

15 April 2009

Final program

Athens General information

Getting in Athens


General information

Fast Guide: Athens
Area: 428 sq km / 165 sq miles
Population: 3.271.100
Time Zone: GMT/UTC +2 (Eastern European Time)
Currency: Euro (€)
Electricity: 230V AC 50 Hz. Appliances from North America require a transformer and British ones an adaptor
Electric Plug Details: European plug with two circular metal pins
City Dialling Code:



Redolent with mythology, smeared with grime, Athens is an affable city enlivened by outdoor cafes, pedestrian streets, parks, gardens and urban eccentrics. Almost every house and apartment has a balcony bulging with geraniums, and many of the city's streets and squares are fringed with orange trees.

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Athens due to its position in the world map constitutes the crossroads between Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Middle East and North Africa. The distance by air is small and the accessibility is quite easy. Athens is reachable from all major cities in Europe and abroad. Also, chartered flights can be scheduled upon request from all parts of the world to Athens.

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Committed to safety, user-friendliness, operation and service excellence, the state-of-the-art Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” opened in March 2001, with upgraded services ensuring the efficient handling of millions of passengers, thousands of aircraft and tons of cargo. Distinguished as one of the best airports in the world in the first three years of operation, the new Athens International Airport offers a wide range of services and facilities, making each moment at the airport a pleasant experience for the travelers, their meters and greeters, and the airport’s visitors. For more info about the Athens International Airport:

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In Athens the road network has been developed, especially with the building of the peripheral motorways, like Attiki Odos, which helps to facilitate the fast transportation throughout the entire Attiki Basin. Simultaneously, the country has progressed to large investments in the sector of public transport. The Athens Metro already covers many areas and continues to be developed and extended, the tram, the buses and the trolleys cover the land transportation. Finally with the investment incentives which were given to the owner of tourist and long distance coaches, the overwhelming majority of fleets are vehicles of the latest technology.

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Due to its position, Athens has the ideal weather conditions for the organization of professional meetings, as most of the months of the year summer is evident. The winter is much milder than in other European Destinations, whereas the summer is pleasant particularly in the coastal region of Athens. These weather conditions enable the participants to move easily, and to also appreciate and enjoy the monuments and the sights of the region without any problems.

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Athens and its region offer a large natural variety the give the opportunity to the delegates to also participate in recreational trips parallel to their professional obligations. One can go swimming in the blue waters that surround Athens, or even to follow more alternative activities, like rafting, trekking, mountain biking, scuba diving, sailing, bird watching and many other activities according the taste…

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The Greeks are a deeply cultural population. Every second of their lives is accompanied by music, theater, painting, poetry and literature. They do not miss an opportunity to sing their joy or sadness, taking with them whomever happens to be around them. Each summer in all parts of the country, the well known feasts take place with music, dance and local dishes. The works of art which are housed in the museums are famous throughout the world. Even in small temples, one can see hagiographies and stained glass of unique beauty. Unique in the world are the performances at ancient theatres in Athens, as they continue to be materialized at the exact place now for many thousands of years, there, where both ancient tragedy and ancient comedy was born. For more info about museums:

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If someone was to say one thing that Greece is famous for, surely that would be its history. The Acropolis is the country’s most characteristic symbol well known throughout the world. Also in every corner of the city, ancient buildings and monuments reveal a culture that determined all of Europe’s History. The country’s history is not only evident in the ancient times. Greece being on the border of the European Continent has to offer important monuments from the medieval times, the Byzantine times, the Ottoman Domination and the Venetian domination. It is a place, where history has walked upon it and has left its mark. For more info about museums:

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The Greek cuisine is now famous worldwide for its taste and high alimentary value. The term “Greek Cuisine” is translated into healthy diet and has been adopted by many dietary faculties. The dishes are many and vary from region to region. Also, the Greek wines are of the most awarded world wide. Even if one does not have the chance or the time to see anything else of Greece, the experience of a meal with Greek dishes and wine remains unforgettable. Cooking lessons are available while co operatives sell traditional products which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. For more info about fine dining in Athens:

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The integration of Greece in the Euro Zone renders it as easy in the monetary exchanges within Europe. Moreover, the relationship quality – good pricing, makes the country quite competitive in relation to other developing neighboring countries.

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A few words about Athens and Attica

Athens: A magical city. The city with the most glorious history in the world, is worshipped by gods and people. The enchanting capital of Greece has always been the birthplace of civilization.

It is the city where democracy was born and most of the wise men of ancient times. The most important civilization of ancient world flourished in Athens and relives through superb architectural masterpieces.

Who doesn't know the Acropolis of Athens? Photos and history of the most famous archaeological site in Europe have made the world tour causing feelings of admiration from millions of people worldwide. In fact the trademark of Athens is one of the favorites. The Holy Rock of the Acropolis has structures dated back to the 5th BC, the famous Golden Age of Periklis. Apart from glory and grandiosity, they carry Athens' chequered history, which met times of bloom and decline, but still shines under Atticas sky and gazes the future. Shining like the white of pendelikon marble.

Athens is a city with different aspects. A stroll around the famous historic triangle (Plaka, Thission, Psyri) the oldest neighborhoods, reveals the coexistence of different eras. Old mansions, other well-preserved and other worn down by time. Luxurious department stores and small intimate shops. Fancy restaurants and traditional taverns. All have a place in this city.


The heart of Athens is beating in Syntagma Square. Where Parliament and most of the Ministries are. But apart from the center, there are other areas with tourist development such as Monastiraki, Kolonaki, Lycabettus Hill and a few kilometers from the historic center Faliro, Glyfada, Voula and Vouliagmeni, where you can enjoy the sea breeze. Or you can head up north to Marousi, Melissia, Vrilissia and Kifisia and smell the fresh air.


In Athens and Attica you will find the most important archaeological sites (Acropolis, Odeion of Herodes Atticus, Olymbion, Roman Market, Panathinaiko Stadium - Kallimarmaro, The Temple of Poseidon in Sounio, etc), as well as the neoclassic imposing buildings, true ornaments (Greek Parliament, Athens Academy, University of Athens, etc). Don't miss visiting the museums hosting unique treasures of our cultural inheritance (Archaeological Museum, Martial Museum, Byzantine Museum, etc).


Athens has always attracted peoples' attention. During the 2004 Olympic Games proved that, despite all the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, she never - not once - lost the talent. The return of Olympic Games to their mother land was a great success.

The capital is famous, more than any other European capital, for its nightlife. Athens by night totally transforms. The options for entertainment satisfy all tastes. The famous bouzoukia are the leaders in Athenian entertainment. While theaters all around Athens offer a different type of entertainment. Athens is a divine city. Let yourselves to its magic...


Athens is not what it used to be. It is better. What has been done to Athens to prepare for the Olympics has turned a city, known for its faults as much as its assets, into one of the most walkable, livable, exciting, art, music and entertainment centers in the world. By unifying all the antiquities with parks and pedestrian streets and avenues and tying them in with the nightlife areas of the Plaka, Psiri and Thission they have created a model that other cities are sure to follow. With the new highways that divert traffic from the downtown they have not only made the city streets safer and the air cleaner but they have made it easier to get in and out of town by car, bus or taxi. The new metro makes the trip to the airport and the port easier and opens up new neighborhoods to visitors who used to be confined to an island downtown surrounding the Acropolis.



The coastal tram means you can get on one of the new air-conditioned light-rail cars and go to the beach or shop and have dinner in the coastal suburbs. The museums and galleries are renovated, air-conditioned and bigger and better with more opening every week. The streets are clean, hotels have all been renovated and restored, many made accessible to the disabled. The restaurants, tavernas, cafes, clubs and bars stay open late. And if you prefer a more quiet Athens there are parks and quiet neighborhoods that will suit you too.

What this means is that anytime of the year Athens is entertaining, whether it is your stop-off on the way to and from the Greek Islands in the summer or if you visit during business.

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When To Go
Spring and late autumn are ideal, due to its mild and very pleasant weather.

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Places to Eat

Eating out is a serious part of Athenian culture, as emphasised by the fresh local produce, the creative takes on traditional dishes like horiatiki salata (country salad) and mousaka (eggplant with minced meat and béchamel sauce), and the proliferation of new restaurants. The search for a good meal is a common trait in every Greek. A Lucullean feast always takes first place in his preference of pleasures, being even more important than sleep and love-making. Was the saying ‘the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach’ coined by chance? The Mediterranean land and sea of Greece have always been generously blessed with an ideal climate which has favoured the variety and delicious tastes of Greek foods. In combination with the gastronomical ingenuity of Greeks, this has nourished generations even in hard times of poverty and foreign occupation. Traditional recipes entice locals and tourists alike by providing another dimension to a journey to the magical regions of Greece. The foreigner’s choice of ‘Greek salad’ or ‘Moussaka’ in the tavernas is as recognizable as the toast ‘yia sou’ which usually accompanies a couple of glasses of red wine. Although Athens cannot compare with the great gastronomical metropolises of the world, it pays attention to the trends and presents a wide range of choices in order to worthily hold place on the world map of cuisine.

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Night Time Venues
Athens has enough venues to satisfy most entertainment needs although most clubs don't crank up until after midnight.
Do you fancy Greek delicacies or exotic dishes? Would you like to enjoy a drink by the sea or in the centre of Athens with a view of the hill of Lycabettus? Do you have a wild desire to sway to the beat of Greek or international music? No matter how you decide to spend your evening, whatever your taste in entertainment, one thing is certain:
Athenian nights are long and cater for everyone who sets off on a long or short night jaunt.
A firm preference of Athenians, are the bars and clubs with rock, pop, jazz, blues and Latin music. For Greek music lovers, the options are limitless. Numerous night clubs on Syngrou Avenue, Poseidonos Avenue and the really ‘in’ area of Gazi host the stars of Greek music and Athenian night life along with the up-and-coming entertainers.

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Places to Shop
There are plenty of temptations for shopaholics, from wonderful handicrafts and exquisite shoes and jewellery, to cheap ancient motif souvenirs and tacky Acropolis lamps. Fashion worshippers, shopaholics, tireless ‘walkers’ who walk for miles in order to find a pair of shoes that is just right, regular customers at department stores or designer’s boutiques, and window shoppers, everyone has a place in the shopping centre of Athens, no matter how deep their pockets.
Shopping is an enjoyable activity, so apart from a walk round the shops or raids on the shop shelves gather your strength with a coffee or a cooling fruit juice at one of the many small cafes on the streets of the capital.

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Places Nearby
Located in the centre of Greece and under the sky of Attica, Athens is surrounded by the beauties of the Argosaronikos and the Aegean seas and the fantastic archaeological sites of the Peloponnese and Mainland Greece. Short excursions outside Athens offer a first-class opportunity for day or weekend trips. Abandon the noise and the stress of the capital and within a couple of hours you will be enjoying the sun, the sea, fresh air, mountain hikes, walks or outdoor sports.
The island of Aegina, just 30 minutes by hydrofoil from Piraeus.
The island of Hydra has unique charm.
The island of Poros has something from Venice…
The island of Spetses lays claim not only to our weekends but also our holidays.


Quaint alleyways, wooden balconies, nearby beaches, museums and churches make up the beauties of Nauplion.
Kalavryta is one of the most popular winter destinations in the Peloponnese
Galaxidi: one of the most picturesque seaside resorts in Greece

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Athens by air
Travelers already in Northern Europe and the U. K. have many options to consider as their way to enter Greece. If already in Europe you definitely should consider some of these alternatives to a direct flight to Athens International Airport (ATH).
All international and domestic flights operate from the new airport, located 27km northeast of Athens.
From Athens airport to city centre:

  • TAXI: You can take a taxi from the airport taxi queue. Taxis are available at the designated Taxi waiting area located at Exit 3 of Arrivals Level. Please find here the taxi charges.
  • METRO: The airport is connected to and from the city by Metro Line 3. For further information you may visit the Metro’s official website.
  • SUBURBAN RAIL "PROASTIAKOS": The airport is connected to Athens Central Railway Station (Larissis Station) and the port of Pireaus via the Suburban Rail. For further information you may visit the Proastiako’s official website.
  • BUS: Six bus routes connect directly the Athens greater area and Piraeus with the airport. All buses disembark passengers at the Departures Level and depart from the Arrivals Level, between Exits 4 and 5. In order to get to the city centre you can take the bus line X95 Syntagma-Airport.

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Athens by sea
Travelers heading for the Balkans or Ports on Northern Italy's Adriatic coast might want to explore the ferry. The majority of sea arrivals are from Italian ports and mostly all arrive at both Igoumenitsa and Patra.  Piraeus is Greece's busiest port and from here you will have access to and arrive from the vast network of the country's islands. Ferry schedule details can be obtained from the Port Authority on 4226000 or online timetables from Greek Island Ferries (incorporates all major Greek ferry lines) or GTP Net.

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Athens by rail or bus
Travelers heading for the Balkans or the mainland might want to explore train and bus schedules available to them. For further information, you may visit the official sites of: Athens Urban Transport Organization, or Interurban Busses "KTEL".

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Athens by car
If coming from central Europe and the Balkans overland, explore the car hire options and tour Northern and central Greece on your way to the capital.

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Useful links
Greek National Tourist Office
Embassies and Consulates
Athens Info Guide
Athens Metro Plan

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