Accommodation & Venue

The Venue

The venue is the Aristotle University’s Research Dissemination Center (KEDEA), located within the city center and easily reachable. Distance from the airport: 17Km, 20 minutes. From the train station: 3,6Km, 13 mins. Regular city buses. City bus stop is 5 minutes walking distance from the venue.

The Research Dissemination Center of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh) is a modern building, situated downtown, on Tritis Septemvriou Str. at Aristotle University’s campus between the Student Club and the University Gymnasium, 660 metres from the AUTh Administration Building. The Conference Center provides ultra-modern auditoriums, exhibition space of 300 sq.m. and conference halls supported by the required equipment and the applicable technical support, including, sound system installations, permanent simultaneous translation booths, digital sound recording, permanent projector screen, along with specially designated areas (foyer) for the organization of coffee breaks and lunches.

 

Accommodation

There are many accommodation options either in walking distance or easily reachable by bus (just a few minutes) from the conference venue. In Thessaloniki most areas are safe even late in the evenings. The usual precautions as everywhere are enough; maybe even less in this city. Thessaloniki City Centre, Nea Paralia, and Upper Town are popular among travelers visiting Thessaloniki. On average, it costs 30-150€ per night to book a house, 45-70€ per night to a 3-star hotel, 50-75€ per night to book a 4-star hotel while a 5-star hotel in Thessaloniki will cost 70-160€, on average during April.

You can try the site of the Thessaloniki Hotels Association which has many accommodation solutions. Thessaloniki Hotels Directory is available here.

 

Traveling to Thessaloniki

In case you travel to Thessaloniki by plane you will find useful the following Google Map with the alternatives to go from the airport to the Aristotle University’s Research Dissemination Center (KEDEA): From Thessaloniki Airport to the Aristotle University’s Research Dissemination Center (KEDEA)

If you travel to Thessaloniki by train you will find useful the following Google Map with the alternatives to go from the Railway Station to the Aristotle University’s Research Dissemination Center (KEDEA): From Thessaloniki Railway Station to the Aristotle University’s Research Dissemination Center (KEDEA)

Moving around the city with urban transportation is very easy. There is a route calculator in the site of the Organization of Urban Transportation of Thessaloniki, that you probably find useful.

Consider also the Cultural Route No 50, especially if you are short of time, to see all the historical and cultural monuments of Thessaloniki. Here is the Cultural Route Leaflet.

 

About Thessaloniki

The city has been named after the sister of Alexander the Great. Built by the seaside, Thessaloniki is at about 1.ooo.ooo inhabitants, the 2nd largest city in the country. It is a city with a continuous 2400-year history, preserving relics of its Roman and Byzantine past. Its Byzantine churches (Saint Sophia, Saint Demetrius), in particular, are included in UNESCO’s World Heritage list. It has a very interesting archeological and a famous Byzantine museum. It has been the European Capital of Culture in 1997 and the European Youth Capital in 2014.

Thessaloniki’s International Trade Fair is an annual (since 1926) commercial exhibition event of much importance in Greece and Southeastern Europe taking place at the 180,000m² Exhibition Center. Thessaloniki’s International Film Festival has become the one of Southern Europe primary showcases for the work of new and emerging filmmakers. The Festival is competitive with the International Section jury awarding several prizes each year, most notably the “Golden Alexander” for Best Feature-Length Film.

 

Sight seeing

  • Upper town with its traditional old houses, small cobbled streets, Byzantine citadel, the Eptapyrgion fort.
  • Museum of Byzantine Culture (Best Museum of Europe, 2005)
  • Archaeological museum

Excursions

  • Vergina, the capital of ancient Macedonian, where the tomb of Philippe II, father of Alexander the Great
  • Chalkidiki peninsula, with touristic beaches (not very popular in April)
  • Mount of the Gods, Olympus, at half an hour distance