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General location aspects

Greece (including its capital city, Athens) is at the time zone GMT+2h.

Athens enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate with light rainfall, ample
sunshine
and average temperature during October within 16 - 24°C
(click here for additional city/touristic information about Athens).

Emergency health treatment is free to all visitors in public hospitals.

Tipping of services in Greece is not mandatory (the service
charges
in hotels, restaurants and taxis are included in the bill).

Tap water in Athens is drinkable and of very good quality.

 

Public transport and shopping

Open store hours are 09:00 - 15:00 on Mondays, Wednesdays and
Saturdays, and 09:00 - 21:00 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Greece (a full member of the European Union) has the Euro (EUR, €) as
official currency, and all major debit/credit cards are widely accepted.

Buses, metro and trams accept the same ticket, and a single ticket
of price 1.40 is valid for 90 min with unlimited changes (detailed
information about public transport in Athens may be found here).

 

Options for lunch

There are many restaurants in the vicinity of the conference venue
(Plaka, Sintagma & Monastiraki squares) offering a variety of lunch
options
, ranging from traditional Greek cuisine to fast food and snacks.

The restaurant located inside the Ionic Centre (Epikourios) may provide
upon request cold sandwiches and salads during the conference days.

 

Use of electronic devices and telecommunications

The electrical supply voltage in Greece is 220 - 240 V (in contrast
to 110 - 120 V in the U.S.), and the plug/outlet types are European.



There are four main mobile telephone operators in Greece (Cosmote,
Vodafone, WIND and CYTA), which work on GSM 900/1800 MHz networks
(please contact your provider for further details on roaming features).