37th European Workshop for Rheumatology Research

March 2 – 4, 2017
Athens, Greece
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General Information

Venue
Eugenides Foundation Building
Leof. Andrea Siggrou 379
175 64 Paleo Faliro
Athens, Greece

Accommodations
 
Metropolitan Hotel Athens
Sygrou Avenue, 385
175 64 Paleo Faliro
Athens, Greece

(Headquarter Hotel)

Athens Avenue Hotel
Sygrou Avenue 182
176 71 Kallithea
Athens, Greece

Nestorion Hotel
8 Pentelis str.
175 64 Paleo Faliro
Athens, Greece



Date
March 2-4, 2017

Language
English is the official language of the Workshop.

Expected Participation
The congress will attract approximately 250-300 researchers in the field of autoimmune inflammation and rheumatology/rheumatic musculoskeletal diseases.

Climate
March sees average daytime temperatures floating around 14 degrees Celsius, with daytime high peaks reaching up to 17 degrees and lows going down to 10 degrees Celsius. Expect 5 hours of daily sunshine on average.

Liability and Insurance
Participants are required to arrange their own insurance for cancellation, travel, loss of personal possessions, accident etc on their own behalf. EWRR and the Conference Organizer PCO CONVIN accept no liability.

Currency
Greece is a full member of the European Union since 1981, and its currency is the Euro (€). All major credit cards are widely accepted in Greece.

Electricity
The electrical power supply “voltage” in Athens is: 220-240 Volts (U.S./Canada are 110-120 Volts)

Telecommunications
There are 4 main GSM operators in Greece that you can roam with: Cosmote, Vodafone, Wind and CYTA. The protocols for digital mobile telephone transmissions are based on GSM technology, operating at the frequencies of 900 and 1800 MHz. Please contact your provider for further details.

Emergency Telephone Numbers
• Ambulance: 166
• Fire Department: 199
• Police: 100

Time
Athens is at UTC/GMT +2 hours

Visa Requirements/Letter of Invitation
Visa regulations depend on your nationality and country of origin. Please contact your local Embassy / Consulate for full and official instructions on the specific visa regulations and application procedures that apply to you. It is the responsibility of the participant to obtain a visa, if required. Individuals requiring an official Letter of Invitation, or need any information regarding visa procedures, can contact the Organizing Secretariat. The Letter of Invitation does not financially obligate the Congress organizers in any way. All expenses incurred in relation to the Congress are the sole responsibility of the attendee.

About Athens
A bustling and cosmopolitan metropolis, Athens is central to economic, financial, industrial, political and cultural life in Greece. A center for the arts, learning and philosophy, home of Plato’s Academy and Aristotle’s Lyceum, Athens was also the birthplace of Socrates, Pericles, Sophocles and its many other prominent philosophers, writers and politicians of the ancient world. It is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy, largely due to the impact of its cultural and political achievements during the 5th and 4th centuries BC on the rest of the, then known, European continent. The heritage of the classical era is still evident in the city, represented by a number of ancient monuments and works of art, the most famous of all being the Parthenon on the Acropolis, widely considered a key landmark of early Western civilization. The city also retains a vast variety of Roman and Byzantine monuments, as well as a smaller number of remaining Ottoman monuments projecting the city’s long history across the centuries. Landmarks of the modern era are also present, dating back to 1830 (the establishment of the independent Greek state), and taking in the Greek Parliament (19th century) and the Athens Trilogy (Library, University, and Academy). Athens was the host city of the first modern-day Olympic Games in 1896.Having hosted the 2004 Olympic Games, Athens can evidently meet the requirements of the most demanding of events, always delivering an impeccable result.

Landmarks
The establishment of Athens as a city dates back to mythological times. The city’s history is still evident throughout Athens in the form of many Ancient, Roman, Byzantine and modern monuments.
Today’s capital integrates the ancient and medieval history into the contemporary era. Monuments can be found all around the city center, side by side with contemporary constructions such as buildings, roads and train stations.

Acropolis


The Parthenon, a monument that constitutes the symbol of Greece worldwide, has been standing on the “sacred rock” of Athens, the Acropolis, for thousands of years. The Parthenon along with the other monuments of the Acropolis, are all excellent pieces of art, reflecting the Classical period and the Golden Age of ancient Athens in the 5th and 4th centuries B.C.



The Acropolis Museum


Designed by the well-known architect Bernard Tschumi in collaboration with Michalis Photiadis; the sparkling new museum, since its opening in June 2009, has already become the city’s top attraction and is expected to become one of the most visited and “must see” museums worldwide. The museum, which exhibits approximately 4.000 artefacts, allows the sculptures to be viewed in natural light, with special glass and climate-control measures, protecting them from sunlight. The most impressive part of the museum is its top floor, where visitors will be able to view the frieze and then look out of the windows to view the Parthenon itself.

Odeon of Herodes Atticus
At the footsteps of the Acropolis, the Odeon was built in 161 A.D. under Tiberius Claudius Atticus Herodes. To date concerts, plays and ballets have been performed. The natural setting of Herodeion, with its marvelous arcades, the Parthenon as a backdrop and the moon up in the sky will certainly fascinate you.

Ancient Agora
The Ancient Agora, which means “market” in modern Greek, is situated at the footsteps of the Acropolis and in ancient times it served as the commercial centre of the city but also as a political, cultural and religious centre.

Panathinaikon Stadium


Originally built in the 4th century B.C. for the athletic competitions of the Great Panathinaia (ancient Greek festivities), the “Kallimarmaron” Stadium (meaning “beautiful marble”) was the venue of the first modern Olympic Games, in 1896.

National Archaeological Museum of Athens
The National Archaeological Museum of Athens is the largest in Greece and one of the most important museums in the world devoted to ancient Greek art. It was founded at the end of the 19th century to house and protect antiquities from all over Greece, thus displaying their historical, cultural and artistic value.

Byzantine & Christian Museum
The Byzantine and Christian Museum, which is based in Athens, is one of Greece’s national museums. Its areas of competency are centered on – but not limited to – religious artefacts of the Early Christian, Byzantine, Medieval, post-Byzantine and later periods. The Museum has over 25.000 artifacts in its possession, which date from between the 3rd and 20th Century A.D.

Museum of Cycladic Art
The Museum of Cycladic Art is dedicated to the study and promotion of ancient cultures of the Aegean and Cyprus, with special emphasis on Cycladic Art of the 3rd millennium BC. It was founded in 1986, to house the collection of Nicholas and Dolly Goulandris, an extensive and unique private collection of prehistoric art from the Cycladic islands as well as ancient Greece.

National Gallery of Athens
The National Gallery was founded on April 10, 1900 and houses collections that comprise more than 16,000 works of painting, sculpture, engraving and other forms of art, encompassing the period from the post-Byzantine times until today.

Benaki Museum


The Benaki Museum ranks among the major institutions that have enriched the material assets of the Greek state. It houses 30.000 items illustrating the character of the Greek world through a spectacular historical panorama covering several periods ranging from the Prehistoric, Ancient and Roman periods to the Byzantine and the contemporary Hellenic period.

Hellenic Cosmos Cultural Center of the Foundation of Hellenic World
A living museum, an ultramodern cultural center, where visitors can learn about history, culture and sciences through interactive exhibitions, educational programs, virtual reality shows and documentaries.