Host city: ATHENS

Athens, one of the oldest cities, with a long history, dating from the first settlement in the Neolithic age. In the 5th Century BC (the “Golden Age of Pericles”) – the culmination of Athens’ long, fascinating history – the city’s values and civilization acquired a universal significance and erected unique, splendid monuments.

In 1834, it became the capital of the modern Greek state and in two centuries since it has become an attractive modern metropolis with unrivalled charm.

A large part of the town’s historic centre has been converted into a 3-kilometre pedestrian zone (the largest in Europe), leading to the major archaeological sites (“archaeological park”), reconstructing – to a large degree – the ancient landscape.

Athens is recognized as a global city because of its geo-strategic location and its importance in shipping, finance, commerce, media, entertainment, arts, international trade, culture, education and tourism. It is one of the biggest economic centers in southeastern Europe, with a large financial sector, and its port Piraeus is the largest passenger port in Europe and the second largest in the world.

Athens is an ideal congress destination, combining state-of-the-art infrastructure, excellent conference facilities and easy access from all over the world with world-class cultural attractions, modern amenities, diverse entertainment and natural beauty.

Each year, more and more travelers are choosing Athens for their leisure and business travel all year round. Athens offers a variety of things to see and do, and most of the times, under favorable weather conditions. Athens is considered one of Europe’s safest capitals, its transportation network is user-friendly.

The capital is famous, more than any other European capital, for its nightlife. Athens by night is totally different. The options for entertainment satisfy all tastes. The famous “bouzoukia” are the leaders in the Athenian entertainment. Athens is a unique city, thus offering its visitors many options like theaters and exhibitions to museums, historic and architectural tours and cruises.

Greece is a country of unique cultural heritage – 17 UNESCO listed sights are currently listed in Greece – which gives the Congress participants immense options for pre- or post-congress tours as well as for accompanying persons programe. All regions of the country are easily accessible by land, air or sea.

Ask for suggestions for guided tours and optional trips from the Mastermind Group at


Important Dates
Deadline for Early Registration: April 30th

Admission Badge
Participants will obtain their badge onsite at the Registration Desk.
The meeting badge should be worn by all participants at all times during the Seminar, in order to ensure access to the relevant areas (scientific sessions, exhibit area, etc).

Official Language
The Seminar official language is English.

Athens enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate. Attica’s pleasant climate gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy their stay to Athens. June is the driest month of the year. The average maximum temperature lies around 28.0°C (82.4°F). With a water temperature of around 22.0°C (71.6°F), this is a great month to swim. When you like to worship the sun then this month is a great period to visit the city. It has 336 hours of sun..

Emergency Telephone Numbers
First Aid/Ambulance: 166
Fire Department: 199
Tourist Police: 1571
Police: 100
On-call hospitals, clinics, doctors and pharmacies: 1434
SOS Doctors: 1016

Time Zone
Greece is +2h GMT/UTC during standard time.

In Greece the electrical current is 220V, AC (50 Hz). Electrical sockets comply with European regulations.

Since 2002, the currency used in Greece is the euro (€).

Insurance, Liability
Please note that all parties involved with the Seminar (National Heart & Lung Institute of the Imperial College of London, Organising Committee, The Mastermind Group and its suppliers and venue), are not liable for any losses, accidents or damages to persons or private property.