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13th World Processing Tomato Congress
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15th ISHS Symposium on the Processing Tomato


We are happy to invite the tomato world to the 13th World Tomato Congress. The biannual event, which is by now established in the calendar of many people in the tomato processing and associated industries, will be held for the first time in its history on a cruise ship. Over the four days cruise around the Greek Islands and Ephesus the participants will have the opportunity to attend many interesting topics related to the tomato industry, production and consumption, current market trends, technological developments and how they relate and shape the future of our industry.

Parallel to the main event we are happy to host the 15th ISHS symposium on the processing tomato where the most recent research in all branches of horticultural science will be presented.

Additionally, there will be a post congress tour which will give the opportunity to the delegates, to visit Greek tomato fields and factories. This optional tour is organized in a way that combines visits to major archeological sites along with tomato facilities.

June 11th - 15th, 2018, Greece

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Organizers

World Processing Tomato Council (WPTC)

D. Nomikos Company is the oldest tomato processing company in the world still in operation and the biggest tomato processor in Greece. The company was established in 1915 by Dimitrios Nomikos who set up the first tomato processing facility in south Eastern Europe, on the island of Santorini at Monolithos village. The company has three processing plants in Greece and one in Turkey, processing over 500.000 tons of fresh fruit per year. Those 4 factories produce the full range of tomato products in packages suitable for industrial, food service and retail use. It is still family owned and managed by the third generation of the Nomikos family.

World Processing Tomato Council (WPTC)

The World Processing Tomato Council (WPTC) is an international non-profit organization representing the tomato processing industry worldwide. Currently, its members represent more than 95% of the volume of tomatoes processed worldwide.The organization, created in 1998, is constituted of professional tomato growers and/or processors organizations representing their production area. It is headquartered in Avignon (France) and is currently chaired by Roger Scriven from California. Roger Scriven (California) was elected President of WPTC on 6 March 2016 in Santiago. The two vice-presidents are Juan Manuel Mira (Chile) and Dimitris Nomikos (Greece).

International Society for Horticultural Science

The aim of the ISHS is "...to promote and encourage research and education in all branches of horticultural science and to facilitate cooperation and knowledge transfer on a global scale through its symposia and congresses, publications and scientific structure." Membership is open to all interested researchers, educators, students and horticultural industry professionals.

The International Society for Horticultural Science - in short ISHS – is a truly global network comprising over 53,000 individuals, universities, governments, institutions, libraries and commercial companies, in addition to a substantial number of Institutional Members and some 50 Member Countries/Regions. It is a major source of up-to-date information on global horticultural research.

ISHS aims to promote research in all branches of horticulture. It encourages the development of international co-operation, bringing together scientific and technical professionals to stimulate, facilitate and co-ordinate research and scientific activities on a global scale.

Supporters

tomato congress sponsor

In 1989, the members of the International Mediterranean Association of the Processing Tomato (AMITOM) recognized the need to share accurate and timely information about the tomato processing industry with other operators around the world. AMITOM set up a commercial subsidiary the World Information Centre for the Processing Tomato Industry (CMITI) to publish the newsletter Tomato News and provide information to the industry. The magazine quickly expanded its readership and established itself as the best source of information on and for the tomato processing industry around the world, read by decision-makers involved at all level of the Tomato Processing Industry: from seed breeders to users of tomato products, through growers, processors, re-manufacturers, equipment manufacturers, professional organisations, ...

Between 2005 and 2017, the publication of the magazine was subcontracted to Tomatoland Information Services.

In 2017, after a long period of consultation, AMITOM and its partner WPTC decided to make the information available free of charge to everyone in the industry and move to an all-digital service with the launch of a new website www.tomatonews.com. The service is managed by a new limited company TOMATO NEWS SAS in which AMITOM and WPTC remain majority shareholders, with the additional investment from private investors.

François-Xavier Branthôme who has been writing for the magazine since the year 2000 remains the main News Editor. Madeleine Royère-Koonings is acting as Community Manager and Sophie Colvine (AMITOM & WPTC General Secretary) as the Project Coordinator.

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Mediterranean International Association of the Processing Tomato

AMITOM is a non-profit making association grouping professional organisations of tomato processors in the Mediterranean region. For more than 30 years since its creation in 1979, this international organisation has been collecting and storing technical and economic data and information on the processing tomato field, from research to final sale.

AMITOM is based in Avignon (France). Its current President is Mr. Manuel Vazquez (Spain) and its Vice-President is Mr. Dimitris Nomikos (Greece).

Cruise Itinerary & Preliminary Scientific Program

TimeActivity
07.00VESSEL ARRIVAL PIRAEUS
12.00-19.00GUESTS EMBARKING
13.00-14.00GUESTS EMBARKING -LUNCH
15.00 -16.00GUESTS EMBARKING - AMITOM MEETING
16.00 - 18.00GUESTS EMBARKING - WPTC MEETING
18.00VESSEL’S SAFETY DRILL
19.00-20.00CONGRESS OPENING SESSION
20.00WELCOME CEREMONY POOL BAR
21.00DINNER

- VESSEL SAILING

- MEETINGS AND SESSIONS WHILE IN PORT

TimeActivity
07.00VESSELS ARRIVAL KUSADASI
08.00-12.00EXCURSION TO EPHESUS
13.00-14.00VESSEL'S DEPARTURE -LUNCH
14.00-15.00LUNCH
15.00-17.001st CONGRESS & SYMPOSIUM SESSION (Part A)
  • 2018 Crop Production Forecast- 2017 Review
  • Consumption
  • Tomato producing prospects. A global journey
  • Industry Outlook and prospects
17.00-17.30COFFEE BREAK
17.30-19.001st CONGRESS & SYMPOSIUM SESSION (part B)
  • Geopolitics of the Tomato Industry
  • How to Understand Others (Without Going Mad)
  • Buyer - Seller Debate
19.00-20.00VESSELS ARRIVAL MYKONOS*
20.00-02.00MYKONOS BY NIGHT – FREE EVENING*

- VESSEL SAILING

- SESSIONS ON BOARD

* FIRST SHUTTLE BUS OUT 19.00 - LAST SHUTTLE BUS IN 02.00

TimeActivity
09.00-12.00FREE MORNING TO ENJOY MYKONOS
13.00VESSEL'S DEPARTURE FROM MYKONOS
14.00-14:30LUNCH
14.30-16.152nd CONGRESS & SYMPOSIUM SESSION (Part A)
  • Field Management (Sponsored lecture)
  • Optical Systems (Sponsored lecture)
  • Innovation (Sponsored lecture)
  • Environmental Impact (Sponsored lecture)
  • Mediterranean Diet
  • Tomato Phenolics
16.15-16.30 COFFEE BREAK
16.30-18.302nd CONGRESS & SYMPOSIUM SESSION (Part B)
  • Do Millennials take the driver's seat
  • e- Commerce
  • Start ups- Eggs
19.00-20.00VESSEL’S ARRIVAL SANTORINI
20.00DISEMBARKATION AT SANTORINI
21.00-01.30DINNER PARTY AT VLYCHADA, SANTORINI

- VESSEL SAILING

- SESSIONS ON BOARD

TimeActivity
09.00-13.00FREE MORNING TO ENJOY SANTORINI
13.00-15.00LUNCH
15.00-17.003rd CONGRESS & SYMPOSIUM SESSION (Part A)
  • Planet earth in 2018 – An epic or a tragedy? Global challenges and opportunities’
  • Quality in the supply chain and the role of supplier
  • Circular Economy
17.00-17.30 COFFEE BREAK
17.30-19.003rd CONGRESS & SYMPOSIUM SESSION (Part B)
  • Revival
  • Taming Tigers
20.00 21.00ENJOY SANTORINI SUNSET WITH DRINKS ON BOARD
22.00 GALA DINNER -VESSEL'S DEPARTURE

- VESSEL SAILING

- MEETINGS AND SESSIONS WHILE IN PORT

TimeActivity
07.00VESSELS ARRIVAL PIRAEUS
08.00-09.00GUESTS DISEMBARKING & DEPARTURE FOR POST-CONGRESS TOUR

- VESSEL SAILING

Registration Fees

REGISTRATION
TYPESTomato Congress

  • Participants

  • Group registration 2nd person

  • Group registration 3rd person

  • Accompanying persons

  • ISHS speaker

FLOWERING
STAGE Until 31/1/2018

  • € 1.000 euros

  • € 920 euros

  • € 840 euros

  • € 400 euros

  • € 480 euros

GROWING
STAGE From 01/2/2018 to 31/3/2018

  • € 1.125 euros

  • € 1.035 euros

  • € 945 euros

  • € 450 euros

  • € 540 euros

MATURING
STAGE From 1/4/2018 and on site

  • € 1.250 euros

  • € 1.150 euros

  • € 1.050 euros

  • € 500 euros

  • € 600 euros

*At the above quoted registration fees VAT of 24% will be added
*Registration fee applicable to one person per paper accepted for oral or poster presentation during the ISHS Symposium

Registration Fees Include:

For Participants, ISHS Speakers
  • Admission to all Congress and Symposium sessions
  • Congress Material (Final Program, notepad, pen, bag, lanyard, badge)
  • Ephesus guided tour
  • Opening Ceremony & Welcome Reception Cocktail
  • Coffee breaks
  • Dinner Party
  • Dress code during presentations : casual / smart casual
    Gala dinner : smart casual
For Accompanying persons
  • Ephesus guided tour
  • Island Activities
  • All entertaining activities on board
  • Opening Ceremony & Welcome Reception Cocktail
  • Dinner Party

Cancellation Fees for Registration

  • Written cancellation received between January 16th, 2018 and March 15th, 2018: 50% cancellation fees apply
  • Written cancellation received after March 16th, 2018: 100% cancellation fees apply

Full Cruise Package / Cabin Reservation

CABINTYPES

  • INSIDE CABIN

  • OUTSIDE CABIN

  • OUTSIDE CABIN DELUXE

  • DELUXE BALCONY CABINS

  • JUNIOR SUITES

  • PREMIUM BALCONY SUITES

Cost per person in a shared twin cabin

  • € 600 euros

  • € 750 euros

  • € 850 euros

  • € 1.100 euros

  • € 1.250 euros

  • € 1.450 euros

Cost per person in a single cabin

  • € 850 euros

  • € 1050 euros

  • € 1.150 euros

  • € 1.500 euros

  • € 1.750 euros

  • € 2.200 euros





3rd and 4th adult person in a shared cabin

  • Inside Cabin € 400 euros per person
  • Outside Cabin € 500 euros per person
  • Outside Deluxe Cabin € 500 euros per person
  • Junior Suite € 600 euros per person
  • Deluxe Balcony Suite € 600 euros per person
  • Premium Balcony Suite € 600 euros per person

Please note that only the Inside, Outside and Outside Deluxe Cabins can accommodate up to 4 adult persons (4 separate beds).

Junior Suites, Deluxe Balcony Cabins can accommodate only 3 adult persons or 2 adults and 2 children up to 14 years old (2 beds and 1 sofa bed).

Infants and Children up to 2,99 years € 131 euros (port taxes only)

Children from 3 to 14,99 years € 350 euros

Children from 15 years pay the adult rate.

The full cruise package Includes:

  • Use of the ship and all entertaining activities offered on board for 4 days
  • All port taxes
  • Tips
  • All daily meals on board (breakfast Lunch & Dinner)
  • Coffee, tea, unlimited Soft Drinks, House Wine and Beer with all the on board meals
  • Tendering services in Mykonos & Santorini islands
  • Gala Dinner on board

Cancellation Fees

  • Written cancellation received between January 16th, 2018 and March 15th, 2018: 50% cancellation fees apply
  • Written cancellation received after March 16th, 2018: 100% cancellation fees apply



Post Congress Tour

Olympia - Tomato Factory and fields - Ancient Olympia

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ancient olympia

A post congress tour has been scheduled for participants of the 13th WPTC. The Post Congress tour will commence on Friday 15th June 2018 after our disembarkation from the ship. Buses will depart at around 09.30 from the port of Piraeus taking us to Olympia. There we will visit the nearby tomato fields of Unilever Knorr and the tomato factory of “Kyknos” where will have a tour of the premises and lunch. We will then check-in to our hotels and later we will have dinner.

Next day on Saturday 16th, 2018 there will be a guided tour at the archeological site of Ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games. We will have lunch at a local restaurant and return back to Athens. Estimated arrival time 18.30 pm

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ancient statues

Cost per person for single occupancy € 330 euros*

Cost per person for double occupancy hotel € 290 euros*

*The cost includes bus transfers, 3 meals, one night overstay in Olympia, guided tour to archeological site of Olympia, museum entries.

Congress Venue

M/V CELESTYAL CRYSTAL

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Deck 5 Dionyssos

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At the Dionyssos deck there will be the reception of the delegates as well as their registration at the registration desk during embarkation.

Deck 8 Ouranos

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At the Ouranos deck there are the 2 meeting halls of the congress, the MUSES LOUNGE & BAR which will be our main lecture hall as well as the Conference Area which will be ISHS lecture hall for parallel sessions. There will be plenty of room for exhibition display at the Eros Lounge & Bar.




GET TO KNOW OUR CRUISE SHIP

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TOTAL OUTSIDE CABINS313
BALCONY SUITES53
INSIDE CABINS163
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PASSENGERS DECKS9
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ELEVATOR DOORS4
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ISHS Symposium

This influential Symposium is a great opportunity to showcase novel and innovative solutions while networking with scientists as well as technical and strategic decision-makers involved in the tomato processing sector.

The Organizing Committee has received more than 60 abstracts for oral and poster presentations during the 15th ISHS Symposium on the Processing Tomato which will be held in parallel with the congress. This Symposium is a unique forum that brings together academics, researchers, students, growers and businessmen working in the processing tomato sector around the world to share the latest knowledge and advances in this globally important industry. It is jointly organized by the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS), the CIHEAM-Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Department of Horticultural Genetics & Biotechnology and the World Processing Tomato Council (WPTC).


Symposium program

   
 

Tuesday, 12th June 2018

 

Session 1

2.30-4.40 Agricultural challenges 
Moderators: Liz Mann & Gene Miyao
2.30-3.00 Invited conference Parasitism and control of broomrape in tomato
Dr. Yaakov Goldwasser
3.00-3.20 Management of Fusarium oxisporum race 3 in processing tomatoes with chemical and bio-fungicides and variety resistance
Mr. Scott Stoddard
3.20-3.40 Identification and Pathogenicity of Pythium species associated with the poor growth of tomato plants in the Australian Processing Tomato Industry
Ms. Liz Mann
3.40-4.00 Evaluation of grafting for processing tomato production in California's Central Valley
Gene Miyao
4.00-4.20 The effect of root stock on yield and quality yield in processing tomatoes
Dr. Cosme A. Argerich
4.20-4.40 A prolyl 4 hydroxylase plays a role in the regulation of the tomato (Solanumlycopersicum) fruit growth process, quality and productivity
Dr. Panagiotis Kalaitzis
4.40-5.00 Coffee break
   
 

 Session 2

5.00-6.30 Irrigation and breeding Abstract Number 
Moderators: Cosme Argerich & Panagiotis Kalaitzis
5.00-5.30 Invited conference A quest for the perfect tomato
Dr. Dani Zamir
5.30-5.50 The simultaneous effect of water stress and biofertilizer on physiology and quality of processing tomato
Dr. Zolta΄n Pe΄k
5.50-6.10 Tomato fruit quality and processing ability are impacted by irrigation regime as well as genotype and maturity stage
Alexandre Boas
6.10-6.30 Soil microbial and physicochemical properties of a processing tomato system under subsurface drip irrigation
Ms. Liz Mann
6.30-7.30 Poster Session - Discussion
   
 

Wednesday, 13th June 2018

 

 Session 3

 11.00-1.00 Roundtable "Research and industry working together"
Moderators: Diane Barrett & Cosme Argerich
11.00-11.20 California tomato growers are committed to playing the long game: 50 years and counting of asking and answering questions in the field
Zach Bagley
11.20-11.40 Highlights of 60 years of processing tomato research in California
Dr. Diane Barrett
11.40-1.00 Production & Processing Issues in selected countries
  Roundtable discussion
1.00-2.30 Lunch
   
 

Session 4

2.30-4.15 Tomato & Health
Moderator: Montana Camara
2.30-2.40 Tomato products and cardiovascular disease prevention
Prof. Dr. Montana Camara
2.40-3.00 Tomato glycoalkaloids: potential bioactive compounds conferring health benefits from tomato consumption
Assist. Prof. Jessica Cooperstone
3.00-4.15 Invited conference (joint with congress)
Greek traditional Mediterranean diet: the role of tomato paste K3
Prof. Dr. Antonia Trichopoulou
4.15-4.30 Coffee break
   
 

Session 5

4.30-6.00 Agronomic innovations
Moderators: Carlos Campillo & Zolta΄n Pék
4.30-4.50 A green solution for the agricultural sustainability of processing tomato crop in a changing climate
Patricia Vidigal
4.50- 5.10 An Evaluation of BOOSTER-Mag' on Processing Tomato Farming Productivity
Mr. Robert van Merkestein
5.10-5.30 Effects of innovative biofertilizers on yield of processing tomato cultivated in organic cropping system in northern Italy
Dr. Domenico Ronga
5.30-5.50 Use of sensors and spatial variability to fertilization management in processing tomato
Carlos Campillo Torres
6.00-7.00 Poster Session - Discussion
   
 

Thursday, 14th June

 

Session 6

9.30-10.30 New tools for quality
Moderators: Gwen Young & Antonio Casana
9.30-9.50 Assessment of total quality factors (nutritional, functional and taste) and simultaneous evaluation of molecular markers profile for the origin characterization of typical Italian tomato derivatives (puree and diced tomatoes -100% Italians)
Dr. Luca Sandei
9.50-10.10 Selecting tomato not only for their taste, viscosity and color potential but also for their ability to react and conserved their quality during the process
Dr. David Page
10.10-10.30 Implementation of infrared tools at key steps along the process may improve the quality management of tomato based products
Dr. Sylvie Bureau
10.30-11.00 Coffee break
   
 

Session 7

11.00-12.30 Healthy products for the next generation
11.00-11.20 Macro and micro-molecular characterization of tomato by-products (pomace): new secondary raw material re-use for the development of functional tomato products (functional purees and ingredients)
Dr. Luca Sandei
11.20-11.40 Consumer Preferences for Local Origin: Is closer better? The case of fresh tomatoes and ketchup in Germany
Dr. Stephan Meyerding
11.40-12.00 Consumer's preferences towards six new Spanish commercial tomato juices
Prof. Dr. Virginia Fernandez Ruiz
12.00-12.20 Food Neophobia: Spanish case study related to new formulations based on traditional "gazpacho"
Laura Domίnguez Dίaz
12.20-12.40 Development of a fermented green tomato base for dressings and sauces with high nutritional value
Joao Silva
12.40-2.00 Joint Session with congress Taming tigers
Jim Lawless
Congress closing ceremony
2.00-3.00 Lunch
3.00-4.00 ISHS Symposium conclusions and election of the ISHS Working Group chair

Invited speakers

Three speakers have been invited by the organising committee to make keynote presentations:

  • Dr. Yaakov Goldwasser, The Robert H. Smith Institute of Plant Sciences & Genetics in Agriculture, Faculty of Agriculture, Food & Environment, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • Pr. Dani Zamir, The Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Israel
  • Dr. Antonia Trichopoulou, President of the Hellenic Health Foundation, Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre of Nutrition, Medical School, University of Athens and Professor Emeritus, School of Medicine, University of Athens, Greece
Student awards

During the ISHS Symposium two student awards will be given (see https://www.ishs.org/student-awards)

Scientific Committee

Co-Conveners:
Montaña Cámara, UCM, Madrid (Spain), mcamara@farm.ucm.es
Luca Sandei, SSICA, Parma (Italy), , luca.sandei@ssica.it
Panagiotis Kalaitzis, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute at Chania (Greece), panagiot@maich.gr

Scientific Committee:
Cosme Argerich, INTA, La Consulta (Argentina)
Adriano Battilani, CER, Bologna, (Italy)
Diane Barrett, UC Davis (USA)
Carlos Campillo Torres, CICYTEX (Spain)
Antonio Casana, Solana Spa (Italy)
Liz Mann, APTRC (Australia)
Gene Miyao, UC Davis (US)
Gwen Young, Kagome Inc, Foster City (USA)
Biliaderis Costas, Aristotle University (Greece)

Congress secretariat

Sophie Colvine, WPTC (France), wptc2018@tomate.org


Download the final program in pdf form by clicking here
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13th World Processing Tomato Congress

The biannual congress of the World Processing Tomato Council is expected to be one of the largest gatherings of scientists and experts in the field of tomato processing industry.

The theme of the Congress and one of its main topics is the Revival of the tomato processing industry. The Congress will be co-hosted with ISHS 15th Symposium bringing together scientific and technical professionals of both fields of Horticulture and Processing industry.

Throughout the congress there will be the opportunity to discuss and evaluate the present situation of the Processing industry. We will come to terms with the latest current trends described by world-renowned leaders in the field, early career scientists and influential thinkers. Finally we will set a tone of optimism and determination by sharing our views and our urge to Revive the industry. The conclusion of the Congress is given to the famous motivational speaker J. Lawless who will inspire us to set our goals personal or communal to a test and try to fulfill them.

You can have a look at the Scientific Program at the opposite page which will be enriched and updated weekly until the opening day of the Conference.


 

13th WPTC PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

TUESDAY, JUNE 12TH, 2018
     
15.00-17.00 SESSION 1
Tomato processing industry today & tomorrow (Part A)
 
  Crop results and 2018 forecast M. Montna
  Tomato producing prospects. A global journey
European Union
A. Casana
  Other AMITOM countries S. Colvine
  North America G. Pruett
  South America J. M. Mira
  China J. Tang
  Consumption and industry prospects M. Montna - M. Stilwell
17.00-17.30 Coffee break  
17.30-19.00 SESSION 1
Tomato processing industry today & tomorrow (Part B)
 
  Quality in the supply chain and the role of supplier V. Theodossiou
  How to understand others (without going mad) C. Sandis
  Buyer - Seller Debate D. Nomikos - G. W. Andrews
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13TH, 2018
     
14.30-16.00 SESSION 2
Current Trends (Part A)
 
  Field monitoring and predictive insight with CropScope T. Tchouboukjian
  Smart Factory: Innovation in action R. Pezzoli, D. Sarasini
  Sustainability makes the difference S. Markwardt, A. Mimilidou
  Greek traditional Mediterranean diet: the role of tomato paste A. Trichopoulou
  Promoting tomato products through the Health Benefits G. Young
16.00-16.30 Coffee break  
16.30-18.30 SESSION 2
Current Trends (Part B)
 
  Do Millennials take the Driver’s Seat? A Diversity Challenge V. Evangeliou
  e- Commerce P. Kafarakis
  The start up scene in a global scale. Panel discussion
and presentation of innovative entrepreneurship
V. Evangeliou, C. Raftogiannis,
R. Bachtalia, D. Evangelopoulos
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THURSDAY, JUNE 14TH, 2018
     
10.00-12.00 SESSION 3
Revival (Part A)
 
  Planet earth in 2018 - An epic or a tragedy? Global challenges and
opportunities
E. Korosis
  Smart Factory: Innovation in action G. Prevelakis
  The prospects and challenges in the framework of a Circular Economy R. Charitopoulou
12.00-12.30 Coffee break  
12.30-14.00 SESSION 3
Revival (Part B)
 
  Revival. How the industry can capitalize on its important assets M. Nomikos
  Taming Tigers J. Lawless
  Closing remarks D. Nomikos

Download the final program in pdf form by clicking here

General Information

About Greece

Greece - The land chosen by Gods. A Glorious Past - A Prosperous Future

olympus greeceGreece is the land of the twelve Olympian Gods, the cradle of the Western civilisation, the birthplace of democracy, the origin of drama, history, philosophy and sciences.

Most modern sciences such as medicine, history, philosophy, geography, astronomy, physics, mathematics, as well as artistic activities such as poetry and sculpture made their roots back in the ancient times of Greece.

Greece has inherited a sophisticated culture and a language that has been documented for almost three millennia. Today’s spoken language has been an evolution of the Ancient Language spoken at Pericles’ golden age in 5th century B.C. Very few languages and cultures can demonstrate such continuity. Greeks are proud of their cultural heritage, and the notion of the unbroken continuity between their ancient and modern culture.

For thousands of years Greece was the gate between the east and the west. Today, it is a modern, fast developing European country.

parthenon greeceGreece has been moving dynamically into the new millennium by undertaking more than 300 important infrastructure and urban projects, as well as investment programmes in telecommunications and information technology. This allows the country to face the global challenges of the twenty first century and upgrade the services provided to millions of visitors who annually enjoy its unique climate and lifestyle.

The ancient tradition still vivid to our days together with the ancient monuments scattered throughout the country, combined with the golden sun, the physical beauty, the unique hospitality, all modern comforts, the necessary infrastructure, the long tourism experience, the upgraded services provided, make Greece a particularly attractive destination for eminent delegates.

About Athens

greek parliamentAthens, the capital and largest city of Greece, dominates the Attica periphery: as one of the world's oldest cities, its recorded history spans at least 3,000 years. The Greek capital has a population of 3.81 million (in 2011).

A bustling and cosmopolitan metropolis, Athens is central to economic, financial, industrial, political and cultural life in Greece. It is rapidly becoming a leading business centre in the European Union.

Athens 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).

IMPORTAND LANDMARKS AND SITES OF ATHENS

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

acropolis museumThe 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.

acropolis museumThe Acropolis Museum

Designed by Bernard Tchumi 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 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 political, cultural and religious center.

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 museum athensNational 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 tis possession, which date from between the 3rd and 20th Century A.D.

Museum of Cycladic Art

benaki museumThe 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 Greek.

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.

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION ABOUT ATHENS


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How to get to Athens

The state-of-the-art Athens International Airport (AIA) “Eleftherios Venizelos” is committed to operation and service excellence, safety and user-friendliness. It has been serving the capital city of Greece since 2001. It successfully replaced its congested predecessor, and now offers to all airlines and passengers a modern and spacious environment. Athens International Airport has already managed to earn international recognition, holding top positions in the world in Overall Passenger Satisfaction according to the IATA Global Airport Monitor and AETRA surveys.

It offers more than 35 top-quality shops and 12 restaurant-bars creating a highly attractive shopping centre. It also offers Wireless Internet Service available in the main terminal building and access to www via a number of internet kiosks.

Arrival to the City

Athens International Airport is located 33 km southeast of Athens and is easily accessible via a six-lane motorway constituting the Athens City Ring Road (Attiki Odos). Public transport to the city center is provided by metro, railway and express airport buses, ensuring efficient transport for air travelers and facilitating linkage to key tourist attractions. The journey time from Athens International Airport to the centre takes approximately 25 minutes by metro and 45 minutes by taxi.

Ways of Transportation Metro

The Athens Metro network consists of 4 lines designated by numbers and differentiated in color: Green(1), Red(2), Blue(3) and Yellow(4) for the Suburban Railway. Interactive Athens Metro Map

Buses

The Athens Urban Transport Organization operates the buses that serve the capital. Its transport network comprises of 310 bus lines that cover the capital in its entirety. The bus line network is composed of the following lines: www.oasa.gr

Taxi

Widely available and safe.

Climate

Athens enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, with the greatest amounts of precipitation mainly occurring from mid-October to mid-April; any precipitation is sparse during summer and falls generally in the form of showers and/or thunderstorms. Due to its location in a strong rain shadow because of Mount Parnitha, however, the Athenian climate is much drier compared to most of the rest of Mediterranean Europe. The mountainous northern suburbs, for their part, experience a somewhat differentiated climatic pattern, with generally lower temperatures and more substantial snowfalls during winter. Fog is highly unusual in the city centre but it is more frequent to the east, behind the Hymettus mountain range.

When planning a trip to Athens, the weather is a consideration. Attica's sunshine and pleasant climate give visitors the opportunity to enjoy a trip to Athens during any season. From March through May it's almost always pleasant and mild. Between June and August, the temperature rises steadily, making August the month in which Athenians try to avoid the city. September is usually balmy, with occasional light rain, although sometimes it can be almost as hot as August. October offers beautiful weather, with rain and some high winds. Most rain falls between November and February, when Athens can be cold and windy. Even so, there are many sunny days in winter and a heavy rain is often followed by brilliant sunshine.

Passport and Visas

Greece is a full European Union member. Therefore, foreign visitor entering Greece must have a valid passport, or ID if they reside within the E.U. You can find more information regarding visa regulations at the website of the Hellenic Ministry of foreign affairs at the following link: https://www.mfa.gr/en/visas

Currency Information

The official currency of Greece is the Euro €.

Electricity

220 volts AC, 50Hz. Continental two-pin plugs are in use.

Athens Time Zone

Eastern European Time (EET) Standard Time = GMT+2

Telecommunications

There are 3 main GSM operators in Greece that you can roam with: Cosmote, Vodafone and Wind. 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

Tipping

In restaurants and hotels, taxis or other services, tipping is customary if you are pleased with the service. Approximately 5% of the bill is a good guideline.

Shopping in Athens

Athens is a showcase for its traditional and modern culture and lifestyle - can be a fascinating and satisfying experience for all. Amidst the many well - known and international name brands and traditional Greek art and folklore shops, there are hundreds of chick boutiques and specialty shops blossoming with great fashion finds for every taste and budget. The “new kids on the block” are the glitzy department stores that have won the hearts of the locals and visitors who shop there. The close proximity of each shopping district means that a weekend in Athens can combine a stroll on a cobblestone path amongst the locals buying fresh produce at traditional markets and bazaars, with browsing elegant displays of haute couture, prêt a porter clothing, shoes and accessories by talented Greek and foreign designers that are sure to impress.

A day of shopping in Athens is a delightful way to immerse yourself in Greek culture. Make sure to stop in at one the many wonderful year - round outdoor cafes and restaurants, to make your experience of shopping in the Athenian way complete!

Shopping Hours

Downtown:
Monday-Friday 9:00-20:30 non-stop Saturday 9:00-15:00
Suburbs:
Monday and Wednesday 9:00-14:30
Tuesday-Thursday-Friday 9:00-14:00 and 15:30-20:30
Saturday 9:00-15:00
Supermarkets:
Monday- Friday 9:00-21:00
Saturday 9:00-20:00
On Sundays all shops are closed, except tourist shops.

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