The official language of the Symposium is English.

A name badge will be required for access to the congress area. Participants will receive a name badge when they check in at the registration desk. It must be worn at all times.

The first month of the summer, June, is a moderately hot month in Thessaloniki.
In June, the average high-temperature slightly increases, from a moderately hot 23.9°C (75°F) in May, to a still warm 28.4°C (83.1°F). In Thessaloniki, in June, the average low-temperature is 17.3°C (63.1°F).

The official currency in Greece is the Euro.

British Pounds, US Dollars, and other major currencies can be easily exchanged locally in banks or bureau de change prior to departure. Credit cards, such as Visa and Mastercard, are widely accepted in most hotels, restaurants, and shops, though keep some cash at hand, especially on the islands and in smaller towns. The use of American Express is not as common. Traveller’s Cheques are not recommended as they are often difficult to exchange and incur high fees.

In Greece the power plugs and sockets are of type C and F. The standard voltage is 230v and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

In winter the standard time is UTC/GMT +2:00 hours (Eastern European Time); in summer UTC/GMT+3 hours (Daylight time – Eastern European Summer Time).

The national dialing code for Greece is +30. The following 0 is omitted. Dialing codes from Greece are as follows:
Germany: 0049
France: 0033
Italy: 0039
Japan: 0081
Netherlands: 0031
Austria: 0043
USA: 001
UK: 0044

The opening hours of the stores are not the same everywhere in Greece. The usual opening hours for stores in the centres of the large cities are continuous (9:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.), for suburban stores the working hours are split shifts three days a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.) and morning shifts for the other three days (Monday, Wednesday and Saturday – 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.). Supermarkets operate a continuous shift up to 9:00 p.m., while all the stores are closed on Sundays.
However various stores (mini-market, wholesale cigarette stores, kiosks) remain open almost day and night -even on Sundays- especially those situated in tourist regions.

One of the most convenient ways of moving around in Greece is via taxi. There are approximately 2000 taxis in Thessaloniki with 24h service taxi ranks in many city spots and in many departure ones like the Airport, the Train Station, the Macedonia Intercity Station and the Port.

Thessaloniki’s taxis are blue in color, with white top.

Cost of indicative routes:
Macedonia Airport – historic center and vice versa: 18 Euros approximately
Macedonia Intercity Station – historic center and vice versa: 7 Euros approximately
Train Station – historic center and vice versa: 5 Euros approximately

There are four taxi companies:
Radio Taxis TAXIWAY, tel: 18300 and 2310 866866
App TAXI 18300 is also available, through APP store for iPhone and Google Play for android.
Radio Taxis MERCEDES, tel: 18180 and 2310 525777
Radio Taxis Makedonia tel: 18288 and 2310 555111

Although tipping in Greece is generally not expected or required, it’s a sign of gratitude if you enjoy your service, whether it’s in a bar, hotel, restaurant or taxi. Leaving a modest tip will typically be appreciated in Greece.