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The conference will take place at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the largest university in Greece and Southeastern Europe with 11 Faculties organized into 41 Schools. The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki was founded in 1925 and the main campus is located in the centre of the city of Thessaloniki, and covers an area of about 33.4 hectares. Covering all disciplines, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is widely recognized as a vibrant center of learning which draws its inspiration from a long tradition of academic achievement. This can be supported, among other factors, by the fact that so much in science, as in the arts and education, medicine and technology, it prides itself in its international role. More than 80,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students study at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and its Teaching and Research Staff numbers around 2000 people. In the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki 41 Programs of undergraduate studies and 92 Programs of postgraduate studies operate in individual Schools, among which there are some inter-departmental, inter-university and international ones. There are also 23 partnerships with foreign institutions for doctoral dissertations of Greek and foreign doctoral candidates under co-supervision. Aristotle University holds Agreements with 101 Higher Education Institutions of the Balkan Peninsula countries and the Black Sea, China, Russia, the USA, Canada, Australia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle and Far East. It currently holds 1500 bilateral agreements with approximately
600 European Higher Education Institutions, aiming at the mobility of students and of academic and administrative staff. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki participates in 48 research networks and implements more than 2000 national, European and international research projects per year, funded by national, European and international agencies. For more about the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki visit: https://www.auth.gr/en/uni
The city of Thessaloniki, having a population of 1,200,000 people, is the second biggest city in Greece and a very important commercial civic centre of the Balkan area. It is built on the edge of the gulf of Thermaikos and from the city’s sea front one can see mount Olympus. Thessaloniki is more than 2,300 years old and is named after the sister of Alexander the Great. The city was founded by a general of Alexander named Kassandros in 316 BC. The city has been an administrative and financial centre during the Roman and the Byzantine years. Nowadays, Thessaloniki is a modern cosmopolitan city of particular charm with distinct signs of its long eventful history. Thessaloniki is also a cultural centre (in 1997 it was the Cultural Capital of Europe) with the Aristotle University, many important Museum and Galleries, theatres and vivid art life not to mention the International Film Festival, Photosynkyria (the international photography exhibition), the International Book Festival that take place annually. Thessaloniki is also known as the “Capital of Immigrants” as most of the population of the city has always been multicultural. Therefore, tastes from different cultures have met in this city and created a colorful cuisine that Thessaloniki is famous for. For more about Thessaloniki visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thessaloniki
The conference will take place in the Tower of Education at the Faculty of Education of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The Faculty consists of the School of Primary Education and the School of Early Childhood Education. The School of Primary Education was founded in 1983. There are about 2,000 undergraduate students and 100 post-graduate and PhD students currently attending. For more about the School of Primary Education and the Faculty of Education visit: http://www.eled.auth.gr/indexen.html & http://www.educ.auth.gr/educdrupal/en
The Faculty of Education provides for the conference three lecture rooms (for 150-300 people) and four seminar rooms (for 50 people), as well as two network-media rooms for participants work, preparation and communication. All coffee breaks and lunch breaks will be served at the big entrance hall of the Tower of Education offering the opportunity to participants to rest, re-charge and refresh without leaving the conference site.
The conference will open on Monday afternoon with registration, an opening session and a welcome reception. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday there will be full day presentations (parallel sessions, PhD-students summer school sessions, poster
sessions as well as one plenary session each day) with opportunities to visit cultural sites and events in Thessaloniki (archaeological and byzantine museums and sites, NOESIS – the Thessaloniki Science Museum, a night performance of an ancient Greek play). On the evening of Thursday the Conference Dinner will take place, and the conference will close on Friday afternoon with parallel sessions, a plenary and a closing session. For those wanting to stay one more day in Thessaloniki, a one day trip to the peninsula of Halkidiki will be organized in order to visit Aristotle’s birth place, the Centre of Aristotle Studies, the Pre-Historic Petralona Cave and enjoy an afternoon at the sea.
There is a variety of accommodation opportunities in Thessaloniki at short distance from the conference site and frequent public transportation as the Tower of Education and the Aristotle University Campus is in the centre of the city. Participants, in order to book their accommodation, will also be offered help if needed by a travel agent supporting the conference organization.
Thessaloniki's international airport lies 15km south of the city center. Bus service operating 24 hours - 7 days a week connects the airport to the city centre frequently (every 15 minutes during the day, every 30 minutes during the night). A bus ticket costs €2 and it's about a 30 minute ride from the airport to the city-centre. Also, Thessaloniki can easily be reached by train and bus services from many Greek and European cities.
We are anticipating about 250 participants (but we are able to handle more). We plan to have up to 6 parallel sessions with presentation of 20 minutes (+10 minutes for discussion right after each presentation). According to our schedule we can handle more than 300 presentations (plus poster presentations and PhD Summer School presentations). English will be the official conference language.

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