Location & Venue

The conference is hosted by Department of Computing and Informatics Engineering of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Institute of Technology. All conference presentations and workshops will be located at the campus. 

Kavala (Greek: Καβάλα) is a city in northern Greece, the principal seaport of eastern Macedonia and the capital of Kavala regional unit. It is situated on the Bay of Kavala, across from the island of Thasos. Kavala is located on the Egnatia motorway and is a one and a half-hour drive to Thessaloniki (160 kilometres (99 miles) west) and a forty-minute drive to Drama (37 km (23 miles) north) and Xanthi (56 km (35 miles) east). Kavala has a humid subtropical climate with annual average precipitation of 460 mm (18.1 in). The humidity is always very high. The absolute maximum temperature ever recorded was 38.0 °C (100 °F), while the absolute minimum ever recorded was −5.8 °C (22 °F).

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Visa Requirements

Greece follows the Schengen Agreement provisions and the subsequent acquis concerning short term visa issues. Countries applying the Schengen acquis in full (EU countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, plus associated countries: Iceland and Norway, Switzerland -partially) follow a common visa policy for short-term stays of up to three (3) months in the Schengen area. The citizens of these countries are not subjected to border controls within the common area (airlines or other carriers require identification – I.D. Card or passport or any other piece of identification issued by a public authority).

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Venue

The Eastern Macedonia & Thrace (EMT) Institute of Technology (Greek: ΑΤΕΙ ΑΜΘ) is a public institute providing university-level education in Eastern Macedonia and Thrace. The institute has three campuses; the main campus in St. Lukas, Kavala, and additional campuses in Drama and Didymoteicho, Evros regional unit. The TEI of Kavala has 13,500 registered students, ranking seventh among the 16 technological educational institutes in Greece in terms of students

Accommodation

Kavala offers several options of accommodation that vary in price and standard. Please check the following list to see some options.

Transport

European route E90 runs through the city and connects Kavala with the other cities. The Egnatia Motorway (A2) lies north of the city. One can enter the city from one of two Junctions; ‘Kavala West’ and ‘Kavala East’.Kavala has a regular connection with Interregional Bus Lines (KTEL) from and to Thessaloniki and Athens.

The Kavala International Airport “Alexander the Great” (27 km (17 mi) from Kavala) is connected with Athens by regularly scheduled flights and with many European cities by scheduled and charter flights.

Kavala is connected with all the islands of the Northern Aegean Sea with frequent itineraries of various ferry lines.

The city is connected with all of the large Greek cities such as Thessaloniki and Athens. All of the local villages are also connected via bus lines. The cost of tickets is very cheap. There is also a shuttle bus in Kavala with these lines : 1. Vironas – Kallithea 2. Dexameni 3. Cemetery 4. Kipoupoli – Technological Institute 5. Agios Loukas 6. Profitis Ilias 7. Stadium 8. Kalamitsa – Batis ( only in summer ) 9. Agios Konstantinos 10. Neapoli 11. Hospital – Perigiali.

A taxi journey from the airport to the main campus costs approximately €30. The airport is currently not served by public transportation. All campuses are accessible from each city’s bus stations, which are operated by KTEL. The bus stations in Kavala (Kavala Campus), Drama (Drama Campus) and Alexandroupili (Didimotiho Campus) are served by busses to/from Athens, which pass through Thessaloniki’s KTEL station. Intercity connections between Thessaloniki, Kavala, Drama and Alexandroupoli are also regular. There are various routes connecting Kavala to Thassos island, and the Eastern Aegean Sea islands of Limnos, Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Ai Stratis and Lavrion.

Places to see

The most important sights in Panayia district are the Castle, the Acropolis, the Imaret and the old Lighthouse at the end of Theodorou Pavlidou str, beneath which the rocks of Panayia are situated. The landmark of the Old City is the Mohamed Ali square, dominated by its statue, situated between the “konaki” (his house built at the end of the 18th century) and the church of Panayia. Kavala boasts a unique character reflecting its recent past: neoclassical mansions and bigtobacco warehouses evoke the memory of a distant past when a wealthy bourgeoisie was dominating the city. The city’s most popular meeting point is Eleftherias Square while the most buzzing point is Megalou Alexandrou Pedestrian Street featuring chic shops, cafes, bars as well as a tobacco warehouse that has been transformed into a shopping center.

 

Food

Fish and sea food, as well as the products of the local livestock breeding and agricultural sectors are the prevailing elements of Kavala courses. In Kavala, the traditional local recipes have been influenced by the cuisine of the refugees from Pontos, Asia Minor and Kappadokia. Fresh fish and sea food, salted food, mackerel “gouna” (sun dried mackerel on the grill), sardine pantremeni, mussels with rice, herring saganaki, anchovies wrapped in grape leaves, Stuffed eggplant: these are some very renowned recipes in Kavala and the coastal settlements of the region. The grapes, wine and tsipouro produced in the area, as well as the kourabiedes (sugar-coated almond biscuits) from Nea Karvali are particularly famous.

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History

According to archaeological finds, the city’s history dates back to the Prehistoric times. Initially the city’s core was restricted to the district ofPanayia, which has been uninterruptedly inhabited since the 7th century BC. After 2500 years though, at the beginning of the 16th century, Kavala expanded maintaining these new borders until 1870; it was only after 1928 that it began to shape its today structure. Its strategic and economic importance over the centuries is attributed to its strategic position in Via Egnatia, which traversed the city connecting East and West, to its port and to the natural fortification of the peninsula, on which the old city was built.