ARRIVAL Kick-off Meeting

General Information

The Kick-off meeting will be held in Patras, on March 30–31, 2006. Patras is located at the Western part of Greece’s mainland on the Northwestern coast of Peloponnesus. It is the third largest city of Greece and has always been a path to Europe, a gate towards the West and a commercial channel to the ports of Italy, France and England. Patras is also the Cultural Capital of Europe for the year 2006. The important archeological site of Olympia is situated at 90km from Patras, while Delphi lies 115km away.

At 6km from Patras and 2Km from the University stands the Rion-Antirion suspended bridge. With over 2200m of suspended length (over 3km total) it is the longest suspended bridge in the world and an impressive technological feat given the adverse physical features of the environment (strong winds, strong seismic activity etc.). The bridge is also a beautiful sight (and a nice walk for the hiking lovers) especially in the night. (You may find more info on wikipedia).


You will find the program of the meeting, along with the slides of the presentations, here.


The meeting will be held in the amphitheater of the new CTI building. The building is located in the Patras University Campus in Rio (Kazantzaki street). It is reachable by bus, but since the buses are quite infrequent, it is recommended to take a taxi (the cost from Patra’s center should be around 7 euros).


Accommodation has been arranged in the the following hotels, all located in the center of Patras:

  • Byzantino. 4-star (stylish) hotel, located at Riga Fereou 106 & Asklipiou. Tel. +30–2610–243000. Room rates: single 85 Euros, double 105 Euros, triple 125 Euros, executive double 115 Euros, junior suite 140 Euros.

  • Patras Palace. 4-star (modern) hotel, located at Othonos Amalias str. 15. Tel. +30–2610–623131. Room rates: standard single (city view) 80 Euros, standard double (city view) 90 Euros, superior singe (sea view) 95 Euros, superior double (sea view) 110 Euros.

  • Mediterranee Hotel. 2-star hotel, located at Agiou Nikolaou str. 18. Tel. +30–2610–279602. Room rates: single 45 Euros, double 60 Euros.

The prices are per room per night and include breakfast. The hotels are situated in the center of Patras, close to the train and bus station. Information on how to reach the hotels from the train and bus stations, as well as by car, are given here.