BCRRA 2017

Tenth International Conference on the Bearing Capacity of Roads, Railways and Airfields.

28th to 30th
June 2017

Background and Scope

BCRRA 2017 Conference will cover aspects related to materials, laboratory testing, design, construction, maintenance and management systems of transport infrastructure focusing on roads, railways and airfields. Additional aspects that concern new materials and characterization, alternative rehabilitation techniques, technological advances as well as pavement and railway track substructure sustainability will be included. Providing a unique opportunity to interact and exchange and share information amongst researchers, practicing engineers and other professionals, BCRRA 2017 will welcome experts in the field from all over the world who can exchange their views and experiences, and have an outlet to discuss new concepts and innovative solutions.


The Conference will include aspects of transportation infrastructure focusing on roads, railways and airfields. Topics will concentrate but not limit to the following:

  • 1. Policies on the bearing capacity of roads, railways and airfields
  • 2. Unbound aggregate materials and soil properties
  • 3. Bound materials characteristics, mechanical properties and testing
  • 4. Traffic loading
  • 5. Field measurement techniques and analysis tools
  • 6. Pavement field evaluation
  • 7. Correlation of laboratory and field testing results
  • 8. Monitoring and assessment of roads, railways and airfields structures
  • 9. Geophysical methods for structural evaluation
  • 10. Pavement surface condition and performance assessment
  • 11. Maintenance and preservation
  • 12. Reinforcement and rehabilitation design
  • 13. Analysis of Long-Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) data
  • 14. Drainage and environmental effects
  • 15. Climate change, energy and sustainability
  • 16. Full scale testing (ALF, HVS)
  • 17. Emerging technologies
  • 18. Life cycle analysis
  • 19. Non-standard pavements
  • 20. Case histories of roads, railways and airfields

Publication Venue

All accepted papers will be presented in oral and poster sessions, will be published by CRC-Taylor & Francis Group and will be indexed in EI and Scopus.
Accepted Conference paper submissions, in extended format, have the potential to be considered for inclusion in a Special Issue(s) to be published by the International Journal of Pavement Engineering (IJPE).

Scientific Supporters

Important dates

Deadline to submit
draft paper
November 20, 2016
Notification to authors
on review
January 27, 2017
Deadline for
final paper
February 28, 2017
Deadline for
author registration
March 20, 2017

Conference Venue

Divani Caravel

Divani Caravel, a member of “The Leading Hotels of the World”, is a luxury hotel ideally situated in the heart of Athens Just minutes away from the city centre. Fully renovated in 2003, the Divani Caravel epitomizes refinement, elegance, and exceptional service. The Hotel offers 471 rooms including 42 Suites and 2 Presidential Suites.

Just like the magnificent city in which it resides, our deluxe Athenian hotel embodies the classic elegance of days past with the style and amenities of the present.

The hotel is just minutes away from the business center, Constitution Square, the fashionable Kolonaki with its exclusive shopping, trendy cafes and restaurants and important museums such as the Museum of Cycladic Arts and the Byzantine Civilization Museum.

Meetings & Conferences

Divani Caravel Conference Halls are the ideal venue for all types of meetings.The Hotel offers 4,000m2 ofmeeting space and can accommodate from 10 to 2000 persons. All halls are fully equipped, multifunctional, soundproof with individual lighting and with the latest audio - visual technology upon request.

The 16 fully equipped function rooms, most with natural daylight, have spacious banqueting foyer at the hub of the main conference room, providing an impressive setting for delegate registration, exhibition and refreshment breaks.

The 600m2 Olympia Ballroom with its spacious foyer, one of the largest hotel ballrooms in the city, accommodates up to 1500 persons and lends an extradimension to conferences, exhibitions, product launches and banquets.


Divani Caravel is centrally located in Athens and it is the ideal place from where to begin exploring this beautiful historic city.

  • Syntagma Square 1.8km
  • Kolonaki Area (fashionable boutiques, restaurants, bars) 1km
  • Acropolis 2.8km
  • New Acropolis Museum 2.4km
  • Archaeological Museum 2.3km
  • Byzantine Museum 800m
  • Benaki Museum 1.7km
  • Athens International Airport 29km

How to reach the Conference Venue

By Metro:

By other means of public transportation:


Vasileos Alexandrou 2,
161 21, Athens, Greece
Tel: 21 0720 7000


Prof. Andreas Loizos, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Prof. Imad Al-Qadi, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Prof. A.(Tom) Scarpas, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

International Advisory Committee (IAC)

Leif Bakløkk (Chair), Norwegian Public Roads Administration, Norway
Andreas Loizos (Co-chair), National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Christina Plati (Secretary), National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Imad L. Al-Qadi, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Alessandra Bianchini, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, USA
David R. Brill, Federal Aviation Administration, USA
Antonio Gomes Correia, University of Minho/DEC, Portugal
David D. Davis, Association of American Railroads, USA
Andrew Dawson, The University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
Rolf Dollevoet, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Guy Doré, Laval University, Canada
Sigurdur Erlingsson, University of Iceland and Swedish Road and Transport Research Institute, Iceland and Sweden
Brian Ferne, Transport Research Laboratory (TRL), United Kingdom
Ralph Fischer, Deutsche Bahn AG - DB Systemtechnik, Germany
Rita Moura Fortes, Mackenzie Presbyterian University, Brasil
Gregers Hildebrand, COWI, Denmark
Inge Hoff, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Buddhima Indraratna, University of Wollongong, Australia
Geoff Jameson, ARRB Transport Research Ltd., Australia
Elias Kassa, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Pauli Kolisoja, Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Jens Melsom, Norwegian National Rail Administration, Norway
Helge Mork, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Jean Michel Piau, French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks, France
Tom Scarpas, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Ramesh Sinhal, Highways Agency, United Kingdom
Ted Sussmann, University of Hartford/ Volpe Transportation Center, USA
Susana Svetlicic, DRI Investment Management, Slovenia
Mark Swanlund, Federal Highway Administration, USA
Dariusz Sybilski, Road and Bridge Research Institute, Poland
Gabriele Tebaldi, University of Parma, Italy
Erol Tutumluer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Xinglong Wang, Heilongjiang Institute of Highway and Transport Research, P.R. China
Tomas Winnerholt, Swedish Transport Administration, Sweden
Benjamin Worel, Minnesota Department of Transportation, USA

Scientific Committee (SC)

Gordon Airey, The University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
Jostein Aksnes, Norwegian Public Roads Administration, Norway
Sara Anastasio, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
George Apostolopoulos, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Joralf Aurstad, Norwegian Public Roads Administration, Norway
Jose Tadeu Balbo, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Hartmut Johannes Beckedahl, University of Wuppertal, Germany
Andrea Benedetto, Roma Tre University, Italy
Geir Berntsen, Norwegian Public Roads Administration, Norway
Amit Bhasin, The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Ronald Blab, Technische Universität Wien, Austria
Francesco Canestrari, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy
Silvia Caro, Universidad de Ios Andes, Colombia
Armelle Chabot, IFSTTAR, France
Athanasios Chassiakos, University of Patras, Greece
Karim Chatti, Michigan State University, USA
Chassan Chehab, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Andrew Collop, De Montfort University, United Kingdom
Jo Daniel, University of New Hampshire, USA
Eshan Dave, University of New Hampshire, USA
Herve Di Benedetto, University of Lyon, ENTPE, France
Nikos Economou, Technical University of Crete, Greece
Nikolaos Eliou, University of Thessaly, Greece
Sandra Erkens, TU Delft, Netherlands
Marit Fladvad, Norwegian Public Roads Administration, Norway
Simona Fontul, National Laboratory for Civil Engineering, LNEC, Portugal
Jeffrey S. Gagnon, Airport Pavement R & D Section, USA
Navneet Garg, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), USA
Kenneth Gavin, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Konstantina Georgouli, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Konstantinos Giannakos, Railways R.C., Greece
Dimitris Goulias, University of Maryland, USA
Elie Hajj, University of Nevada Reno, USA
Kevin D. Hall, University of Arkansas, USA
Meor Othman Hamzah, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
John Harvey, University of California, USA
Jake Hiller, Michigan Technological University, USA
Pierre Hornych, LUNAM Université, IFSTTAR, France
Ivar Horvli, Norwegian Public Roads Administration, Norway
Wei-Hsing Huang, National Central University, Taiwan
Tatsuya Ishikawa, Hokkaido University, Japan
Kim Jenkins, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Torbjørn Jørgensen, Norwegian Public Roads Administration, Norway
Kamil Elias Kaloush, Arizona State University, USA
Malal Kane, LUNAM Université, IFSTTAR, France
Lev Khazanovich, University of Minnesota, USA
Alexandros Kokkalis, Democretus University of Thace, Greece
Niki Kringos, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Murali J. Krishnan, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India
Emin Kutay, Michigan State University, USA
Elena Kuznetsova, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Sabine Leischner, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
Zhen Leng, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China
Bjørn Ove Lerfald, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Eyal Levenberg, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Jianming Ling, Tongji University, China
Dallas Little, Texas A&M University, USA
Luis Guillermo Loria-Salazar, University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica
Massimo Losa, University of Pisa, Italy
Nikos Malakatas, KEDE, Greece
Gülay Malkoç, ASMUD, Turkey
Rajib Mallick, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA
Evangelos Manthos, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Alessandro Marradi, University of Pisa, Italy
Eyad Masad, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Qatar
Lillian Uthus Mathisen, Veidekke AS, Norway
George Mintsis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Goran Mladenovic, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Anastatios Mouratidis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Roar Nålsund, The Norwegian National Rail Administration, Norway
Soheil Nazarian, University of Texas at El Paso, USA
Athanassios Nikolaides, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Markus Oeser, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
David P. Orr, Cornell University, USA
Hasan Ozer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Jorge Carvalho Pais, University of Minho, Portugal
Tom Papagiannakis, University of Texas San Antonio, USA
Manfred Partl, EMPA, Switzerland
Marco Pasetto, University of Padova, Italy
Christophe Petit, Université de Limoges, France
Andrei Petriaev, Emperor Alexander I St. Petersburg State Transport University, Russia
Filippo Pratico, Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria, Italy
Christiane Raab, EMPA, Switzerland
Jeffery Roesler, University of Illinois, USA
Rabbira Garba Saba, Norwegian Public Roads Administration, Norway
Mofreh Saleh, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Ezio Santagata, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Charles Schwartz, University of Maryland, USA
Mohamed Shahin, Curtin University, Australia
Kjell Arne Skoglund, Sintef, Norway
Brynhild Snilsberg, Norwegian Public Roads Administration, Norway
Konstantinos Spiliopoulos, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Wynand JvdM Steyn, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Even Sund, Norwegian Public Roads Administration, Norway
Nader Tabatabaee, Sharif University of Technology, Iran
Ephrem Taddesse, University of Agder, Norway
Serdal Terzi, Suleyman Demirel University, Turkey
Carl Thodesen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Susan Tighe, University of Waterloo, Canada
David Timm, Auburn University, USA
Fabio Tosti, University of West London, United Kingdom
Yiannis Tsompanakis, Technical University of Crete, Greece
Waheed Uddin, University of Mississippi, USA
Nils Sigurd Uthus, Norwegian Public Roads Administration, Norway
Carl Van Geem, Belgian Road Research Centre, Belgium
Julie Marie Vandenbossche, University of Pittsburg, USA
Christ Van Gurp, KOAC-NPC, The Netherlands
Konstantinos Vogiatzis, University of Thessaly, Greece
Hainian Wang, Chang'an University, China
Kelvin Wang, Oklahoma State University, USA
Linbing Wang, , Virginia Tech, USA
Yuhong Wang, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China
Greg White, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia
Michael Wistuba, TU Braunschweig, Germany
Pyeong Jun Yoo, Korea Institute of Construction Technology, S. Korea
Zhanping You, Michigan Technological University, USA
Adam Zofka, Road and Bridge Research Institute, Poland

Organizing Committee

Brad Cliatt, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Panos Georgiou, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Konstantina Georgouli, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Konstantinos Gkyrtis, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Christina Plati, National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Keynote Speakers

John Harvey
Ph.D. Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
Professor, University of California, Davis, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Jeffery Roesler
Ph.D. Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Professor, University of Illinois, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Rolf Dollevoet
Ph.D. University of Twente, The Netherlands
Professor, Delft University of Technology, Railway Engineering

Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-conference workshops will take place on Tuesday, 27th of June, 2017.

Morning workshop: 9.00-13.00

Introducing FAARFIELD 1.41: Latest Updates to FAA Airport
Pavement Design Procedures

Coordinated by Dr. David R. Brill

Morning workshop: 9.00-13.00

Modelling and Testing of the Vehicle-Tire-Pavement System

Coordinated by Prof. Markus Oeser, Prof. Frohmut Wellner and Prof. Michael Kaliske

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Afternoon workshop:
14.00- 18.00

Pavement Sustainability
and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA): Approaches and Tools

Coordinated by Prof. Imad Al-Qadi

Afternoon workshop:
14.00- 18.00

Railway Track Settlements: Innovations in Monitoring
and Maintenance

Coordinated by Prof. Rolf Dollevoet

Afternoon workshop:
14.00- 18.00

Cold Regions Engineering: Challenges and Opportunities

Coordinated by Dr. Elena Kuznetsova and Prof. Guy Dore

Special Technical Sessions

  • 2017 DaRTS (Deflection at Road Traffic Speed) meeting (click here)
  • 8th EuroFWD UGM (European Falling Weight Deflectometer Users Groupd Meeting) (click here)

Abstract Instructions

Abstract and papers should be in English which is the official language of the Conference.
The abstract text should not exceed 250 words. Maximum 5 key words should be provided. Author names and affiliation must be included.

Abstract Submission

For abstract submission please click here.


Paper Submission Process

All submissions should be submitted in English and should be a maximum of 8 pages (inclusive of tables, figures, images etc). All papers must be submitted in the Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

For more detailed information regarding the paper
format please refer to the paper formatting guidelines.
Upload your paper utilizing the Reference Number received
during the abstract submission process following the link.

Pre-Conference Workshops Fees

Workshop Price
Pavement Sustainability and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA): Approaches and Tools 50 €
Modelling and Testing of the Vehicle-Tire-Pavement System free
Introducing FAARFIELD 1.41: Latest Updates to FAA Airport Pavement Design Procedures 50 €
Railway Track Settlements: Innovations in Monitoring and Maintenance 50 €
Cold Regions Engineering: Challenges and Opportunities 50 €

The pre-conference workshop registration fee only includes attendance to the registered workshop and to the coffee break(s) during the mentioned workshop. Please note that a separate registration fee is applied per each individual workshop.

Registration Fees

Before April 30, 2017 After April 30, 2017
Regular participant 430 € 570 €
Student* 290 € 370 €
Accompanying person** 180 € 180 €

The registration fee includes the Conference Proceedings, attendance to all Scientific Sessions, participation to the Conference banquet, lunches and coffee breaks throughout the Conference. Please note that with one registration a maximum of two papers can be presented.

* Current undergraduate or postgraduate students, supported by a confirmation letter from their University or course supervisor.
** Accompanying persons need to be registered in connection with a conference participant and can take part in the Conference banquet, lunches and coffee breaks throughout the Conference and a tour in the city of Athens.

Sponsors & Exhibitors

For information regarding sponsorship and
exhibition opportunities please click here.
Download the sponsorship and
exhibition participation form here.


Hotel Stars Single Room Double Room Distance from Conference Venue Website Details
Divani Caravel Hotel (Conference Venue) ***** 170 € 190 € Visit Website Reservation
Crowne Plaza ***** 135 € 145 € 850 m Visit Website
Alexandros (Airotel - Group of Hotels) **** 131 € 131 € 1.6 Km Visit Website
Stratos Vassilikos (Airotel - Group of Hotels) **** 131 € 131 € 1.4 Km Visit Website
Embassy **** 110 € 120 € 1.5 km Visit Website
President **** 88 € 88 € 2.4 km Visit Website
Athinais *** 85 € 96 € 1.6 km Visit Website
Best Western - ilisia **** 75 € 85 € 450 m Visit Website

Post-conference Tours

Athens Sightseeing

Half Day with Acropolis Museum Dep. 08.45 - Ret. 13.30

This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our expert guides will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (short stop).

On the Acropolis visit the Architectural Masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally "the harmony between material and spirit", the monument that "puts order in the mind", the Parthenon. Continue and visit the place where at last the statues found their home and admire the wonders of the classical era: The new Acropolis museum.

Cape Sounion

In the afternoon Dep. 15.00 - Ret. 19.00

Drive along the coastal road, passing the wonderful beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni & Varkiza to the most Southern point of Attica, Cape Sounion, where the white marble pillars of the Temple of Poseidon stand. On the way, you have a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf and the little islands offshore. After visiting the Temple of Poseidon, you have time to walk at leisure on the rocky promontory of Sounion.


One Day Dep. 08.45 - Ret. 19.00

Drive through the fertile plain of Beotia, crossing the towns of Thebes connected with the tragedy of King Oedipus - Levadia and Arachova (short stop on the way back). Arrive at Delphi, the center of Ancient World - the "Omphalos" (Navel of Earth) - whose prestige extended far beyond the boundaries of the Hellenic World.

On the slopes of Mount Parnassus, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty, lie the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios. Visit the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the Museum containing such masterpieces of Ancient Greek sculpture as the bronze Charioteer and the famous athlete Aghias. Lunch in the modern village of Delphi, return to Athens by the same route.

One Day Tour Argolis

Saturday, July 1st, 2017

Leave by the coastal road along the Saronic Gulf to the Corinth Canal, which connects the Aegean Sea with the Ionian Sea, (short stop).
Drive to Mycenae, the Homeric city of Atreides, the city "rich in gold" of the ancient poets.
Visit the Lion's Gate, the Cyclopean Walls, and the Royal Tombs e.t.c.
Depart for Nauplion through the fertile plain of Argolis, the picturesque town nestling at the foot of a cliff crowned by the mighty ramparts of the Palamidi Fortress (short photo stop), leave for Epidauros, to visit the Theatre (4th century B.C.) famous for its astonishing acoustics.
Return to Athens by the National road connecting Epidauros with Corinth. Lunch in Mycenae.

Cost € 90,00
Minimum Participation: 15 pax


Three Islands Cruise - Athens One Day Cruise

Saturday, July 1th, 2017 or Sunday, July 2nd, 2017

Enjoy the beautiful Greek sun, fresh air from Saronic Golf, feed the seagulls, dance with international and folkloric sounds, be the first dancer next to our professional dancers, join our cooking lessons and become a Chef ....and the cruise is going on. Upon arrival to Trocadero, Paleo Faliro, you will receive a warm welcome from our Officers and Hostesses who will assist you to embark to one of our luxurious cruise ships. You are invited to proceed to one of the three luxurious decks where you can enjoy our live orchestra and the fascinating view as the ship leaves the port.


In the 12th century, Aegina was the basic pirates spot especially for their attacks in Athens. The quality of the most famous world wide, local pistachio nut, is a result of the special climate conditions of the island (drought) and in the volcano elements of the soil. Aegina was actually the first capital of Greece and not Nafplio as most people believe. Ioannis Kapodistrias was the first Greek Governor. Aphaea's Temple was the ''patter'' that Iktinos and Kallikratis, the architects of Parthenon, had in mind when designing Parthenon. One of the most known Greek mysteries is about the perfect triangle consisted by the Temple of Aphaea, the Temple of Poseidon in Sounio and Acropolis of Athens.


Poros was the site of the first naval base in modern Greece, established in 1827 during the Greek War of Independence. Most of the activities of Poros naval base were moved to Salamis naval base in 1881. The site is still used today by the Hellenic Navy as a training center for naval personnel. Poros lemon forest is very famous not only in Greece but world wide also. Orange and lemon production is one of the main financial sources of the island. Poros has an amazing shell museum, founded in 2006, with a permanent exhibition of shells in the Chatzopouleios library. The island's name means 'narrow strait'.


Hydra island has more than 300 churches and 5 monasteries. Hydra's Maritime Academy is the oldest Maritime Academy in the eastern Mediterranean, as it is open since the revolution of 1821. Hydra has inspired many artists such as Picasso and Sagale, as well as it is the home of many artists like P.Tetsis, N.Gkikas, L.Cohen etc. Many movies have been filmed on the island like Sophia Loren's hit movie 'Boy on a Dolphin' and Melina Merkouri's 'Phaedra'. Five Prime Ministers in Greece's history were Hydra natives: G.Kountouriotis, A.Kriezis, D.Voulgaris, A.Miaoulis and P.Voulgaris. The biggest star in the sky is named Hydra and was noted in the ancient years by Ptolemeus.

Cost € 85,00
Minimum Participation: 25 pax

One Day Cruise

About Athens

Athens – Greece General Information

Most Athenians speak English and those in the hospitality industry are likely to speak French and German too. Signage, menus and transportation signs are written in Greek and English.

Climate: Mediterranean Greece has a Mediterranean climate with plenty of sunshine, mild temperatures and a limited amount of rainfall.

Due to the country's geographical position, its rugged relief and its distribution between the mainland and the sea, there is great variation in Greece's climate.

In summer, the dry hot days are cooled by seasonal winds called the meltemi, while mountainous regions have generally lower temperatures.

The winters are mild in lowland areas, with a minimum amount of snow and ice, yet, mountains are usually snow-covered.

Moreover, a common phenomenon is the occurrence of different climactic conditions during the same season (for instance, mild heat in coastal areas and cool temperatures in mountainous regions).

Population: 11.306.183 (2010 estimate)
Calling code The international calling code of Greece is +30

Health & Safety

In order to have access to necessary health care, tourists from member states of the European Union (EU) wishing to visit Greece must be holders of the European Health Card (EHIC) or any other legal Community document issued by their competent social security agency. In these cases, the necessary treatment in Greece is provided by:

  • Social Security Institute Health Units (polyclinics) or doctor’s offices in the region;
  • Regional clinics (former rural clinics) or the Health Centres of the National Health System;
  • and
  • the outpatients’ departments of the hospitals on contract

In order to have access to necessary health care, tourists from countries other than the member states of the European Union wishing to visit Greece must consult their social security agency for information before travelling.

In case of emergency call

  • Ambulance Service: 166
  • SOS Doctors : 1016
  • Duty Hospitals and Clinics: 1434
  • Pharmacies: 1434
  • Open Line for alcohol drug Addiction: 210 36 17 089
  • Poisoning First Aid: 210 77 93 777
  • Police: 100
  • Tourist Police: 1571

Athens Shopping Hours

Major outlets Monday-Friday. 9:00-21:00; small shops Monday, Wednesday 9:00 to 15:30; Friday, 9:00 to 20:30; Saturday 9:00 to 15:30.
Time Greece: GMT +2


The electrical current is 220 V, 50 Hz. Adapters and transformers are sold in many stores.

Smoking in Greece

As of 1 September 2010, smoking and consumption of tobacco products has been banned in enclosed public places in Greece. Tobacco advertising is also banned. The smoking ban applies to:

  • All work places
  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Public transport (including stations), taxis and passenger ships
  • Restaurants, night clubs

The currency: Euro(€)

Greece is a Member-State of the European Union and uses its uniform currency – the Euro. Greece, as is the case with the other Member-States of the E.U. uses eight coins as follows: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50cents (lepta in Greek) and 1 and 2 Euros. The banknotes are issued in the following denominations: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 Euros.

Currency exchange rates are clearly displayed in every bank that accepts currency exchange, while credit card holders may acquire money from the ATMs of the collaborating banks. Greek banks are open for the public from 8:00 to 14:30 Mondays to Thursdays and from 8:00 to 13:30 on Fridays. They are closed on Public Holidays.

Euros can also be exchanged for notes of other foreign currencies at exchange offices that are situated at the airport and certain main ports, in the larger cities, as well as at many tourist destinations. A passport is required when exchanging currencies.


Greek cuisine is a Mediterranean cuisine. Contemporary Greek cookery makes wide use of olive oil, lemon juice, vegetables, and herbs, grains and bread, wine, fish, and various meats, including lamb, poultry, rabbit and pork. Also important are olives, cheese, eggplant (aubergine), zucchini (courgette), and yogurt. Greek desserts are characterized by the dominant use of nuts and honey.

From/To Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos"


The airport is accessible via Metro Line 3 “Aghia Marina - Athens International Airport”.


Athens International Airport is connected via the Suburban Rail with: Athens Central Railway Station (Larissis Station, Port of Pireaus and Kiato For further information regarding timetables, please call 14511.


Four bus routes connect directly Athens and Piraeus with the airport. All buses to the airport leave passengers at the Departures Level and buses to Athens depart from the Arrivals Level, between Exits 4 and 5. For further information, please call 11 185.

From/To Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos"


Five regional buses operate at the airport. All buses set down passengers at the Departures Level and depart from the Arrivals Level, between Exits 2 and 3, opposite the Airport Hotel (Sofitel).

For further information regarding travelling by Regional Buses to other major cities please call: KTEL
Kifissou Bus Station:tel: +30 210 5124910, +30 210 5124911, KTEL Liosion Bus
Station: tel: +30 210 8317186


Network includes new buses, pollution-free trolleys, tram and a revamped electric railway system that connects to the metro lines. Taxis are inexpensive by European standards. High-speed catamarans get you to nearby islands in a couple of hours or less.

Documents to travel to Greece


For EU citizens who travel to Greece, no passport is required, just the identity card with latin characters is enough. For the non EU citizens, a valid passport is necessary to enter Greece.

In case you lose your passport in Greece, the local police and the embassy of your home country must be contacted. It is recommended to have a photocopy of your passport in order to get the process of replacement quicker.

Documents to travel to Greece


All citizens of foreign countries, except for the countries of the European Union, the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, need a visa to enter Greece. For more information, contact the Greek National Tourist Offices in your country or go to your embassy in Greece.


A passport can serve like an ID. Apart from the official identity card of your country, other form of identification is the driving licence.

Animals' documents

Animals (pets) require a valid health certificate to enter Greece.

Applying for a Visa

Visa and Invitation Letter

Delegates requiring a Visa Letter from the Organizing Committee should send an email to the Conference secretariat at ( secretariat@bcrra2017.com ) with the following requirements:

  1. Full name as appear on the passport
  2. University or Organization
  3. Current Mailing address *
  4. Passport Number and expiration date as it appears on the passport
  5. Email address

*Please note: visa support letters are issued only via email.
Please note that registration and payment for the conference is mandatory in order to receive a visa letter.

Contact Us

For abstract/paper submission issues and scientific matters :
Dr. Christina Plati
Konstantina Georgouli
(+30) 210 7721328
For registration, accommodation and venue matters:
Conference Secretariat
Triaena Tours & Congress
15 Mesogeion Av., GR-11526, Ampelokipi
Georgia Kateriniou
(+30) 210 7499318 ,7499300

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