Greece, officially known as The Hellenic Republic, is the southernmost country on the European mainland. With an area of 131.940 square kilometres, Greece is about the same size as England or New York State. Over 2,000 Greek islands are scattered throughout the eastern Mediterranean, roughly 200 of them are inhabited. The Greek mainland shares land borders with Albania, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Bulgaria and Turkey. Greece has a long and eventful history. It was part of every great empire – Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman – that ruled the region.
Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands and the fifth biggest Mediterranean Island at 8,336 sq km. Crete was the centre of the Minoan civilization (between 2700 – 1420 B.C.), the first advanced civilization in Europe. Heraklion is the largest city and the capital of Crete.
The island is divided in 4 regions: Chania, Rethymnon, Heraklion and Lassithi
The conference venue is located in the area of Heraklion-Hersonissos