The conference will take place at the premises of the Orthodox Academy of Crete, which is located at Kolympari, a small village by the sea, just 25km east of the center of the city of Chania in the island of Crete, Greece.
The Orthodox Academy of Crete is a public welfare institution in the category of National Foundations. It functions in canonical relationship with the Holy Metropolis of Kissamos and Selinon, and it operates under the spiritual auspices of His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople. The OAC is administered by a 10-member board under the presidency of His Eminence, the Metropolitan of Kissamos and Selinon, Amphilochios.

The basic mission of the OAC is the dialogical witness and the liturgical ministry of Orthodoxy in the modern world; therefore, it is devoted to the cultivation of the spirit of dialogue between Orthodoxy and other confessions and religions, but also between faith, science and culture. Inspired by the platonic tradition of symphilosophein (philosophising together), the OAC aspires to be a place for dialogue and spiritual exchange in the service of God and humankind.

The OAC:

  • Organizes and hosts local, national and international conferences on its own initiative or in cooperation with churches, universities or other organizations.
  • Runs various programs and activities of an educational and/or practical nature (e.g. seminars introducing Orthodoxy, iconography, Cretan cuisine and nutrition, seminars about Crete, its history and culture).
  • Produces scientific work in the fields of theology and the environment.

Conference Location:

The Orthodox Academy of Crete is located at the area of Kolymvari, 39 km from the airport and 24 km from the city of Chania and can be reached by bus or taxi.
The OAC has two main conference rooms and 5 more, which may be used by working groups, but also meeting offices, exhibition halls and comfortable spaces for outdoor events.
The conference rooms are equipped with all the technical equipment necessary for even the most demanding conferences, plus 30 double-faced poster boards (dimensions 0.90 x 0.90m and 0.90 x 1.40m).
There is also wireless Internet access in both buildings, as well as in the outdoor spaces of the Foundation.

A few words for the area of Kolympari

Place in Greece

Kolympari, also known as Kolympari, is a town and former municipality in the Chania regional unit, Crete, Greece. It was part of the former Kissamos province which covered the northwest of Chania Prefecture.

Kolympari is a working coastal town at the southern end of the Rodopou peninsula and is a local centre for commerce and fishing. It does not have a sandy beach and is thus not as popular with tourists as the nearby resorts of Maleme and Platanias. The municipal unit of Kolympari covers the Rodopou peninsula at the end of the Gulf of Chania and some villages to the south. Most of the peninsula is uninhabited and rather barren, with most villages close to Kolympari at the southern end.

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