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WTC2023 Social Events

Exceptional social events are being planned by the Organizing Committee. Following is the information on Welcome Reception and Conference Dinner.

Byzantine Museum

WTC2023 Welcome Reception will be held on May 14th, 2023, at the gardens of Byzantine and Christian Museum, a beautifully landscaped setting, only few meters away from city center. Α perfect contrast to an urban city notable for its numerous modern and historic buildings.

Golf Prive

The idyllic event space of Golf Prive, at the south suburban of Athens, distinguishing for offering a range or rooms, dining areas and private venues for exclusive functions, will host the Conference Dinner that will be held on Wednesday, May 17th, 2023.

Byzantine and Christian Museum

Byzantine and Christian Museum hosted at the Villa Ilissia, one of the loveliest buildings erected in Athens during its early years as capital of the newly-founded Greek State. Building of the Villa Ilissia commenced in 1840, a short distance beyond the city’s boundaries and not far from the Royal Palace (the present Parliament building), which began to go up in 1836. In 1926 the Villa Ilissia was granted as the premises of the Byzantine and Christian Museum.

Byzantine and Christian Museum has completed the re-exhibition of its collections in the new museum, designed by the architect Manos Perrakis in the period 1987-1992 and already completed. The new museum is underground and developed on multiple levels below the building complex of the Duchess of Plaisance. In its exterior area, among fruit trees and aromatic plants, rest areas are in disposal of the visitors.

Additionally, three small themed exhibitions of archaeological interest are presented:

  • The well-cistern of Athens from ancient times to the present day. Exhibition provides information on the water resources of Attica, on the aqueducts of Athens, as well as on the water supply of the city since 1834.
  • The concept of paradise as perceived by the Byzantine Greek, concept of life on earth and the afterlife.
  • Ilissos River. The evolution of the Parillis landscape from antiquity to the present day. The wider Ilissos area functions as an archaeological park, offering an idea of the landscape in the past and how it changed dramatically during the 20th and 21st centuries.

Byzantine & Christian Museum is only few meters away from the metro station “Evangelismos” (Line 3) and within 15 minutes walking distance from Syntagma Square and metro station “Syntagma” (Line 2).

Golf Prive

Dinner will be served on the Manor House, a single area with a view to the gorgeous gardens of Golf Prive estate. With a magical view to the sea provides a blank canvas for corporate events, gala dinners and private occasions.

Conference Dinner fee is set to 140 €. Those interested, in case they have not yet proceeded with the relevant process, can reserve their seat via online registration form here. For further information contact via email in

Totally renovated, Manor House, which hosted at the past prestigious international personalities, opened its doors at the beginning of the summer of 2019, offering high-level services to patrons looking for breaths of freshness, elegance and refined tastes. Whether it’s about hosting a corporate party, a gala dinner, a cocktail evening or a team building event, Manor House’s venues ensure that its guests are accommodated in comfort and style.

Manor House’s reception hall, with a view in Golf’s club gardens, can be divided into 3 separate rooms (creating smaller spaces) with the possibility of holding parallel corporate meetings and events. The outdoor area, balcony and garden, are also ideal locations to host major corporates and other events.

Golf Prive is located at the heart of Glyfada city and it is easily accessible by public transport:

Within 3 minutes walking distance from conference venue, you reach Metro Line 3 station “Megaron Mousikis”. Board towards “Dimotiko Theatro” direction and get off at “Syntagma” station. Change to Line 2 towards “Elliniko” terminal station.

From Metro Line station “Elliniko”, within 1 minute walking distance, you reach the bus station where you board at the A3 bus line “Akadimia-Glyfada”. You get off at the “Glyfada” bus stop and within 4 minutes walking distance you reach the Golf Prive venue.

Professor Kyriazis Pitilakis

Professor Emeritus, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece
Vice-President of the European Association of Earthquake Engineering

Professor Kyriazis Pitilakis has more than forty years of intensive academic, research and professional experience in civil, earthquake and geotechnical engineering. Vice-President of the European Association of Earthquake Engineering (EAEE) (, ex- Chairman of the Technical Committee “Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering andAssociated Problems” (TC203) of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE), and past President of the Greek Society of Earthquake Engineering. He is presently Professor Emeritus in Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece and since 2019 visiting Professor in Tongji University, International Laboratory of earthquake Engineering (ILEE), Shanghai, China.

Coordinator and scientific responsible of numerous European research projects, namely EUROSEISTEST ( and SYNER-G (, he has a long experience in European research activities in earthquake engineering, geotechnical engineering, vulnerability and risk assessment of civil engineering structures, infrastructures and lifelines. According to the recent Stanford classification he is among the top 10 leading researchers in Civil Engineering in Greece, and among the top 10 leading international researchers in specific topics like Soil Dynamics, Engineering Seismology and Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering.

Chairman of several international conferences including the 16th European Conference of Earthquake Engineering, Thessaloniki 2018 and invited keynote lecturer in many International Conferences. Author of more than 650 scientific papers (h-factor 57) published in peer review scientific journals, and conference proceedings, author and co-author in several books, editor of four books published in Springer Editions, all in relevant subjects of earthquake engineering, seismic risk and geotechnical earthquake engineering. Professor Kyriazis Pitilakis is founder and coordinator of EUROSEISTEST, a large scale experimental facility in earthquake engineering, soil dynamics and engineering seismology that is unique in Europe and worldwide. He supervised more that 30 PhD thesis and numerous of his students hold academic positions in Greece and worldwide.

Professor Kyriazis Pitilakis is strongly involved in the ongoing revision of EC8 (Part 1-Seismic Actions and Part 5-Seismic design of foundations, retaining structures, soilstructure interaction, liquefaction, slope stability and underground structures), while he has been international expert for the revision of other seismic codes worldwide.

He is member of the editorial advisory board in Springer editions (Geotechnical, Geological and Earthquake Engineering), member of the editorial board and reviewer of numerous scientific journals and member of many international societies in earthquake and geotechnical engineering.

Honors: Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques, French Republic.
Thessaloniki 06.06.2022

Professor Marc Panet

The 12th Muir Wood lecture will be delivered by Professor Marc Panet during the WTC2023 in Athens. His nomination being a Muir Wood lecturer was proposed by the French Tunnelling & Underground Space Association (AFTES) as per ITA’s Statues and By-laws.

Marc Panet graduated in Civil Engineering at the École des Mines de Paris and obtained a Master degree at the University of California at Berkeley. He started his career in 1965 at the Laboratoire Central des Ponts et Chaussées, in Paris, where he was a Research Engineer, Head of the Geotechnical Department and Technical Director. In 1982 he joined the SHP Group, in Paris, as Scientific Director. From 1984 to 1996 he was the President and CEO of SIMECSOL; and from 1996 to 2000 President and CEO of FC International SA. Since then he has been working as a consultant. He taught at the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, at the École des Mines and at the École Centrale des Arts et Manufactures, in Paris.

Marc has been in charge of numerous studies in geotechnical engineering for underground works, highways, bridges, and natural hazards. Among the main projects are: the Mont Blanc Tunnel (11.6km), the Frejus Road Tunnel (12.9 km), the Large Electron–Positron Collider (CERN in Geneva), the Channel Tunnel (from 1967 to the end of the construction), the Millau Bridge, the Loetschberg Base Tunnel (43 km), subways in Paris, Rennes, Caracas, Athens and Algiers, the slides of the city of Constantine (Algeria), the project of the suspended bridge on the Straits of Messina (Italy) and the project of the cable-stayed bridge on the Golden Horn (Turkey). He is presently involved in a large number of geotechnical projects.

He is the author of a large number of publications in professional journals and international conferences and of the well-known book “Calculation of tunnels using the convergence-confinement method”.

Marc Panet is a Honorary Member of the French Academy of Technology, Knight of the National Order of Merit and Knight of the Order of Academic Palms.