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Social Life

Social Life

In harmony with its rich cultural heritage, Athens stands out for its creative and intense social life. This can be broken down into three parts: dining, nightlife and shopping.

Gastronomy

Getting around the table to eat and drink has been part of the Greek culture since ancient times. It is no accident that men used to debate various issues in small gatherings, while drinking. This tradition was called symposium, which literally means “drinking together”. The word was so meaningful that it is used even today to describe a scientific meeting or conference.

Night Life

One of the most noticeable characteristics of Athenians might be their vibrant lifestyle and unique sense of hospitality.

From jazz bars to pubs and from clubs to the traditional Greek Bouzoukia, Athens is an animated city offering a wide range of options that appeal to all sorts of lifestyles and tastes.

Night life in Athens can keep going until the morning hours, thus turning any night into a special occasion. Any visitor can meet new people quite easily, as Greeks have a tendency to connect with new people, while having fun.

Shopping

The best place for high end shopping in Athens is Kolonaki, where you can find all the big fashion names. However, the most well-known shopping street in Athens is Ermou Street. It is a pedestrian road full of famous brands and shops leading to the ultimate street shopping place of Monastiraki. 

Gastronomy

Dining

Getting around the table to eat and drink has been part of the Greek culture since ancient times. It is no accident that men used to debate various issues in small gatherings, while drinking. This tradition was called symposium, which literally means “drinking together”. The word was so meaningful that it is used even today to describe a scientific meeting or conference.

However, Greek gastronomy is much more than preparing a dish. It is a way of expression in culinary terms. While the most well-known example is the Cretan cuisine, linked with its wondrous effects on quality of life, no region is left without its contribution. From the pies of the North to the fresh fish of the islands in the South, from the meat-based diet of the mountainous areas to the legume dishes of the valleys, there is something for everyone.

As the capital of Greece, Athens opened its doors to people from all over the country, who have brought with them their own traditions and favorite culinary customs. As a result, a visitor can travel all around Greece by tasting its numerous specialties in one city.

Shopping

The best place for high end shopping in Athens is Kolonaki, where you can find all the big fashion names. However, the most well-known shopping street in Athens is Ermou Street. It is a pedestrian road full of famous brands and shops leading to the ultimate street shopping place of Monastiraki. The last one is situated around the Acropolis and offers a unique environment, where you may walk on the old cobblestone roads and visit the traditional flea market and bazaar. One can find all kinds of products there from clothes, shoes, cosmetics, jewelry, and bags to even decorating items. There are multiple coffee shops around the area that contribute to a full evening experience.

Shopping in Athens can of course be more than that. Products, like pastries or spoon sweets can be found almost anywhere. Created from fruits or even roses, they may open a new door for your palate. You can also taste numerous varieties of wine by vineyards cultivated in almost every corner of the country. Finally, many versions of honey are being produced and can be found in smaller shops around Athens. These local flavors can be a nice souvenir to bring back home or even something to offer to someone. After all, such a tasting experience could sometimes explain Greece much better than words can.

Professor Kyriazis Pitilakis

Professor Emeritus, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece
Vice-President of the European Association of Earthquake Engineering
(www.eaee.org)

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) (www.eaee.org), 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 (euroseisdb.civil.auth.gr) and SYNER-G (www.syner-g.eu), 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.