The present Conference, jointly organized by the University of Patras and the International Center for Sciences and Hellenic Values, is the continuation of the First International Conference, title, “Ancient Greece and the Modern World”, which took place in Ancient Olympia, 28-31 August 2016, in the presence of the President of the Hellenic Republic and where the influence of ancient Greek Philosophy, Science and Technology on the respective contemporary knowledge was investigated. In the same context, this Conference aims at the investigation of the dramatic changes most rapidly occurring on earth, which, according to the practically unanimous view of the scientific community, have become critical in the sense that in rather finite time they may lead life on earth to extinction. Besides overpopulation, social inequality, globalization, all kinds of wars etc., the obvious inability of Man to conceive and control the nature of his relationship with the nature and in particularly with the environment is speeding up the way towards the final destruction of all forms of life on the planet. However, a search in the ancient Greek bibliography reveals that the relation between Man and natural environment with reference to the human nature was in depth investigated and the first rules of ecological ethics were formulated. Accordingly, humanity must proceed with the necessary measures most urgently, inhibiting or even reversing environmental degradation processes and ensure survival of life.
The Conference is strongly interdisciplinary, therefore, specialists and researchers from areas of science and technology are invited to submit high quality, original and unpublished works in the following areas:
(a) Investigation and assessment of the current situation of planet’s ecosystem, factors encumbering the environment (climatic change, land, water and air pollution, sea and oceanic pollution, effects on human health, genetic and mental problems, waste management etc.), hazards resulting and predictions for future developments.
(b) Human values, Ecological conscience and Bioethics from the Greek antiquity till present. Human nature and the position of Man in the ecosystem. Natural vs. Artificial – from completion to degradation of Nature, Man as a cell of the planet.
(c) Pedagogics and Law for the protection of the environment through the ages.
(d) Political Freedom and Democracy as related to environmental protection.
(e) Human brain and environment - Environmental Εpigenetics.
(f) Strategies suggested along with measures of alleviating or even inverting environmental degradation processes.
Languages of the Conference
Languages of the Conference are Greek and English. Simultaneous translation will be available, as well as audio-optical devices. Presentation time is 20 minutes (30 for invited speakers) including 5 minutes discussion.
By the present web page (www.timelessgreece.org) all relevant information and the communications of the Organizing Committee etc. will be announced. Potential participants as well as any person interested are requested to visit the web page on a regular basis.
CENTRAL SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE
INVITED SPEAKERS (Environmental Technology)
INVITED SPEAKERS (History and Philosophy)
The Conference will take place at the Conference Center of the University of Patras, University Campus, Rio, Patras, GR-265 04. The Opening Ceremony will take place on Sunday, 17 June 2018, at 18.00 and the Closing Ceremony on Wednesday, 20 June 2018, at about 18.00. Restaurant and parking facilities will be available. There are hotels of all classes both in the Rio area and in the city of Patras (distance 7 km, with regular bus connection). Depending on the circumstances, delegate transfer by special buses will be organized.
Hotels of all classes in the University area and in the City of Patras are available, some of them offering reduced prices for Conference participants (to be announced through the web page.)
Participants can take part to the following social and cultural events: (a) The Opening Ceremony and reception, (b) The official Banquet, (c) A tour of the City of Patras at sites of cultural interest, (d) A concert of music of the Greek Antiquity, (e) Trips to Olympia or Delphi (if sufficient number of participants are interested).
Agencies supporting the Conference