ECIE Practical Information

Registered participants will receive specific joining instructions two weeks before the conference. In the meantime, we hope you find the following, more general, ECIE Practical Information helpful.

Conference Location

University of Peloponnese
Faculty of Humanities and Cultural Studies
Department of Philology
Anatoliko Kentro - Palaio Stratopedo
Kalamata, Messinia, 24100,

Tel: +30 (0) 27210-65101

Conference Location

University Information

The University of Peloponnese was established in 2000 and has 7500 enrolled students, of which 2000 are postgraduates. It is comprised of five schools in Tripoli, Corinth, Kalamata, Nafplion, and Sparta with its headquarters in Tripolis.

The vision of the university is summarized as: Generating, disseminating and promoting scientific knowledge through research and teaching, strengthening interdisciplinary cooperation and synergies among departments within the university and with other institutions in Greece and abroad, respecting diversity and multiculturalism, close collaboration with local and regional authorities, strengthening links with alumni and external stakeholders, internationalization of research and teaching and effective administrative structures and practices.


Local Information

Kalamata is the second most populous city of the Peloponnese peninsula, after Patras, in southern Greece and the largest city of the homonymous administrative region (population 70,000).

The history of Kalamata begins with Homer, who mentions Pharae, an ancient city built more or less where the Kalamata Castle stands today. In ancient times (700 BC) the three Messinian wars with the Spartans took place here. It was then a Byzantine fortress and was occupied by Frankish armies after the fourth crusade. During the Greek revolution against the Ottomans (1821), Kalamata was the first town liberated by the rebels.

Modern Kalamata has become a tourist destination and it is the only Greek city that exhibits growth in the period of the Greek financial crisis. It possesses a harbour and a yacht marine, offers marvellous beaches, typical Mediterranean cuisine in its plenty of restaurants and a variety of local products. Kalamata olives and olive oil are trademarks all-over the world. Temperature in September is 25-30 degrees and its flight connections with many European capitals continuously grow. Participants are advised to book early their tickets in order to enjoy their visit.


Link for the Kalamata Tourist Office:

Getting to ECIE

Nearest International airports are Kalamata (Captain Vas. Konstantakopoulos) is the nearest airport for European flights.  Long haul flights land at Athens airport (Eleftherios Venizelos) or connect in other European cities.

Kalamata Airport

The airport is about 11km from the venue and can be reached by bus or taxi:

By car follow the A7 towarrds Kalipatiras in Kalamata – a 15-minute drive. Taxis cost about €20 and takes 10-15 minutes.

By Bus the cost is around €3 - Check the Kalamata – Hospital – Airport – Messini route at

Athens Airport


Athens is approximately a 2.5hrs drive (240 km) from Kalamata:

From Athens Airport follow the E94 and A7 towards Kalipatiras in Kalamata (2.5 hrs/240 km). A taxi will cost in the region of €320. On-demand 3-person rides are approximately €50 per person and can be arranged with local car services.

By bus  the approximate total travel time is 4h.  Approximate total cost is €30

From the airport take the X93 bus to Kifisou bus station where you transfer to the Kalamata bus, this takes about an hour. Onward travel from Kifisou bus station to Kalamata will take approximately 3 hours and costs about €25.

Conference Accommodation

Suggested local hotels can be seen in the table below. The designated Conference Hotel for ECIE will be Comfy Hotel. This is usually where pre-conference drinks are held and where any transportation required for the conference dinner will run from.

Post Conference Excursion

The University of Peloponnese is offering an excursion from Kalamata to Ancient Olympia (Costa Navarino) on Saturday, 21st September. Transportation costs and entrance fees for the visit to Olympia will be covered by the donors of the conference. But places must be booked in advance.
We encourage participants to stay on Saturday and join the excursion to Olympia as it is a worldwide historical site where the Olympic Games Flame lights up every four years. Information about Ancient Olympia can be found here,_Greece
For more information and to register your interest, see:

Key locations on Google Maps

Key locations for the 14th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship  - ECIE 2019 in Greece, are shown on this google map