Accommodation

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Transportation

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Venue

The Conference will be held at the Neapolis University of Paphos (NUP), one of the leading private universities in Cyprus with students from all around the world. Α vibrant academic institution focusing on high quality education, research that aims to provide top educational services to the Cypriot region and beyond.

Situated on the southwestern coast of the island, Paphos is known for its resort charm, rich history and culture, hospitable people, beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife and vast selection of restaurants and bars. Paphos is an ideal setting for quality campus life and the safest location for a university and its student community.

Paphos is the selected European Capital of Culture for 2017 so there are many activities and attractions being organized and developed for 2017 adding to the excitement of the town.

The mild Mediterranean climate, the indoor/outdoor living throughout the year, and the vast availability of leisure activities all add to the quality of life in Paphos. Students can take part in water sports, diving, snorkeling, fishing, hiking, cycling, golf and much more during all seasons of the year. The historic harbour and medieval fort, spectacular countrysides, archeological sites, numerous churches, museums, galleries, gardens and coastal walking paths are all part of the Paphos lifestyle.

The region offers the possibility of enjoying both sea and mountains, as well as getting a regular taste of the island’s culture within small distances and driving times.

Four municipalities administer the region, each with its own special attraction for residents to discover – the municipalities of Pafos town, Geroskipou, Pegeia and Polis tis Chrysochous.

Mythology is everywhere in Paphos, where Aphrodite, the ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty, once roamed. Petra tou Romiou is where Aphrodite was believed to have risen from the sea waves and in Kouklia village there is the goddess’ sanctuary and her grotto can be found near Polis where she was supposed to have bathed.

Paphos International Airport is only approximately 20km from Neapolis University and 1.5 hours flight time from Greece and 4.5 hours flight time from UK airports. A taxi from the airport to central Paphos takes only 20 minutes. Regular bus services and routes are available from Paphos Airport to Neapolis University campus and also there are interconnecting bus routes throughout the city of Paphos and to all other cities on the island. English is widely spoken on the island, and is the language of instruction for many of the programmes at the University. Cyprus is at the meeting point of Europe, Asia and Africa and since 2004 has been a member of the European Union, bridging Europe to the Middle East and the rest of the world. Having emerged as one of the region’s leading business and financial centres, the island enjoys competitive advantages in areas such as tourism, consultancy, shipping, telecommunications, and insurance.

Directions

Buses from Pafos International Airport
  • Bus Route 612
    From Harbour:
    Monday - Sunday
    7:00, 8:10, 9:20, 10:30, 11:40, 12:50, 14:00, 15:10, 16:20, 17:30, 18:40, 19:50, 21:00, 22:10, 23:20, 0:30

    From Airport:
    Monday - Sunday
    7:35, 8:45, 9:55, 11:05, 12:15, 13:25, 14:35, 15:45, 16:55, 18:05, 19:15, 20:25, 21:35, 22:45, 23:55, 1:05
  • Bus Route 613
    From Karavella (Main Station):
    Monday to Sunday: 07.25, 09:30, 16:00, 18.30

    From Pafos Airport:
    Monday to Sunday: 08.00, 10:00, 16:30, 19.00

About Cyprus

Cyprus enjoys an intense Mediterranean climate with long dry summers starting in mid-May and lasting until mid-October and quite mild winters from December to February. Spring and autumn are effectively short intervals in between. Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean, after Sicily and Sardinia, with an area of 9.251 sq. kms (3.572 sq. miles).

It is situated at the north-eastern corner of the Mediterranean, at a distance of 300 km north of Egypt, 90 km west of Syria, and 60 km south of Turkey. The Greek island of Rhodes lies 360 km to the north-west.

Cyprus’ coastal line is indented and rocky in the north with long sandy beaches in the south. The north coastal plain, covered with olive and carob trees, is backed by the steep and narrow Pentadaktylos mountain range of limestone, rising to a height of 1.042 m. In the south, the extensive mountain massif of Troodos, covered with pine, dwarf oak, cypress and cedar, culminates in the peak of Mount Olympus, 1.953 m. above sea level. Between ther Troodos range and the Pentadaktylos mountain range lies the fertile plain of Messaoria. Arable land constitutes 46.8 percent of the total area of the island. There are no rivers, only torrents which flow after heavy rain.

The population of the Republic of Cyprus is 952.100 (2012) of whom 681.000 belong to the Greek Cypriot community, (71,5%), 90.100 (9,5%) to the Turkish Cypriot community (estimate) and 181.000 (19,0%) are foreign citizens residing in Cyprus.The language of the Greek Cypriot community is Greek and the community adheres predominantly to the Autocephalous Greek Orthodox Church of Cyprus. The language of the Turkish Cypriot community is Turkish and the members of the community are Sunni Muslims.

History

The history of Cyprus is one of the oldest recorded in the world and its historical significance is disproportionate to its small size. The first signs of cilivisation date to the ninth millennium B.C. The earliest known foreign settlements on the island were mainly of Phoenicians and Greeks, with Phoenician culture dominating the island’s eastern and southern parts. As a strategic location in the Middle East, it was subsequently occupied by several major powers, including the empires of the Assyrians, Egyptians, and Persians, from whom the island was seized in 333 BC by Alexander the Great and at which point Greek culture began to dominate. Subsequent rule by Ptolemaic Egypt, the Roman Empire, the Byzantines, Arab caliphates for a short period, the French Lusignan dynasty, and the Venetians, was followed by over three centuries of Ottoman control. Cyprus was placed under British administration in 1878 until it was granted independence in 1960.

Cyprus occupies an important role in Greek mythology being the birthplace of Aphrodite and Adonis, and home to King Cinyras, Teucer and Pygmalion.

The island figures prominently in the early history of Christianity, being the first province of Rome to be ruled by a Christian governor in the first century and providing a backdrop for stories in the New Testament.

Climate

Cyprus has a Mediterranean climate: hot, dry summers from June to September and mild, wet winters from November to March, which are separated by short Autumn and Spring seasons. Sunshine is abundant during the whole year, particularly from April to September when the daily average exceeds eleven hours. Winds are on the whole light to moderate. Gales are very infrequent and heavy storms rare. Snow hardly falls in the lowlands and on the northern range, but is a frequent feature every winter on ground above 1.000 metres in the Troodos range. During the coldest months it lies in considerable depth for several weeks, attracting skiers.

Food and Drink

The food of Cyprus reflects the rich and turbulent history of the island and its indelible Greek culture. You will find tastes influenced by the Middle East, Asia Minor and the Venetians, all using fresh local ingredients, herbs and spices and olive oil. The Mediterranean diet, with its grains and pulses, sun-ripened fresh fruit and vegetables, high-protein fish, lean meat and poultry and wine is a healthy option. Cyprus has a long tradition in winemaking that goes back over 4,000 years. In ancient times wine was a major source of wealth for the island. The island supplied the Pharaohs of Egypt and Cyprus wines were in great demand amongst the ancient Greeks and Romans. Commandaria is acknowledged to be the oldest wine in the world and was probably the first to be given an ‘Appellation d’Origin’(label of geographical origin). Legend says that Commandaria was originally made for Richard the Lionheart and the Crusaders. The dessert wine, which has a taste not unlike sweet sherry, has been made using the same method for hundreds of years. The grapes are picked late, dried in the sun to enhance their sugar content and then pressed. The run-off is collected and fermented in tanks or in huge earthen ware jars. The sweet wine of Cyprus became known throughout Europe under the name Commandaria depicting its geographical origin “Commandarie” which was the name given to the land owned by the Knights Templar and later the Knights of St. John.

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