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Conferences & Symposia

The Hellenic Observatory organizes a number of one-off and recurrent conferences both in London and in Greece.

The aim of these events is twofold: one the one hand, to raise the awareness of the wider academic and policy communities about issues concerning Greece and Southeast Europe; on the other, to stimulate the social dialogue and inform the academic and policy debates on such issues in Greece and Southeast Europe.

These conferences bring together policy experts, government officials, academics and practitioners and are regularly attended by large audiences and attract significant publicity by local media.

Past Conferences and Symposia

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Conference: Reload Greece 2017 
The Unstoppable Generation: Hacking Entrepreneurship into a Culture
Saturday, 28 October 2017
The Hellenic Observatory was a proud community partner for Reload Greece's 2017 Conference.
Venue: Rooms on Regents Park, London


Greece: Modernisation and Europe 20 years on
Friday, 25 November 2016 

Drawing on the conference organised at the European Institute of LSE in November 1994, this retrospective conference asked participants to reflect on the modernisation of Greece, particularly over the past two decades.

Venue: Shaw Library, Old Building, LSE Campus


11th Annual London Conference of the British Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the Hellenic Observatory
Greece, a Financial Overview and Investment Opportunities
Monday, 14 November 2016                   

Hosted by Lloyd’s                

Click here for the confrence programme.


Reload Greece 2016 CONFERENCE
Enterprising Diasporas: from Brain Drain to Brain Gain
Saturday, 24 September 2016

The Hellenic Observatory was a proud Community Supporter of Reload Greece's 2016 Conference

Always touching on their diaspora element, the conference featured successful entrepreneurs, insights by investors and action plans by policy makers on how the diaspora can be turned into a powerful asset for Greece.


Closed Symposium on ''Getting Policy Knowledge into Government: the Greek and European Experiences''
Thursday 19 May 2016
Venue: Bank of Greece, Athens
Held under the Chatham House rule
Event Gallery and Details

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'Interpreting the Past, Present and Future of Cyprus'
One-Day Conference Co-organised by the Hellenic Observatory & the University of Cyprus
Tuesday, 17 May 2016
University of Cyprus, Nicosia
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The Cyprus Recovery Plan: A Midterm Assessment
Friday 6 March 2015
A one day conference organised by the Hellenic Observatory, in association with the University of Nicosia and with the support of the University of Neapolis.
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Private Symposium on the Future of Modern Greek Studies
with Chairs of Modern Greek Studies from around the world
Friday 7 November 2014
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'The Greek Economy: from Crisis to Development'
Friday 4th and Saturday 5th April 2014
Venue: Volos, Thessaly, Greece
Two Day Conference co-organised by the Department of Planning and Regional Development, School of Engineering, University of Thessaly, the Hellenic Observatory, LSE and the Centre of Planning and Economic Research
Nowadays, Greece faces the long-lasting effects of a financial, structural and social crisis and it is of primary importance to be subject of Institutional reforms and strategic development in order to exit from this deep recession. For this to happen, it is vital to understand the actions and policies that have been implemented up to date, to reconsider and capture the economy’s full potential and to form a development plan which will focus on the reconstruction of the State and the Production System. The Conference’s main goal is to offer an open dialogue and to discuss the changes to be made in a wide range of matters that will lead to the development and prosperity of the country.


Private Keynote Policy Symposium
Prospects and Challenges for Administrative Reform in Greece

Friday, 11 April 2014, 13:30 - 19:15
The Box, Tower 3, London School of Economics
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Reviving Famagusta; From Ghost Town to Eco-city?
Friday, 21 February 2014
A half-day conference organised by the Hellenic Observatory and Contemporary Turkish Studies, LSE
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Open-Society Conference

Greek Politics in Crisis: Challenges to the Open Society
Friday, 29 November 2013
One day conference organised by the Hellenic Observatory and the Open Society European Policy Institute
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The Euro, Greece & the Southern Periphery
10 October 2013
A British Hellenic Chamber of Commerce Conference, in collaboration with the Hellenic Observatory and the Council of British Chambers of Commerce In Europe
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Whither Social Policy? Social Policy in Greece in times of Crisis
17 May 2013
University of the Peloponnese, Department of Social and Educational Policy in association with the Hellenic Observatory
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2nd Annual Conference
Young Greek Minds: Leading Our Country to a Better Future
22 April 2013
Hellenic Alumni of London School of Economics and Political Science
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The Crisis of the Eurozone: Challenges & Opportunities For the European South
18 April 2013
The Hellenic Entrepreneurs Association (EENE) Annual Economic Forum in conjunction with the Hellenic Observatory.
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Good Governance in Europe and the Neighbourhood
26-27 October 2012
PRIO Cyprus Centre Annual Conference, co-sponsored with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung & Hellenic Observatory
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Institutions of Economic Governance for an Incomplete Union
17 April 2012
One-day Conference organised by the European Institute, the Centre for European Reform and the Hellenic Observatory.
Sponsored by the European Commission - Representation in the UK
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The Cyprus Economy at a Time of European Uncertainty: Managing Reform & Sustainability
10 February 2012
One-day Conference organised by the European Institute-LSE, Centre for European Reform, Hellenic Observatory-LSE and sponsored by the European Commission - Representation in the UK
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Changing Conceptions of 'Europe' in Modern Greece: Identities, Meanings, and Legitimation
28-29 January 2011
Two-day Conference organised in Athens in collaboration with the British School at Athens
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Public Financial Management in Times of Crisis: Fiscal Realities and Management Challenges in Greece and the EU
22 October 2010 
Co-organised with the Association for the International Foundation of Public Finance and sponsored by the National Bank of Greece
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The cost of the financial crisis: Planning an exit strategy
27 May 2009
Co-organised with the Bank of Greece; key-note speakers: Willem Buiter, Daniel Gros, Lucas Papademos and others
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Migrant integration in small island economies-evidence from the island of Rhodes
3 February 2009
Co-organised with the LSE Migration Studies Unit Workshop and sponsored by the John S. Latsis Public Foundation
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Welfare and Pension Reform in Europe: learning from each other?
25 June 2008 
4th Hellenic Observatory Athens Conference
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The European Sustainable Development Strategy and Greece
4 June 2007
3rd Hellenic Observatory Athens Conference
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Migration and the New European Enlargement: Bulgaria and Romania
18 May 2007
Key-not speakers: Elspeth Guild, Nadya Dimitrova & Dzenk Sejfula
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War and Identities
26-27 May 2006
Organised by the Hellenic Studies Programme at Yale University and the Hellenic Observatory and co-sponsored by the Kokkalis Foundation, the Network for the Study of Civil Wars and the Gennadius Library
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The European Union's Balkan Enlargement: What Does it Mean for the Greek Economy?
6 June 2006
2nd Hellenic Observatory Athens Conference, co-organised with the Greek LSE Alumni Association
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Labour Market Flexibility: international experience and the case of Greece
22 April 2005 
1st Hellenic Observatory Athens Conference
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Pension Reform in Europe: Shared Problems, Sharing Solutions?
5 December 2003
One-day Conference sponsored by Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation
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The 2003 Greek EU Council Presidency: between disintegration and consensus-building
14 November 2003 
Organised in association with the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES)
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Romania and EU Enlargement: The Challenge of Domestic Reform
31 October 2003
Organised in association with the Centre for European Studies, School of Politics and International Studies, Queen's University Belfast
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European Security and the New Global Challenges
4 March 2003
Co-organised with the  Institute for Defence Analyses
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Globalisation and Regionalism: A Double Challenge for Greece
28-29 March 2001 
Co-organised with the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP)
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