MAICh Conference Center
MAICh Conference Center, offers multipurpose versatility, latest technology and high quality standards of service.
It is situated in a picturesque, typical Mediterranean pine-tree forest setting, 3 km south-east of the city of Chania, 13 km from the international airport and 1 km from the port (Conference Center broshure PDF 1,23MB).
Accommodation and Conference Facilities
– Academic Village: 15 stone houses established in the botanical garden
– Student Dormitories: 66 double, 54 single and 8 lofts
– Special Facilities available for the Disabled
– Wired or Wireless Internet connection provided in all Facilities
– Simultaneous Translation and high end Audiovisual Technology
– Graphics Design/Layout, Digital Reproduction
– Laundry Facilities
Conference Space Capacity
– Maximum Capacity: 600
– Maximum Capacity in Plenary Session: 350
– Up to 11 Parallel Sessions
– Poster and Exhibition Area
– Parking Area
The Conference Center Bureau of the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania has been certified by DQS GmbH with DIN EN ISO 9001: 2008 for the organisation and accommodation of conferences and related activities.
Apart from the Summer Festival in the town of Chania with theatre performances, musical evenings, art exhibitions and concerts, in Chania and the surrounding area rich and interesting cultural displays are organised throughout the year by the authorities, cultural unions, foundations and by citizens.
Read more at Prefectural Administration of Chania web site.
24th ESRS Congress will be hosted by the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania. MAICh is located 3 km south-east of Chania city centre, 13 km from the airport and 1 km from the port of Souda.
A detailed map of Chania city centre can be found here. (942 KB, 1633x1142 pixels)
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The city centre of Chania can be reached by bus. Buses leave every 20min and the bus stop is located outside the MAICh premises on the main street (Souda Avenue). Tickets cost 1.50€ one way and will be available for purchase at MAICh's Restaurant. Taxis to the city centre cost about 7-10€.
The port of Souda can also be reached by bus. Taxis from MAICh to Souda cost approximately 3€ and from Souda port to Chania city centre cost 9-12€.
There is no direct bus service connecting the airport with MAICh. Taxi is the only means of transportation at an approximate cost of 25-28€. Bus tickets from airport to Chania city centre cost 2.30€.
Travelling to Chania
Chania International Airport is the closest airport. Heraklion can be an alternative but a bus journey would take 3 hours.
There are direct charter and scheduled flights connecting Chania with many European cities carried out by RYANAIR (Chania-Frankfurt, Chania-Milan) and Easyjet (Chania-London, Heraklion to Berlin, Bristol, Geneva, London, Manchester, Milan, Rome). Please contact your travel agent for details about charter flight schedules.
Ferries to Chania (Souda port) leave from Athens (Piraeus port) on a daily basis. The overnight/daytime trip with ANEK lines takes about 9 hours. Please check the web sites for ferry schedules. Also note that there is a direct bus service connecting Athens International Airport with Piraeus port. More information about public transport in Athens can be found here.
Chania can be reached by coach from the city of Herakleon situated 145 km (90 miles) from Chania. The bus fare is about 9 euros and takes about 2.5 hours. The taxi costs approximately 80 euros. Herakleon, being the biggest city of Crete, is directly connected with charter/scheduled flights with many European cities. Flights to/from Athens are also frequent. Ferries from Piraeus travel to Herakleon every day. The overnight/daytime trip with MINOAN lines takes between 7-8 hours.
Weather / Climate
The climate is relatively mild, Mediterranean. During the fall and winter months north and northwest winds dominate, while in the summer the ill winds make it enjoyable. But the divine gift of the eternal sunshine allows one to start their vacation from March and end it at the end of October.
Chania has the largest amount of water in Crete (65%), and for this there is rich vegetation of plants and fruitful trees (citrus trees, olives, vines etc.) as well as semitropicals. The very clean beaches of Chania win always the "blue flags" of Europe and are accessible for all ages throughout the year.
In summer, be prepared for hot temperatures: Bring sun-block, dark glasses, and a hat.
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