2018 Annual Partner Meeting

The final annual project meeting for all RD-Connect partners will take place in Athens, Greece from 16th – 18th April 2018.

Meeting Details

The meeting will be held in the Divani Palace Acropolis, Parthenonos 19-25, 11742 Athens, Greece, just a short distance from the world famous Acropolis. Wander around Plaka, the old town, visit the Acropolis, its museum, the remarkable Herodion amphitheatre, and take a look at the colourful flea market in Monastiraki.

The hotel is holding rooms for us until 23rd March 2018 and attendees are responsible for booking their own accommodation.

Daily rate:
Single Standard : Euro 120
Double Standard : Euro 140

Above rates are inclusive of American Buffet Breakfast and taxes 13,57%.
There will be a surcharge of € 4 as accommodation tax, which will be added on top of the room rate per night.

Please click to make your hotel reservation.

Registration is now closed. If you would like to attend the meeting and have not yet registered, please contact Libby Wood at libby.wood@ncl.ac.uk.

Registration for the 2018 RD-Connect meeting will be charged on a per person basis. The cost per person registered will be €260 and will cover all costs associated with the meeting including, but not limited to, the provision of conference material, room hire, coffee breaks, lunches, poster sessions and dinner.

If you are an RD-Connect partner (beneficiary receiving funding from the EU): The total amount for your institution, based on the number of people who registered to attend, will be calculated shortly after the meeting and deducted from your next interim payment. Please note partners who register but fail to attend will still be charged. Costs to attend the meeting are considered eligible by the EU, however, rather than invoicing each partner separately and in accordance with EU regulations, Newcastle University will cover the full cost of the meeting and the total amount per partner institution will result in a reduction in your overall budget / EU contribution. We will notify you of the exact costs to be withheld shortly after the meeting and would be grateful if you could inform your administrative department of your revised budget/EC contribution.

If you are not an RD-Connect partner: Newcastle University will send you an invoice for the €260 meeting fee. Please note that the meeting fee must be transferred to our accounts within four weeks of the invoice date. This includes RD-Connect Associated Partners. We will contact you after registration to confirm payment details.

Attendees are responsible for making their own travel arrangements.When booking your travel please note the following details:

  • Meeting start time for EMC members: 09:00 on 16th April.
  • Meeting start time for other participants: 11:30 on 16th April.
  • Meeting end time for all participants: 14:00 on 18th April. (See agenda for full details)

Travel from airport to hotel

The metro runs from the airport to Syntagma square. In Syntagma square change metro lines to Elliniko and stop either at the Acropolis station or the Sygrou fix station, (which is 5 minutes walking distance far from the hotel.) The metro operates till midnight.

Another option is to take bus X 95  from the airport to Syntagma square. From Syntagma square, the metro to the Acropolis station. (as described above).

Walking directions from metro station to hotel (in yellow)

Taxis are also available outside the airport's arrivals terminal. The cost will be around €38 (till midnight).

The abstract book is available here
Abstract submission has closed. The deadline was 14th March 2018.
All partners are asked to submit at least one poster to showcase their work in the project. Associated partners and other guests may also submit relevant posters for consideration by the poster committee. You must return your abstract by 14/03/2018 and will be informed by 16/03/2018 if your poster has been selected. The poster session and drinks reception takes place on Monday from 18:30 and we ask everyone to attend even if they are not submitting a poster.


A maximum poster size of DIN A0 (84.1 x 118.9 cm) is recommended and should be in a portrait orientation. If you choose to use your institution's poster template please include the RD-Connect  logo. If your work spans multiple institutions you may prefer to use the RD-Connect poster template.

Please remember to acknowledge our FP7-funding using the following text:

The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement No. 305444 (RD-Connect).

The presenting author should submit their abstract, using the abstract submission form, to Avril Palmeri at avril.palmeri@ncl.ac.uk by 14th March 2018.

The final agenda is available here.