5th ISHE Summer Institute

May 13 – 16, 2015

Athens, Greece

The 5th biennial Summer Institute of the International Society for Human Ethology will take place in Athens, Greece, reflecting the growing interest of Greek scholars and students in this important discipline.

The conference will be hosted by the National Technical University of Athens, a renowned academic institution, and is organized by the country’s Human Ethology Group (hellenic-human-ethology@hotmail.com) with the aim to continue the tradition of Summer Institutes providing a platform for presenting and discussing selected presentations in the field of human perception, emotion, thought and behaviour.

In common with past Human Ethology Summer Institutes (in Andechs, Maine, Prague and Ann Arbor), the meeting is especially designed to give younger researchers a chance to discuss their work with leading scholars in the field. Students whose presentations are accepted after a review process will receive attractive financial support (waived registration fee, free accommodation in student rooms). The programme will include oral presentations by invited and other speakers, posters and workshops. One such workshop will be dedicated to human ethological aspects of the arts, thereby reflecting the country’s historic role in this field.

The venue for this meeting will be the Hotel “President” in the centre of Athens. Accommodation close to the conference site will be another factor making participation comfortable. More details will be available very shortly.

The social programme will include a get-together on the first evening (May 13), visits to the Akropolis (only about 4 km away from the hotel) and its Museum as well as the Archaeological Museum. For the last afternoon (May 16) a trip will be arranged to the Poseidon temple at Cape Sounion with a spectacular view over the Aegais and its deep blue water. For our final dinner we will meet in a traditional Athens restaurant.

Abstract submission is now open until January 31st– see Call for Papers below. All participants (students, ISHE-members and non-members) must register for the meeting (see below).

We look forward to welcoming you in Athens, one of the great capital cities of the world.

Loukas Konstantinou, Zoi Tsioli and Wulf Schiefenhövel (Conference Organisers)


Details of the Institute follow below, including a Call for Papers and Registration options.

See also the Institute website: http://www.ishe-athens2015.com

If you do not find the information you need below or at the Institute website, please contact us at: hellenic-human-ethology@hotmail.com

Programme Committee

Tom Alley

Wulf Schiefenhövel

S. Craig Roberts

Loukas Konstantinou

Zoi Tsioli

Gert Stulp



Special Thanks to Prof. Dr. Evangelos N. Gazis,

Member of the Greek National Council  for Research and Technology (ESET) and Deputy delegate of Greece to the CERN Council, who supported from the beginning our idea to mention  the National Technical University of Athens as the hosting institution of the ISHE Summer Institute 2015.


The National Technical University (NTUA) is the oldest and most prestigious educational institution of Greece in the field of technology, and has contributed unceasingly to the country's scientific, technical and economic development since its foundation in 1836. It is closely linked with Greece's struggle for independence, democracy and social progress. In Greek, NTUA is called the "Ethnicon Metsovion Polytechnion" which stands for National Metsovion Polytechnic. It was named "Metsovion" to honor the donors and benefactors Nikolaos Stournaris, Eleni Tositsa, Michail Tositsas and Georgios Averof, all from Metsovo, a small town in the region of Epirus, who made substantial donations in the last half of the 19th century.



The Hotel can be reached easily from the Airport of Athens by:

            Bus X95           Ticket price 5,-EURO, every 15 min, and ca. 40min until the hotel                          

                                     (Hotel bus station : “Stasi Karanika”)

Metro               Ticket price 8,- EURO,  every 10 min, and ca. 30min time.                  

                         Metro station “Panormou”, and a few minutes pedestrian

            Taxi                 ca. 35,- EURO (airport – hotel or center of Athens)


Emergency call           166

Police                          100

For any further questions you can reach the organizers under the Emergency Phone Number 0030 6975 980313



The Conference hotel is well known for its efficient service and the warm hospitality, combined with all the conveniences for business travelers. It is located in a vibrant, safe district, close to the historic, cultural and commercial center of Athens. The presentation room will be equipped with the following: PC, LCD projector, podium, microphone, laser pointer. Please use Microsoft Powerpoint for your presentations, bringing them on a USB flashdrive or CD.



We are happy to go together through a combination of our scientific program and a beautiful view of some of the most interesting corners in Athens.

Already we welcome the plenary talk of Wulf Schiefenhoevel  in the main room of the old Parlament, an architectonic jewel in the center of Athens, on Thursday 14.May. 2015,  at 18:00
The foundation stone of the Old Parliament Building was set by Queen Amalia in 1858, and it was thereafter built on plans prepared by Florimont Boulanger. 
It was the fisrt permanent seat of the Hellenic Parliament. Originally it was supposed also to house the Senate, but with the deposition of King Otto in 1862, this body was abolished. The building's plans were thus modified by the Greek architect Panagiotis Kalkos in a smaller scale. It was completed in 1875.
The official opening was celebrated on August 11, 1875, with the first meeting of the parliament under prime-minister Charilaos Trikoupis. For 60 years this building on Stadiou street housed the stormy political life of the country. In 1935, the Hellenic Parliament was moved to the former Palace on Syntagma Square.

 The transfer from the congress hotel will take place by Shuttle bus on Thursday, 14.May 2015, at 18:00.


On Friday, 15. May 2015and after a constructive congress day we plan to visit the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum of Athens. It belongs to the main center of Athens, and can be easily reached by our shuttle bus. Of course congress participants can use the Friday evening to visit the old town Plaka, with its traditional houses, restaurants and cafes, or  the old time “Elite” district Kolonaki after that.

Plaka/Historic city center
Plaka (Πλάκα) is the historic heart of Athens, located to the north of the Acropolis. Next to Plaka are the districts of Monastiraki (Μοναστηρακι) and Thissio (Θησείο), popular with tourists and Athenians alike.

Gentrified during the 1990s and now very popular with tourists, Plaka is a charming historic district at the foot of the Acropolis, with its restored 19th century neoclassical homes, pedestrianized streets, shops and restaurants, and picturesque ruins from the city's Roman era. Thissio, to the west side of the Acropolis, is very similar and now houses many restaurants and cafes. Between the two is Monastiraki, a very bohemian district increasingly popular with tourists, with stores selling a variety of items including antiques, cookware, souvenirs, arts and crafts, movie posters, punk culture, funky clothing, and pretty much anything you can think of.  There you will find the first university of Athens before it was relocated in central Athens. It s an oasis of calm and quietness, and there are many green spaces which are part of the green space of Acropolis.

Monastiraki station is served by both Metro lines 1 and 3

Though many visitors come to Plaka for its authentic atmosphere, there are also a number of individual attractions in the neighborhood which will interest many visitors.

·         The Roman Agora/Roman Forum 

·         The Ancient Agora 

·         Benaki Museum of Islamic Art

·         Museum of Greek Folk Art



 Driving to Athens center you can find the area Kolonaki, the district of the old time “Elite” Athenians. Traditionally the home of the in-town rich, it's the location of a number of foreign embassies and several prominent archaeological schools, including The American School and The British School. It also has the city's greatest concentration of trendy fashion boutiques, and many, mostly upscale, cafes, bars, and restaurants.

The Metro stop for Kolonaki is Evangelismos - upon exiting the station, turn north and walk uphill.

Close to Kolonaki you can find also the

·         National War Museum

·         Benaki Museum 

·         Museum of Cycladic Art 


On Saturday evening,16. May 2015, will take place the banquet in one of the most breathtaking restaurants of Athens on the Lycabettus hill, in the middle of the city. We ll reach the restaurant by the teleferic mini train enjoying the amazing view over the city.


At last there is the opportunity to travel to Cape Sounion on Sunday, the 17.May 2015.

 It is still optional, depending on the number of the reservations.


Concerning the weather forecasts the temperature in Athens will reach 15-25 degree Celcius, representative sunny weather for the spring time in Greece.