The SRA-Ε-Athens 2024 Conference is held at Harokopio University of Athens (HUA). HUA is a public university that promotes research and education in a well-focused set of scientific areas: geography; economics and sustainable development; nutrition and dietetics; informatics and telematics. It originates from an educational institution for women that was first established in 1929. Today, HUA comprises three Schools with five undergraduate departments and ten post-graduate programs.
The University’s campus is situated close to the centre of Athens and to many important cultural sites of interest such as Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum, Thissio, Panathenaic Stadium (Kallimarmaron), Keramikos and the Benaki Museum.
The Conference is organized by the Geography Department that focuses among others on physical, social and policy dimensions of hazards, risks and disasters. The organization is also supported by the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics covering issues of food safety and security, and by the Department of Informatics and Telematics.
The Department of Geography, was founded in 1999 and is one of the two Greek university departments dedicated to Geography, a dynamic scientific field at the intersection of physical and social sciences. It holds the Post-Graduate Programme Applied Geography and Spatial Planning running three specialized Courses: “Management of Natural and Human Induced Risks and Disasters”, “Spatial Policies and Development in Europe”, and “Geo-informatics”.