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The Athens Institute
A World Association of Academics and Researchers: Promoting Global Education & Research
1995-2025: 30 Years of Bringing Academics and Scholars together in Athens


“Our city is open to the world, we never expel a foreigner from learning or seeing”
“τήν τε γὰρ πόλιν κοινὴν παρέχομεν, καὶ οὐκ ἔστιν ὅτε ξενηλασίαις ἀπείργομέν τινά ἢ μαθήματος ἢ θεάματος”

Pericles’ Funeral Oration from Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War


This is the official website of ATINER. Established in 1995, ATINER is an independent, worldwide, member-based association of academics and researchers. Athens was chosen as the meeting place due to its rich history and culture. ATINER’s mission is to serve as a forum where academics and researchers from around the world can come together to exchange ideas on their research and discuss the future developments in their respective fields. As stated in its mission, ATINER is a nonprofit, non-governmental, and nonpartisan association of academics and researchers. It is 100% self-funded by its members and friends. Donations can be made via bank transfer and credit card. Approximately 3000 years ago, Homer was the first to refer to such gatherings as symposiums, a term now widely used in many languages to describe academic meetings. In Classical Athens of the 5th Century BCE, these academic gatherings reached their zenith of excellence, particularly those involving Socrates. Plato’s epic work, ‘Symposium,’ can be regarded as an archival record (book proceedings) of just one of the many such academic meetings.

ATINER aims to revive Athens’ long historical tradition by organizing and hosting international conferences and symposiums while also promoting research and producing publications. Since 1995, ATINER has organized over 1000 such international academic meetings, attended by scholars from nearly a thousand universities and other academic institutions in 120 different countries around the world. A guide to ATINER’s academic events is available here. Additionally, the organization has published more than 200 books. In 2012, the Association launched a series of conference paper publications (click here) featuring close to 1500 papers on various subjects. In 2014, they introduced a series of e-journals (click here).

Academically, the association is organized into seven Divisions and thirty-seven Units. Each Unit organizes at least one Annual International Conference and undertakes various small and large research projects. ATINER encourages other institutions to participate as joint members in these research projects.

Membership in ATINER is open to all academics and researchers from around the world. The current list of members is available on the academic members page. Currently, ATINER has 2376 members from 118 different countries. Members are invited to participate in various academic activities. If you would like to become a member, please download the relevant membership form. For more information on how to join, please send an email to Please note that ATINER does not bear any responsibility for the actions or opinions expressed by its academic members. Opinions or actions that do not align with ATINER’s mission and policy are strictly personal.

Since 2012, ATINER has also organized a number of smaller events, such as roundtable discussions and public speeches (click here for details). For press releases on these events and other activities please click here.

As stated in its mission, ATINER is a nonprofit, nongovernment, and nonpartizan association of academics and researchers. It is 100% self-funded by its members and friends. Donations can be made by bank transfer and credit card.
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