General Information

IOTA’s second megaconference will take place in Volos, Greece, January 11-15 with the cooperation of Volos Academy for Theological Studies. The conference theme is Mission, and it begins January 11 with an optional morning outing and an evening Opening Ceremony and keynote address by His Eminence, the Metropolitan of Korea and Exarch of Japan Ambrosios. Three working days of paper sessions will follow, along with opportunities for church services and socializing: January 12-14. January 15 is reserved for liturgy and an optional pilgrimage to the Meteora monasteries. All out-of-country guests should plan to arrive on January 10 and depart on January 16, especially if they wish to participate in the pilgrimage.

All are welcome at the conference—academics, non-academics, professionals of other types—but all attendees must be IOTA members and register for the conference in advance.

Calls for papers and special sessions are now closed.

Four categories of travel grants are available for speakers, with a deadline of September 30, 2022: Scholars in Need (sponsored by Orthodox Theological Society in America), Scholars from the Global South (sponsored by Orthodox Theological Society in America), Emergent Scholars, and Student Scholars.

Visa requirements. For visa requirements to Greece, visit this page. If you need a visa to Greece, contact Ms. Valila Giannoutaki, [email protected] for a supporting letter of invitation.

Registration and lodging: After you become a member, register on this page and reserve your hotel room on this page.

Airport transfers: All international participants are advised to fly into either Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (code: ATH) or Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia (code: SKG). Volos Academy for Theological Studies will provide a limited number of bus transfers from airports to Volos and from Volos back to the airport. Information about airport bus transfer schedules will become available in late October.

We welcome the support of other Orthodox-related organizations. Organizations are eligible to be IOTA Co-laborers or support IOTA in other ways.

IOTA is pleased that the Orthodox Theological Society in America (OTSA), one of IOTA’s Co-laborers, will hold its annual meeting on January 10 at Volos Academy, just before the IOTA conference and co-sponsor the keynote address on January 11. See the OTSA website for the call for papers, conference registration, and other details.

We look forward to seeing you in Volos!