MONDAY The Economist Conferences’ 8th Banking Forum on «Banking and the Economy in Turbulent Times,» is being held at the Athenaeum Intercontinental Hotel at 8.30 a.m. Keynote speakers include European Investment Bank Vice President Ploutarchos Sakellaris. At Merrill Lynch’s «Year Ahead Press Event,» Gary Dugan, the chief investment officer for Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management EMEA, will present the regional and global outlook for 2009 at the Hotel Grande Bretagne at 10 a.m. Questions from the audience will be taken afterward. State broadcaster ERT is marking the 70th anniversary of Greek state radio, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Zappeion Hall on the theme of «New Technology and Radio.» Australia Day is being celebrated by the Athens Backpackers this evening at 7 p.m. at 12 Makri Street, around the corner from the Acropolis metro station. For information, visit www.athensstudios.gr or www.backpackers.gr. Concert and celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Cuban revolution at the Peroke Theater (2 Odysseas, Karaiskaki Square, Athens) at 7 p.m. TUESDAY The Institute of International Relations is hosting a lecture by Iran’s deputy minister of foreign relations, Dr Mehdi Safari, in English, on «Iran and Regional Stability,» at the institute’s conference hall (3-5 Hill Road, Plaka, Athens) at 1 p.m. For more information, call 210.331.2325 or e-mail [email protected] British Council Science Cafe discussion of the theme of «Forever Young or Forever Healthy?» with Dr Stathis Gonos, of the National Research Foundation, and Dr Richard Faragher of Brighton University, at the Ianos bookstore (24 Stadiou, Athens) at 7 p.m. WEDNESDAY Public sector umbrella union ADEDY holds a work stoppage to protest the government’s economic policy from noon to the end of the work shift. The Consular Section of the US Embassy in Athens is closed to the public, as it is each last Wednesday of every month, for internal administrative reasons. This includes the non-immigrant visa unit, immigrant visa unit, federal benefits unit, American citizen services unit and passport unit. First day of «First Forum,» a two-day event by Global Greece at the Aigli venue, in Zappeion. Includes an exhibition by businesses and service providers in the sector of international trade, conference and meetings. For more information, contact [email protected] THURSDAY The 7th International Congress on the Improvement of the Quality of Life on Dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Epilepsy, MS, Muscular Disorders, and Neuroethics starts at the Makedonia Palace Hotel in Thessaloniki. Until Sunday. For more information, visit www.forumcongress.com/qol.