MONDAY MEDASSET, the Mediterranean Association to Save the Sea Turtle holds its New Year reception at the NJV Athens Plaza at 6 p.m. For reservations, call 210.361.3572. TUESDAY «From Bush to Obama: Overview of One Period and Beginning of a New Age?» is the subject of a conference held by the Institute of International Economic Relations (IDOS), 6 p.m. at IDOS headquarters (16 Panepistimiou, 2nd floor). To reserve a spot, call 210.362.0274. The president of the Union of Greek Shipowners (EEE), Nikos D. Efthymiou, is holding a press conference at noon at 85 Akti Miaouli, Piraeus. For more information, call 210.429.159-65. WEDNESDAY First day of a two-day conference on «Images of States in a Globalized Environment,» held by the Greek Politics Specialist Group (GPSG) under the auspices of the Foreign Ministry. At the Kranidiotis Hall, Foreign Ministry (1 Academias). For details, call 6949.079.175. The British Hellenic Chamber of Commerce’s New Year reception. Guest of honor is British Ambassador to Greece Dr David Landsman. At the Chamber offices from 7 to 9 p.m. Tel. 210.721.0361. FRIDAY «New President, New Policy: Euro-Atlantic Relations after Obama’s election and Greece’s position,» is the title of a debate held by Panteios University’s Institute for International Relations (IDIS) and the Union of Young Post Graduates in European Studies (ENEES). At 6 p.m. at the ISS offices (3-5 Hill, Plaka). «Research, Technology and Renewable Energy Sources: Comparative Advantages for Greece» is a conference within the framework of the Forum on International Communication Policy, from noon to 2.30 p.m. at the Press Center of the General Secretariat for Information. For information, see or Carteco is once again subsidizing this year’s Design Walk 2009, a tour of the creative studios of the Psyrri district, held from 6 p.m. Friday to Sunday. See Three-day conference and exhibition begins on the theme «Our Natural Heritage: Value-Protection» held by the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature, in the Tritsis Hall, Athens Cultural Center (50 Academias). For spots, contact 210.322.4944, [email protected] or visit SATURDAY «The Background and Causes of the Current Economic Unrest in Greece and How it Affects Us,» a lecture organized by Athens WING, featuring Agnes van Dijk, translator and co-author of «Burdened Heritage» about contemporary Greece. At the Netherlands Institute Athens (11 Makri, Plaka). From 10 a.m. To confirm attendance, e-mail [email protected] Conference on «Wind Energy: Development and Environment,» with keynote speaker Arthur Zervos, head of the European Renewable Energy Council. At the Negroponte Eretria Resort, in Evia. See

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