Monday The 10th International SPECOM 2005 conference on «Speech and Computers» opens at the University of Patras. To Wednesday. For details log on to www.specom2005.org. Left Coalition Synaspismos President Alekos Alavanos holds a press conference on the upcoming first congress of the European Left to be held at end-October in Athens. At 12.30 p.m. at the Titania Hotel. Technical Chamber of Greece, in cooperation with the Society for the Study of Ancient Greek Technology, holds the second international congress on «Ancient Greek Technology,» at the amphitheater of the War Museum. To Thursday. Tel. 210.329.1291 or log on to www.emaet.tee.gr. Tuesday Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis to attend EU foreign ministers’ meeting in Luxembourg to discuss bird flu issue. Contract employees at the Culture Ministry stage a 24-hour strike demanding permanent employment status. National Foreign Policy Council convenes. University of Thessaloniki holds a conference on «Knowledge-Based Society and Researcher Mobility in the Age of Globalization,» at the university’s premises. Macedonia-Thrace Minister Nikos Tsiartsionis will speak. To Wednesday. Tel. 2310.994.013 or log on to www.rc.auth.gr. Thursday Health Minister Nikitas Kaklamanis to attend informal meeting of EU health ministers in Hertfordshire, England. To Friday. President Karolos Papoulias to attend official celebration to mark Greek Police Day at 6 p.m. at the Athens Concert Hall. Institute of Communication holds a conference on «Innovation Creates Wealth,» at 3.30 p.m. at the Hellenic World cultural center, 254 Pireos St. Tel. 210.331.8065 or log on to www.instofcom.gr. Friday Association of Greek Chemists holds an international conference on «New Water Culture of Southeastern European Countries,» at the Helexpo Exhibition Center in Maroussi. To Sunday. Tel. 210.382.1524 or log on to www.sec-fecs.org/aqua2005. Employees at municipal kindergartens stage a 24-hour strike in protest at government’s decision to change the schools’ operational framework. Protesters will march to the Interior Ministry at 11 a.m.