Monday PASOK leader George Papandreou visits Ankara, where representatives of the Party of European Socialists are meeting to evaluate Turkey’s bid to enter the European Union. He will also meet with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul. The US Embassy and consular section in Athens, the US Consulate General in Thessaloniki and all US government offices in Greece are closed in observance of Columbus Day. The Applied Mechanics’ Laboratory of the Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics Department of the University of Patras and the local affiliated society of the European Association of Aerospace Students are hosting the 1st Hellenic European Student, Space Science and Technology Symposium in Patras. To Wednesday. Tuesday The 2nd International Company Science Conference Symposium on Brain Inspired Cognitive Systems starts on the island of Lesvos. To Thursday. The 6th Freighters’ World Conference is held in Athens. For further information, log on to www.aia.gr. To Wednesday. Wednesday Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis is to give a speech on «Britain, Greece and the Economy: Reviving a Historical Relationship» at a British Hellenic Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Athens. For further information, visit the website www.bhcc.gr. Members of the State High Schools’ Federation (OLME) hold a protest rally starting outside Athens University on Panepistimiou Street at noon. Peter Brimblecombe, a professor of atmospheric chemistry at the University of East Anglia, speaks about air pollution in the Mediterranean at the Goethe Institute in Thessaloniki. The event is organized by the Goethe Institute, the British Council, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Berne University. An open discussion with the public will follow. Thursday An informal meeting of European Union foreign ministers for Mediterranean countries takes place in Athens. The meeting will focus on illegal immigration. Foreign ministers from France, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Malta, Slovenia, Cyprus and Greece are expected to attend. To Friday. The American Community Schools of Athens organizes the 2006 International Organization Africa/Europe/Middle East (IBAEM) regional conference for the educational leadership teams of authorized and candidate schools. The theme of the conference is «The International Baccalaureate school as a community and in the community.» To Saturday. The World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation starts the 9th World Congress in Athens. The congress theme includes psychosocial rehabilitation coming of age in a globalized world. To Sunday. Apimedica 2006 starts the 1st International Forum on Apitherapy. Health, well-being and research issues are the main topics to be discussed. To Sunday. The Fulbright Foundation organizes the 12th US University Fair in Athens. For more information, call 210.7241.811. Friday The Hellenic American Union, the School of Philosophy of the National and Capodistrian University of Athens and the Hellenic American University start the 1st Athens Translation and Interpretation Conference, titled «Translation: Between Art and Social Science.» For further information, visit www.hau.gr. To Saturday. Sunday Members of the State High Schools’ Federation (OLME) hold a protest rally starting outside Athens University on Panepistimiou Street at noon.