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The 5th Symposium on Quantitative Finance and Risk Analysis will be held at the Grecotel Hotel & Resort, the Kos Imperial Thalasso, Kos Island, Greece.

Kos or Cos (Greek: Κως) is a Greek island, part of the Dodecanese island chain in the southeastern Aegean Sea. It is one of the most popular destinations in the country and has a population of 33,388.

Travel and accomodation

QFRA 2019 will be held at the Grecotel Hotel & Resort, the Kos Imperial Thalasso, Kos Island, Greece.


Kos Imperial Thalasso
Grecotel Luxury Hotel
Psalidi, Kos Greece
Tel  +30 22420 58000

You can book your accommodation for the conference here.

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The conference venue, the Kos Imperial Thalasso, is 35km from Kos International Airport “Hippocrates”, a journey of around 40mins. From Kos Harbour to the Kos Imperial Thalasso is about 10 mins away, or 3km. A Bus stop is located in the front of the hotel.

Other information can be found on the conference venue website.

The island of Kos

Mycenaean Era
In Homer's Iliad, a contingent of Koans fought for the Greeks in the Trojan War. In classical mythology the founder-king of Kos was Merops.

The island was originally colonised by the Carians. The Dorians invaded it in the 11th century BC, establishing a Dorian colony with a large contingent of settlers from Epidaurus, whose Asclepius cult made their new home famous for its sanatoria. The other chief sources of the island's wealth lay in its wines and, in later days, in its silk manufacture.

Archaic Era
At the end of the 6th century, Kos fell under Achaemenid domination but rebelled after the Greek victory at the Battle of Mycale in 479.

Classical Era
During the Greco-Persian Wars, before it twice expelled the Persians, it was ruled by Persian-appointed tyrants, but as a rule it seems to have been under oligarchic government. In the 5th century, it joined the Delian League, and, after the revolt of Rhodes, it served as the chief Athenian station in the south-eastern Aegean (411–407). In 366 BC, a democracy was instituted. In 366 BC, the capital was transferred from Astypalaia (at the west end of the island near the modern village of Kefalos) to the newly built town of Kos, laid out in a Hippodamian grid. After helping to weaken Athenian power, in the Social War (357-355 BC), it fell for a few years to the king Mausolus of Caria.

Proximity to the east gave the island first access to imported silk thread. Aristotle mentions silk weaving conducted by the women of the island. Silk production of garments was conducted in large factories by women slaves.

Hellenistic Era
In the Hellenistic period, Kos attained the zenith of its prosperity. Its alliance was valued by the Ptolemaic kings of Egypt, who used it as a naval outpost to oversee the Aegean.  During the Hellenistic age, there was a medical school; however, the theory that this school was founded by Hippocrates (see below) during the Classical age is an unwarranted extrapolation.

Diodorus Siculus (xv. 76) and Strabo (xiv. 657) describe it as a well-fortified port. Its position gave it a high importance in Aegean trade; while the island itself was rich in wines of considerable fame. Under Alexander the Great and the Egytian Ptolemies the town developed into one of the great centers in the Aegean; Josephus quotes Strabo to the effect that Mithridates was sent to Kos to fetch the gold deposited there by queen Cleopatra of Egypt. Herod is said to have provided an annual stipend for the benefit of prize-winners in the athletic games, and a statue was erected there to his son Herod the Tetrarch("C. I. G." 2502 ). Paul briefly visited here according to Acts 21:1.

Roman Era
Except for occasional incursions by corsairs and some severe earthquakes, the island has rarely had its peace disturbed. Following the lead of its larger neighbour, Rhodes, Kos generally displayed a friendly attitude toward the Romans; in 53 AD it was made a free city. It was known in antiquity for the manufacture of transparent light dresses, the coae vestes. The island of Kos also featured a provincial library during the Roman period. The island first became a center for learning during the Ptolemaic dynasty, and Hippocrates, Apelles, Philitas and possibly Theocritus came from the area.

Places to visit

There are some monuments in Kos that worth a visit.

  • Platia Eleftherias (Freedom square) is the main square of the city of Kos. From this vantage point visitors can admire all of the town’s most well-known monuments and sites, spanning the Hellenistic period through to the time of the Italian occupation of the early 20th century.
  • Asklepion It is the most important archaeological monument of the island, but also one of the most renowned Asclepius of antiquity. In ancient times, it was a place of worship of the god Asklepios and a place of healing and teaching of medicine.
  • The Antimachia windmill is next to the airport of Kos. It is about 130 to 150 years old having been built in the second half of the nineteenth century. There is the Folklore Museum of Antimachia opposite of it.
  • Antimachia castle. The castle was built by the Ioannis Knights in the 14th century to strengthen the defense of the island.
  • Tree of Hippocrates. Opposite the fortress of Neratzia, next to the ancient Αgora of Kos, one of the most ancient trees of Kos lays its roots: the plane tree of Hippocrates.

Other activities in Kos:

  • Kos Natural Park. Right under the imposing peak of mountain Dikaios, in Zia village, the Natural Park offers the chance to feel, smell and taste the pristine nature
  • Boat tours
  • Forest of Plaka. A wonderful spot for relaxing along with the marvelous, exotic peacocks – especially friendly to man – with terrapins and few squirrels.

Related sites:

The Kos free official City Guide application: