Prof. George Giannakoulas

Prof. Michael A. Gatzoulis 

Prof. Dr. Stephan Rosenkranz

Professor in Cardiology and Adult Congenital Heart Disease Aristotle University of Thessaloniki,
AHEPA University Hospital of Thessaloniki

Academic Head, Adult Congenital Heart Centre and National Centre for Pulmonary Hypertension Consultant Cardiologist and Clinical Lead for ACHD, Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Professor of Cardiology, Congenital Heart Disease at the National Heart & Lung Institute, Imperial College, London, UK

Professor in Cardiology
Head of Pulmonary Hypertension Center, Heart Center at the University Hospital Cologne; Cologne Cardiovascular Research Center (CCRC), University of Cologne, Germany



Thessaloniki is the capital of Macedonia Prefecture, is the second largest city in Greece, after Athens. In fact, the town is honorarily called co-capital, for its historical and administrative importance. The history of the town started in ancient times and due to its strategic location, it played an important economic and political role in the wider region of the Balkans.

The town was founded in 315 BC by King Cassander of Macedon on the site of a former settlement named Therma. He named it after his wife Thessalonike, the half-sister of Alexander the Great. The name actually means “victory of the Thessalians” and it is believed that the woman was named like that because her birth coincided with a victory of the Macedonians with the help of the Thessalians.

In Roman times, Thessaloniki was an important trade center to transport goods between the East and the West. Its economic expansion continued all through the Byzantine Times and it became one of the most important centers of the empire. Many public buildings and churches were built that period all over the town. Many of these early Christian and Byzantine churches survive till today and they have been declared as World Heritage Monuments by Unesco.

Because of its economic power, the town received the attack of many Balkan tribes, including the Slavs and the Bulgarians, and of the Crusaders as well. In 1423, while the Byzantine Empire was coming to its end, Thessaloniki was sold to Venice, which held it until it was captured by the Ottomans in 1430.

During the Ottoman rule, the city’s population of Muslims and Jews grew. In fact, the Ottomans had invited the expelled Jews from Spain to reside Thessaloniki in their effort to prevent the Orthodox population to grow. Also, many Orthodox churches were converted into mosques.

Thessaloniki was set free from the Turks on October 26th, 1912, during the First Balkan Wars. That day, it was the feast of Agios Dimitrios (Saint Demetrius) and since then, the locals celebrate it as the patron saint of the town. In August 1917, a fire burnt down most of the Old Town of Thessaloniki and left almost 1/4 of the population homeless.

In the Second World War, bombing destroyed many parts of the town, while most of the Jewish population was sent to the gas chambers and concentration camps by the Nazi.

Today, Thessaloniki is a modern town that has restored most of its wounds and receives millions of visitors every year. As it serves as a transportation hub for northern Greece, it has a railway system that connects the town to Turkey and the Balkans, a busy port and an international airport. With a population of about 800,000 people, Thessaloniki is famous for its ancient monuments, the vivid nightlife, and its shopping options.

The trademark of Thessaloniki is the White Tower, right in the waterfront. It was built in the 16th century by the Ottomans and along with its history, it has been used as a fort, a prison, a meteorology laboratory and today it houses the Byzantine Museum of the town.

Thessaloniki is also famous for the International Trade Fair that takes place every September and for the International Film Festival in autumn. Such cultural events and many others give the town a glamorous style.

The Aristotle Classes on PH & ACHD will be held from 11 to 12 October 2024 in Thessaloniki, Greece.

The aim of this International meeting is to provide physicians and researchers with a comprehensive state of the art in the rapidly evolving field of pulmonary hypertension and adult congenital heart disease.

It will also offer a unique opportunity for networking and for discussing future areas of research and collaboration projects.

Participants are invited to submit abstracts for e-poster presentation.

Rules (formal criteria) for submission:

1) Original work on the topics of pulmonary hypertension / adult congenital heart disease (Please note: reviews will not be accepted)

2) Work unpublished at the time of submission

3) Abstract file: word (.doc, .docx)

4) Abstract in English language

5) Abstract format:

  • Title: maximum of 200 characters (including spaces, no capital letters)

  • Provide working address, phone number, and email address of the presenter

  • List all authors with full affiliations

  • Abstract structure: Background – Material and Methods – Results – Conclusions

  • Abstract length: maximum of 3000 characters (including spaces, tables and legends)

  • Maximum of 2 figures or tables

Abstracts will be selected by an Abstract Review Committee.

Submission deadline: 12 September 2024

Following formal check of the rules for submission, you will receive an email confirming successful submission of your abstract.

Date: 11th – 12th October 2024

Venue: Mediterranean Palace

The Congress Venue is carefully chosen – Mediterranean Palace Hotel, in the city center of Thessaloniki with an astonishing view over the Thermaikos Gulf.

Please contact Ms. Chara Gastounioti:

📧 cgastounioti@tmg.gr

+30 210 68 27 405

Thank you in advance for your valuable support at this major scientific meeting.

The program will be featuring:

✔ State of the Art interactive plenary sessions
✔ Case presentations
✔ Numerous further networking opportunities