The 11th Conference on Research on Economic Theory and Econometrics (CRETE) took place at Milos in July. 180 participants presented and discussed academic research in all areas of economics. This summer school involves Greek academics from Greece and abroad, as well as distinguished foreign guests. It is also an opportunity for PhD students in Greek universities to be exposed to world-class academic research. The first meeting took place in 2002 and the series has been continued each summer since. Details can be found at http://www.aueb.gr/conferences/Crete2012/
The 2012 program included keynote lectures by John Geanakoplos (Yale) and James Bullard (President, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis), as well as a panel on the crisis where Georges Siotis (EC-Task Force for Greece), Gikas Hardouvelis (Univ of Piraeus, ex senior adviser to Prime Ministers Simitis and Papademos), and Jacques Delpla (French Council of Economic Advisors) presented their views on the policy dilemmas in Greece and in Europe. The presentation of Siotis here, of Hardouvelis here, and of Delpla here.
In an interview (part 1, part 2) at the Greek National Radio, one of the organizers, Nikos Vettas, talks about the conference and about the importance of academic research in economics for economic policy in Greece.