Location and Culture
Founded in 315 BC, Thessaloniki, located in northern Greece, is a modern, bustling city, the second largest in the country. It is located on the Aegean Sea, less than 60 miles from Mt. Olympus and some 200 miles from Athens. For more than two millennia it has been the major seaport for southeastern Europe, linking the Mediterranean with the Balkans, Europe with Asia. The city’s rich and diverse history can be seen in its architecture: a vast Roman forum was uncovered in the commercial heart of the modern city; in the old part of the city, Ano Poli, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one can visit Turkish bathhouses from the 14th century and Byzantine churches. The city, a former Culture Capital of Europe, is well known for its cuisine, its open air markets, and its lively student population---Aristotle University, the country’s largest, is located near the city center. The beautiful beaches of Halkidiki are less than 30 minutes away, as are well known archaeological sites and outdoor recreational activities, such as hiking.
Past students at the Thessaloniki, Greece project center have:
- Designed a floating island through a collaborative process to improve water quality and habitat in a lagoon that received agricultural wastes
- Assessed the feasibility and public interest in using hydroponics to grow food and address food insecurity
- Identified opportunities to expand wine tourism in northern Greece