August 30, 2022 to September 12, 2022
Conference venue: OAC conference center, Kolymbari, Crete, Greece. The conference will take place in Crete in physical form, however participation is also possible via internet
Europe/Athens timezone
"Second MODE Workshop on Differentiable Programming for Experiment Design" following after ICNFP2022 (

Conference excursions

For all excursions holds:  
If you are not on time to join the bus departures (from any place, also inbetween e. g. at Knossos or at the Museum) you are kindly asked to arrange by yourself your transportation.


Meals in OAC during excursions:

Friday 2 September evening, there will be no dinner at the restaurant of OAC however participants living in OAC that will not join the excursion to Chania the 2 September, are expected to pick up their dinner-package at 18:30 in the restaurant of OAC. 


Friday 2 September evening, participants living in OAC that will join the excursion to Chania the 2 September, are expected to pick up their dinner-package at 18:30-18:50  in the synagogue of Chania.


Sunday 4 September at lunch time, the restaurant of OAC will be closed and the lunch will be offered at the excursions. Participants not joining the excursions are expected to organize their meal by themselves.


Sunday 4 September at dinner time the OAC restaurant is open.

Main Conference excursion

The conference excursion will take place on Sunday 4 September 2022.  
Please take with you:  
   - Passport  
   - Certificate of vaccination for COVID-19 (if you have)  
   - Hat, sun creme and sunglasses  
   - Swimming suit, towel for sea  
   - Comfortable walking shoes.

There are 3 options for conference excursion:

  • Monasteries
  • Falassarna beach
  • Knossos+Herakleion.

Those are the options for the main conference excursion, for which the participants do not pay as it is included in the conference fee.  
For the excursion fees for accompanying persons please consult "Payment Information & Overview" page.

See details below (programs are preliminary)

Excursion to Monasteries



Departure from OAC (first bus)

Departure from OAC (second bus)

6:50Metamorphosis Monastery: Excursion and Breakfast
10:30Walk Excursion to Agia Kyriaki Monastery

Excursion and Lunch in Chrysopigi Monastery.
Part of the group can return back to OAC after lunch with the one bus

and another part can continue to Agia Triada Monastery

15:00Agia Triada Monastery Excursion
16:30Venizelos Graves
18:00Arrival to OAC
Excursion to Falassarna beach
11:00Departure from OAC
11:40Arrival to Falassarna beach
14:00Arrival to Taverna at Falassarna Beach, Lunch
17:00Departure from Falassarna beach
18:00Arrival to OAC
Excursion to Palace of Knossos and Heraklion Archaeological Museum
6:30Departure from OAC
9:30Arrival to Knossos
11:00Departure from Knossos
11:30Arrival to the Heraklion Archaeological Museum
13:30Departure from the Heraklion Archaeological Museum
13:45Arrival to Taverna, Lunch
15:30Departure from Taverna
18:30Arrival to OAC

Excursion to Chania

The excursion to Chania will take place on Friday 2 September 2022.  
Please take with you:  
   - Passport  
   - Certificate of vaccination for COVID-19 (if you have)  
   - Hat, sun creme and sunglasses  
   - Comfortable walking shoes

Excursion fee for the excursion to Chania:  
15 EUR per person for everyone who needs a sit for the bus transport (also for children).

Please see below the preliminary program of the excursion. You can join any of the events mentioned below if you like and/or take your free time. 

Excursion to Chania
 The bus will not pick up people from the hotels. Everyone is expected to gather in OAC at 14:50 to take the bus to Chania.
15:00Departure from OAC with bus to Chania

Meet the guide in the Synagogue of Chania for:  
1) 16:00 Visit of the synagogue Etz Hayyim and short (15') historic talk in English about history of jews in Greece by Anja Zuckmantel (english and german) and visit of the mini Museum of the synagogue.

2) 16:20 Visit of the jewish quarter "Evraiki" of the old town of Chania with a guide (Anja Zuckmantel) (20')

3) 17:00 meet the other guide at the Orthodox Cathedral of Chania, see below. 

4) 18:30-18:50 participants living in OAC rooms are expected to pick up their dinner at the synagogue of Chania. Attention: it will not be possible earlier or later.

4) 19:00-19:25 Performance of Kalliopi Petrou (soprano) and Tommaso Dorigo (flute) in the Synagogue of Chania. (Shabbat Candle Lighting time: 19:32. Shabbat Kabbalat Shabbat service following that, for interested people.)

17:00Meet the guide in the Orthodox Cathedral of Chania for visiting the cathedral, the old town and port, the castle and the Phare of Chania (ca. 1 hour)
20:00 - 22:30Free time (participants are free to choose their dinner place and pay their dinner at their own.)
22:30/23:00Bus departures from Chania to Kolymbari, to hotels and OAC. One bus will leave at 22:30 and the other at 23:00