General Information

 Welcome to Helsinki, the Capital of Finland and the centre of the Helsinki Region, a functional urban region of about 1.4 million inhabitants together with the neighboring cities Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen.

Meeting location – Paasitorni Congress

Meeting will be held in Paasitorni offering a unique environment for meetings.  The ruggedly beautiful granite building representing Art Noveau is built in 1908. The extension from 1925 represents the Nordic Classicism of the 1920s. Paasitorni’s city block has subsequently been supplemented with a modernist building completed in 1955, the new building housing the hotel in the inner courtyard and completed in 2012, and the floating restaurant pavilion, which opened on Eläintarhanlahti in 2015.

Arrival to Helsinki
Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (IATA code: HEL)

Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is located approximately 20 km outside of the Helsinki city center. There are direct flights to Helsinki-Vantaa from most big European cities as also from Asia. Please see more: https://www.kayak.co.uk/direct/HEL/2012-10.

Train
Trains I and P are an easy and quick way to reach the city center from the airport.  The ride takes approximately 30 minutes. Please buy your ticket from the ticket machine in the terminal or at the train platform before entering the train, or alternatively you can use the HSL app. Tickets are not available on the trains. Please check the HSL Journey Planner for detailed route instructions: https://www.reittiopas.fi/

Taxi
Taxi stands at the airport are located just outside of the exits of the arrival areas of both terminals. All taxis accept both credit and debit cards and cash. They also have an electronic-printer receipt system. Most of the taxi drivers speak English and they are familiar with the location of the meeting hotels as also Paasitorni.

Finnair City Bus
The Finnair City Bus stops are located in front of the arrival areas of the terminals. In terminal 1, the Finnair City Bus stops at the bus stop number 1 and in terminal 2, at bus stop number 10. The ticket cost 6,80 € (2021) and it can be bought from the driver.

The Finnair City Bus schedule

Helsinki Harbors
Helsinki has three passenger harbors in Helsinki. All have excellent connections to central Helsinki and taxis are available in front of the terminals. For public transportation, please check the HSL Journey Planner for the best routes: https://www.reittiopas.fi/en

Registration
Congress Registration desk is located outside the main meeting room.

Registration desk is open (opening times will be informed later)
Wednesday 24 August
Thursday 25 August
Friday 26  August

Language
The official language of the meeting is English.

Meeting badge
The meeting badge must be visible at all times during the meeting and at all meeting events.

Event tickets
Entry to social program events is by pre-registration only and for every event you need to show a valid event ticket.

Certificate of attendance.
Certificates of attendance will be provided with registration material.

Filming, audio recording and photography
The private nature of the meeting allows presentation of the most recent, often unpublished results thus, the discussions should inspire new research directions and ideas. In order to maintain confidentiality of the data and topics, filming, audio recording or photographing is strictly prohibited at the posters or during the talks.

Wireless Internet
Free Wi-Fi is available in all rooms in Paasitorni as also at the meeting hotels.

Power adapter and plug
In Finland the power sockets are of type F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Tap water
Tap water quality is high in Finland and the tap water is drinkable.

Links:

Journey planner
HSL Journey planner is very useful for planning your travels on public transportation: www.reittiopas.fi/en. You can search for routes based on street addresses, places or significant buildings, for example the Finlandia Hall.

My Helsinki
https://www.myhelsinki.fi/en

Visit Finland
http://www.visitfinland.com

Local weather
http://en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi