General information


Registration desk
Participants can pick up their personal conference material at the registration desk, which will be open at Finlandia Hall (street address: Mannerheimintie 13 e). The conference secretariat will be available to assist you during the conference at Finlandia Hall.

Conference language
The official conference language will be English. No simultaneous interpretation will be arranged.

Name badges
Participants and accompanying persons should wear the name badge at all conference events.

Non-smoking policy
Smoking will be prohibited in the conference venues.

Climate and clothing
The average day-time temperature in Finland in July is around 15-25°C (60-80°F). Evenings may be cooler. Fairly warm weather with occasional rain showers is likely. On the other hand, prolonged periods of warm sunshine or cool rain are possible. So you might benefit from packing both light summer clothes and a warm raincoat!

Helsinki - the congress city
Finland is a member of the European Union and one of the Nordic countries. Helsinki, often called the ”Daughter of the Baltic”, is located within good direct flight connections from most European capitals as well as from many other locations world wide. Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is 20 kilometers from the city center.
Helsinki is a pleasant city for visitors. It offers all necessary services for travelers within a compact area. All hotels used for
conference are within walking distance or short tram ride away from the conference venue.

Public transportation
The public transportation system in Helsinki is very convenient, offering buses and local trains as well as tram and subway lines. A single public transportation ticket costs 2,50 €. A tourist ticket for one, two or three days can also be purchased.

Currency and credit cards
The official currency in Finland is euro (EUR). Most major credit cards are accepted in hotels and shops. VISA, Eurocard and Mastercard are accepted at the conference registration desk. Personal or company cheques will not be accepted at the registration desk or shops. Traveler’s cheques can be cashed in banks and exchange bureaus.

Tipping
All restaurant prices and taxi fares include service, but good service in the restaurant can be rewarded with a tip. Tipping is at guest’s discretion in hotels.

Transportation by air
Several airlines provide direct flights to Helsinki from all over Europe as well as from countries outside Europe. For more information on flights please contact your local travel agency or one of the airlines providing flights to Helsinki.

Helsinki-Vantaa Airport
Helsinki-Vantaa Airport has been rated one of the world’s best airports. Onward connections from Helsinki to St. Petersburg, Tallinn and Stockholm are also excellent.

Airport transportation
Finnair provides regular bus transportation between Helsinki-Vantaa Airport and the City Terminal next to the Railway Station at a cost of approximately 6 €. There is also a bus stop behind the Scandic Continental Hotel. Taxis between the Airport and the Helsinki city centre cost approximately 30-40 € (35 minutes). Group taxis are also available at the airport (Yellow Line and Airport Taxi, cost approximately 22 € per person).

Transportation by boat
Helsinki is easily reached by high-class ferries from Stockholm, Sweden (overnight by Silja Line and Viking Line) and from Tallinn, Estonia (several lines, duration 1.5 to 3.5 hours).