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 (world’s happiest) inhabitants together with the neighboring cities Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen.

Meeting locationHotel Scandic Park
Meeting will be held in Scandic Park hotel offering a very functional environment for the meeting.

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 Nordic cities and from big European cities.

Train
Trains I and P are an easy and quick way to reach the city center.  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 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 Hotel Scandic Park.  The taxi cost to the hotel is appr. 40 € and takes some 25 minutes depending of course on the traffic.

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 € 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 and the meeting and exhibition halls (View 1-3) are located on the 9th floor. The view is indeed splendid over Töölö Park.

Registration and Information desk is open
Wednesday 3 September 9:00-17:00
Thursday 4 September 8:00-16:00
Friday 5 September 8:00-12:00

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 at the meeting registration desk.

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 at the hotel.

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