Guideline for sessions and conference venue

Head of the Organising Committee
Sanna Turoma
sanna.turoma [at]

Conference Coordinator
Kaarina Aitamurto
kaarina.aitamurto [at]

Conference Secretary
Maarit Elo-Valente
maarit.elo-valente [at]

Conference Intern
Miikka Piiroinen
miikka.piiroinen [at]

Conference e-mail:
fcree-aleksconf [at]

The Aleksanteri Institute

Unioninkatu 33 (P.O. Box 42)
00014 University of Helsinki
phone +358-(0)50-3565 802

aleksanteri [at]



All letters of acceptance have now been mailed.

In case you need a visa invitation, please contact the Conference Secretary.

Registration for speakers, chairs and discussants will open in early September. Participants and observers who do not wish to give a paper or organise a panel or a workshop are also welcome to take part in the Conference. Their registration will open in the end of September.


The working language of the conference is English, but we welcome bilingual (English-Russian) panel proposals. Unfortunately no translation can be provided.

There is a PC and a projector in every lecture hall.

Panels sessions will last 90 minutes each:
Panelists: 20 minutes
Discussant: 10 minutes

The chair will introduce the panel and its participants. Each panelist will have the maximum of 20 minutes for their presentations. The discussant will have 10 minutes to give their comments, which can be either direct questions on each of the papers or/and general remarks on the broader themes discussed in the panel. Finally there is time for questions from the audience.

The papers will be circulated amongst panel chairs and discussants prior to the conference.


The Conference will be held at the University of Helsinki Central Campus. The Main Building of the University of Helsinki is located in Helsinki City centre in about one kilometer radius from the hotels we are recommending, from the main railway station, from the main bus terminal and from the harbor.

The venue of the registration/ information desk and keynote sessions is the Main Building of the University of Helsinki (address: Unioninkatu 34/ Fabianinkatu 33 .The building has two sides, the so-called old side by the Senate Square (Unioninkatu 34) and the so-called new side (Fabianinkatu 33). There are auditoria and halls in the Main Building. The auditoria are located in the Unioninkatu side and the halls in the Fabianinkatu side.

You can reach the city centre from the Helsinki-Vantaa airport by bus 615, 620 or Finnair bus. The airport is situated some 20 km from the City centre. The bus trip costs less than 10 € and the last stop in the Helsinki City centre is at the Main railway station. Taxi from the airport to the centre costs about 50 €.

You can easily plan your trip by using the Helsinki Journey Planner. Write in the first slot "from" for example 'Airport', in the second slot "to" for example the address of your hotel. Then choose time and date.


Participants are requested to make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation and cover the costs related to participation.


The Aleksanteri Conference has negotiated prices with some hotels near to the conference venue. If you want to make a reservation, please mention the code ‘ALEKSANTERI’ and the prices below apply to you.

Sokos Hotel Helsinki, Kluuvikatu 8, offers single rooms at 128 euros/night and double rooms at 143 euros/night. You can contact the hotel by writing to [at] Half of the reserved quota will be available until 8 September, and the other half until 21 September, after which the price offered will now longer apply.

Hotel Cumulus Kaisaniemi, Kaisaniemenkatu 7, offers single rooms at 110 euros/night and double rooms at 120 euros/night. Please contact the hotel by writing to kaisaniemi.cumulus [at] The rooms can be reserved at this price as long as there is availability.

Hotel Arthur, Vuorikatu 19, offers single rooms at 99 euros/night and double rooms at 119 euros/night. Please contact the hotel by writing to sales [at] Reservation at these prices should be done by 20 September.

Eurohostel, Linnankatu 9, offers hostel-style accommodation in double rooms. If one person takes the whole room, it costs 55,40 euros/night. In case two people share the room, the cost is 58,80/night. Breakfast adds 9 euros to the price. Showers and toilets are in the corridor. Please contact the hostel at eurohostel [at] Our quota of rooms is available until 21 September.

Facts about Helsinki


All basic services, including a pharmacy, are found nearby the conference venue. For leisure there are great opportunities for shopping. Souveniers can be bought from shops located at the Senate Squere or in the Market Square which is located at the city harbor only few hundred meters away from the conference venue.

The tourist office of Helsinki is situated near to the Aleksanteri Institute and the conference venue at Pohjois-Esplanadi 19. Please see the official tourism website of the City of Helsinki.


The Helsinki Times provides you the latest news from Helsinki in English.


Helsinki has a wide variety of restaurants that represent both Finnish and international cuisine. Visitors can enjoy anything between laid-back Scandinavian cafés and fine dining restaurants. Near the conference venue are plenty of options. Please see the restaurant guide for further information.


Helsinki´s northern location nearby the sea causes rather windy conditions. We recommend you to take some warm clothes with you. Please see current weather information.