Guideline for sessions and conference venue

Conference e-mail

The Aleksanteri Institute

Unioninkatu 33 (P.O. Box 42)
00014 University of Helsinki

aleksanteri [at]

Past Aleksanteri Conferences

Registration for paper presenters, chairs and discussants was open until 12 September 2016.

Registration for conference participant-observers open until 21 October

Registration for conference participants is open until 21 October 2016. All participants are kindly requested to register for the Conference by filling in the online registration form. When registering you will be required to pay the registration fee (please see the next section for fee amounts and exemptions). The payment can be made with Finnish online bank, using all major credit cards (Visa, Visa Electron, Mastercard) or by PayPal. If you have any questions about payment or any technical problems related to the online registration, please contact the Aleksanteri Conference organisers at

Registration fees

Conference participant-observer 25 €
Media, Aleksanteri Institute students and staff FREE

Registration fees are exempted from VAT.

The registration fee of a conference participant-observer includes
The fee includes admission to all the scientific events of the Conference, Conference materials, free Wi-Fi and coffee/tea during the breaks listed in the Programme. There is also a limited amount of places available to attend the reception hosted by the City of Helsinki on 27 October. The allocation will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. In case of cancellation, regrettably, we will not be able to offer refunds.

Confirmation of your registration
You will receive an automatic email confirming that you have registered successfully.

Technical problems
If you have any technical problems related to the online registration or payment, please contact Conference organisers at


The working language of the conference is English. 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 conference venue is the Main Building of the University of Helsinki (address: Fabianinkatu 33). Registration / information desk is situated in the 4th floor just next to the Small Hall in which all the plenary sessions and some of the panels will take place. All the halls for panel sessions are situated in the University of Helsinki Main Building.



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 as long as there is availabity in the hotels. We advice you to make your bookings early in advance.

Hotel Arthur, Vuorikatu 19, offers single rooms at 95 euros/night and double rooms at 110 euros/night. Please contact the hotel by e-mail at Reservation at these prices should be done by 26 September at the latest.

Sokos Hotel Helsinki, Kluuvikatu 8, offers single rooms at 128 euros/night and double rooms at 143 euros/night. Please contact the hotel by e-mail at Reservation at these prices should be done by 11 October at the latest.

Hotel Cumulus Kaisaniemi, Kaisaniemenkatu 7, offers single rooms at 123 euros/night and double rooms at 131 euros/night. Please contact the hotel by e-mail at The rooms can be reserved at this price as long as there is availability.

Eurohostel, Linnankatu 9, offers hostel-style accommodation situated about 1,5 km distance from the conference venue. Please check the best deal at and do your booking online.

Connections from airport to city centre

You can reach the city centre from the Helsinki-Vantaa airport by bus, train or Taxi. The airport is situated some 20 km from the City centre. Here are the options:

  • Finnair City Bus, ticket costs 6,20 euros, bus schedule may be found here
  • Public transportation bus 615 and I- and P-trains that go to the Central Railway Station (Rautatientori), ticket costs 5,50 euros. Timetables can be found here
  • Regular taxi outside Terminals 1 and 2, the journey costs 40-50 euros and it takes 20-30 minutes to get to the city centre. 
  • Cabs from other taxi operators that offer fixed price services. The service is shared with other passengers, but is cheaper. Rates can be found here.

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.

Facts about Helsinki


All basic services, including a pharmacy, are found nearby the conference venue. For leisure there are great opportunities for culture, sightseeing, shopping and sports. 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.