The 20th Congress of IOSOT 1 - 6 August, 2010

General Information

Ms. Jutta Jokiranta, DTh
Congress Secretary
P.O. Box 4
FI−00014 University of Helsinki
E-mail: iosot-2010 AT
phone: +358 9 191 24348

If you have questions concerning registration, accommodation, travel etc, please contact:
TAVI Congress Bureau
Papinkatu 21, FI-33200 Tampere, Finland
Tel. +358 3 233 0400
Fax. +358 3 233 0444



University of Helsinki

Porthania Building, Yliopistonkatu 3 (IOSOT)
Main Building, Fabianinkatu 33 (IOSCS, IOQS, IOMS, IOTS)
Main Building, Great Hall, Aleksanterinkatu 5/Unioninkatu 34 (Opening Ceremony and the Reception, 1 August)

For more details on the venue, please see: City Centre Campus
and see map for Congress venues.

Computers, Dataprojectors and Services at the Congress site:

All lecture halls have equipment for presenting a PowerPoint show and the like. These computers have Windows XP Unicode fonts so Unicode fonts should work but prior testing is necessary. The safest option usually is to bring one's own laptop, especially if any special fonts are being used.

The Congress site offers the possibility for copying. Copying cards can be purchased at the Yliopistokirjakauppa (University book store) at Porthania, left to the entrance (20 sheets/2 EUR; 70 sheets/6 EUR; 150 sheets/12 EUR; 250 sheets/19 EUR; 500 sheets/36 EUR), open 29–30 Aug: 9–16; 1–5 Aug: 9–17; 6 Aug: 9–16.

The University of Helsinki is frequently used as a congress venue due to its central location in the heart of the city. The University offers excellent premises also for the IOSOT Congress and its joint congresses. It is situated at a comfortable walking distance from many hotels, the airport bus terminal, the main railway station as well as the harbour. The main shopping areas, restaurants and other tourist attractions are also very close.

The University Main Building has a beautiful auditorium for 700 people and another one for 490. The building next door, Porthania, has four lecture rooms for 130–600. Both buildings also offer a large variety of smaller meeting rooms and exhibition space in lobbies and foyers.


The town of Helsinki was founded in 1550 by King Gustav Vasa of Sweden and has been the capital of Finland since 1812. The architecture and the culture of the city were influenced by both the East and the West. Helsinki is today the centre of Finland’s cultural and business life.

More than one-fifth of the country's population lives in the Helsinki area. It is easy and safe to get around the capital. Public transport is good. Nature is near, even in the middle of Helsinki, as over thirty per cent of the city is devoted to landscaped parks. Helsinki is located by the sea and, indeed, the sea is an essential part of the personality of the city.

For more details, please see:
Visit Helsinki
City of Helsinki

How to get to Helsinki

By plane
Helsinki-Vantaa airport has direct flights, for example, from New York (JFK), tens of European airports, and about ten Asian airports. The airport is situated 19 kilometres from the centre of Helsinki and can be reached by taxi in about 25 minutes (about EUR 35). You can also take the Finnair airport bus (about EUR 6), which stops at the Hotel Scandic Continental, or Bus 615 (about EUR 4) to the Helsinki Railway station.

For more details, please see: Finavia

By ferry
There are daily ferry services to Helsinki from Sweden and Estonia.

For more details, please see: Tallink Silja, Viking Line, Lindaline, Eckerö Line


Finland, a member of the European Union since 1995, has about 5.2 million inhabitants. The capital of the country is Helsinki. Situated in northern Europe, the country has great beauty. Approximately two-thirds of its surface is covered by forest and nearly 200 000 lakes. Finland's coastal archipelago is one of the most labyrinthine in the world with its reckoned total of some 95.000 islands. The miraculous brightness of the northern summer night is a well-known fact, but it is impossible to imagine without experiencing it.

Currency: EUR (Euro, €)
Weather: The weather in August can be variable, bright mornings, luminous summer nights, sunny days but rain showers may occur. The average daytime temperature is 15–22°C.

For more details, please see:
Visit Finland
This is Finland
Weather in Finland