Practical information


EGF 2020 will take place at Helsinki city centre, in Porthania, which is part of the city centre campus of the University of Helsinki. The building is based on Aarne Ervi’s winning entry in an open architectural competition held in 1949. Early on in his career, Ervi had worked as an assistant to Alvar Aalto, and reflections of Aalto’s works may be seen in Porthania, such as the circular skylights of the lecture halls. Restoration of the building by NRT Architects was completed in 2006. Porthania is just a short, 500 meter walk away from the central railway station and the Eliel Square bus station and the entrance to the University of Helsinki metro station is next to Porthania.

Venue location:

Yliopistonkatu 3
00170 Helsinki

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The Conference Organisers have booked room quotas for the conference participants in the following hotels. When reservation is done via the registration form the below mentioned prices are valid. Also the availability can be guaranteed for early bookings. Delegates are free to make their own accommodation arrangements but availability or prices cannot be guaranteed and is at delegate’s own risk.

Early reservation of accommodation is recommended.

Accommodation payment

A hotel deposit of one night must be paid in advance together with the registration fees. The hotel deposit will be deducted from the total cost of accommodation. The remaining hotel payment will be charged at the hotel upon check-out. Reservations without full deposit payment cannot be accepted. The hotel has the right to charge all booked nights in case of late cancellation or early departure.

If you are paying the fees against invoice, kindly note that your reservation is guaranteed only after we have received the payment. If you require accommodation outside the given dates, please contact the local secretariat at

All room rates include breakfast and VAT.

See file below for more information on hotels




Mid conference tours offer five options to choose from. Tours depart at 11.30 from Porthania. See pdf below for more information.



The post conference tour departs from Porthania on Thursday 25th June at 13.00, immediately after the conference and returns to Helsinki on Saturday 27th June at 18.30. See pdf below for more information.


Working groups AND WORKSHOPS

Working Group “Grazing”

Sunday 21st June 2020 (9.30 - 16.00), Viikki Campus, University of Helsinki, Helsinki (Koetilantie 5, 00790 Helsinki). Click below for more information.

Working Group “Semi-natural grasslands”

Sunday 21st June 2020 (10.00 - 15.30), Viikki Campus, University of Helsinki, Helsinki (Koetilantie 5, 00790 Helsinki). Click below for more information.

Silage workshop

Sunday 21st June 2020 at Viikki Campus, University of Helsinki, Helsinki (Koetilantie 5, 00790 Helsinki). Click below for more information.

Carbon Cycles in Grassland Production Systems workshop

Wednesday 24th June 2020 (16.00 - 18.00), Porthania, University of Helsinki, Yliopistonkatu 3, 00100 Helsinki. Click below for more information.

Workshop: GHG mitigation strategies from ERA-GAS projects CEDERS and RumenPredict

Thursday 25th June 2020 (14.00-17.00) Porthania's lecture room P673, University of Helsinki (Yliopistonkatu 3, 00170 Helsinki). Click below for more information.


Associate delegates programme

Tours on Monday 22nd, Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th. Click link below for more information.



Get together and panel discussion

Get together event with welcome drinks, light snacks and panel discussion is arranged on Sunday 21st.

Reception by City of Helsinki

Reception by City of Helsinki is hosted by Mayor Jan Vapaavuori. The reception takes place on Monday 22nd at 18.00 in Helsinki City Hall close to the Conference venue.


Helsinki City Hall
Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13
00170 Helsinki

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Conference dinner

Conference dinner will take place on Wednesday 24th starting at 19.00 in The Crowne Plaza Helsinki, an awarded top-class hotel.


Crowne Plaza Helsinki - Hesperia
Mannerheimintie 50
00260 Helsinki, Finland

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The Helsinki city center is an approximately 10-minute walk from the hotel. You can also get to the hotel easily using public transportation. 

You can get to the center and back to the hotel easily by taking the tram number 4, 7 or 10. The nearest stop is in front of the hotel, and you will reach the center by getting off at the Lasipalatsi stop, for example. More information and schedules are available at Helsinki region transport Journey Planner. The Helsinki Central Railway Station is about 1 km from the hotel.


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