Practical information

Plan your stay at Helsinki!

All the panels, roundtables and keynotes will take place at Metsätalo in Unioninkatu 40.  Registration desk and a locker room for small bags are on the 1st (ground) floor. Please register at the desk when arriving to Metsätalo for the first time. We recommend registering during the registration periods (at 8:30‒9:00 on each morning), but the desk will be open the whole day.

Welcome session, keynotes and the general assembly of the NSMES will take place in the big lecture hall on the ground floor. Other sessions are on the second floor (rooms 2 and 3), the third floor (rooms 7,8, 11 and 12), the fourth floor (room 22) and on the fifth floor (room 25). All rooms are equipped with a computer and data projector.

In each floor, conference assistants will help with the technology and other difficulties. You can ask help from anyone carrying a pink “ask me” tag.

Accessible entrance from the side of Unioninkatu. All lecture rooms are accessible.


Need help?

You can ask help from anyone carrying a pink “ask me” tag. In greater concerns you can contact the organizers during the conference by calling/whatsapping +358407756877 or of course by email

Instructions for panellists and chairs

Chairs of the panels have been instructed to contact the panellists. Panels can decide themselves how much time to reserve for questions and in which format the presentations should be. Each panel will have 90 minutes and the chair is responsible for dividing the time between presenters. The times in the schedule are starting times for the panels – please be early.

Please bring your powerpoints etc. on a USB stick and use the computer in the lecture room. Using own computers with the university data projectors is not recommended.

Side events

Exhibition by Sami Sojonen

Pictures from Iraq 2019 on the ground floor of Metsätalo, open during the conference.

Music and Poetry from the Middle East, 15.8. at 20.30‒24.00 at Koko Jazz Club (Hämeentie 3), poetry by Muhaned Durubi and music by Meera Band. This is the official evening program on Thursday, but the club is also open for audience, so we recommend arriving between 20.30 and 21.00 to avoid the queue. Please note: the cloak room at the club is unattended. Event is organized by the Finnish Anna Lindh Network.

More on the event, see.

After the reception of the City of Helsinki at the City Hall, the tram 7 is one of the possible public transportation options to move to Koko Club (see the map). The ticket must be purchased from a ticket machine before entering the tram or by a smart phone. Tickets are not sold in trams. Another option is to take a metro from the central railway station or from the university metro station to Hakaniemi.


Public discussion event: The future of Iraq: Will it Rise or Fall?, 14.8. at 13.00‒15.00 in Yliopistonkatu 4 (Tiedekulma).

What is taking place in contemporary Iraq? How has the country developed since the US invasion and the following unrest? How safe is it today and what are the prospects for a stable, safe and prosperous Iraq? Prof. Gareth Stansfield and journalist Nina Järvenkylä discuss the contemporary situation in and future of Iraq.

More on the event, see.

Photo: Sami Sojonen 2019

Internet access during the conferene

Eduroam in the University of Helsinki is most recommended option. There is also a wifi connection at Metsätalo.

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How to get around in Helsinki

Public transportation

Tourism in Helsinki

The fastest and easiest way to reach the conference venue and most of the hotels is to take a train from the airport. A taxi to the center of Helsinki will cost approximately 45€, the rates however vary. 

Booking a hotel

August is high season in tourism and hotels will be fully booked. We recommend booking your accommodation as soon as possible. We have some recommendations and promotions for our conference guests, but please note that all participants book and pay their accommodation independently.

Registered participants will receive promotion codes to various accommodation options. In addition to these there are lot of other accommodation options in Helsinki: Airbnb and for example Eurohostel Katajanokka.