Practical information

The Aleksanteri Conference is one of the largest annual conferences of Russian and Eastern European Studies in the world. It takes place in Helsinki in late October and stretches over three days. Over 200 papers are presented during the 50 panel sessions and more than 400 participants attend the conference every year. The theme of the conference varies from year to year.

On October 25–27.

Registration opens on Wednesday at 9.30 at the Main Building of the University of Helsinki, Aleksanterinkatu 5 


The opening event takes place at at the Main Building of the University of Helsinki, Aleksanterinkatu 5. 

All parallel sessions are held at the Metsätalo building, Unioninkatu 40, which is the main venue of the conference. 

On Friday, the second plenary takes place at the Think Corner, Yliopistonkatu 4.


The working language of the conference is English.

All conference participants are required to register. If you were planning to present at the conference and have not yet registered, please be in contact ASAP with the organizers. We will delete all unregistered presenters from our program. 

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

Please let us know in advance if any special assistance is needed.



If you have any questions or need more information concerning the conference, please do not hesitate to contact us!

The conference will be held at the University of Helsinki City Centre Campus in the Metsätalo building, which is also the headquarters of the Faculty of Arts. It is located in Helsinki City centre. The main railway station, the main bus terminal, and many hotels are within 1 kilometer of the conference venue.

Address: Unioninkatu 40, Helsinki / Fabianinkatu 39, Helsinki.

Some of the events take place at a nearby venue called the ThinkCorner. Address: Yliopistonkatu 4, Helsinki.

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City Centre Campus Map

If you need a certificate of your acceptance to the conference or a visa invitation letter, please contact the conference organisers at after you have registered.

Participants are requested to make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation, as well as cover their own costs related to participation. More information about public transportation and hotels situated nearby the city centre campus of the University of Helsinki are available at

Helsinki is the capital of Finland, with more than 650 000 inhabitants in the City of Helsinki, and close to 1 250 000 in the Greater Helsinki Area. It is a safe & lively city with great infrastructure including easy and reliable public transport. A one-way trip within the city centre costs 3,10 Euros.

The weather in Helsinki can be unpredictable in October, so please check in advance and prepare for anything from +12°C to -5°C — with or without snow!

Electricity: In Finland the power sockets are type F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Water: Tap water in Helsinki beats most bottled waters. You can refill your bottle anywhere. It's a safe and ecological choice.

Free time: There's lots to see and do (and eat!) in Helsinki, all year round. To plan your visit download the Helsinki Highlights Visitor Map or check out the sites below.

Activities in Helsinki

Day trips from Helsinki

Note on the Ukraine War

Taking into account the principles of engagement agreed upon by Finnish Universities (UNIFI) and guidelines of the University of Helsinki on collaboration with Russia and Belarus, the conference organizers note the following:

  • No proposal or presentation advocating for Russia’s war on Ukraine will be accepted.
  • Colleagues based in Russia or Belarus will participate in a personal capacity.

The conference organizers encourage Ukraine-based or displaced Ukrainian scholars to participate in the event. For this purpose they are exempted from paying the conference fee.