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16.12.2013

Espoo city politicians show support for the international meetings industry

Espoo has long traditions in hosting international conferences. By signing the agreement the City of Espoo wants to show that it is publicly committed to supporting the meetings and events industry internationally. In 1994, the City of Espoo and Aalto University (by then it was called Helsinki University of Technology) signed an agreement to have more cooperation between the city and the university and to eventually result in getting more scientific conferences to Espoo.

Yet another step towards building more effective partnership between the scientific community in Espoo and the city was the launch of EspooAmbassador -programme in 2009. In this Ambassador programme the City Mayor Jukka Mäkelä has an active role by hosting an annual event for scientific community where the ambassador award is also given.

Cooperation between the city and scientific community is the city receptions, where the city welcomes all conference participants to Espoo by delivering a welcome speech and some refreshments. In Espoo, we have been happy to have active city officials but also politicians to deliver the welcome words. This has been the Espoo way to develop the association between the City of Espoo, the whole scientific community and the politicians so the signing of this important Declaration of Support is yet another demonstration of the importance of international conferences to Espoo.

 

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3.1.2017

International Congress of Entomology in 2020 has been awarded to Finland

The largest scientific congress of entomologists – International Congress of Entomology (ICE) will be held on 26-31 July, 2020, at Finlandia Hall in Helsinki.

The congress will be hosted by the entomological societies in Finland and the University of Helsinki.

The vision of prof. Hokkanen, who is also is the coordinator of a new UA Thematic Network on “Sustainable Production and Foraging of Natural Products in the North“, is to connect the ICE 2020 with the work and activities of the UArctic.

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2.1.2017

Finlandia Hall transfers to solar power – among the first congress centres in Europe

Solar panels will be installed on the roof of congress and event centre Finlandia Hall Ltd. by the end of 2016. Finlandia Hall
is among the first event centres in Europe to utilise solar energy for the energy needed in the premises.

A total of 150–170 solar panels were installed on the roof of Finlandia Hall. Experts have calculated the size of the system
to be 41 kW. The electricity provided by the system is estimated to cover a maximum of 20–25 percent of Finlandia Hall’s total
monthly energy consumption.
“Finlandia Hall has strongly invested in environmental and energy matters over the past few years. Five years ago we started a
development project during which the building, originally built in the 1970s, was turned into an energy efficient one. District
heating consumption has been reduced by 50% and electricity consumption by 30%. These renewals have accumulated cost
savings worth hundreds of thousands of euros. The solar panels are a natural next step in this development,” says Johanna
Tolonen, Managing Director at Finlandia Hall Ltd.
Finlandia Hall has undergone a total transformation of operating culture, and the personnel have been strongly committed to
taking environmental issues into account in all their activities. The long-term development work culminated in Finlandia Hall
receiving the ISO14001 environmental certificate last autumn. Only less than one percent of Finnish companies have received
the certificate.
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1.1.2017

Helsinki won the Innovation Award for their pioneering Greening Events project

The Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index) has released its first-ever ranking of the sustainability performance of 35 participating cities worldwide.

The Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index) has released today its first-ever ranking of the sustainability performance of 35 participating cities worldwide. The results were announced at the 2016 ICCA Congress, with the Leadership Award going to Gothenburg for attaining the highest overall score and the Innovation Award to Helsinki for their pioneering Greening Events project.

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13.12.2016

Finlandia Hall Recognised for Excellence

Finlandia Hall is the first conference and events venue in the Nordic countries to be awarded a coveted four-star Recognised for Excellence rating. European Foundation for Quality Management presented the award to Finlandia Hall on 1 December 2016 in recognition of the organisation’s commitment to a high quality approach across all its services and other operations.

“In recent years, we have engaged in a process to develop our operations and our competitiveness through joint working with our staff and partners. The Finlandia Hall team’s commitment to continuous improvement is a key contributor to our excellent achievement. We are all firm believers in continually evolving our organisation for the better and also in the inspirational power of the events we host,” Finlandia Hall Managing Director Johanna Tolonen commented.

“We scored extremely well in the international EFQM assessment for a first-timer. This recognition will spur us on to achieve even better things in future, working as a team with our staff and partners,” Quality Manager Heidi Majaranta added.

Filandia Hall’s staff recognition and incentive schemes, customer relations, commitment to sustainability and joint working practices with partners were highlighted as particular strengths by the external evaluation team.  The organisation also received praise for its leadership culture characterised by openness, inspiration, focus on learning and development and commitment to ongoing change. The assessment covered the entire organisation, including all its functions and outputs.
Finland Hall also holds the international ISO 9001 quality certificate since 2003 and the ISO 14001 environmental certificate since 2015.

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