3.5.2013

Finland Marks Record Congress Year

Latest statistics by Finland Convention Bureau (FCB) show that a record-breaking 635 international congresses were held in Finland in 2012. The number of attending delegates reached 77 222.

Compared to previous years, the number of international congresses organized in Finland went up by approximately 60 per cent.

A key factor in the impressive rise in total congress numbers is the excellent co-operation between institutes of higher education and various organizations.

City convention bureaus work closely with FCB and branches of industry. In addition, regional congress organizations have great processes in place for gathering statistical data. Recently set up Congress Network Finland is an organization aiming to develop the congress industry and educate professionals in the field.

– Information sharing, industry meetings, education and networking have been keywords among Finnish congress professionals of late. The whole industry has drawn from previous years’ experiences and started working together towards increasing figures with great results, says Leena Sipilä, Convention Director at FCB.

In 2013, FCB is carrying out a detailed survey on congress delegates, aiming to further investigate delegates’ use of money as well as their impressions of Finland as a congress destination. Another main objective is to investigate the effects congresses have on local income and employment.


Top 5 Finnish Congress Cities in 2012

City Number of congresses Number of delegates
Helsinki 254 40 478
Espoo 78 8 001
Tampere 73 7 300
Turku 65 5 074
Jyväskylä 63 4 802
Total (whole of Finland) 635 77 222

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15.10.2014

The 10th ITS European Congress exceeded all expectations

The 10th ITS European Congress for intelligent transport systems and services was held in Finland for the first time on 16–19 June 2014.

The event attracted approximately 2,400 decision makers, engineers, researchers and other experts from over 60 countries to Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre. The exhibition held at the same time included 80 exhibitors. The four seminar days offered 13 simultaneous seminars.

According to the organiser, Helsinki as a destination attracted new participants who came to visit Finland for the first time. Messukeskus Helsinki was perceived as a well-functioning, flexible and modern venue with highly professional staff.

“Organising a congress at Messukeskus Helsinki was a very positive experience. The team was helpful, professional and easy to work with. They will go to extremes to get everything running smoothly”, states Congress Manager Céline Nieuwenhuys from MCI – the global event management company responsible for the event.
The ITS European Congress for intelligent transport systems and services is organised by Ertigo-ITS Europe in cooperation with the European Commission. ITS Finland, the Ministry of Transport and Communications and the City of Helsinki acted as the hosts of the event. The arrangements for the congress were carried out by MCI.

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25.9.2014

ESHRE conference to Messukeskus Helsinki

The scientific congress will bring more than 8,000 participants from over a hundred countries to Messukeskus.

“On this occasion we were looking for a host city and suitable arena in Northern Europe. Messukeskus is able to provide our large conference with flexible and high-quality premises. An important factor behind our choice is Helsinki’s reputation as a valued conference city. Helsinki is universally accessible and has enough hotel rooms for our large number of guests,” says Managing Director Bruno Van den Eede, of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) that is responsible for organising the conference.

 

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10.9.2014

Espoo Awards its 6th Congress Ambassador

Ari Sihvola, professor of electromagnetics from Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering is chosen as EspooAmbassador 2014.

EspooAmbassador operates as a congress ambassador of Espoo in Finland and abroad. The award was presented 28th of August 2014 during the annual EspooAmbassador event at Dipoli Congress Centre.

The decision was based in Sihvolas active work in national and international scientific organizations. Professor Sihvola has been involved in a number of program and organizing committees of international congresses, and thus have had a positive impact for the role of Espoo and Finland within the international scientific communities.

 

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10.9.2014

Koenderink Prize 2014 to University of Oulu´s computer vision scientists

The 2014 Koenderink Prize has been granted to Professor Matti Pietikäinen, Dr. Abdenour Hadid, and University of Oulu alumni, Dr. Timo Ahonen (Nokia Research Center).

The prize recognizes fundamental contributions in computer vision. It is awarded biennially at one of the most prestigious conferences in the field, the European Conference on Computer Vision, for a paper published exactly ten years ago at this venue which has withstood the test of time.

The awarded publication presents automatic face recognition with Local Binary Patterns, a methodology developed at the University of Oulu. This approach is currently regarded as one of the major milestones in face recognition research.

The conference publication and its extension to a journal article have already been cited over 3 000 times according to Google Scholar.

 

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