2.9.2013

New Espoo Ambassador Appointed

Visit Espoo has appointed Tapio Lokki (pictured right) as Espoo Ambassador 2013.

Lokki works as Associate Professor at the Department of Media Technology at Aalto University, leading the virtual acoustics team jointly with Professor Lauri Savioja.

Earlier this year, Lokki and his team were presented with an International Commission for Acoustics Early Career Award in Montreal, Canada.

The Espoo Ambassador award is an annual token of recognition handed out to an active member of international scientific associations representing one’s own university and the Finnish scientific expertise and research work.

The Ambassador operates as a congress ambassador for the city of Espoo, both in Finland and abroad.

Professor Lokki is the 5th Espoo Ambassador since the award’s inception in 2009.

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16.2.2015

Tampere is Congresswise!

The traditional printed congress manual has been taken to a whole new level in the university and congress city Tampere.

When it was again time to update the popular manual, published for the first time already in 1996, convention director Ella Näsi had an epiphany. “I wanted the manual to be more flexible and easier to update. I also wanted it to be interactive”, she says. This resulted in the publication of not one, but two interrelated blogs: one in Finnish and one in English.
The Finnish blog Kongressiviisas.fi is directed more at Finnish congress organisers. It gives tips and guidance on what to take into consideration when organising a congress in Tampere. For those who are visiting Tampere as delegates can get a lot of information out of the English version Congresswise.com. This blog dwells more on general aspects of Tampere and Finland.
The two main writers of the blog are convention director Ella Näsi and marketing manager Pia Helminen. “We do have a space for visiting writers, so anyone who is interested to contribute is welcome to contact us!” exclaims the duo.

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11.2.2015

European national convention bureaux alliance expands

Italy, Ireland, France, Portugal and Latvia have all joined the alliance of European National Convention Bureaux, bringing the total to 22 members. The addition of the five new members was announced at the alliance’s recent meeting in Copenhagen.

These new countries will join the 17 other members on a collaboration which unites the individual and unique offerings of each member, to simplify and strengthen the approach towards key markets, such as the USA and China. The alliance is now discussing numerous projects including working together on comprehensive market research into the Chinese market.
As the number one meeting destination worldwide for association meetings , Europe’s future offering for meetings and events remains compelling according to members of the initiative polled at their recent meeting in Copenhagen. Nearly all (93%) believe the market will increase and over two thirds (67%) have seen their organisation’s marketing budget increase in 2015.

National Convention Bureaux across the continent have responded well to the creation of the strategic alliance which has now attracted 22 members. These members are from the following countries: Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Latvia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland.

For further information, please contact:

Emma Ward, Clareville Communications (UK)
T: + 44 207 736 4022
E: emmaward@clareville.co.uk

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22.1.2015

The Guardian ranks Hotel Indigo Helsinki among top accommodations

The British newspaper The Guardian has published its list of new accommodations for Great Britain and continental Europe for 2015. Hotel Indigo Helsinki – Boulevard is the only destination listed from Scandinavia.

The Hotel Indigo Helsinki – Boulevard coming to the centre of Helsinki, at Bulevardi 26, will be a high-class boutique hotel for both business and leisure guests. This hotel will be the first Hotel Indigo branded hotel in the Nordic countries. The Hotel Indigo Helsinki – Boulevard to be opened at the spring of 2015 will be an environment-friendly, upscale hotel with a decor that emphasizes a fresh and modern design.

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3.12.2014

Aalto University expects Nobel prize winners to attend ICDS-2015

Professor Filip Tuomisto and his team from Department of Applied Physics at Aalto University are organizing the 28th International Conference on Defects in Semiconductors 27-31 July 2015 at Otaniemi campus.

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics was hit just in this research area – semiconductor materials physics and technology. Confirmed keynote speakers include Sir Colin Humphreys (Cambridge, UK) and Professor David Awschalom (University of Chicago, USA). “In addition, I expect one of the recent Nobel Prize-winning scientists to attend next year’s conference in Espoo as I know them personally. We are the only University in Finland collaborating with their research groups,” says Filip Tuomisto.

The conference is held every two year and it attracts typically 250 to 300 participants from all over the world, especially from Japan, Europe and the United States. The selection of the host for 2015 took place in tuff competition between China, the USA and Finland – Espoo won a close vote.

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23.10.2014

Helsinki Congress Centre Paasitorni- Full service venue completed

The Meripaviljonki restaurant, opening for business in April 2015, will complete the full service package of Paasitorni congress centre.

The Meripaviljonki floating restaurant, to be built as an addition to a cultural treasure – the Paasitorni
congress centre – is a demonstration of Finnish ingenuity: the architectural design, other designers, three
contractors and the restaurateur realising this globally unique project are all Finnish. What is more, the
practical construction work is 90% Finnish.
Meripaviljonki’s modern architecture will bring a light touch to the impressive granite construction alongside
it. The building’s shape and glass walls will allow customers to enjoy the surrounding scenery and natural
light from morning till night.

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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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