Success stories from the top of the world

SETAC offered an exemplary carbon-smart conference in Helsinki

The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) held its annual European conference in Helsinki from 26 to 30 May 2019. The event was organised by SETAC and hosted by the Finnish Environment Institute. This year’s conference drew a record 2,162 participants, from 64 countries. The conference in Helsinki was the northernmost location for the society’s annual conferences, and received excellent feedback both for the overall organisation and for its environmental friendliness.

Messukeskus helped the organisers get off to a strong start in planning an environmentally friendly conference. Additional ideas and wishes that SETAC expressed during the planning phases were fully taken into account without any difficulty.

The conference organisers provided all the materials related to the event in digital format, and encouraged the participants to avoid printing material. Messukeskus also takes an ultra-modern approach to helping visitors find their way, as all the halls, lobbies and conference rooms are equipped with large and easily programmable digital displays. Use of conference-themed floor materials is kept to a minimum, and even this small amount is reused. Messukeskus has a well-established tradition of having these materials recycled to make bags and accessories.

The City of Helsinki City supported the SETAC conference by providing participants with free public transport. Messukeskus is just five minutes from the city centre by train, and trains run every few minutes. SETAC conference participants gave highly positive feedback on the fast, eco-friendly and congestion-free public transport connections between Messukeskus and central Helsinki.

Picture: Pirre Sandström (Messukeskus Helsinki) and Barbara Koelman (SETAC)

The largest European conference in operations research and management science to be hosted in Espoo in July 2022

Aalto University has been selected to host the Association of European Operational Research Societies annual conference EURO2022. The event will take place in early July 2022, and will be participated by some 2500 researchers from around the world interested in operations research, management science and business analytics. It will be the largest congress ever organized in Espoo.

The conference will be organized by the Finnish Operations Research Society (FORS) in collaboration with Aalto Centre for Operations Research (ACOR), the Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis and the Department of Information and Service Management at Aalto University.

Picture: Aalto University, Tuomas Uusheimo

Record-breaking attendance in Finland

The HIMSS & Health 2.0 European Conference, held in Finland for the first time, set an outstanding participant record, which exceeded all the organisers’ expectations.

The HIMSS & Health 2.0 European Conference, a major event in the digital healthcare sector organised by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, was held in Finland for the first time in June 2019. The event drew a record-breaking 3,000 medical, technology and digitalisation experts from over 50 countries. The Helsinki conference was a completely new kind of health event, bringing together operators from all parts of the industry in an exceptional way, including clinicians, infrastructure experts, industry representatives and data analysts.

“This year’s event in Finland was our most successful European conference ever. We only had one problem, which was a positive one: with a record-breaking 3,000 participants, the exhibition venue was filled to the brim”, says HIMSS president and CEO Hal Wolf.

Also Eurotox (55th Congress of the European Societies of Toxicology) and EAIE (Conference of the European Association for International Education) broke their all-time attendance records in Helsinki this September.

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Finnish conference centres are praised for their friendly, professional staff and for smooth and reliable services. No wonder many conferences draw record numbers of participants when they are organized in Finland.

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