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In late August 2017, the National Institute for Health and Welfare organised an international, cross-disciplinary conference on drug problems.

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Top of the World Arctic Broadband Summit, June 14-15, 2017

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The Biggest in 2016 The world’s leading organisation in the field of health and reproductive medicine, the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), held its Annual Meeting of…

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ICANN held its policy forum in Finland for the first time on 27-30 June 2016.

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World Building Congress was held in Tampere Hall, Tampere on 30 May-3 June 2016 with 620 participants.

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The 23rd Nordic Congress of Gerontology (23 NKG) was held in Tampere Hall, Tampere on 19-22 June 2016 with 920 participants.

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International Conference, Smart Cities in Smart Regions 2016, gathered 250 experts, scholars and students to Sibelius Hall, Lahti on 10–12 May 2016

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7.9.2018

Professor Outi Fingerroos awarded Scientific Conference Power Player prize 2018

Professor Outi Fingerroos was awarded for her efforts to promote the organisation of international scientific conferences in Finland with the Scientific Conference Power Player prize 2018.

Professor Outi Fingerroos was awarded for her efforts to promote the organisation of international scientific conferences in Finland with the Scientific Conference Power Player prize. 

The EUR 5,000 award was donated by the Finnish Fair Foundation. The prizewinner was selected by the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies. 

Outi Fingerroos works at the Department of History and Ethnology in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Jyväskylä.  She has been involved in the organisation of workshops, symposiums and conferences related to her own research interests since 2002. The latest of these was the world congress of the International Somali Studies Association, the 12th SSIA Congress Revisiting Somali Identities – Addressing Gender, Generation and Belonging (2015) and the International Oral History Association’s XX IOHA Conference – Memory and Narration (2018).


Acquiring conferences takes effort

“Applying for and organising a major international conference requires long-term effort, preparation and networking. The reward is being able to bask in the international spotlight for a few days. Noone can become a conference power player on their own – the “chair” needs the support of a reliable conference secretary and a familiar organising team as well as the backing of a well-functioning service organisation. All these players roll up their sleeves at a very early stage. The University of Jyväskylä has been a good employer for me as a conference organiser,” says Fingerroos.


The Scientific Conference Power Player prize

This is the sixth time that the Scientific Power Player prize has been awarded.

“The Scientific Conference Power Player prize is awarded to individuals who have made a positive contribution to Finland’s role in international scientific activities and who have successfully petitioned for international conferences to be arranged in Finland. The award winner contributes to the positive image of the discipline in question, widely promotes the development of the discipline and has the ability to look to the future. Outi Fingerroos is exactly this kind of person,” comments Lea Ryynänen-Karjalainen, Executive Director of The Federation of Finnish Learned Societies, citing the grounds for the selection.

The competition for the 2019 Scientific Power Player award will be launched in January.

For more information about the the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies, please visit www.tsv.fi/en

 

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4.9.2018

WOMEX 19 travels to Tampere in 2019

The World Music Expo will travel to Finland for the first time in 2019. The event will be held at Tampere Hall from Wednesday, 23 to Sunday, 27 October, 2019.

The World Music Expo will travel to Finland for the first time in 2019. The event will be held at Tampere from Wednesday, 23 to Sunday, 27 October, 2019. WOMEX 19 is the event’s 25th edition.


What is WOMEX?

The World Music Expo is one of the biggest international music meetings in the world and the biggest conference of the global music scene, featuring a trade fair, talks, films and a showcase festival. Over 2,500 professionals come together every October from more than 90 countries. WOMEX consists of 7 stages, 700+ exhibiting companies, 80 speakers, films, an opening concert and an award ceremony across five packed networking days.


WOMEX 19 at Tampere Hall

The main location of the event is Tampere Hall, the largest conference and concert centre in the Nordic countries. WOMEX 19 will be realised with Rockadillo Production Oy as the main local partner. The event is supported by Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, City of Tampere and Visit Tampere, and Music Finland as the strategic partner.

Read more about WOMEX 19 here.
Read more about Tampere Hall here.

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3.9.2018

Renovation of Helsinki’s Finlandia Hall will begin in 2021

Facilities for new services at Finlandia Hall are to be built during renovation that is scheduled to start in 2021. The renovation will proceed in stages, and Finlandia Hall remains open throughout the project.

Finlandia Hall is the largest and one of the best-known event and conference centres in Finland. The building’s turnover has doubled in six years.


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mportant and historic landmark

– Finlandia Hall is very important for Helsinki both as an architectural landmark and as a living conference centre, which enables the arrangement of diverse events in the capital city of Finland. This is why special care must be taken of the building. Every year Finlandia Hall welcomes more than 200,000 visitors. According to one study, they spend almost €50 million per year on various experiences, shopping and services in Helsinki, says Anni Sinnemäki, the Deputy Mayor for Urban Environment.

– The renewed Finlandia Hall is part of the larger Töölönlahti Bay area that is becoming a shared living room for all Helsinki residents more strongly than before. The new Helsinki Central Library Oodi, the Helsinki Music Centre, Kansalaistori Square, Kiasma and Finlandia Hall will together constitute a lively and diverse cultural hub in the centre of the city, Sinnemäki continues.


Major renovation scheduled to start in 2021

Facilities for new services at Finlandia Hall are to be built during renovation that is scheduled to start in 2021.

The project means not only restoration of existing premises but also construction of a framework for new services. Plans for the renewed Finlandia Hall include, for instance, an audio-visual exhibition and a design store. The kitchen will be modernized so the restaurant can be of service during large events and conferences in the future. Restaurant operations will be developed so that people from far away arrive at Finlandia Hall for dinner. A drink bar on the rooftop terrace is planned as a main attraction. For the area around Töölönlahti Bay, there are plans for glamping-type activity that connects Finlandia Hall more closely to the surrounding park area.

– Finlandia Hall was completed in 1971, so the building management systems require an upgrade. Facilities will be altered and the service range expanded during the extensive renovation. Finlandia Hall’s strategic intent is to serve as a low-threshold venue that offers new services to Helsinki residents and tourists alike. The reforms are aimed at achieving this goal, says Johanna Tolonen, the CEO of Finlandia Hall.

The renovation will proceed in stages, and Finlandia Hall remains open throughout the project.

Read more: www.finlandiatalo.fi

 

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30.8.2018

Aalto University’s professor Ahti Salo elected as Espoo Ambassador of 2018

Professor Ahti Salo from Aalto University’s School of Science has been elected the Espoo Ambassador of 2018. The Espoo Ambassador promotes Espoo as a congress destination in Finland and abroad. Salo is the 10th Espoo Ambassador.

Professor Ahti Salo from Aalto University’s School of Science has been elected the Espoo Ambassador of 2018. The Espoo Ambassador promotes Espoo as a congress destination in Finland and abroad. Salo is the 10th Espoo Ambassador.


Respected researcher and active congress organiser

Professor Salo is the head of the Systems Analysis Laboratory research group in the Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis at Aalto University. Salo is an internationally known and respected expert in operations research and an active member of Finnish and international associations in his field.

In addition to scientific positions of trust, Salo has taken part in the organisation of several international conferences in Finland and abroad. In 2017, he was the main local organiser of two international conferences held at Aalto University´s Otaniemi campus.

“Conferences creates new contacts that, at best, can lead to truly productive and long-lasting partnerships and friendships. Making these new opportunities possible and providing memorable conference experiences inspires me to take responsibility for organising them”, says Professor Salo.

In 2015, Salo served on the programme committee of the main European conference in operations research. This summer, this conference of roughly 3,000 participants was held in Valencia, Spain. On the basis of a preliminary exchange of ideas at the conference, the Finnish Operations Research Society is considering applying to host the conference in Espoo in 2022.

“With the new metro line connecting Espoo to capital Helsinki and the development of the Aalto University campus area, Espoo is, by all accounts, an attractive destination for this type of a larger conference”, says Salo.


Espoo Ambassador programme turns 10 years

Ten years ago, the City of Espoo together with the congress unit of Visit Espoo, launched the Espoo Ambassador programme. The aim of the programme is to attract more international conferences to Espoo by encouraging and supporting scientists to host conferences in Espoo. Important goal is also to highlight the wide-spread positive impact and high value of international scientific conferences on the City of Espoo, the academic community and companies operating in the area.


Read more: www.visitespoo.fi

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23.8.2018

UArctic Congress 2018 comes to University of Oulu in September

The University of Oulu will host the UArctic Congress 2018 on 3-6 September. The congress week will bring together 540 participants from 28 countries to discuss themes revolving around the priorities of the Finnish Arctic Council chairmanship.

The University of Oulu will host the UArctic Congress 2018 on 3-6 September. After Oulu, the congress travels to Helsinki for the 7th September, to be hosted by the University of Helsinki. The congress week will bring together 540 participants from 28 countries, of which 430 participants are expected to Oulu.

The UArctic Congress 2018 themes revolve around the priorities of the Finnish Arctic Council chairmanship, including the goals of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Paris Agreement under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The highlights of the program in Oulu include the congress opening at the Saalasti Hall with speakers such as HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and Prime Minister Juha Sipilä taking the podium, followed by a panel discussion on the sustainable development of the Arctic regions.

Read more here.

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21.6.2018

Turku hosts major conference on plant biology June 25-29, 2018

The city of Turku is hosting this year’s International Conference on Arabidopsis Research (ICAR). ICAR gathers 700 scientists and researchers to Finland. The conference is held at Logomo, Turku’s showpiece conference and cultural venue converted from a former railway workshop.

The city of Turku is hosting this year’s International Conference on Arabidopsis Research (ICAR) from June 25th till 29th, 2018. ICAR gathers 700 scientists and researchers to Finland. The event is annual and rotates through America, Australasia and Europe, with the last two events held in South Korea and St Louis, Missouri in the USA.

This year’s conference is held at Logomo, Turku’s showpiece conference and cultural venue converted from a former railway workshop.

Conference organiser Dr. Michael Wrzaczek says that “we wanted to hold the event in a smaller city” of why Turku was chosen as the event’s destination.

“It has never been held in northern Europe before,” says Wrzaczek. “This time we were offered the chance, and since most of the work in this kind of plant research in Finland uses Arabidopsis it was regarded as a great opportunity to bring the conference here.”

One Finnish strength in the context of ICAR, he continues, is the unique opportunity to bring together Finland’s considerable expertise in the field and imprint it on the conference, integrating research areas that are traditionally fairly separate.

Read more at www.meetturku.fi.

 

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20.6.2018

Finland reaps success in congresses, places in global top 20

Finland continues to hold its spot on the world’s top 20 list. In 2017, Finland hosted 791 international congresses for various organisations with a combined total of 111,188 guests. Finland also has considerable potential for growth.

The competition for international congresses is fierce among organising nations, but Finland continues to hold its spot on the world’s top 20 list. What’s more, Finland also has considerable potential for growth.

 

Finland is ranked highly on international lists of top nations for congresses. The Union of International Associations’ annual statistic has Finland on a shared 19th place with Sweden. In 2017, Finland hosted 791 international congresses for various organisations with a combined total of 111,188 guests. The listing includes 166 countries and a total of 1,104 cities. Helsinki placed 20th.

“Finland hosts several times more congresses than our size and stature would predict. We have a strong international reputation as an event organiser”, says Mervi Toivonen from Business Finland’s Finland Convention Bureau.

 

Finland is the new hot ticket

The top spots on UIA’s list are held by household nations in Central Europe, where numerous international organisations are also headquartered. Finland’s main assets are safety and efficiency in addition to our fascinating location. Finland is currently enjoying a surge in international attention, which is also reflected in congress travel.

“When all the familiar destinations become old hat, new options start to make sense. Travellers are more interested in Finland than ever before, and we should definitely strike while the iron is hot. Resources spent on travel marketing also benefit other export industries – especially the event industry”, Toivonen explains.

Sweden caught up with Finland this year, and Denmark and Norway are right on our heels.

“We’re putting in great work, but so are others. The competition is very tough, and landing a congress seems to take more and more effort every time. Globally, the congress industry is worth billions of euros. With more effort and funding, we could truly become a major player in the field”, Toivonen adds.

 

Congresses improve national brand image and employ Finns

The event industry’s national marketing association, Finland Convention Bureau (FCB), is part of the newly formed Business Finland organisation. Finland has pioneered an approach where acquiring and organising international congresses and promoting Finland as an event location is integrated into other operations that promote export, research and innovation.

“Exporting Finnish know-how and innovations is much easier when we have more congresses in our country. Remember, there are congresses for every industry and field imaginable. This is why we as Finns should promote Finland as a location for congresses when we travel and meet with international partners. Every congress organised in Finland brings in considerable revenue and other benefits, both for our economy and our national image”, Toivonen says.

In Finland, congresses are considered part of the travel industry, as they benefit many fields in the industry, such as hotels and airlines. Congresses also use a host of other products and services from various industries, such as event spaces and technology, security services, communication and advertising agencies, content production, print houses, logistics and transportation companies, restaurants and catering businesses as well as the experience industry.

“A smooth event requires expertise and effort from many different fields. The industry already employs a significant number of Finns and creates considerable tax revenue.”

 

INQUIRIES

Mervi Toivonen, Manager, Global Sales and Business Events, Visit Finland | Business Finland, +358 50 554 5050, mervi.toivonen@businessfinland.fi

Salla Salovaara, Communications Specialist, Visit Finland| Business Finland, +358 40 526 0100, salla.salovaara@businessfinland.fi

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18.6.2018

FCB and partners at The Meetings Show 27-28 June in London

The FCB team and our partners will be attending The Meetings Show 2018 in London between 27-28 June. You can find us at the stand D501.

The FCB team and our partners will be attending The Meetings Show 2018 in London between 27-28 June. You can find us at the stand D501.

At our stand you can update your information on Finland, a Nordic country that is both a winter wonderland and a serene summer haven – and, according to the UN, the world’s happiest country, too.

Finland has a strong international reputation when it comes to organising corporate events and conferences. Finns are experienced event organisers, and all services are first class. In recent years, Finland has consistently ranked among top 20 congress destinations in the world.

Please read more on our exhibiting partners at The Meetings Show and book your appointments.

We are excited to #MeetYouAtTheShow!

 

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