|On-line registration opens||January 1, 2019|
|Abstract submission opens||January 1, 2019|
|Abstract submission deadline||February 28, 2019|
|Early-bird registration fee||until April 21, 2019|
|Late registration fee||until May 26, 2019|
|On-site registration fee||from May 27, 2019 onwards|
The meeting badge must be visible at all times during the meeting.
Taxis can be ordered by phone, from taxi stands or hailed from the street. Taxi stands are located throughout the city centre, including outside the Central Railway Station, around Senate Square, along Esplanade Park and at ferry terminals. Taxis are available whenever the yellow light on the roof is on. Prices are fixed and shown on the meter. Both cash and credit cards are accepted.
A taxi between the airport and the city centre takes approximately 20 minutes and costs around €40-45.
Taksi-Helsinki +358 (0)100 0700
Airport Taxi Yellow Line +358 (0)600 555 555
Kovanen Taxi +358 (0)200 6060
Lähitaksi +358 (0)100 7300
Summer in Helsinki is bright. Days are at their longest in the second half of June, when the sun stays above the horizon for 19 hours. For the latest weather forecast, see website http://en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi by the Finnish Meteorological Institute.
The local currency in Finland is Euro (€). All major credit cards are widely accepted in Finland.
For an ATM machine, look for the sign “OTTO”. These 24-hour cashpoint machines are widely available and accept the following international ATM and credit cards: Visa, Visa Electron, EuroCard, MasterCard, Maestro, Cirrus and EC.
Banks are usually open on weekdays 10am–4:30pm. In addition to banks, there are several foreign currency exchange points available around the city centre. See for example:
Forex: Stockmann Department Store or Central Railway Station
Tipping is not expected in Finland and a service charge is added in hotels and restaurants. Finnish people do tip (max 10%) only if they wish to appreciate good service or delicious food. It is not obligatory to give a tip to the taxi drivers.
You can connect your laptop or mobile phone to a wireless network in many places throughout the city centre e.g. in several cafes, restaurants and libraries.
For free WiFi, connect to “Helsinki City Open Wlan”. There are plenty of hotspots available in the city centre and at harbours. Also most hotels offer their guests a free internet connection. For the international research and education community, it is also possible to use Eduroam service while in Helsinki.
Voltage: 220–240 Volts. Electrical sockets (outlets) in Finland are one of the two European standard electrical socket types: ”Type C” Europlug and ”Type E/F” Schuko.
Tap water quality is high in Finland and the tap water is drinkable.
The time zone in Helsinki is Eastern European Time (EET), 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2).
General Emergency number for police, ambulance and fire department is 112.
There are a number of pharmacies around the city. Look for the sign “Apteekki”, which means pharmacy in Finnish. Yliopiston Apteekki at Mannerheimintie 96 is open 24/7.
Haartman Hospital, Haartmaninkatu 4, +358 (0)9 3106 3231. Open 24h.
Terveystalo Kamppi, Jaakonkatu 3, +358 (0)30 6000. Open 24h.
Mehiläinen Töölö, Pohjoinen Hesperiankatu 17 C, +358 (0)10 414 00.
Upon registration participants agree that neither the Organizing Committee nor the Congress Secretariat assume any liability. Participants should therefore organize their own health and travel insurance.
Finland is a member of the European Union and is a part of the Schengen area. Citizens of EU countries do not need a visa, but a valid passport is required. Citizens of other countries kindly contact the nearest Finnish Embassy for further information. Also, please check visa formalities if you plan to visit the Russian Federation during your trip.
The congress organizers will send a proof of registration as soon as the full registration fee has been received. The confirmation document will serve as your invitation letter when applying for the visa.
The organizer will assist applicants if needed in the visa application process. If you know you will be needing visa for your entry in Finland, please start the application process in good time.