Ecology of Soil Microorganisms 2018



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Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is a modern city with over half a million residents and is situated on the Baltic Sea. Finland became independent in 1917 and it became an EU Member State in 1995.

Helsinki is Finland's major political, educational, financial, cultural, and research center as well as one of northern Europe's major cities. Approximately 75% of foreign companies that operate in Finland have settled in the Helsinki region.
In 2012 Helsinki was the World Design Capital and celebrated its 200th anniversary as the capital of Finland.


The meeting will take place in the architecturally distinctive Helsinki Hall of Culture which was designed by architect Alvar Aalto in 1950s. The Helsinki Hall of Culture is a multi-use venue for culture, events, and conferences. Its Aalto Hall, seating more than 1,400 and offering excellent acoustics, is one of Finland’s most in-demand concert halls.



The venue is located (Sturenkatu 4, 00510, Helsinki) next to Linnanmäki Amusement Park near the Helsinki city centre.

  How to reach the conference venue       

Helsinki Hall of Culture is accessible by tram (lines 1, 1A, 3, 8, and 9), bus (23) from both central railways station (Rautatieasema, Helsinki) and Pasila station. Also all Finnair buses from the Helsinki–Vantaa airport stop at the Helsinki Hall of Culture.

There is a good cycle route network in Helsinki, and distances between conference venue, hotels and other important placed are not too long. Bicycling is easy and practical way to move in the city. It is possible to register as a city bike user ( https://www.hsl.fi/en/citybikes) or hire a bike from a bike rental.

Bicyclean Helsinki is ready to offer conference guests 10 % discount or normal prices. They have a good supply of city bikes (3 speeds and 7 speeds), hybrid bikes 21 speeds, MTB, Road Bikes, E-BIKES, tandem bike and more. They also have a delivery-pickup-service. It is recommended to contact them at least one month before the conference to guarantee the availability of wanted bikes: info@bicycleanhelsinki.com, tel. +358 (0) 44 2915 331, http://www.bicycleanhelsinki.com/

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From the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport:
The bus 615 or the Finnair CityBuses from the Helsinki–Vantaa airport to Helsinki city center leave every 10 minutes. CityBuses have a stop at the Helsinki Hall of Culture.

Also I- and P-trains from Terminal 1 to Helsinki or Pasila railways stations are leaving every 10 minutes.

Taxis are available at both terminals of the airport, just outside the arrivals hall. You can also pre-order a taxi to meet you, tel. +358 100 0600. Please provide your flight number and estimated time of arrival when ordering. The driver will greet you in the Arrivals hall with the agreed sign. If you use the Taksi Helsinki app (https://taksihelsinki.fi/en/book-a-taxi/taksi-helsinki-app/ ) to order a taxi when you are already at the airport, the taxi will meet you at the pre-ordered taxi pick-up point in front of Terminal 2, a little to the right of the taxi stand, in front of platforms 35 and 36. Unfortunately, there is no pick-up point for pre-ordered taxis in front of Terminal 1 at the moment.

Public transport and tickets
Tickets for trains, buses, metros and trams can be bought directly at the blue HSL ticket machines located at the stations or R-kiosks. Tickets are not sold on trams, trains or metros. You can also download a HSL Mobile ticket app to purchase your public transportation ticket from the https://www.hsl.fi/en/mobileticket

A single mobile ticket costs 2.20 €, from a ticket machine 2.90 € or from a bus  3.20 €. 1-day to 7-day tickets from the machine or outlet or by mobile phone are available also. 5-day ticket costs 27 €.

You can also book a taxi from the Taksi Helsinki company  (https://taksihelsinki.fi/en/book-a-taxi/) or by calling +358 100 0700 (Call rates 2,76 €/tel. + 0,35 €/min + lnc). The base fee is 5.90 - 9 € depending on the time and charge per km is 1.60 – 2.23 € depending on how many people are in the car.

  Specialities close to Helsinki Hall of Culture    
  • Linnanmäki Amusement Park (Tivolikuja 1) offers a great possibility of a view the city of Helsinki. The Panorama sightseeing tower is available for use free of charge throughout the entire summer. The tower takes customers to a height of 53 m to admire Helsinki's scenery. Panorama is open to our customers free of charge during the park's opening hours; expect Sundays when free-of-charge rides are open till 8pm.
  • Kotiharju Sauna (Harjutorinkatu 1), the oldest still running public sauna built in 1928, has maintained its original architecture throughout the decades. The stove has 1500 kg of stones, and it takes one cubic meter of logs and five to six hours to heat them glowing hot.
  • Sauna Arla (Kaarlenkatu 15), founded in 1929, has a long tradition in public saunas in Helsinki. It is one of the three remaining public saunas in Helsinki. The sauna is heated by natural gas and wood.
  • Sauna Hermanni (Hämeentie 63) is a public sauna founded in Helsinki in 1953. The tradition continues to this day with modern IKI Sauna stoves.
  • The Winter Garden has been a recreational meeting place for the residents of Helsinki for over a century. The Winter Garden houses over 200 different plants.

More information about Helsinki: VisitHelsinki