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 and bike. Also all Finnair buses from the Helsinki–Vantaa airport stop at the Helsinki Hall of Culture.


  Helsinki City Hall (Helsinki city reception)  

Helsinki City Hall is a central administrative building of Helsinki, Finland. City Hall is located in the Kruununhaka district, overlooking Market Square, at address Pohjoisesplanadi 11–13. City Hall is the seat of the City Council of Helsinki.
Architects: Carl Ludvig Engel, Aarno Ruusuvuori





  Restaurant NJK (Conference dinner)  


  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