Ecology of Soil Microorganisms 2018


See & Do

  Pre-congress tour:

       Fully booked!
1.  Bus trip to visit Qvidja pilot farm in Parainen  (ca. 170 km from Helsinki)
     Sunday 17 th June 2018 (8:30-16:00; arrival to the conference venue
     before the opening lecture)
     Duration 7h 30 min
     Meeting point: the charter bus departs from the bus stop in front of the Kiasma museum,
     Mannerheiminaukio 2, Helsinki
     Price: 0€; participation is free (bus trip and lunch included),
     max. 50 participants
     Register before 10th of June by contacting and put the reference
     “ESM2018 Qvidja trip” as the title of your message.
     Web page:
     Program: Here

Recycled fertilizers, novel bioenergy, research fields for soil carbon sequestration - Qvidja Farm is the full of circular economy in practice, soil & microbe research actions and climate positive work. Qvidja is the oldest manor in Finland, 850 ha (2100 ac) of field and forest.  

Day includes walk-and-talk tutorial starting from the historical castle, visiting the trial fields, grass-fed animals and bioenergy plant and laboratory.

  Walking tours:

  Guided Walks in Helsinki City Centre
     Ports and Industries of Helsinki

     Sunday 17 th June 2018 (10-11:30)
     Duration 1h 30 min
     Guide: Master of Arts Leea Lappalainen
     Meeting point: University of Helsinki, Senate Square Main Entrance, Unioninkatu 34
     Price: 15€
     Register by contacting and put the reference
     “ESM2018 Ports and Industries of Helsinki” as the title of your message.
     Web page:

Katajanokka district, located in the vicinity of central  Helsinki, is currently a home for over 4000 residents, and widely known for its early 20th century Art Nouveau architecture in the western part of the island. These elegant buildings with their high rising towers were once homes of Russian officers and their families.Helsingin kaupungin museo_Nyblin_Daniel_1890
Close by in the east, there was a military area containing a naval base and a military and a commercial shipyard. This area is now called as the "New Side" and it showcases modern town planning of the 1970s and 1980s. It is also considered as the first Finnish example of  industrial areas being developed into residential zones.
Katajanokka Pier in the south was formerly the main cargo port of Helsinki, and still operates as a passenger port for Swedish and Estonian ferries and visiting Cruise lines. During the walking tour you will see and hear how this once a wooden shanty town of Katajanokka and an industrial area turned into one of the most distinguished and versatile residential areas of Helsinki.
Photo: Helsingin kaupungin museo_Nyblin_Daniel_1890                                                    

  Sup Rental

Welcome to see the city from another point of view - standing on the sea level!
Hakuna Matata SUP Rental is a colorful spot in the middle of Helsinki, sending
good vibes all around.

We are located at the Töölönlahti Bay, near the Railway station, Opera House
and Finlandia House.
We rent SUP-boards and kayaks and we have even a traditional finnish wooden

You can find more info from our webpage. There you can also make an online

When you mention that you are a congress quest, you will get a discount of -
10% for all the rental prices 16.6-17.6.!


  • Linnanmäki Amusement Park (Tivolikuja 1) is located next to the congress venue. Linnanmäki 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

  See Islands in Helsinki

About one dozen islands in Helsinki can be reached by commuter ferries during the summer season.

Suomenlinna ferry operates throughout the year and is the only ferry operated by Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) as part of the overall Helsinki Metropolitan Area public transport system.

Other islands are served by several ferry operators, and routes, timetables and fares vary by the operator.


Isosaari (www-pages are only in finnish language)
Ferry timetable
More info: