General Information

Congress venue
The congress venue Mauno Meeting Center is located in the Kupittaa area of Turku. Street address is BioCity, Tykistökatu 6 A, 20520 Turku. More information on the location, parking etc. can be found here.

Congress map can be found here.

Turku - the congress city
Turku, in the Southwest corner of Finland, is the oldest city and the first capital of the country. Today it is the capital of its region, the Southwest Finland. Turku is often said to be the only West European town in Finland as all medieval European towns have four things in common: a river for transport, a cathedral for religious power, a castle that represents the secular power and last but not least - a market place for acts of commerce. Turku has them all! Please visit the Turku tourist office Turku Touring website for more information, or see the film TURKU FINLAND URBAN LEGENDS SINCE 1229.

Weather in Turku
Please visit the Finnish Meteorological Institute's website for updated news on weather in Finland. You can also get a 5-day forecast of the local weather in Turku.

Languages
Turku is a bilingual city, official languages being Finnish and Swedish. In addition, you may expect that most people (particularly younger people) have at least basic knowledge of English.

Currency
The Finnish currency unit is the Euro. You can exchange foreign currency and traveller's cheques in the Forex currency exchange company (address: Eerikinkatu 13, by the Market Place). Banks are open from 10.00 to 16.30 on weekdays and closed on Saturdays and Sundays. There are numerous cash machines (ATMs) open around the clock and accepting all major credit cards. Major credit cards, in particular Visa, Eurocard and Mastercard are widely accepted almost everywhere (in hotels, restaurants, shops, taxis, cafeterias, bars, etc.).

Voltage
The electric current in Finland is 230V, 50Hz. Plugs are two-pin continental size.

Insurance
Please note that the congress participants are not covered by any insurance (travel, medical, accident or liability) taken by the Congress Organizers. The Congress Organizers cannot accept liability for any loss or damage suffered by any participant or accompanying person or other person during travel to and from the congress or during the congress. Participants are advised to consider purchasing their own travel insurance and to extend their personal policy to cover personal possessions.

Cancellation
In the event that the conference is cancelled by the Congress Organizers, or cannot take place for any reason outside the control of the Congress Organizers, the registration fee shall be refunded in full. The liability of the Congress Organizer shall be limited to that refund.

Travelling
Turku has an international airport and it is easy to reach by air via Helsinki, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Riga or via Gdansk. If you fly to Helsinki, from Helsinki-Vantaa airport there is a shuttle bus to Turku (2.5 hours, departures every hour). From Stockholm you may choose to travel to Turku on a ferry through one of the most beautiful archipelagos in the world. Daily connections between Stockholm and Turku are operated by Silja Line and Viking Line. The ferry takes about 10 hrs. For more information about Turku and travel connections, please visit the Turku Touring website.

Other transport links

Taxi
Tel. +358 2 10041
Taxis are generally easy to get. There are several taxi stands in the city centre, one on the market square. For a taxi ride from Turku Airport to the city centre you may expect a fare between 25-35 euros. After 8 p.m. there is a small additional charge.


Organizers
Turku University Hospital
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Co-organised by the Division of Anaesthesia, University of Cambridge