General Information

Congress dates
22 – 25 May 2008

Congress venue
Conference hotel Rantapuisto, Helsinki, Finland

From the Conference Hotel Rantapuisto, the sister hotel of Conference Hotel Meripuisto, you can find high quality conference, hotel and restaurant facilities in architectonically significant buildings surrounded by beautiful nature.

Rantapuisto is located conveniently close to the main highways in Ramsinniemi, in the Vuosaari district of Helsinki – only 20 minute drive from the centre of Helsinki and from the airport.

Helsinki, the Congress city

HelsinkHelsinki is a modern European cultural city whose urban cosmopolitan lifestyle exists in perfect harmony with nature. Surrounded by the sea and its own exotic archipelago, Helsinki offers visitors an endless number of possibilities.

Throughout its 450-year history, Helsinki has existed in the crosscurrents of the East and West. The colourful layers of history can be seen everywhere; a walking tour of the city centre or of the magnificent Suomenlinna Maritime Fortress will open your eyes to a fascinating past.

Today's Helsinki is also a city of the future. Its modern architecture, cutting-edge design and high technology have attracted international recognition for the city. Unique lifestyles and urban subcultures are all a part of this international metropolis.

Life in Helsinki is defined by starkly contrasting seasonal changes. In the summer, the warmth and permanent daylight invigorate the city. Summer in Helsinki begins in May and lasts until mid-September. The average summer temperature - for day and 'night' - is around 15°C. On hot days the temperature can rise to around 30-degrees. Helsinki is usually at its warmest in July.

The Helsinki summer is bright white. During the summer equinox in late-June there are no less than 19 hours of daylight between sunrise and sunset.


Mika Elmeranta, 2007
For the Congress Office