General Information

Important dates:
Abstract submission opens on 15 January 2010
Abstracts by 30 April 2010
Notification of acceptance and instructions for presentations on 15 May 2010
Early registration by 31 May 2010

Congress venue
The congress is held at the Hotel Radisson Blu Marina Palace, located right on the banks of the River Aurajoki, just few blocks from the city centre Market Place.
Radisson SASAddress: Linnankatu 32, 20100 Turku

Map of congress and social programme venues (pdf)

Social programme:
City reception (included in the registration fee)
Bar tour (tickets 50 €)
Thursday, 9 September 2010

Join us for a fun evening together! The city of Turku wants to entertain all congress participants and serve refreshments at the City Hall (address: Aurakatu 2). After the city reception those who have purchased a ticket shall acquaint themselves closer with Turku social life by continuing the evening with a guided field trip to pubs in Turku. Such peculiar places as The Old Bank, The New Pharmacy and The Public Toilet will be visited. The field trip ends in The School (yet another pub) where a buffet with some local specialities will be served.
Pre-registration for both events required.

Programme highlights:

Target groups:
Professionals involved in pediatric pain care and research, e.g., nurses, pediatricians, anaesthetists, surgeons, physiotherapists, psychologists, pain researchers

Turku by airTurku, the congress city
Turku is the oldest university town and the former capital of Finland. Turku is well known for its location in a beautiful archipelago. Turku has been elected as one of the cultural capital cities of Europe in the year 2011. For more information on Turku and the surrounding areas, please visit the Turku Touring website.

Travelling to Turku
Turku is easy to reach by air via Helsinki, Stockholm or Copenhagen. The Turku airport is only 8 km from the city centre.

If you fly to Helsinki, there is a regular ExpressBus connection to Turku from the Helsinki-Vantaa airport. The journey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively you may take a train from the Helsinki city centre railway station. If you are travelling via Stockholm, you might prefer to take a ferry through the beautiful archipelago. The daily ferryboat connections are operated by Viking Line and Silja Line. The duration of the voyage is about 12 hours.

Local transportation
From Turku airport to city centre
Local bus number 1, route: Airport - Market Place - Ferry Harbour, runs approximately every 20-30 minutes. The bus stops also in front of the congress hotel Radisson Blu Marina Palace.
Bus tickets can be bought from the driver, single ticket 2.50 € is valid for 2 hours.
From the main railway station or bus station
Both the bus station and the main railway station are within a walking distance from the city centre. If you wish to take a bus from the railway station, all local busses stopping across the street from the railway station go to the Market Place. From the main bus station, most buses stopping in front of the station (on the same side of the street) go to the Market Place. From the Market Place, you can take the bus number 1 (direction Harbour) which stops in front of the hotel Radisson Blu Marina Palace.
Taxi (tel. +358 2 10041)
Taxis are generally easy to get, there are several taxi stands in the city centre, one on the Market Place. For a 5 km trip you may expect the fare to be around 10 euros, 10 km around 15 euros (e.g. distance: Airport – City centre 9 km). After 8 p.m. asmall additional charge.

The marketTransport links
Finnair, airline information, timetables
SAS, airline information, timetables
Viking line, ferryboat connections from Stockholm
Tallink Silja, ferryboat connections from Stockholm
The Finnish Rail, timetables, train connections
Matkahuolto travel Services, Finnish long-distance buses

Please visit the Finnish Meteorological Institute's website for updated news on weather in Finland. See also the local weather (Turku) and get a 5-day forecast.

The congress is organized under the auspices of the Finnish Association for the Study of Pain.