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, 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 marketplace for acts of commerce. Turku has them all! Please visit the Visit Turku website for more information.
The last day of the conference, Friday 21 June, is the Mid-summer eve in Finland (”Juhannus”) and one of the main public holidays. General information about the Finnish Mid-summer can be found here: Visit Finland -webpage.
Combine culture and outdoor recreation!
Cultural exercise routes located around the Aura river are a refreshing combination of culture and exercise. Take your time and explore Turku and its love stories, statues and urban legends. You can walk, run or cycle, the choice is yours.
The routes are not marked so you will need a map with you. You can get the route maps from the city library or the Tourist info or you can print them from specific route sites (see links). If you have a smartphone, you can download the free Citynomadi mobile app and get the maps from the app.
The City Bikes provide a quick and easy way of getting around Turku
The city bike-share system in Turku consists of bikes that are for public use and which can be picked up and dropped off at bike stations. The “Föli-fillarit” city bikes are meant mainly for short-term use. The bikes will be available all year round and in winter they are equipped with winter tyres.
The city bike-share system is a part of Föli Turku Region Traffic. You’ll find more information here.
The conference will be held at the premises of the University of Turku, Natura and Agora buildings, and at Joki (“river” in English) a visitor and innovation centre located in the heart of the city’s science park area, close to the university.