In the recent newsletters we have gone through the workshops and conference programme, and the main subject now is the post conference excursions. These are sponsored one or two day study trips, free of charge to the delegates.
Before going deeper into these excursions two organisational announcements:
- The amount of registrations is now well beyond 500. Thus the conference will be successful, but at the same time it means that many social events and some of the excursions listed below are unfortunately full. If you have not booked your events or excursions yet, we encourage you to do so in the first instance.
- We have received many questions if the conference is open also for the persons working in science communication, but who are not journalists, nor officially accredited members of media. The answer in short is “yes”. Despite the name “World conference of the science journalists” the conference welcomes also science communicators, information officers, archivists, online writers, content providers, bloggers, photojournalists and everybody else who think they belong to the wide family of science communication, professionally or not. Everybody is welcome!
Post conference excursions
Aalto University, Espoo
During this one-day-trip participants will visit the Aalto University in Otaniemi, Espoo, and experience exciting innovations, cutting-edge technology, and recent research results in the fields of health, wellbeing and energy; promises interesting demos, practical solutions and fresh ideas!
Departure 9:00 – Return 15:00
Bayer Heathcare Pharmaceuticals, Turku
The R&D and Supply Center of the Bayer Healthcare pharmaceuticals in Turku focuses on products that utilise polymer-based drug delivery (PBDD) technology and on manufacturing tablets and capsules.
PBDD technology enables Bayer to produce applications that deliver the drug to a specific target with great precision. It can also be used to develop long-acting drug delivery systems that can help to improve treatment and patient compliance. The participants can visit the production plant and learn about the PBDD product family.
Departure 8:30 – Return 18:45
Kone elevators, Hyvinkää
By 2030 over 60 percent of the global population will live in cities and urbanization is making cities grow upwards. This calls for intelligent elevator solutions – solutions that take into account the unique requirements of different building types and the people who use them. Skyscrapers, for example, wouldn’t exist without elevators.
Kone is globally leading developer and manufacturer of the elevators and their main R&D site is located in Hyvinkää. During this visit Kone introduces the newest innovations in elevator technology and presents some of KONE’s most ambitious high-rise projects. A tour in Kone’s elevator factory in Hyvinkää will also be a part of the program.
Departure 8:00 – Return 14:00
This is an exciting two-day trip the Mikkeli region to hear about research on clean water, organic food and bioenergy. City of Mikkeli is surrounded by lakes and forests, and this trip will not only include research highlights by Mikkeli University Consortium, but also local gourmet, Finnish fishing traditions and – naturally – Finnish sauna.
Departure from Helsinki at 8:00 on 28 June, return to the Helsinki Airport on 29 June at 13:00.
Oulu, Capital of Northern Scandinavia
Dynamic city of Oulu, located about one hour by plane from Helsinki to north, is famous for it’s science based technologies and spinnoffs. This one-day trip will include flights from and to Helsinki Aiport and an extensive tour of highlights of science and technology in Oulu: theUniversity of Oulu and Technology campus with Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC), Center for Machine Vision Research (CMV), Minipilot Concentrator Factory, Oulu Mining School, Printed Intelligence at VTT and 3D future at the Center of Internet Excellence (CIE); OuluHealth, the open innovation environment showcasing the Hospital of the year 2030; LudoCraft Ltd, a freshly new game studio of collaborative 3D multiplayer games and virtual worlds; Valkee Ltd. and its BrightLightHeadset; and finally a tar boat cruise to Maikkula Mansion for an exquisite dinner. For further information about the Oulu excursion, click here.
Departure from the Helsinki at 7:00, arrival to Helsinki Airport at 22.45.
Estonian research in Tallinn and Tartu
This is a two-day trip to the Estonian capital, Tallinn, and the university town ofTartu, covering topics from information technology, robotics and satellite engineering to genome research, biotech and the role of plants in climate change. The tour will take the participants to the labs of Tallinn University of Technology and the University of Tartu, as well as to the development centre of Skype.
Tampere, lively industrial city in the crossing point of the lake waterways about 180 north from Helsinki, is famous for its University. Participants of this excursion can discuss with the experts from the University of Tampere‘s School of Communication, Media and Theatre on the contradictions of doing science and science journalism, and on journalism education in Finland. They will visit the Institute of Biomedical Technology with diverse research areas including immunology, cellular biology, bioinformatics, biotechnology and stem cell based regenerative medicine.
The one-day stay in Tampere will end in a beautiful location just outside theCity of Tampere, where the participants can try the Finnish summer tradition: sauna and swimming in the lake.
Departure 8:30 – Return 23:00
Finnish pulp, paper and energy production at UPM, Kemi
This is a one day factory visit to Kymi, where UPM‘s futuristic paper mill combines an environmentally-friendly, pulp, energy and paper production with a high rate of energy self-sufficiency and biofuel usage, as well as to the production of bleached softwood and hardwood kraft pulp as well as coated and uncoated fine paper.
Departure 8:30 – Return 23:00
Teollisuuden voima Oyj, Olkiluoto
Teollisuuden Voima Oyj has been supplying nuclear power-generated electricity from the island of Olkiluoto for more than 30 years. Company has joint forces with Fortum Power and Heat Oy and established Posiva Oy to manage the research and development and the implementation of final disposal of spent nuclear fuel produced at their power plants in Finland, deep in the Olkiluoto bedrock. The underground characterisation facility ONKALO has enabled research at the actual disposal depth. One day Olkiluoto visit includes presentations and discussions with the representatives of the companies TVO Oyj and Posiva Oy and a site tour in Olkiluoto. (Departure and arrival times will be confirmed later)
GE Healthcare’s manufacturing site, Helsinki
This is a morning visit to GE Healthcare’s manufacturing site in Helsinki, close by to the WCSJ conference venue. It will explore how some of the very latest advances and technologies in patient monitoring can help clinicians provide improved patient care whilst allowing hospitals to function more efficiently. GE Healthcare is a global leader in clinical solutions for the operating room and critical care unit, bringing together patient monitoring, ventilation and a 100+ year history in anaesthesia excellence. The visit will include a site tour and a light lunch before the return bus back to the conference venue.
Departure at 9:45.
Post confrerence tours
In addition to free excursions a touristic day trip to Tallinn, the medieval capital of Estonia, will be available at the cost of 176 euros. The conference office is happy to assist also with private visits to many destinations, like Fiskars village, Porvoo, Lapland or St. Petersburg in Russia.
WCSJ2013 is organised by Finnish Association of Science Editors and Journalists and the World Federation of Science Journalists with substantial aid from the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland and University of Helsinki.