With more than 500 registrated colleagues – journalists, science communication professionals and media officers from all over the world – the 8th World Conference of Science Journalists is only few weeks away. The temperatures in sunny Helsinki have been already around 25°C, which is also a clear signal how the city is getting ready for the most-awaited conference of this summer season.
The registration fee will change from early bird to normal rate on 25 May and the last minute pricing will start on 8 June 2013. Registration is also possible on site, but earlier you register, cheaper will it be.
We recognise that Helsinki may feel far away and costly city to visit, and thus the affordable registration possibility was kept as long as possible. But now the end is really near for early birds: Friday 24 May at 23:59 Finnish time is the absolute deadline for the most affordable way to come along.
Many people think that Helsinki is expensive, but in fact the price level is not higher when comparing to many other cities (in average 10% lower than London, Paris, Copenhagen or Stockholm). With the different accommodation categories available on our hotel list, the financial side of the participation shouldn’t be a problem more than in many other cities.
Only eating out may be more costly, but main reason for that is the exceptionally high amount of high quality restaurants in Helsinki. Nightless summer nights will surely cause pressure for longer-than-expected stays in the restaurants.
Travel to Helsinki can’t be easier as the city is connected to 130 destinations around the world by non-stop flights with 350 departures a day. Helsinki Airport has been chosen as one of Europe’s and even the world’s best airports from the year 1997 onwards. Many airlines, especially Finnair and SAS, offer also interesting summer prices for flight to Helsinki.
If looked from the central Europe, Finland seems to be a far-away location, laying somewhere near the north pole, but again the truth is different: Helsinki is typically only 30 minutes farer than Stockholm and the flight time from many European capitals is just couple of hours. Madrid is about the same time from Amsterdam, Athens is farer away from London.
And if looked from the North America or Asia, Helsinki is usually closer than many other European destinations – thanks to polar or Siberian flight routes.
Friendly, Scandinavian, functional, compact, easy to reach. Helsinki is an intriguing mix of modern and historic, a place where East meets West.
Helsinki combines all the offerings of a capital city with the human scale of a small town. Getting around town is easy, safe and well organised. Helsinki’s functional public transport system makes it effortless to get from the congress venue to everywhere. Most hotels are just a stone throw away in the city centre and all venues in the programme can be reached on foot or by public transport replica watches. The public transport ticket is included in the conference kit.
Helsinki is competing successfully in the number of conventions. Last year a total of 254 international conventions were held in the city, with a total of 40,000 visiting delegates. The previous record was made in 2006 when Finland held the presidency of the European Union, with a total of 39,000 convention-goers recorded.
Despite its relatively small size, Helsinki is also very good city of shopping – especially famous Helsinki is for design, arts, fashion and jewelry.
The conference organisation has been enforced prior the home stretch: Minna Härkönen is now helping Minttu Hilden at the secretariat and Katri Luomanpää has joined Riikka Louhivuori at the conference office, Confedent International Oy, to assist with the WCSJ2013.
The WCSJ2013 programme is parsed together by Reetta Kettunen and her team.
The organising committee is also working almost around the clock under supervision of Satu Lipponen, WCSJ2013 President, with Vesa Niinikangas, FASEJ Secretary-General and WFSJ President, providing all necessary additional assistance.
These newsletters are written by Jari Mäkinen, who also takes care of the social media contacts and maintains the conference website.
In case of any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!
List of the delegates who attended WCSJ2013 has been published.