It is the magical time of the year in Finland: midsummer. During this weekend Helsinki will be deserted as (almost) all Finns flee to their summer cottages and one can find mainly visitors on the streets of our capital. But next week will change the scene totally: like Phoenix, Helsinki will wake up on Monday morning, as busy as usually – except that next Monday will bring also the WCSJ2013 to the city.
Everything is now ready for the biggest global event for the science journalists, communication professionals and media officers!
“It has been a long run, but everything is now done and we’re ready welcome about 850 registrants to the WCSJ2013″, says Satu Lipponen, president of the conference. “With good people around us and motivated team, I’m confident that the Helsinki conference will be highly successful.”
How to get the most out of conference?
Attending a big international conference with parallel sessions may be tricky, especially for the first-timers. The first thing to do is to look around the conference venue and surroundings: where are the cafés and restaurants, how to get around smoothly and so on. As the venue is in the city centre, everything needed is available within short walk.
We encourage everybody to collect their badge and materials from the registration desk as soon as you arrive, preferably on Monday. The desk is located at the Porthania building of the university (Yliopistonkatu 3) and will be open daily from Monday to Thursday (10:00-16:00 on Monday, 07:30-16:00 on Tuesday and 08:00-16:00 on Wednesday and Thusday).
Please verify that your registration data is right and you have your bookings for the workshops, lunchtime sessions, social events and trips. In case you have not pre-registrated for these, do it right away: best places are already booked, but there’s always something interesting available!
After getting you materials it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the two conference buildings, Porthania and the University Main Building.
Some general tips for the conference:
- The number of seats in some sessions is limited, so arrive early to avoid disappointment.
- ‘Less is more’; sometimes it’s better to stay in one session for the duration rather than moving between sessions.
- Remember that you can’t do everything. If possible, team up with others to cover conflicting sessions.
- Ask for help; we have plenty of happy volunteers around!
- Try to write down some take-home messages and keep record of the ideas you get.
- Tweet and share your experiences, when possible (with tag #WCSJ2013!)
And don’t concentrate only on learning and listening; WCSJ2013 is a rich cultural mix of colleagues from all over the world. There will be many opportunities to meet others with similar interests, and there will also be many participants who don’t know anyone else and would welcome someone to talk with omega replica. So , take advantage of the networking opportunities and social events! Discussions over lunch, in the corridors and during the nightless night are equally as important as the formal presentations.
See you on Monday (or on Sunday)!
Like whole Finland, and Helsinki as well, the WCSJ2013 office will be quite silent now for the midsummer celebrations, but we’ll be back on Sunday.
If you stay in Helsinki for the weekend, luckily the city is not totally dead: Helsinki City Tourist Office has collected few tips for celebrating Midsummer in Helsinki. Enjoy the predicted sunshine and summer! We have also organised ad hoc an informal pre-conference gathering and networking in the afternoon of Sunday, 23 June, in Kappeli restaurant 16:00.
And if you don’t have time for meeting us already on Sunday, we’ll meet all next week or online already now: the discussions on Twitter (handle @WCSJ2013 or hashtag #WCSJ2013) and WCSJ2013 attendees Facebook page are active.
“Welcome to Finland!” adds Satu before leaving herself to countryside for midsummer. During her two days off she is naturally listening at the music on the WCSJ2013 Spotify list…
The WCSJ2013 organisers
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.
The conference is generously supported by: