Social Programme

The Welcome reception will be held at the Banquet Hall of the Helsinki City Hall, which was first established as Hotel Seurahuone in 1833 and designed by German-born achitect Carl Ludvig Engel.
Kettle, copper and iron. KM2487:13
Kettle, copper and iron. KM2487:13
Header image: KM2487:13
Kettle, copper and iron
1200–1300, Karelian Crusade Period
Deposited in a grave with a male inhumation burial.
Picture: Conservation Division, National Museum of Finland

Lunches and Coffee Breaks

The Myllysali hall, located in the same building as the conference’s sessions, has been booked in connection with the Tenaille von Fersen hall, allowing for a comfortable setting for coffee breaks and lunches during the conference.

Lunch will be served individually packed in ecological materials, which will minimise waiting times and will allow attendees to choose where to enjoy it; be it the Myllysali hall, the Tenaille von Fersen hall, or outdoors while exploring the many interesting sights the island has to offer.

Moving between the two halls is easy through the connecting Korppukuivaamo corridor.

Coffee and lunch service will be provided by Suomenlinna Brewery, with the menu consisting of Finnish traditional cuisine with a green twist. Vegetarian and vegan options will be provided.

Myllysali Hall
Myllysali Hall [image By Suomenlinnan Hoitokunta]

Welcome Reception

The Welcome reception will be held at the Banquet Hall of the Helsinki City Hall, which was first established as Hotel Seurahuone in 1833 and designed by German-born achitect Carl Ludvig Engel. The hotel closed in 1913 and the building was officially inaugurated as the Helsinki City Hall in 1932. 

The Banquet Hall room was designed by Hampus Dahlström, and later expanded by Bruno Granholm. There have been many concerts, balls, receptions and other events under the crystal chandeliers over the years, often honouring invited guests. The Banquet Hall also has the distinction of having hosted several premiere performances of works from famous Finnish composers, such as The Wood Nymph by the master composer Jean Sibelius. The first cinema performance in Finland also took place in the Banquet Hall in 1896. These days, the Banquet Hall at the Helsinki City Hall remains one of the city’s top venues for social receptions. 

The Welcome reception will include a light show by Belenos Group of Arts, a Flow arts -based fire and light show group from Helsinki, and pioneers of light shows in Finland.

the Banquet Hall of the Helsinki City Hall, by Helsinki Convention Bureau
the Banquet Hall of the Helsinki City Hall, image by Helsinki Convention Bureau

The rest of the social programme locations will be announced in the near future

  • Poster Session
  • Conference Dinner
  • Farewell reception

Welcome Reception

Ravintola Sipuli (Restaurant Onion)
– Winter Garden

The Winter Garden is a fantastic space option for a variety of parties such as cocktail parties, right in the centre of Helsinki – a few-minute walk from the ferry port to the Suomenlinna, where the conference sessions are held. The winter garden enjoys its views directly on Uspenski Cathedral, which is Helsinki’s orthodox Cathedral. There is a private entrance and a nice green terrace with a waterfall! The windows create a unique light and atmosphere in the space. A full cocktail service will be provided.

Poster Session and Conference Dinner

– National Museum of Finland

Building (kuva KM01)

The building of the National Museum was designed by the architect company Gesellius, Lindgren and Saarinen. The appearance of the building reflects Finland’s medieval churches and castles. The architectural style belongs to national romanticism and the interior mainly to art nouveau. The museum was built from 1905 to 1910 and opened to the public in 1916. The museum was named the Finnish National Museum after Finland’s independence in 1917. After the last thorough renovation, the Museum was re-opened in July 2000.

Poster Session: National Museum, Bear’s Den and Hall (kuvat KM03-04)

The poster session will be organised in the highly revered premises of the National Museum. The Bear’s den is a popular event space, with plenty of room for poster presenters to discuss their work in a freely flowing setting, expanding out to the front hall. Availability of the inner courtyard, and street-level access make this an ideal space for delegates to browse the 25 posters on display, or immerse themselves in a deeper discussion with poster authors over a light cocktail service.

Conference Dinner

National Museum Entrance Hall (kuvat KM05-13)

The museum’s entrance hall ceiling has frescoes in the national epic Kalevala theme, painted by Akseli Gallén-Kallela in 1928. They featured in the Finnish Pavilion of the Paris World Fair in 1900.

The Museum’s Entrance Hall is a popular venue for dinner parties, large and small, and can comfortably accommodate 110 diners in round-table seating arrangements, as well as up to 250 people in a cocktail event setting. A full 3-course meal will be provided. The menu, designed by Finnish celebrity chef Sasu Laukkonen, reflects Finnish cultural heritage, tradition and spirit. Ambience lighting, decoration and entertainment fitting a sit-down dinner setting will be provided, and the space is fully equipped to accommodate speeches and other AV-requirements.

Farewell Reception

Allas Seapool (kuvat allas01-03)

The inner courtyard of Allas Sea Pool is a unique and versatile venue in the heart of Helsinki. The farewell event will be held here, and will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment and the option to enjoy the heart of Finnish Culture: the Sauna.