June 21-23 2010, Jyväskylä, Finland info@icsob.org  

Venue and travel

Jyväskylä – Human Technology City in the Heart of Finland

JyväskyläThe venue Jyväskylä is located 270km north of the capital Helsinki within good flight, rail and road connections from all parts of the country. It is the main city of the central Finnish Lake district, a lively university town with about 130,000 inhabintants.

Jyväskylä has special expertise in the fields of paper manufacturing and paper machinery, as well as energy production, environmental, information and wellness technology. One of the newest areas of expertise in Jyväskylä is nanotechnology.

The city of Jyväskylä offers its visitors a showcase of production by Alvar Aalto, the world famous Finnish architect. His architecture comprising buildings, town plans, interiors and design, e.g. furniture, is displayed in the Alvar Aalto Museum as well as in the municipal buildings and at the University. Surrounded by lakes, ridges and forests, Jyväskylä is a place of great natural beauty.

In June, the weather may vary from clear and sunny to rainy and at the time of or Conference Finland enjoys the midsummer time light nights offering daylight almost all through the night. The average daytime temperature is around + 18-21° C. See Finnish Meteorological Institute for more information.

The Venue of the Conference

Agora BuildingJyväskylä possesses a highly popular multidisciplinary university with a total of seven faculties. The core fields in research and education are natural sciences and mathematics, human-centered sciences, sport and health sciences and teacher education.

The conference will take place in the Agora building. Agora is a cooperative network for multi-disciplinary research. Agora emphasizes a multi-disciplinary, human-centered approach to information technology and to the future knowledge society, where research, education and enterprise are integrated into one functional whole.

Agora is also the home of the Faculty of Information Technology, the first and largest of its kind in Finland.

Travel information

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Finland is easily accessible from all over the world. Many international airlines have regular flights to Helsinki and visitors can reach Jyväskylä easily by plane, train, or bus. The flight from Helsinki to Jyväskylä takes about 40 minutes, and the train or bus journey about 3 hours. There are also flights to Tampere (approx. 150 km from Jyväskylä) from several European cities. Jyväskylä Airport is located at only a 20 minutes' drive from the city centre. Taxis are available at the airport for transport to hotels. Trains and buses arrive right in the city centre at the public transport interchange. For more details on flights, please see Finnair, for trains see VR Railways and for buses see Matkahuolto.


The standard of hotels in Finland is high. Double rooms have either double beds or twin beds and all hotel rooms have a shower or bath. A buffet breakfast is included in the room rates and the hotel restaurants are prepared to accommodate special dietary requests. Most hotels have sauna facilities available to hotel guests free of charge in the mornings.

The symposium office has pre-booked accommodation in the hotels most suitably located to the Symposium site. Rates negotiated for the symposium will be offered to participants making reservations in connection with their symposium registration. Chosen as the congress hotel, Hotel Alba is situated next to our conference site on the Mattilanniemi Campus of University of Jyväskylä, only a few steps away from the hotel door. The other pre-booked accommodation option for the Conference is Sokos Hotel Alexandra in the city centre.

Hotel Alba

Hotel Alba is located in a beautiful area by the Jyväsjärvi lake in Mattilanniemi, only 1,5 km away from the city centre. Hotel Alba offers a highly appreciated a la carte restaurant, a sunny terrace on the lake, functional meeting facilities and a sauna section. The premises have either a beautiful view over the lake or to a peaceful park. The newest section of the hotel was built 2007 and all rooms have been renovated.

Hotel Alexandra

Sokos Hotel Alexandra is centrally located high-class hotel in the city centre, opposite the public transportation interchange. The refurnished hotel features modern rooms, good meeting facilities and an inviting restaurants. The nearby town centre offers much to see and experience.

The accommodation is to be paid in advance together with the Conference fees to the organizers. Any changes in the reservation or cancellations of the reservation must be notified in writing to the conference office. If cancellation takes place later than 14 days before the given arrival date there is no refund on the reservation.

Social Programme

Get-together Party on Monday 21st

All participants are welcome to join the Get-together party on the first night and meet their colleagues from all around the world. The party will be arranged at the Conference site.

Boat tour and Conference Dinner on Tuesday 22nd

The evening starts by a typical lake cruise from the harbour of Jyväskylä along the Lake Päijänne. After magnificent views of this steep-shore, deepest lake of Finland (max. 95 m) we will arrive at our dinner destination Savutuvan Apaja: a unique village consisting of old traditional Finnish dwellings and cottages. Our dinner will serve us typical Finnish dishes in a traditional old Finnish atmosphere. In the end of the evening before midnight, there will be bus transportation back to the hotels.

Welcome to Jyväskylä!