In order to take full advantage of the conference programme it is recommended you arrive in Helsinki at the latest by the evening of Thursday 4 September, and plan to depart on Saturday evening 6 September or Sunday 7 September. Participants authorized to receive UNU-WIDER travel funding, will be provided with a roundtrip air ticket by the most direct route and economical fare to Helsinki. No air tickets should be purchased by the travellers themselves unless prior authorization has been received from UNU-WIDER.
Information note for participants
Disclaimer: The United Nations University disclaims all responsibility for medical, accident and travel insurance, for compensation for death or disability, for loss of, or damage to, personal property and for any other loss that may be incurred during travel time or the period of participation. In this context, it is strongly recommended to secure, prior to departure, international medical insurance for the period of participation in the meeting.
Transportation from the airport to the hotel
The Helsinki Airport, located in Vantaa, is approximately 20 km from the conference venue and the centre of Helsinki. Transportation alternatives:
- taxi to the hotel (costing approx. €45)
- shared airport taxi to the hotel (costing approx. €29/person)
- Finnair City Bus to the main railway station (costing €6.30) and then a taxi from there to the hotel (costing approx. €15)
- bus number 615 (costing €5), then tram number 4 (using the bus ticket if used within 60 minutes from initial purchase) to the hotel.
Room reservations at the Scandic Grand Marina hotel have been made by UNU-WIDER for participants authorized to receive travel funding. UNU-WIDER will cover a single room charge inclusive of breakfast. Participants are required to settle any additional expenses incurred (such as phone calls, laundry, minibar, etc.) before departing the hotel. Any hotel booking changes are to be routed through the Conference Assistant.
Scandic Hotel Grand Marina
Katajanokanlaituri 7, 00160 Helsinki, Finland
Tel. +358 9 16661; Fax +358 9 1666500
Venue and registration
The conference takes place at the Marina Congress Center, located at Katajanokanlaituri 6, Helsinki. Registration takes place at the UNU-WIDER conference registration desk on the 1st floor lobby of the Marina Congress Center from 8.00 onwards. The conference will start at 9.00 in meeting room Europaea on the 1st floor.
Upon registration participants will be given a name badge, which must be worn for security reasons throughout the conference during the sessions and lunches. UNU-WIDER premises are on the 3rd floor of the Marina Congress Center building.
Lump sum payment for expenses
Participants authorized to receive UNU-WIDER travel funding, will be offered a lump sum payment to cover out-of-pocket travelling expenses, including transportation to and from airports. This payment will be made by the Conference Assistant against proof of identity and used boarding passes. The payment is made in cash euros.
Accommodation at the Scandic Grand Marina hotel includes a buffet breakfast. All conference participants will be provided with lunches on the days of the conference and dinner in the evening of the first conference day.
Participants not planning to attend any of these meals are requested to inform the Conference Assistant in advance.
Conference programme and papers
The conference draft programme will be posted on the conference website. All conference papers, made available by presenters, will be posted on the conference website. There will be no paper copies available at the conference.
The current (June 2014) UN rate of exchange is USD1 = €0.748.
September is early autumn in Finland and the weather in Helsinki around the time of the conference could be changeable, with cool temperatures around 10-15 ºC and possible rain.
Katajanokanlaituri 6 B
00160 Helsinki, FINLAND
Tel. +358 9 6159 9214 (direct)
Tel. +358 9 6159 911 (switchboard)
Fax +358 9 6159 9333