Here is some practical information as to accommodation and traveling inside and to Finland, as well as the conference committee's contacts.
This part of the blog will be updated with more information as it comes. Don't hesitate to be in touch for any problems.
A few links towards general information related to Finland, Helsinki, and Turku - public diplomacy in action, if you wish...
The Visit Finland website:
Two guides to Turku:
A guide to Helsinki:
Travelling in Finland
The best way to go from Helsinki to Turku and back is the train. The trip is approximately two hours, and will get you to the center of both cities.
Here is the website of VR, the national railroad company:
Accomodation in Turku and Helsinki
Here are a few links providing information on accommodation possibilities in Helsinki and Turku.
Booking in Helsinki through Booking.com:
Hotels in Helsinki:
Hostels and other accommodation in Helsinki:
The conference has negotiated a batch of special-priced rooms for speakers in the hotel Centro, located in the city center, at a 15 minutes walk from the University. You should send them an e-mail mentioning your participation in the conference "Public Diplomacy in Context", and the booking number 54595.
There is only a limited number of rooms. Other solutions can be found here:
Researcher's accommodation in Turku:
Booking in Turku through Booking.com:
Do not hesitate to be in touch with the members of the organizing committees (see e-mails on the right-hand side of the blog).
Louis Clerc: accommodation in Turku, general matters, academic program, general contacts, contacts with the University of Turku
Timo Heino: media contacts with the Foreign Ministry, organization of the first conference day
Elina Melgin: accommodation in Helsinki, academic program, contacts with ProCom
Kristina Ranki: accommodation in Helsinki, academic program, contacts with the University of Helsinki