social program

A number of social events will be organized to make your stay enjoyable and to let you meet your colleagues in a less formal atmosphere. Since the number of participants for some events is limited, you are kindly asked to make your reservation in advance on the Registration form.

Early-conference "reception"

Saturday 17 June, 2006
Early-conference "reception" takes place at Tori starting at 19:00 in the City. The reception takes place informally in cafeterias around the Tori area.

Welcome Reception, Oulu City Hall
Sunday 18 June, 2006
Time: 19:00 - 20:30
Price: included in the registration fee, pre-registration required
The organisers and the City of Oulu cordially invites all delegates and registered accompanying persons to the Welcome Reception. This will be an excellent opportunity to start the conference, to meet new colleagues and to renew old friendships.

Conference Dinner, Restaurant Uusi Seurahuone
Tuesday 20 June, 2006
Time: 19:30
Price: included in the full registration fee, pre-registration required
other participants 70 euros (participants for tutorials only and accompanying persons)
Join us for the Conference dinner in a perfect setting at the Restaurant Uusi Seurahuone. The programme of the evening includes dinner and enjoyable after-dinner entertainment. Book your dinner tickets in advance to be sure to be participating in an unforgettable evening.

Additional Tours

Pre-Conference Sightseeing tour with Potnapekka Bus
Monday 19 June, 2006
Time: 19:00 - appr. 22:00
Departure in front of hotel Radisson Sas at 19.00 and from hotel Arina at 19.15
Price: included in the full registration fee, pre-registration required

This tour takes us to the river, seaside, marshlands and woods. We will see old and new monumental centres of Oulu, sites of culture and technology. During the tour we will hear stories about tar merchants, ship builders, sea farers and salmon fishers who played an important role in the history of Oulu.
The places we will visit on the tour are among other things the following:

Oulu’s pedestrian street “Rotuaari”, library, theatre and market place.
We will make a stop at the Market Hall to buy some snacks.

After the Market place we will continue our tour through the following places - Linnansaari - Raatinsaari - Toivoniemi - Koskitie - Lassinkallionsilta - Science Centre Tietomaa - Kruununmakasiini - City Art museum..

Our tour continues to Hupisaaret which is a park area in the city centre. If we are lucky to have a sunny day we will enjoy a picnic in a park by the River Oulu and in the midst of beautiful Finnish trees and flowers.

After the picnic in Hupisaaret we shall continue to Nallikari Camping area in where we will taste Finnish ice-cream by the beautiful blue sea. Nallikari is a “paradise” with it’s long sandy beach for swimmers and sun-lovers!
From Nallikari we shall drive back to the city centre and visit the Oulu Castle. Coffee and tea will be served in the Castle.

The tour will end at the hotels Radisson Sas at 22.00 and Sokos Hotel Arina at 22.15.

Post-Conference Tour to Rovaniemi
Wednesday 21 June – Thursday 22 June
Departure time: Wednesday at 16.00 in front of the Conference Venue
Price: Adults 270 EUR
Children under 14 years 100 EUR

Return time: Thursday at 19.00 to the hotels Radisson Sas and Arina

Kindly notice! If you will take part on this tour, please check your hotel reservation details in Oulu carefully. The tour will return to Oulu on Thursday evening around 19 pm. In case you will stay overnight in Oulu, remember to book the room in advance.

Daily Programme:

Wednesday 21 June 2006
Departure from Oulu to Rovaniemi at 16.00 by charter bus.
The bus will pick up the participants from the Conference Venue at the University of Oulu. Remember to take your luggage with you in the morning!
- During the trip a coffee&tea break at own expense.
- Check-in to the hotel Rantasipi Pohjanhovi at 20.00.
- Departure to the (approx. at 20.45) Welcoming Dinner and Party in Santamus.

“A Golden Moment on the Arctic Circle”

The host of Santamus, Matti Korva, is a versatile musician who can put the finishing touch to the dinner by playing kantele, the Finnish national string instrument. Santamus invites the visitors to come and test their skills at gold panning, too. We will take delight in finding real Lappish Lemmenjoki gold nuggets from our pan. After a delicious dinner we move by bus to Hill and there we will raise a toast to the Midnight Sun! After this brightening experience we will return to Pohjanhovi. - Astonishing atmosphere!
After Santamus we’ll get back to the hotel.

Thursday 22 June
- Breakfast in Pohjanhovi from 7 to 9.30 a.m.
Please note; Check-out, there is a baggage room available in Pohjanhovi.

- Get-together in the hotel’s lobby at 9.30,

Departure for the Tour of Shooting the Cascades!

At 9.30 we will meet the safari guide. After the short walk to Safarihouse our rubber rafting programme starts from Rovaniemi centre. Captain will meet the team at our safarihouse where we get rafting outfits. After this we will drive to the start point, 25 kilometres north from Rovaniemi. After a short lesson and checking the equipment, we start paddling with rubber rafts along the river. Ten kilometres with six different rapids are waiting for us!

Approximately at 12.00, after the river part we will visit Santa Claus Village, where we have time for shopping in the numerous souvenir and handicraft shops of Santa Claus Village, sending post cards at Santa's Main Post Office, meeting Santa himself at his residence, etc.
After visiting Santa Claus Village, we will continue our travel to Villa Maria, a traditional house built at the beginning of the twentieth century. The milieu cherishes Finnish traditions while providing a cosy and rush-free setting for the world of culinary delights.

After lunch coach transportation to Pohjanhovi.
- It is possible to take a shower or change clothes in Pohjanhovi sauna premises.
- Departure for Oulu at 16.00 at the latest.
- During the trip a coffee&tea break at own expense.
- Arrival in Oulu at 19.00, Hotel Radisson SAS and Sokos Hotel Arina.