General Information

Date: August 28 - 31, 2001

Conference site

All sessions will be held in Espoo, Otaniemi at the Helsinki University of Technology, main building. The address is:

Otakaari 1

See the Otaniemi Campus area map

Official language

English will be used for all presentations and printed matter. No interpretation service will be provided.

Conference secretariat

Eventra Ltd.
Pietarinkatu 11B40, FIN-00140 Helsinki, Finland
Phone: +358 9 6926 949 Fax: +358 9 6926 970

Conference website

Passport and visa

Finland is a member of the European Union and visas are not required for citizens of EU-countries and many other countries. A valid passport is required. Participants requiring a visa for entry to Finland are strongly advised to make their application in their home country at least three months before intended date of travel. For more information, please contact your nearest embassy or consulate of Finland or consult your travel agency.


The climate is rather favorable. Summer is warm and beautiful. The average daytime temperature in August is about 15 C.

Current weather forecast in Finland.

Currency exchange and credit cards

Only Finnish Marks (FIM) are acceptable at regular stores and restaurants. One USD equals approximately 7 FIM and one EURO approximately 5,95 FIM. You can obtain Finnish Marks at foreign exchange banks and other authorized money exchanges or at automatic teller machines using credit cards. Banks are closed on Saturdays and Sundays except for banks at the Helsinki International Airport. Foreign exchange agencies for example "Forex" in the city center are open on weekdays. Most Finnish services accept major credit cards. However, smaller shops tend to prefer cash.

Current Exchange rates


The electric current in Finland is 220V (50 Hz). Plugs and sockets are the same as in the Continental countries of the European Union. British and American participants need plug adapters for electrical appliances.


The conference organizers cannot accept liability for personal injuries sustained, for loss of, or damage to property belonging to conference participants (or their accompanying persons), either during or as a result of the conference. Please check the validity of your own insurance.

Time difference

The time in Finland is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich mean time (GMT).