Short introductions


 Main HallOpening ceremonyMonday 31.8. 14:00 o'clockConference site, main hall 
 Main HallClosing ceremonyFriday 4.9. 14:30 o'clockConference site, main hall 


DescriptionDateLocationDress code
 City HalWelcome receptionMonday 31.8. 19:30 o'clockHelsinki City HallBusiness casual
 ECR receptionTuesday 1.9. 20:00 o'clockUniversity main buildingBusiness casual

Conference gala dinner

DescriptionDateLocationDress code
 Finlandia HallOfficial conference gala dinnerThursday 3.9. 19:00 o'clockFinlandia HallBusiness casual


Detailed introductions


Helsinki City Hall / Helsinki City Reception

Date: Monday, 31.8.2015, 19:30 - 21:00

Address: Pohjoisesplanadi 11 - 13

Entrance: Main entrance

Invitation: All ESERA conference delegates are invited.


Helsinki City Hall is designed by the famous Finnish architect Carl Ludvig Engel Originally it served as a hotel (Hotelli Seurahuone) and was an important meeting place for scholars, politicians and merchants. The City of Helsinki bought the building in 1901 and it nowadays hosts office space for the mayor and deputy mayors and meeting facilities for the city council and city board. 



University Main Building / ECR Reception

Date: Tuesday, 1.9.2015, 20:00 - 21:30

Address: Unioninkatu 34

Entrance: Main entrance

Invitation: This reception is in the honour of the Early Career Researchers and their supervisors in an effort to encourage informal communication about career options and future development. The ESERA Board and the Local Organizing Committee would cordially like to extend an invitation to all delegates to this Reception.


The main building of the University of Helsinki is designed by the famous Finnish architect Carl Ludvig EngelThis empire style building is located at the Senate Square and it has served as the administrative and ceremonial centre of the University of Helsinki. The most important academic ceremonies, such as the opening of the academic term and master and doctoral promotions are organized in this building. The building was badly damaged during World War II but has since been rebuilt and renovated.


Finlandia Hall / Gala Dinner

Date: Thursday, 3.9.2015, 19:00 - 00:30

Address: Mannerheimintie 13e

Entrance: Door M4

Invitation: Conference Participants who purchased Gala Dinner Ticket

Dress code: Business Casual


Finlandia Hall is one of the most iconic buildings designed by the famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto.  Its combination of an all-embracing aesthetic vision, distinctive atmosphere, and functionality is unique. Tens of thousands of people from around the world visit the site every year. Finlandia Hall has extensive experience as the venue for numerous conferences, ranging from popular music concerts to hard line political summits.


Gala pic 1Gala pic 2Gala pic 4
Brezhnev and Ford at Helsinki Etyj summit 1975 (photo: Kalle Kultala)Ford and Kissinger (centre) at Helsinki Etyj summit 1975 (Photo: Caj Bremen)Wilson (left), Ford, d'Estaing and Schmidt at Helsinki Etyj summit 1975 (Photo: Kalle Kultala)


Finlandia Hall will arrange ESERA conference dinner participants a specially tailored 30-minute guided tour around the building before the cocktails and dinner.


Program of the Gala evening

19:00 Guided Tour at Finlandia Hall

19:30 Cocktails and musical program

20:00 Gala Dinner

            Live music and dancing

00:30 End of the Gala Dinner


Photo credits

Finlandia Hall: Eero Venhola

Helsinki City Hall: Mika Lappalainen