Dear Participants,

We are looking forward to meeting you all in Helsinki on the 7th of January. This letter contains some up-to-date information about the conference.


The final programme and the abstracts of the conference are available on our website.

Registration starts at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, January 7, on the third floor of the University Main Building (new side, entry from Fabianinkatu 33, for a map follow this link.

The abstract booklet will be distributed at the registration desk. The booklet includes the abstracts of both the general sections and the workshops.


In the lecture halls, there is an overhead projector, a data projector and a PC with standard MS Office programmes. If you need any other equipment, please let us know in advance.

We kindly ask you to make copies of your handouts in advance. The total number of participants will be around 150, and there will be three general sections plus 3-4 workshops running simultaneously.

Please remember that your presentation should not exceed 20 minutes (+10 minutes for discussion). Note that the workshops may have different time tables.


In addition to the commercial book displays, there will be an open book exhibition: We encourage you to bring copies of your or your close colleagues' latest publications. The book exhibition takes place near the registration desk on the third floor. Don't be modest and don't hesitate to bring your publications with you! The book exhibition will give us all a good possibility to learn more about current developments in the field.


On Wednesday evening, January 7, there will be a reception by the City of Helsinki, starting at 6.30 p.m. in the City Hall.

The conference dinner on Thursday, January 8, will take place in the restaurant Arthur (Vuorikatu 19, 10 minutes walk from the University) starting at 7 p.m. The dinner is free (except for drinks).


The conference fee (20 euros for full-time undergraduate and MA students, and Ph.D. students without salary or grant; 50 euros for others) is collected in cash upon registration.


The weather in Helsinki is very variable in January. Most probably the temperature will be below zero centigrades, possibly as low as -25.

Note that the 6th of January is a general holiday in Finland (Epiphany), i.e. most shops etc. will be closed.

For more information, please visit our web site. If you have any questions, please do not reply to this message, but send them to the conference e-mail address ( instead.

Welcome to Helsinki!

Wishing you all a Merry Chistmas and a Happy New Year,
The Organizers

Last modified: Mon Jan 5 16:03:40 EET 2004