Conference Venues in Jyväskylä and in Närpes

The first conference days will take place in the Agora building at the University's Mattilanniemi Campus (the street address Mattilanniemi 2, Jyväskylä). The venue is located approx. 1 km from the Jyväskylä city centre.

Map of the University of Jyväskylä

The third day of the conference will take place in Närpes, located on the west coast of Finland, some 260 km from Jyväskylä. Närpes has slightly over 9 000 inhabitants of which 82% have Swedish, 6% Finnish and 12% other than Finnish or Swedish as their mother tongue. The conference guests will journey from Jyväskylä to Närpes by charter buses. The conference venue in Närpes  will be Frans Henriksonssalen which is located in the centre of the town.

More information about Närpes:

Närpes Tourism

University of Jyväskylä

The University of Jyväskylä is a multidisciplinary university established in 1934 as the Jyväskylä College of Education. The University plays a very active role in many scientific fields both nationally and internationally. Human, nature, and technology form the key elements of the multidisciplinary scientific profile of the University. There are nearly 16 000 Finnish degree students, as well as exchange students from some 70 universities abroad. The University has research collaborators in numerous universities all over the world.

More information about the University of Jyväskylä:

University of Jyväskylä


City of Jyväskylä

The conference will be held in Jyväskylä, in the heart of the central Finnish lake district, some 270 km north of the capital Helsinki and within good traffic connections. The city is a lively university town with about 130 000 inhabitants. The architecture of Alvar Aalto in Jyväskylä is internationally known. “The big little city” accurately describes Jyväskylä. It has the advantages of a small town, without the drawbacks of a big city. Comfort and safety characterise the city, as well as short distances. The city offers a broad variety of services but, at the same time, everything is close at hand.



Finland is situated in northern Europe. We have Sweden to the west of us, the tip of Norway in the north, a long border with Russia in the east, and Estonia to the south, across the Gulf of Finland. Finland (Finnish name Suomi) is a republic and a member of the European Union since 1995.

The population of Finland is 5.5 million. Finland has two official languages, Finnish and Swedish, the latter spoken as a mother tongue by about 5 % of the people. English has become the most popular foreign language and is widely spoken. The ‘old’, ‘historical’ or ‘national’ minorities in Finland today are the Swedish-speaking Finns, the Sámi, the Roma, the Jews, the Old Russians and the Tatars.

More information about Finland:

Finland travel information - Lonely Planet

Virtual Finland

Finland travel and tourism guide



The daytime temperature in August is usually between +13 and +23, but at night it can sometimes be really chilly (even 0 - +5). The sun rises between 5 and 6 a.m. and sets between 9 and 10 p.m. The weather can be really variable, so please consult weather forecasts. For information on the climate and local weather in different parts of Finland, as well as three-day weather forecasts, see http://www.fmi.fi/weather/local.html.


Photos: University of Jyväskylä Photo Archive, City of Jyväskylä Photo Archive