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Conference Secretariat:

Jyväskylä Congresses
Fax +358 14 3398 159
P.O. Box 212, FIN-40101
Jyväskylä
Finland


Welcome to Finland

Situated between the 60th and 70th degrees of latitude, Finland is the second most northern country in the world. The land border with Russia is the eastern boundary of the European Union. Two thirds of the country, 338,00 km2, is covered by forest, one tenth by water, while less than one tenth is cultivated land. There are 188,00 lakes and 180,00 islands.

Finland has a population of 5.2 million, of which two thirds live in urban areas. Finland has two official languages, Finnish, a Finno-Ugric language, and Swedish, which is the mother tongue of 6 % of the population. Sami (Lappish) is spoken as their native language by 1,700 people. You may conduct your official business in English, tho most widely spread foreign language.

Given its location at the Arctic cicle, Finland enjoys 'White Nights' in summer. Welcome to Finland!


Welcome to the Sacred Media Conference

Venue

The conference will take place on the Mattilanniemi campus of the University of Jyväskylä located on a lake. The University milieu consists of three campus areas of the late 19th century teacher training college buildings, Alvar Aalto’s works, and more recent Finnish architecture together making up the modern university. Originating in the first mixed-gender and Finnish-language teacher training college in the country, the university has made a prominent contribution to education and in recent years also to new sciences such as information technology.

The city of Jyväskylä is located in Central Finland, 270 kilometres north of Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Jyväskylä is a lively university town and educational centre with some 130,000 inhabitants counting those living in the environs. The town lies in the midst of the lovely Päijänne Lake District of labyrinthine blue lakes ringed by verdant mixed forests.

Language

The working language of the conference is English.

Important Dates

  • Early registration deadline 15 May 2003
  • Final registration deadline 31 May 2003
  • Deadline for cancellations with a full refund 31 May 2003
  • Deadline for hotel accommodation 31 May 2003
  • Conference dates 10 July-13 July 2003

Conference Registration and Fees

All conference delegates must register by providing the final registration details on-line at the Conference Website. The conference fees should be paid at the same time in full in euros, the currency of Finland as of the beginning of 2002. The account number is SWIFT OKOYFIHH529002-295655, Oko Bank /Helsinki, Finland, the account holder Jyväskylä Congresses, IBAN code FI7852900220095655. (Please remember to give the name of the participant, and the name of the Conference with the payment). A copy of your payment receipt should be faxed to the Secretariat. We accept for credit card payment: Visa, MasterCard and Eurocard. If you pay by a credit card, please include all requested details on the registration form or fax them to the Secretariat.

Please note that the organisers offer no scholarships or reductions of conference fees.

Conference Fees

  • Before 15 May 2003: 300 EUROS
  • From 16 May 2003: 350 EUROS

The registration fee covers:

  • the conference programme
  • 3 lunches and refreshments as stated in the programme
  • the conference materials
  • the social programme of the conference (City Reception and Conference Banquet).

Your registration will be confirmed both by an e-mail and by a letter sent by the Conference Secretariat, listing your registration details, accommodation and providing all necessary advance information.

The Conference Website at www.sacredmedia.jyu.fi offers at all times updated information as well as an on-line registration facility.

Cancellation of Registration

If we receive your written cancellation before 31 May 2003, the registration fees will be refunded in full. Written cancellations made between 1 June and 15 June are liable for a cancellation fee of 70 euros. There will be no refunds for cancellations received after 15 June.

Accommodation

The standard of hotels in Finland is high. Double rooms have either double beds or twin beds, and all hotel rooms have a shower or bath. A buffet breakfast is included in the room rates, and the hotel restaurants are prepared to accommodate special dietary requests. Most hotels have sauna facilities available to hotel guests free of charge in the mornings.

The Conference Secretariat has pre-booked accommodation in the following hotels. The special conference rates (including breakfast and VAT) apply to reservations made through the Secretariat while registering for the conference.

Hotel, rates per night
Hotel Cumulus Jyväskylä:
EUR 79,00 (single room)
EUR 39,50 (double room per person)
Finlandia Hotel Alba:
EUR 70,00 (single room)
EUR 43,00 (double room per person)
Summer Hotel Amis:
EUR 35-40 per person

Hotel Cumulus is located in the City Centre at ca. 20 minute's walk from the conference site. Hotel Alba is on the Mattilanniemi Campus next to the Conference site. Summer Hotel Amis (dormitory) ca. 2,5 km from the Conference Site and Youth Hostel Laajari is some 5 km from the city centre, linked to it by good bus services.

Please choose the hotel of your preference and please also mark an alternative choice to the registration form. Accommodation is payable directly to the hotel during your stay. All major credit cards are accepted. The hotel reservation will be cancelled unless the registration fee is received by the given date.

Social Programme

The following social programme will be offered to both the delegates and the accompanying persons and is included in the conference fee.
All social events must be registered for in advance. Details of each event will be available in the Final Programme. Invitations will be enclosed with the conference materials as requested in the participant’s registration details.
City Reception, Thursday 10 July 2003.
The City of Jyväskylä has offered to host a reception to all on the Thursday evening.
Conference Banquet, Saturday 12 July 2003.
The participants and accompanying persons will be offered a Finnish evening and a conference dinner. You will be made acquainted with traditional Finnish food and get acquainted with the countryside surrounding the conference venue.

Useful Information

Getting There

Finland is easily accessible from all over the world. International airlines have regular flights to Helsinki from Europe, Asia, the USA and Australia and other parts of the world, and from Helsinki there are several daily flights to Jyväskylä. Jyväskylä is easy to reach also by train and bus. The flight from Helsinki takes about 40 minutes, the train journey some 3 hours and the bus journey about 4 hours.

Climate

Due to its location at the Arctic Circle, Finland enjoys 'White Nights' when, in midsummer in the north of Finland, the sun stays above the horizon for more than 70 days. The longest day of the year falls during the conference, and even in the Jyväskylä region it is bright enough to read all through the night in natural light. The average day temperatures are around 18-20 degrees centigrade, while night temperatures may be lower.

Currency

Finland belongs to the European Union. The local currency is the Euro (divided into 100 cents). One Euro equals 1.012 USD (March 2003). International credit cards are accepted at all hotels and in all department stores and in most shops.

Finnish Visa Formalities

EU citizens and most other foreign nationals need no entry visa to Finland. Please contact your travel agent or the nearest Finnish embassy or consulate for more detailed information.

Health Regulations

No vaccinations are needed when entering Finland from any other country.

Insurance

The organisers cannot be held responsible for injuries sustained by those attending the conference or for damage to or loss of their personal belongings, regardless of the cause. The conference participants are advised to make their own insurance arrangements.

Recreation

Jyväskylä offers a variety of opportunities for dinner- or supper-time jaunts to explore local, ethnic and global culture. Just take a walk through the downtown pedestrian precinct and make your selection from among the restaurants, cafés and pubs there. A nice choice of such establishments may be found in the shoreside streets by Lake Jyväsjärvi as well.

Registration, Accommodation and Social Programme

Ms Pirjo-Leena Pitkänen, Congress Manager, CMM
Sacred Media 2003 Conference
Jyväskylä Congresses - Travel Agency Jyväskylään Ltd
P.O. Box 212
FIN–40101 Jyväskylä
FINLAND
E-mail: pirjo-leena.pitkanen@jyvaskylaan.com
Tel.: +358 14 339 8156
Fax: +358 14 339 8159