Welcome to Tampere and Metropolis 2013!

The Metropolis conference is in ten and a half months’ time! The Tampere team is very happy and proud that our city has been chosen to have the honour of hosting this highly distinguished conference.  Preparations are in full swing now, venues and menus have been chosen and the hotels booked.

As one of the organisers in charge, it has been a great joy to see how this conference has gathered together enthusiastic people from many national and local bodies in Finland. My experience is that where Metropolis is mentioned, you meet interested and even thrilled people who want to take part in the conference not just by following the high class programme but by giving their input in the preparations and hosting during the conference.



This blog presents the readers with some glimpses into the organisation of such a huge conference.  It will also present Finnish migration research. Thank you in advance to both the University of Tampere and the ETMU network (the Society for the Study of Ethnic Relations and International Migration in Finland). We will have some writers in the blog who will write about what it means in practical terms to have a conference that is organised according to sustainable development and fair trade principles. Once the conference program and its plenaries are introduced, we also hope to start discussions on the conference themes already in advance.

If any of you readers think that you might have good input for this blog, please contact Ms Taina Repo at the University of Tampere. She will be moderating this blog and can give you advice as to how to proceed with having your text published.

I am very happy that the conference will take place in September and not during these darker days of November. However, in order to give you an idea how a city can help people lighten up their days, here’s a link to some pictures of Tampere and its lights:


Sorry about the Finnish headlines, but I just thought that these pictures can speak for themselves.

Marja NyrhinenMarja Nyrhinen
Head Coordinator of Migration Issues
Secretary General of the Organising Team


Wagtail – migratory bird

The wagtail is the provincial bird of the Tampere Region

Wagtails are small birds with long tails which they wag frequently. Wagtails are slender, often colourful, ground-feeding insectivores of open country in the Old World. They are ground nesters, laying up to six speckled eggs at a time. Among their most conspicuous behaviours is a near constant tail wagging, a trait that has given the birds their common name.

(source: Wikipedia)