All participants, accompanying persons and exhibitors, who have registered for the congress and have a congress badge, are warmly invited to take part in the social events. Study visits, however, are for registered conference delegates only. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events are included in the registration fee. You should register for the events by completing the appropriate part of the on-line registration form and by paying the appropriate fee for those events, which are at extra cost. For some events, the maximum number of participants is given. For organizational reasons, we reserve the right to restrict the number of guests even if the event has no fee. First come, first served. The organizers also reserve the right to cancel tours or study visits, if there are not enough advance bookings.


Tampere City Reception at 19.00-20.30
Place: the Old City Hall at the Central Square

The City of Tampere cordially invites us for cocktails at the Old City Hall, located at the Central Square, in the midst of Tampere. This neo-renaissance building from the year 1890 is a real beauty itself – but moreover, the numerous paintings and works of art that decorate the halls will delight you. It provides the ideal setting for this official welcome.

Max. 500 persons

Informal get-together at 20.30-22.00

Place: Restaurant Plevna in the Finlayson Area
Price: 30 € delegates and accompanying persons

This informal get-together takes place in the Plevna Brewery Pub & Restaurant in the old Finlayson cotton mill area just a short walk from Central Square and the Old City Hall. You can come right after the City Reception. Plevna Buffet and one award-winning house-brewed beer are included in the price as well as music entertainment. In addition to their own brews, Plevna has a long list of other interesting beers from around the world to taste. And last but not least, you can enjoy the good company of your colleagues in a relaxed atmosphere.

Restaurant Plevna

Max. 400 persons


Opening Ceremony at 09.00

Place: Tampere Hall, Main Auditorium

The congress will be opened in the beautiful Main Auditorium of Tampere Hall. In addition to the welcoming addresses, we get to listen to international music performed by the preschool children of the English School of Tampere.

Finnish Cultural Evening at 19.00

Place: Vapriikki Museum Centre
Max 400 persons
Price: 20 € delegates, 60 € accompanying persons

The Finnish Cultural Evening is held in Museum Centre Vapriikki in the old engineering works of Tampella on the banks of the Tammerkoski Rapids. in the 1990’s the factory was converted into a museum centre hosting several exhibitions. The industrial setting with large windows and red-brick walls, takes you back time. while enjoying the performances of the Finnish artists, like the internationally known quartet Rakka, to taste the delicious and fresh delicacies of the Finnish cuisine. during the evening director General Ms. Vestala is hosting a brief award ceremony to celebrate four local NGOs and sport clubs active in promoting the participation of immigrant youth in their activities. in the course of the evening you have the possibility to visit many different exhibitions free of charge, like The Natural History Museum, The Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame, The Shoe Museum, Tammerkoski Rapids and the Story of Tampere, Tampere 1918, and Time to Play – Treasures of the Toy box. it is also possible, at your own expense, to see the treasures on display in the visiting exhibition from China, the historically significant eighth wonder of the world: The Terracotta Army and Treasures of the First Emperors of China at 18.00–19.00.