Know before you go

To help you prepare, we have put together this guide, so you are ready for a fruitful participation at the European Space Week.

Editing your registration

Edit your info and session selection by going your registration record. If you can no longer attend (a session), please update your registration so others can join.

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Opening & start time

On the first conference day, registration will open at 09:00. A Welcome Coffee will be served between 09:00 – 10:00 in order to allow networking before the sessions start.

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Real time notifications

We encourage you to download the Event App upon your arrival at the Space Week, in order to get real-time notifications. All participants will receive their login details via email.

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A smooth arrival

Printing your badge

In order for a quick processing at the registration desk, remember to save your registration barcode to your phone, or bring a print out of your ticket with you. Your barcode will be scanned to print your badge.

Security check

Please keep in mind you will go through a security check upon arriving at the venue. We advise participants to leave luggage at the hotel, if possible. A cloakroom for coats and luggage is foreseen.

Registration desk hours

The registration and info desk will be opened according to the following schedule:
Tue, 3 December: 09:00 – 21:30
Wed, 4 December: 07:40 – 22:30
Thu, 5 December: 07:40 – 14:00

Connect & engage at #EUSW2019

#EUSW2019

Use #EUSW2019 when you post or share content online. This is the fastest way to connect with others before, during and after the conference.

Paasitorni Wi-Fi

Stay connected through the Paasitorni congress centre by connecting to their Wifi with the password Paasi123+.

Event App

We encourage you to download the Event App upon your arrival at the Space Week in order to get the latest information and connect with others.

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Engage with Slido

Certain sessions will use Slido for interactive Q&A and live polling. Information on how to use Slido is available here.

Matchmaking breakfast app

To facilitate the Matchmaking Breakfasts, we are using a matchmaking tool called ‘Conversation Starter’.

Remote participation

For those who are not able to attend the sessions in Helsinki, a number of sessions will be live streamed on YouTube. An overview here.

Evening activities

3 December – Walking Dinner

Between 18:30 – 20:00, the Investor Meet-Up is a closing event of a day dedicated to space innovation, space inventors and space start-ups. The evening will end with the VTT-hosted Walking Dinner.

4 December – Space Week

The Copernicus Masters and Galileo Masters invite you to the Space Oscars 2019 – the festive Awards Ceremony of Europe’s major innovation competitions for space downstream applications. The evening will end with a Cocktail.

EU Space Exhibition

The EU Space Exhibition will remain open and accessible throughout the evening on 3 December (until 21:30) and 4 December (until 22:30).

 

Paasitorni congress centre

The European Space Week 2019 takes place in the congress centre Paasitorni, a one-of-a-kind architecture with rich history.

Paasitorni is easily accessible, and there are ample entertainment and cultural services in the immediate vicinity, as well as a variety of accommodation options within.

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Paasitorni by public transport

We recommend arriving at Paasitorni by public transportation. Many bus and tram lines run through Hakaniemi, and there is a metro station as well. The Central Railway Station is roughly a kilometre away, a distance easily covered on foot or by bicycle as well. Paasitorni provides parking for bicycles on the side flanking Saariniemenkatu. There is a direct train from Helsinki Airport to the Central Railway Station.

Metro, tram and bus

For an easy way to locate Paasitorni, visit Reittiopass.

Trams 3, 6 and 9 will take you directly to Hakaniemi market square from the front of the Central Railway Station. Several buses departing from Railway Square (at the Central Railway Station, next to the Finnish National Theatre) have stops in Hakaniemi. These include bus numbers 62, 68, 71 and 75. If you arrive by metro from the city centre, get off at Hakaniemi station.

Paasitorni by car

Delegates arriving by car can find parking spaces in the vicinity of Paasitorni. The spaces are subject to a charge. The car park at Jaffa Station (Arena Center Hakaniemi) provides long-term parking options.

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Good to know about Helsinki

We have put together some basic information on Helsinki and Finland to prepare your travels and free time.

Helsinki has a great online tool available, where you can create your own #myhelsinki local guide based on your interests. Visit myhelsinki.fi to create your own guide.

In order to get a quick impression of the surrounding area of the EUSW2019 congress centre, have a look at our custom Google map.

Weather & daylight

December brings below-freezing weather to Helsinki, Finland. As winter begins its fiercest days, the daily temperature averages at -4°C. The average high temperature is 0°C, while the low is a cold -7°C. View weather forecast times .

Time Zone & Daylight

The time zone in Finland is EET, UTC/GMT +2 hours. December sees short days, you can expect it to be light out during EUSW between 09:00 – 15:30. We advise you to wear an appropriate reflector when walking on darker roads. View sunrise & sunset times .

Currency & Money

The official currency in Finland is the euro (€). The most commonly used cards, such as Visa and Mastercard, are accepted practically everywhere. ATMs can be found easily throughout Helsinki.

 

Public transportation

Helsinki’s secret is that you can get everywhere even without a car. Helsinki has a well working public transport system (HSL) consisting of bus, tram, metro, local railway and ferry services.

With a single ticket you can hop aboard trams, busses, the metro and even the ferry to Suomenlinna. Day tickets are available for unlimited use on public transportation for 1-7 days, and Helsinki Card holders can travel free of charge on public transportation within the city.

Tickets can be purchased from ticket machines, R-kiosks and other HSL sales points or by using HSL mobile application. On buses, you can also buy your ticket from the driver.

Walking and biking

Helsinki is a compact city to explore on foot, as most of the sights are within convenient walking distance of the city centre. Even if you’re in the buzz of the city, green areas, parks and the sea are around the corner.

Another popular and convenient way to get around is by bike. You can either rent a bike or use city bikes, shared-use bicycles that can be borrowed for a fee by anyone in central Helsinki, residents and visitors alike. City bikes are shared-use bicycles that can be borrowed for a fee by anyone in Helsinki and Espoo, residents and visitors alike.

 

Wi-Fi

You can connect your laptop or mobile phone to a wireless network in many places throughout the city centre e.g. in several cafes, restaurants and libraries.

For free WiFi, connect to “Helsinki City Open Wlan”. There are plenty of hotspots available in the city centre and at harbours. Also most hotels offer their guests a free internet connection. For the international research and education community, it is also possible to use Eduroam service while in Helsinki.

Pharmacy & medical care

There are a number of pharmacies around the city. Look for the sign “Apteekki”, which means pharmacy in Finnish. Yliopiston Apteekki at Mannerheimintie 96 is open 24/7.

Emergency duty: Haartman Hospital, Haartmaninkatu 4, +358 (0)9 3106 3231. Open 24h.

Medical care: Terveystalo Kamppi, Jaakonkatu 3, +358 (0)30 6000. Open 24h. Mehiläinen Töölö, Pohjoinen Hesperiankatu 17 C, +358 (0)10 414 00.

Tipping

Tipping is not expected in Finland and a service charge is added in hotels and restaurants. Finnish people do tip (max 10%) only if they wish to appreciate good service or delicious food. It is not obligatory to give a tip to the taxi drivers.

Language

Finland has two official languages, Finnish and Swedish. Street signs in Helsinki are in both languages. English is widely spoken and most Finns also master one or two other foreign languages.