The STeP 2010 conference will be held at Aalto University School of Science and Technology, at the Kemian Talo building, Kemistintie 1, in Otaniemi, Espoo, Finland. Espoo is the second largest city in Finland. City of Espoo is located west of Helsinki and is part of the Helsinki metropolitan area.
Aalto University School of Science and Technology
Aalto University School of Science and Technology was founded in 1849. It has 12 departments, 250 professors, and 15,000 students which make it the largest and the oldest technical university in Finland. In the 1950's, when the university moved from Helsinki to Otaniemi in Espoo.
Otaniemi the Helsinki metropolitan area in Espoo is the leading technology hub in the Nordic countries, featuring a unique mix of top-level research organizations, academic institutions and technology businesses. Located within the Helsinki metropolitan area, Otaniemi is a community of over 25,000 people that includes 15,000 students of the Helsinki University of Technology and 10,000 technology professionals. The exclusive campus area of Otaniemi was designed by the architect Alvar Aalto.
Creativity and expertise take on many forms in Espoo. The second largest city in Finland, Espoo is well known as a centre for high technology, as well as a vital, cultural city. It is also a metropolis surrounded by nature. Its archipelago, seaside and the Nuuksio wildlife area, offer splendid surroundings for refreshing nature trips.
In many respects, Espoo is unique among Finnish cities. During the last few decades the city has grown faster than any other city in Finland. Now a big city of more than 215,000 people, 50 years ago, Espoo was a rural municipality with no more than 30,000 residents.
The picture of Espoo would not be complete without mentioning its vital and multi-faceted cultural life. Espoo is particularly Man in the forestrenowned for its many choirs and its outstanding chamber orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta. Each year, a number of high-quality and widely popular cultural festivals are held, such as April Jazz and Espoo Ciné.
Espoo is also a city of outstanding architecture. Our best-known architectural works internationally are the garden city of Tapiola, and the exclusive campus area of Otaniemi, the latter designed by architect Alvar Aalto.
As well as its cultural activities, the city structure makes Espoo a special kind of city. Instead of having a traditional city centre, it is built around five district centres: Tapiola, Leppävaara, Espoonlahti, Matinkylä-Olari and the centre of Espoo. Each of these is as large as a medium-sized Finnish town. This kind of city structure has proved successful in a variety of ways. According to recent research, Espoo is the safest of Finland's largest cities in Finland.
Despite of its rapid growth, Espoo has remained a city close to nature, from the archipelago down south to the large forests up north. Espoo's best example of outdoor life is the Nuuksio National Park, which offers a unique opportunity to experience the essence of Finnish wildlife in close proximity to the Capital City.
How to reach the conference site at Helsinki University of Technology
From the Helsinki-Vantaa airport
There are two different kinds of taxis at the airport: regular and airport taxis. Regular taxis are rather expensive (approximately 40 euros to Otaniemi) but take only 15-20 minutes, or 30 minutes during the rush hour. Taxis to downtown Helsinki from the airport are about as expensive as a ride from the airport to Otaniemi.
Airport taxi usually takes several persons at a time (with different destinations) and is therefore slower but also less expensive (20 euros per person).
If you wish to use public transport, there is an express bus (Finnair) from the airport to the main railway station in downtown Helsinki.
Regular bus line number 615 from the airport to downtown Helsinki is also available. A single ticket costs 3 euros 40 cents.
From Helsinki to Otaniemi (Espoo) by bus
Buses from downtown Helsinki to Otaniemi leave from the Kamppi bus terminal. The terminal is about half a kilometer to the west from the main railway station. Lines 102 and 103 go directly to Otaniemi in about 15 minutes. You can also use bus lines 194 and 195, which are slightly slower taking a northern route.
There is also a map and more specific information on getting to Otaniemi.
To travel by bus from downtown Helsinki to Otaniemi, you need a regional ticket ("seutulippu" in Finnish). Single regional ticket costs 3 euros 40 cents. Single tickets can be bought from the bus driver.