Jyväskylä is an active and attractive city of sports and well-being located in the heart of the beautiful Finnish lake district. Our social programme will enable you to discover our town as well as its beautiful surrounding area. The Social Program is open to all participants. We warmly welcome you to participate in all of these events. The final program will be updated on our website and will also be given to you upon your arrival. Please remember to indicate your participation to the social program even though the events are included in the registration fee as the number of the participants needs to be confirmed in advance. Therefore on-site registration to the social program might not be possible.
- Opening reception will be held on Tuesday June 12th in Jyväskylä Paviljonki’s C1 –hall in connection with poster and exhibition space.
- The Festival "Sataman Yö" with buffet will be held on Friday June 15th. Sataman Yö is a music event that consists of superb international and Finnish artists, and a lot of fun. Several thousand guests visit this event yearly. The event site is by Lake Jyväsjärvi right in the heart of the city, just beside Jyväskylä Paviljonki, the ECCB2018 venue, and the hotels.
Sauna is an essential element of Finnish culture so ECCB2018 has naturally a sauna element too. On both evenings without joined congress activities in the evening, you have an opportunity to join a cruise on a sauna boat that will departure just three minute walk from the congress center. Each cruise takes about two hours, and the best part is that they are themed according to your wishes to facilitate your networking with people close to your research topic or career status. Example themes could be for example "bird conservation sauna cruise", "female post doc sauna cruise" or whatever. Even though Finns usually go naked to sauna, the mixed themes go with swimsuits on, and you have the option to use swimsuits also on the separate cruises. And of course the sauna boat includes an opportunity to have a beer or grill a (vegetarian) sausage or a piece of local fish. There are only about 150 seats available on the sauna cruises, delivered on the first come, first serve basis. So be ready when the registration opens! See the sauna tips for beginners.
In addition we offer some programs for accompanying persons. The tentative program is available here. The information will be updated on this website as further details become available.