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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. 

  • Ice breaker at the foyer, Monday 11th June
  • 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.
  • Alternative low-budget social program, such as evening run around the lake, documentary night and family meeting in a park

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. 

Do-it-yourself activities

Welcome to the Alvar Aalto Museum!
Jyväskylä is the city of world renowned architect Alvar Aalto. To visit the Alvar Aalto Museum is not only to immerse yourself in the world of Aalto’s architecture, design and personal history but it is an architectonic experience of space and building at the same time. Opening hours, location and more information: By presenting your congress name badge you are entitled to a reduced entrance fee.

The Lake Päijänne cruises (m/s Rhea): Jyväskylä harbour is just a few hundred meters from the congress centre. There are several options for cruises on the Lake Päijänne. Because lakes cruises are more pleasant when the sun is shining, we feel that it is better that you book your own trip when the weather is good, rather than attending a cruise on a fixed date with unknown weather. We have negotiated 20% discount, which you get when you show your name badge when buying the ticket. English information is available: m/s Rhea (discount price 18 €). 

Lunch cruise on a steamboat (s/s Suomi): Lunch cruise on the steamboat s/s Suomi to the beautiful archipelago of the Lake Päijänne. Tuesday to Saturday. Departure from Jyväskylä harbour at 2 PM, duration 3 hours. Lunch buffet on board. Price 2017: adult 26 € (with lunch 47 €), child under 12 years 10 € (with lunch 20 €), family ticket (2 adults and 1‒2 children under 12 yrs. 94 € (includes lunch). We have negotiated 15% discount to the above prices, which you get when you show your name badge when buying the ticket. Traditional Finnish lunch with local ingredients. Menu will be updated later. More info can be found here.

Summer Evening Cruise on the Lake Päijänne (s/s Suomi): Enjoy the atmosphere and onboard buffet dinner of a genuine steamboat s/s Suomi. Tuesday to Saturday. Departure from Jyväskylä harbour at 6 PM, duration 3 hours. Price: adult 28 € (with dinner 52 €), children under 12 yrs 10 € (with dinner 20 €). We have negotiated 15% discount to the above prices, which you get when you show your name badge when buying the ticket. Traditional Finnish dinner with local ingredients. Menu will be updated later. More info can be found here.

Society jams on Wednesday 13th of June: Young rockers and old hippies can dedicate one late evening for live music and jamming (open stage). Live Music Club Poppari is situated downtown, only 800 m from the conference center, and reserved for the congress participants 21–03. Poppari offers PA- and monitoring systems, amplifiers, microphones, drums, piano, keyboards, bass and guitars (see more details here). We will bring a couple of extra acoustic guitars, but you can also bring your own instruments. If you are interested in having a larger band act, please contact beforehand, so that we can set up the stage accordingly.
Cost: Free entrance!
Location: Poppari’s street address is Puistokatu 2–4, but most of the GPS navigation apps will find the exact place by using address Ilmarisenkatu 3.