The city of Turku is located on the southwest coast of Finland. It lies on the shores of the famous Archipelago, which contains as many as 20,000 islands and skerries and reaches from the outskirts of the city all the way to the Åland Islands that lie between Finland and Sweden. The River Aura flowing through the city centre is one the country's most important rivers as well as being the largest in Southwest Finland.
Turku is the oldest city in Finland and is thus a fascinating combination of both old and new. Turku has everything for the modern urbanite, but also for tourists interested in the treasures of history. The city is particularly well-known as a cultural center, and was accordingly designated a European Capital of Culture in 2011. Turku is a city of three institutions of higher education and high technology. In addition to the University of Turku and the Turku School of Economics and Business, the city is the home of the country's only Swedish-speaking institute of higher education, Åbo Akademi.
Daily temperatures in Turku in September vary predominantly between 8°C and 15°C. The long-term average rainfall for September is 64 mm, with an average of 9 rainy days.
The conference will be held at PharmaCity (Itäinen Pitkäkatu 4), close to the city center and the University of Turku campus. The site is within walking distance of the city centre (1.5 km), but there is also a bus service available.
All oral sessions, poster sessions, lunches and the get-together event will be held in PharmaCity. The facilities are fully equipped with pc-presentation equipment. There will also be free wireless internet access available to participants, as well as public use computers and a printer.