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VENUE

Messukeskus, Helsinki Fair Centre
Messuaukio, 1
FIN – 00521 Helsinki
Tel +358 9 150 91
Fax +358 9 149 6103

CONFERENCE STRUCTURE

The conference starts on Monday morning (22 November) with the formal opening of the exhibition by Erkki Liikanen, Member of the European Commission and responsible for Enterprise and Information Society and Erkki Tuomioja, Minister of Trade and Industry of Finland.

This event will be followed by the “Opening Plenary Session” including keynote addresses from Martti Mäenpää, Director General of Tekes, National Technology Agency of Finland, Jorma Ollila, CEO of Nokia, a representative of the European Parliament, Erkki Tuomioja, Minister of Trade and Industry of Finland and Erkki Liikanen, Member of the European Commission. The opening session will be followed by a press conference. During the afternoon, parallel sessions will take place in three streams.

Tuesday (23 November) parallel sessions will be closed by a plenary session at 16.30hrs.

The European IST Prize Award Ceremony will take place on Tuesday end afternoon at the Finlandia Hall, in the presence European Commissioner Erkki Liikanen and Sir Derek Roberts CBE FREng FRS, Chairman  of the 1999 European IST Prize Executive Jury.

Wednesday (24 November) will start with parallel sessions and the conference will be closed by a plenary session on “IST: the current status, the new workprogramme and future call for proposals”.

LANGUAGES

Simultaneous interpretation between English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Finnish will be provided during all plenary sessions taking place in Hall C1.

DESKS

Registration - Message Centre
These desks are located in the main entrance foyer of the Helsinki Fair Centre.

Conference Secretariat - Projection Desk
These desks are located on the second floor of the Holiday Inn Hotel adjacent to the Helsinki Fair Centre.

Desk opening times

Sunday, 21 November 16.00 -19.00
Monday, 22 November 08.00 -18.00   
Tuesday, 23 November   08.00 -18.00
Wednesday, 24 November  08.00 -17.30

TRAVEL

for assistance with travel arrangements, flight reservations and confirmations, please go to the main registration desk at the main foyer of the Helsinki Fair Centre.

PROGRAMME INFORMATION

Information about the IST Programme and other Commission-managed programmes is available at the IST Information Desk, located in the exhibition.

PHONE AND BANK

At the Helsinki Fair Centre there are several public telephones. One ATM (Bancomat) is located in the main entrance foyer of the Helsinki Fair Centre.

COFFEE AND REFRESHMENTS

Coffee and refreshments will be served during intermissions, close to the meeting rooms.

LUNCH (included in registration fee)

Lunch will be served in the different restaurant areas close to the Winter Garden as well as to the exhibition hall.

SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

Delegates with special dietary requirements must notify the Administrative Secretariat a week before the conference, at the latest.

RECEPTION

The IST 99 reception will take place at the Finnish National Opera on 22 November at 20.00, hosted by the Helsinki Metropolitan Area (Espoo, Helsinki, Vantaa) and Tekes.

MESSAGES DURING IST 99

To leave a message for a Conference delegate during the event, please send an e-mail to the IST 99 Helsinki messaging system at the conference website http://www.teccomm.com, or leave a message at the message center at the HFC.

FLIGHTS

FinnairCongress delegates (and spouses) can have 10% discount of all year valid normal/special Finnair fares. Please use the code CO38 when reserving the ticket. For timetables see http://www.finnair.fi.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

For enquiries and further information, please contact

IST 99 Conference Secretariat
Rue de la Loi 200 Wetstraat
BU24 –1/33 B-1049 Brussels
fax +32-2-296-9037

or send an e-mail to ist99@dg13.cec.be

REGISTRATION FORM

In case you are not registering via this website, please download the Registration Form and return it, together with the registration fee, to the Administrative Secretariat.

----> Web registration Form
----> .doc, 84kb

Registration fee per delegate

A registration fee is charged for participation in the Conference. Delegates can benefit from a special discount for early registration (until October 22nd). A special reduced fee for students is foreseen, provided a copy of their student card or a certificat signed by programme Director is attached.

  Early Registration
until October 22nd    
Late & On-Site Registration
after October 22nd
Delegate 400 euro / 16 000 Belgian francs (BEF)  450 euro / 18 000 BEF
Student 100 euro / 4 000 BEF  100 euro / 4 000 BEF

Payment

Delegates are requested to pay their registration fee in euro by bank transfer or cheque payable to bank account 310-1255737-61 and in BEF by credit card.

Please note

  • Bank transfers must be made net of bank charges and commission.
  • A copy of the bank transfer order must be mailed together with the registration form.
  • To avoid any confusion, participants are requested to indicate clearly their names and addresses on transfer orders and cheques.

Acknowledgement

Acknowledgement of registration will be sent soon after the Registration Form and payment are received.

Cancellation

In the event of cancellation, a full refund (less 40 euro handling fee) will be made, provided written notification is received by the Administrative Secretariat (see below) before November 5th. No refunds will be made after this date.

Administrative Secretariat

Registration forms as well as enquiries should be sent to the Administrative Secretariat:

European Congress Consultants & Organizers – ECCO
Rue de l’Abbaye 27A Abdijstraat
B – 1050 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 647 87 80
Fax: +32 2 640 66 97
E-mail:info@ecco-congress.be

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION

---> Accommodation Form (.doc 48kb).

CONGRESS TEAM / AREA Travel Agency Ltd., is in charge of hotel accommodation. Allotments of rooms have been reserved for the participants at special rates at the hotels as listed below. All rooms are with bath or shower, TV, radio and telephone. Room rates are per room and night including breakfast, taxes and service. There are good connections by trams (no. 7A & 7B), buses (no. 17) and local trains from the centre of Helsinki to the Helsinki Fair Centre, located approx. 4 km from the city centre. For further information, kindly see the hotel list below or contact Congress Team.

Reservations and Payment

Participants should make their room reservations in advance on the enclosed Hotel Reservation Form. To increase your chances of obtaining your accommodation at a hotel of your choice, kindly return the form only by fax as soon as possible, preferably by October 15, 1999, to:

CONGRESS TEAM / AREA Travel Agency Ltd.
P.O.Box 6 (Päivärinnankatu 1)
FIN-00251 Helsinki, Finland   
tel.: +358-9-818 383
fax: +358-9-477 5811
e-mail: cteam@area.fi   

Congress Team will operate on first-come first-served basis with the incoming requests. When no more rooms are available at the hotel of your choice, reservations will be made for the nearest possible alternative.

To guarantee your hotel reservations you are kindly requested to give your credit card number.
Following credit cards will be accepted: American Express, Diners, Eurocard, Mastercard and Visa.
The credit card will only be processed by Congress Team in case of cancellation or “no show”.
Payments will be made directly to the hotel.

Confirmation and Cancellation

Congress Team will confirm room reservations upon receipt of the form with fully supplied credit card details. Hotel bookings are valid for the reserved and through Congress Team confirmed period. In case of earlier departure the hotel, total period may be charged by the hotel.

All changes and cancellations should be made in writing by e-mail or fax to the Congress Team, not directly to the hotel.

In case of cancellation or “no show”, maximum two nights room rate can be charged, if the room cannot be resold.

In case of “no show” the hotel has the right to charge the confirmed period. The reservation will be automatically released by the hotel by 09.00 hrs the following morning.

Hotel

Single room
in FIM

Double room
in FIM

Public transport to HFC
(tram=T, bus=B)

 

Superior First Class Hotels

1

Hotel Strand Inter-Continental

1,160

1,260

T 7A & 7B, B 17

2

Hotel Inter-Continental

1,020

1,290

T 7A & 7B

3

Radisson SAS Plaza Hotel Helsinki

960

1,180

T 7A & 7B, B 17

4

Radisson SAS Royal Hotel Helsinki

930

1,080

T 7A & 7B

5

Radisson SAS Hesperia Hotel Helsinki

860

1,080

T 7A & 7B

 

First Class Hotels

6

Scandic Hotel Marski

870

1,070

T 7A & 7B, B 17

7

Ramada Hotel Presidentti

810

950

T 7A & 7B

8

Sokos Hotel Torni

790

960

T 7A & 7B

9

Sokos Hotel Vaakuna

780

950

T 7A & 7B, B 17

10

Sokos Hotel Klaus Kurki

730

900

T 7A & 7B, B 17

11

Sokos Hotel Helsinki

650

780
730 in single use

T 7A & 7B

12

Best Western Seaside Hotel

635

765

Good tram connections to city centre

13

Sokos Hotel Pasila

590

760

T 7A & 7B

  Tourist Class Hotels

14

Hotel Cumulus Seurahuone

630

780

T 7A & 7B, B 17

15

Hotel Aurora

590

680

Tram or bus connections

16

Hotel Cumulus Kaisaniemi

550

700

T 7A & 7B, B 17

17

Park Hotel Käpylä

550

670

Connections by tram no. 1

18

Hotel Helka

540

660

T 7A & 7B

19

Hotel Cumulus Olympia

520

605

Tram or bus connections

20

Hotel Anna

470

 

B 17

21

Hotel Arthur

385

470

T 7A & 7B, B 17

GETTING TO THE HELSINKI FAIR CENTRE

The HELSINKI FAIR CENTRE is located just outside (4 km) the Helsinki city centre.

Helsinki-Vantaa international airport (www.ilmailulaitos.com/english/lentoase/helvan) is situated 18 km from the centre of the city. Comfortable buses run at regular intervals from the airport to the City Air Terminal. Taking a taxi from the airport to the city centre costs about FIM 140 per ride.

How to get to the Helsinki Fair Centre (HFC)

1.From Helsinki-Vantaa Airport ( --> map)

The Helsinki Fair Centre is most conveniently reached by taxi. The ride takes about 20 minutes and costs FIM 140 per ride.

Finnair bus service from the airport to the city centre: From 5.45am to 1.10am, every 20 minutes. Single fare: FIM 25

City bus 615 from 5:20 a.m. to 22:20 every 15 or 30 minutes. Single fare: FIM 15. 

2. From your hotel (most of the hotels are located in the city centre)

Bus/tram

Please see the list of the hotels for the buses/trams. The trams 7A and 7B run through Helsinki city centre and stop in front of the HFC. The bus 17 runs from the city centre to the Fair Centre, and it has the terminal at the HFC.

Bus/tram drivers sell single tickets. The cost of a single ticket is FIM 10. Some 300 outlets (e.g. kiosks) sell 10 trip tickets, which cost FIM75.

Trains

All the trains leaving from the Main Railway Station stop at the Pasila Railway Station. From the station it is about 3-minute walk to the HFC.

The train tickets are available from the Railway Stations. The cost of a single ticket is FIM10. The 10 trip tickets are valid on the trains, as well.

How to get to the Finnish National Opera for the Reception on Monday at 20.00hrs and to the Finlandia Hall for the EISTP Awards Ceremony on Tuesday at 17.30hrs

1. From Helsinki Fair Centre

There will be a bus shuttle from the HFC to Finlandia Hall.

Tram 7B and bus 69 run directly from the HFC to the National Opera. There is a bus/tram stop in front of the Opera in the street of Mannerheim (Mannerheimintie).

2. From your hotel

Please consult the public transport map.

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