Practical Information


  • Where possible we have allotted three presentations per session. However, due to demand some sessions have necessitated that we include four presentations in the same ninety-minute session. Unfortunately, this means that some sessions will have less time for discussion than others. In such cases, we suggest that participants make use of the breaks for further discussion.
  • Each presentation should be no more than twenty-minutes long. The session chair is responsible for ensuring the timely progress of the session and may cut you off if you fail to subscribe to the strict twenty-minute rule.
    When presenting your work all rooms will have computers with PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat, and an overhead projector.
  • While the University of Helsinki’s IT facilities allow users to connect a laptop computer to the projector, we strongly discourage this as it can cause delays. Rather, we request that all participants use a USB Flash Drive to upload their presentation to the desktop of the computer in the room. Please do this approximately five minutes before your workshop is due to begin to avoid delays at the beginning of the session.
  • If you wish to use online presentation software (e.g. Prezi, Keynote online, etc.), please ensure that you login to your account and access your presentation before your workshop session begins.


There are a variety of airlines flying to and from Helsinki. Depending on your country of departure, you may wish to book flights with the following airlines:

  • Finnair – Finland’s national flag-carrier with connections to many European cities and regular direct services to North America and Asia.
  • Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) – The main airline of Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Scandinavian Airlines has its main hub at Copenhagen-Kastrup Airport from where it offers connections to over 50 cities in Europe and a second well-served hub at Stockholm-Arlanda Airport which offers connections to more than 30 European cities. If you are traveling from any of the Nordic countries, this airline offers regular services to Helsinki.
  • Norwegian – one of the world’s fastest growing airlines. Norwegian is a Norwegian low-cost airline that offers a cheap direct service to Helsinki from many European cities as well as internal flights in Finland. Norwegian also offers flights to and from the United States.

In addition to flights to Finland, there are regular ferry services to Helsinki from, for example, Mariehamn (Åland Islands), Tallinn (Estonia), Travemünde (Germany), Stockholm and Malmö (Sweden) and St Petersburg (Russia). These services are operated by:

  • Eckerö Line – a regular route between Tallinn and Helsinki.
  • Finnlines – regular routes between Travemünde/Malmö and Helsinki.
  • St Peter Line – a regular route between St Petersburg and Helsinki.
  • Tallink Silja Line – regular routes between Tallinn/Stockholm/Mariehamn and Helsinki.
  • Viking Line – regular routes between Tallinn/Stockholm/Mariehamn and Helsinki.


Getting to the city-centre from Helsinki-Vantaa airport.

Once you arrive at Helsinki-Vantta Airport, you will find that there are excellent public transport connections in the Greater Helsinki Area. These are managed by the Helsinki Regional Transport Authority (Helsingin seudun liikenne or HSL for short). Should you wish to use public transport, you may purchase a single regional (two-zone) ticket from the automated ticket machines at the airport (or from drivers aboard busses). HSL provides a convenient journey planner to help you find the fastest and most convenient route to your desired destination. This can be found at:

Getting to Helsinki from elsewhere in Finland.

If you are travelling to Helsinki from elsewhere in Finland, you may take a train or coach. Finland’s nationalised rail service provider is VR. You can purchase tickets to Helsinki from its website: Coach services are provided by a number of companies. However, Express Bus and Onni Bus tow of the largest companies with routes covering the whole country. Tickets can be bought in advance of travel from each company’s website.


There are a variety of hotels in Helsinki for every budget and you may find good deals on price comparison sites such as Trivago.

Below is a list of hotels and other accommodation you may wish to consider:

  • Eurohostel – a hostel offering affordable accommodation in Helsinki.
  • Omena Hotels – a budget friendly hotel with two locations in central Helsinki.
  • Hotel Arthur – a good basic hotel located close to the railway station and the University’s City Centre Campus.
  • Best Western Carlton – a hotel on Kaisaniemenkatu just short walk from both the Central Railway Station and the University of Helsinki’s City Centre Campus.
  • Glo Hotels – a chain of hotels offering nice accommodations in central Helsinki.
  • Clarion Hotel – the Clarion Hotel Helsinki is located in the new Jätkäsaari urban investment district in the central West Harbour area of Helsinki. This four star hotel has beautiful views of the city.


The 2018 ESA Research Network 15 midterm conference will be held at the Main Building of the University of Helsinki which is located on Senaatintori – Helsinki’s Senate Square. A wheelchair friendly entrance to the building is located on Fabianintaku 33.

UH Main Building


The work of organising this conference is supported by the Swedish School of Social Science, the Centre for Research on Ethnic Relations and Nationalism (CEREN), the European Sociological Association (ESA), the European Commission’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and the University of Helsinki’s Mi­gra­tion and Di­a­spora Stud­ies Research Group.

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