Conference site

Host organization and the venue

Aalto University - a unique concept

Established in 2010, the Aalto University is a new university that has centuries of experience. The Aalto University was created from the merger of three Finnish universities: Helsinki School of Economics, Helsinki University of Technology and The University of Art and Design Helsinki. The combination of three schools opens up new possibilities for strong multi-disciplinary education and research. The new university's ambitious goal is to be one of the leading institutions in the world in terms of research and education in its own specialized disciplines. The Aalto University is strongly future-oriented while, at the same time, building on the combined 300-year-history of its three founding schools. The name "Aalto University" symbolizes change and is a tribute to a courageous, overarching renaissance man, Alvar Aalto. Aalto himself is one of our alumni as well as being the architect of the School of Science and Technology main building.

The School of Business (former Helsinki School of Economics) is both the largest and the highest ranking business school in Finland, consistently listed among the best business schools in Europe and worldwide by the Financial Times. The School was awarded AACSB accreditation in 2007. Its MBA and EMBA Programs are the first business management programs in Finland and the Nordic Countries to receive AMBA accreditation. In addition it was among the first European business schools to receive EQUIS accreditation. The Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council (FINHEEC) has audited the Business School quality system.

The Aalto University School of Economics is located in the Helsinki Business Campus in the center of Helsinki, lasix within a walking distance from most of the city hotels.  The auditoriums and the classrooms are both elegant and functional. All rooms include a PC and a built-in data projector. The two largest auditoriums are Juhlasali (the main auditorium with the seat capacity of 650) and the Nokia auditorium (capacity 450 seats), which can be used for keynote and plenary sessions. In addition to these two large auditoriums, the main building has 14 smaller classrooms that can be used for parallel sessions. Further, there are 3 computer labs that could be used for software demonstrations or special sessions on computational issues.



Aalto University School of Business: Main Building


The conference venue is located at the heart of Helsinki. The building was completed in 1950 and it was designed by two Finnish architects, Hugo Harmia and Waldemar Baeckman. The building has been included into the international Docomomo-register which is an international register of protected modern art sites and buildings. 

The whole building is a wifi hotspot, Aalto Open network is free to using within the premises. 

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From the Helsinki central railway station the venue can be reached for example with:


  • Tram number 3T, which has a stop right next to the railway station. Tram stops in front of the school. 
  • If using a taxi, the address of the main building is: Runeberginkatu 14-16, 00100, Helsinki
  • By walking it takes about 10 minutes from the railway station to reach the location.


Several hotels, for example the conference hotels, are located nearby and all the services are readily available.


Click HERE to see more pictures of the main building

Click HERE to obtain a pdf-map of the main building


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