Social Program

Lots of options for evening activities

We offer the conference participants lots of organized evening activities before, during and after the conference. We have selected some of them (see below) to be booked directly via the registration form. Other options are found at the Discover Turku pages. See also these options for what to do in Turku.

A limited number of tickets have been pre-booked for the ICP2020 participants for the following excursions:

m/s Rudolfina takes you on a relaxing cruise around the Turku archipelago

See the old ships by the river Aura, Turku castle, Pikisaari isle, Ruissalo isle with its old charming wooden villas and the open Airisto sea. The evening cruise will take you all the way to the bay of Naantali where you can admire the old town with its charming promenade by the sea and Kultaranta, the summer residence of the President of Finland.

Eat, drink, meet friends and enjoy the beautiful archipelago sceneries.

The boat leaves from the River Aura, address: Läntinen Rantakatu 37, Turku.

Sunday, 12 July at 14.00
Late lunch cruise (duration 2 hours)
Tickets 34 eur, incl. cruise and lunch (drinks can be bought separately)

Thursday, 16 July at 19.00
Dinner cruise (duration 3-3,5 hours)
Tickets 38 eur, incl. cruise and dinner (drinks can be bought separately)

s/s Ukkopekka evening cruise to Loistokari Island

Enjoy the unique Turku archipelago on board steamship Ukkopekka to the tiny island of Loistokari. A tasty tapas plate will whet your appetite on the way to Loistokari. After arriving at the island, you will be served a dinner buffet, including a variety of fresh, homemade smoked fish with a selection of delicious accompaniments. A summer night in the Finnish archipelago would not be complete without a barbecue. Live music will play throughout the evening. Let the rhythm of the music and the magical atmosphere of the Finnish archipelago take over you and dance on the pier!

Thursday, 16 July at 19.00
from the River aura (return at 23.00), right after the Martinsilta bridge, address Linnankatu 40
Tickets 56 eur (upper deck salon), include cruise, archipelago style buffet dinner (drinks can be bought separately)

Tour in a local Brewery

Kakola Brewing Company is the newest and coolest neighborhood brewery in Turku. The location of the brewery is perhaps set in one of the most interesting surroundings in Finland, in the old Kakola prison. On the brewery tour you can take a peek into the life of a small brewery and see how the beer is made. Get to know the specialty beers and the local methods used to make them, and find out about Turku’s fermenting beer culture. Naturally, there will be opportunity to taste the delicious beer! Enjoy the passionately produced flavours amidst the authentic brewery setting in which they are made. Cheers!

Thursday, 16 July at 18.00

Duration: 1.5 hrs Price: €25 /pp Incl. brewery tour and small beer

The Welcome Reception is hold at 13 July

The City of Turku and its Mayor welcomes all conference participants to Turku. The Welcome Reception takes place at the University Hill 13 July just before the very first poster session.

The Gala Dinner is held in the medieval Turku Castle

Turku Castle is the oldest castle in Finland and one of the country’s national treasures that has stood guard over the mouth of the River Aura since the end of the 13th century. This medieval castle has been booked for the Gala Dinner activities at 15 July 2020. In addition to the dinner, we have the opportunity to participate the tour of the castle as well.

”The medieval Turku Castle is the oldest castle in Finland and the place for the Gala Dinner of the ICP2020TURKU. The Turku Cathedral is a good landmark during your walks by the river, in the event you do not know whether you are on this or that side of Turku (an old saying in Turku).”