Location and Venue

Conference venue

NAC2019 will be held at the University of Turku, at the Faculty of Social Sciences in the Publicum building (address: Assistentinkatu 7, 20500 Turku).

University of Turku, established in 1920, is the oldest Finnish-speaking university. The university has 25 000 students and staff members. The Faculty of Social Sciences is situated at the Turku Campus area that lies just a stone throw away from the Turku city centre. The campus area is also home to Åbo Akademi, the only exclusively Swedish-speaking university in Finland, and the Turku University of Applied Sciences.


The city of Turku

Turku, founded in 1229, is the oldest city of Finland and used to be the capital until the early 19th century. It is located on the southwest coast of Finland.

Turku is the oldest city in Finland and it offers a lot to see for travellers. In the summer time the river Aura creates a lively backdrop for a lovely evening. Turku has invaluable culturohistorical sites, such as the Turku Cathedral and the medieval Turku Castle. The Turku archipelago preserves Nordic traditions, astonishing natural beauty and some disquieting memories. Visit the Turku Touring website for more information.

River Aura ©Visit Turku

Travelling to Turku

Turku is easy to reach by ferry, plane, train, bus or car.

Turku is just a step away from Stockholm. It is convenient to arrive at Turku via ferry and travel through the astonishing archipelago. The ferry takes about 10 hours, and you can travel either during daytime or through the night. Operating companies are Tallink Silja and Viking Line.

The Helsinki-Vantaa airport has good international connections. From Helsinki-Vantaa it takes about 2 hours to arrive at Turku by bus (Expressbus) or train (VR) to Turku. The Turku airport is located about 8 km from the city center. The airport has daily domestic connections (Helsinki, Kittilä and Mariehamn) as well as international connections to Stockholm, Riga, Kaunas and Gdansk.

Turku has wide domestic train (VR) and bus (Expressbus) connections. For a comprehensive list of travel links, please visit the Turku Touring website. Our local hosts are happy to help you with any questions nac2019(at)utu.fi.

Archipelago ©Visit Turku

Travelling within Turku

Arriving to Publicum building from the city center is easy. From the Market Square it takes about 20 minutes to walk to the venue. You can also take a bus from the city center to the campus area. With Föli (Turku Region Traffic), you can travel around Turku and its neighboring regions. Tickets (3 euros) can be bought from the driver with cash and the ticket is valid in buses for two hours. You can also choose to hop on a Föli citybike, there are several stations in the city as well as one at Publicum. For timetables, ticket options and other information, visit the Föli website.

If you arrive by car, there are payable parking areas around the Publicum building for visitors (address: Assistentinkatu 7, 20500 Turku, Parking on Turku Campus website). The hourly fee for the parking spaces meant for short-term parking is 50 cents. The fee can be paid only with a mobile phone (eParking app, www.eparking.fi).

  • Short-term parking spaces (unpaved car parks) near Publicum building are located at Arcanuminkuja (number 1) and at Assistentinkatu (number 2). Areas reserved for short-term parking are marked with traffic signs.
  • Car park (number 3) in front of the spa hotel Caribia has its own parking fee.
  • There are also parking spaces that are not subject to a charge on the side of the roads near the campus and administered by the City of Turku.

Things to do in Turku

At summertime Turku is at its best! Quality restaurants, lively riverside of Aurajoki and its river boats, interesting historical and contemporary museums and different events will give you plenty to see and to do! For tips on what to do in Turku, visit Visit Turku website.

Turku Riverside. Photo: City of Turku, Arto Takala