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NESS2024 | Nordic Environmental Social Science Conference

Social programme

Welcome reception, Turku City Hall

Welcome to NESS 2024 Conference! Come and meet old friends and make new ones. The organising committee and the city of Turku warmly welcomes the conference participants to a reception at Turku City Hall.  Join to meet colleagues and network with new acquintances.

Light buffet will be served.

(Included in the NESS conference participation fees, but pre-registration is required).

Date: Tuesday, 4 June
Time: 18.00
Venue: Turku City Hall, Aurankatu 2, Turku
Dress code: casual


Conference Dinner at Ruissalo Boatyard

Join the Conference dinner at Ruissalo Boatyard and spend a memorable evening in good company!

Ruissalo Boatyard, which operated in 1889-1954, was the biggest boatyard in the Nordic countries and a major player throughout Europe. Altogether over 5 000 boats were built at the yard. Ruissalo Boatyard is today one of the most popular venues in Turku for all types of events.

Date: Wednesday, 5 June
Time: 18.30 (transportation)
Venue: Ruissalo Boatyard, Westin Hall, Hevoskarintie 23,Turku
Dress code: casual
Tickets: 50,00 EUR (incl. buffet dinner & drinks, entertainment, ferry/bus transportation)

Mysterious Island of Seili

We invite you to join us at the Guided tour to the mysterious island of Seili! In the middle of the beautiful Finnish Archipelago you will find the mysterious Island of Seili with a terrifying history of over 400 years. Seili is known for its history as home to Finland’s best-known leper hospital and mental asylum in the 1600s and 1700s.

After the closing in 1962, the buildings were taken over by the University of Turku. The Archipelago Research Institute began operating in 1964 focusing on studies of the ecosystems of the Archipelago and the entire Baltic Sea area.Visitors have now an opportunity to get to know the island’s history and research conducted by University of Turku. You can find a restaurant, a little museum, quest harbor and sandy walking paths on the island.

It takes approx. 50 minutes to reach Seili by boat (M/S Norrskär) from Turku.

Activities: guided tour history/nature, visit in the old church.More information:

Date: Friday, 7 June
Time: 9.30 am
Tickets: 80,00 EUR (includes transportations, coffee and lunch during the tour)

Guided tour to Kakolanmäki Wastewater Treatment Plant

Guided tour to the caves of Turku’s wastewater purification plant. During the tour, you’ll become acquainted with how water purification is organized in the city of Turku. Kakolanmäki wastewater treatment plant is a 4-lane wastewater treatment plant, based on mechanical, chemical and biological treatment processes. The purification process is very efficient: the plant removes up to 99% of organic matter, phosphorous and solids (requirement 95%) and 79% of nitrogen (requirement 70%) from processed water.

Guided tour takes about 1-1,5 hours.

Kindly notice:

  • The wastewater treatment plant tour involves walking approximately 1 km
  • Tour is not recommended for pregnant persons.
  • The temperature in the cave is cool, about 16-18 degrees C
  • Also, a reflective safety vest and helmet are worn all the time inside These are provided by the plant

Date: Friday, 7 June
Time: 10 am
Venue: Kakolanmäki, Hansakatu 7, Turku
Tickets: 40,00 EUR (includes bus transportation, lunch after the tour)

Guided Walking tour at Kakolanmäki Hill

A one-hour walking tour where you’ll explore the former prison yards and hear stories about the daily life in Finland’s most notorious prison. Kakola finally closed its doors in 2007, but its story doesn’t end.

You’ll also witness how the area has transformed over the years into a cozy neighborhood. Nowadays Kakolanmäki Hill is synonymous with good food and good brews and has an artisan bakery, trendy restaurants, a craft brewery and a stunning spa. At the end of the tour, lunch will be provided at Restaurant Ruben (Hotel Kakola).

Date: Friday, 7 June
Time: 10.15 am
Venue: Kakolanmäki Hill,  Turku
Tickets 40,00 EUR (includes bus transportation and lunch after the tour)