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IASYM European Biennial Conference 2020 in Helsinki: “Cultivating Youth Spirituality: Faith, Nurturing and Youth Ministry”

The IASYM (International Association for Study of the Youth Ministry) European conference will be held in Helsinki, Finland, from Wednesday 15th to Saturday 18th April, 2020.

The venue is the main campus of Diaconia University of Applied Sciences (Diak), Kyläsaarenkuja 2, 00580 Helsinki.

The conference gathers people involved in children’s, youth and young adult ministry as teachers, lecturers, researchers or thoughtful practitioners.

The conference provides an opportunity to engage with the latest scholarship and research related to Christian ministry among children, families and young people as well as a forum for building stronger networks.

Call for Papers

Scholars and practitioners are welcome to submit their papers that may address a wide variety of aspects related to Youth and/or Youth Ministry. The theme of the conference “Cultivating youth spirituality: Faith, nurturing and Youth Ministry” highlights both the role of many actors in the spiritual growth of the youth and the active role of the young people themselves in constructing their religious lives and seeing the youth as active constructers of theology.

More detailed information on the conference theme is available at: (link)

Submit your proposal by October 30th, 2019: Instructions for submitting your proposal see the link above.


The first draft of the programme will be available in November 2019

Registration for the conference

Registration for the conference is opening soon. Registration covers all the expenses including the food and other refreshments in the venue but not the accommodation which you should book yourself – see the instruction below.

  • Full conference, IASYM Member: 150 €
  • Full conference, non-member: 200 €
  • Day registration without visiting programme non-members 50 €, members 40 €, Saturday only non-members 30 €, members 20 €
  • Thursday night visiting programme: 30 €
  • Friday night visiting programme including conference dinner: 30 €

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The venue

The venue of IASYM conference is the main campus of Diaconia University of Applied Sciences (DIAK). The address is Kyläsaarenkuja 2, Helsinki which is 4 km from the central station of Helsinki.

The easiest way to reach the venue is by Bus 55, which has a stop right in front of the Diak’s main building, the venue. It takes about 20 minutes to get to the venue by public transport from the Railway Square, which is the other terminus of the route.

You can also use metro but the closest metro station (Kalasatama) is 1,5 km from the venue. From the metro station you can take either bus 55 or 56 or walk. Check out all the options for the route to the campus from Reittiopas journey planner: Write “Diak” in the destination field, where the first offer of the planner is the venue, “Diakonia-ammattikorkeakoulu, Kyläsaarenkuja 2, Helsinki”.

You can use mobile app for the bus ticket or buy it from the following places.


Note: There is no accommodation included in the registration fees. You will need to arrange your own accommodation in Helsinki 

There are a lot of accommodation options available around Helsinki with different prices and quality. However, we recommend Hotel Arthur which is located close to the central station and has rooms with different quality and price category available. A number of single rooms have been reserved for the conference at the Hotel Arthur. The cost is 80€ per night including breakfast. The hotel is near the central station and the airport bus terminal and is also near the bus stop for the short connection to the Diak campus. The booking code is IASYM.

Practical advice to help you when you arrive

How to get from the Helsinki Airport to the hotel?

We recommend taking a bus or a train because Hotel Arthur is located only a few hundred meters from the central railway station, where the airport busses also arrive. Both commuter train lines (I and P) will take you from the airport to the central railway station in about 30 minutes. They travel the opposite sides on the ring rail line between the airport and the central railway station. P train is a few minutes faster but the price is the same.

There are also good bus connections available from the airport to the central railway station. Line 615 and Finnair City Bus operate between Terminal 2 and central railway station. Also the bus takes about 30 minutes from the airport to the central railway station – of course depending on the other trafic.

You can find detailed information on the available public transportation here.

You can also take a taxi. When you come to the lobby from the international side of the airport, head out of the building. The taxi lines should be right in front of you. There are 4 lines for different taxi operators. Lähitaksi operates in line 1, the Helsinki Airport Tax in line 2 and Taksi Helsinki in line 3. Line 4 is for smaller operators and independent taxis.

We recommend the big operators, which are usually reliable. However, you must ask for the price beforehand because, since the beginning of this year, the taxi drivers are free to set the price of the trip themselves. However, the biggest companies have more or less fixed prices. The trip from the airport to Hotel Arthur is between 40-50 euros for 1-4 passenger and about 60 euros from 5-8 passengers depending on the time of the day and the company.

How to get the tickets for public transportation?

Schedules, ticket prices, and routes are available on the website of Helsinki region traffic company. From the link above you can also download the HSL app for free which is the cheapest way of using public transportation in Helsinki area.

A regional ticket is required for journeys from Helsinki to the airport and vice versa.

You can purchase your ticket from an HSL ticket machine. There are HSL ticket machines at the train station entrance in the corridor between the T1 and T2 terminals, in the baggage claim hall in T2 and at bus stops. In addition, you can buy tickets from the Alepa grocery store, WH Smith kiosks (T1 and T2 Departures hall), R-kiosks (Arrivals hall 2A in T2) or the Tourist Info (Arrivals hall 2A in T2).

You can also purchase your ticket from the bus driver, though it is slightly more expensive. Please note that it is not possible to buy a ticket in the train.

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