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.
Registration for the conference is open. 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.
Registration for Bachelor and Master students here.
REGISTRATION FEES: (all fees include daily lunch, coffee and snack and dinner; expect Friday conference dinner is only included in the fees with social program)
IASYM MEMBER FEES (early bird registration until February 16th)
Full conference fee without excursion and dinner, IASYM member: 170 €
Full conference, IASYM Member: 220 € (includes excursion and dinner on Friday)
Registration after February 16th : +30 e for these fees
NON-MEMBER FEES (early bird registration until February 16th)
Full conference fee without excursion and dinner, non-member: 220 €
Full conference, non-member: 270 € (includes excursion and dinner on Friday)
Registration after February 16th : +30 e for these fees
One-day participant without social program: 80 €
One-day participant with social program on Friday: 120 € (includes social program on Friday with excursion and dinner)
Registration after Jan 31: +10 e for these fees
DIAK student fee: free without the social program; excursion and dinner on Friday 50 e.
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”.
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 of single room including breakfast is 95 euros per night and double room for one or two persons including breakfast 110 euros per night. 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, please use this link for reservations.
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 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.