General information

ESEB2019 – European Society for Evolutionary Biology

Logomo, the congress venue – a true hub of culture and business

Address: Köydenpunojankatu 14, 20100 Turku (on a map)

Congress MAP

Logomo floorplan

Logomo is a centre for culture, arts and creative economy operating from the defunct locomotive workshop near the main railway station, the busstation and close to Turku city centre.  A pedestrian bridge provides access from the main railway station to Logomo. Walking from the Market Square takes about 20 minutes.

In addition to concerts, it´s the ideal venue for meetings, seminars, congresses, fairs, exhibitions, film screenings and private events. In 2018, there were nearly 1 200 different events held at Logomo and the number of visitors reached 320,000. More than 400 people work for the many companies (approx. 80) located in Logomo Byrå and Konttori. Logomo also accommodates several artists’ studios.

The oldest part of Logomo, LOGI Hall, provides a beautiful and comfortable setting for meetings, concerts and private functions. The hall combines the character of the historic workshop with romantic arch windows and modern technology. TEATRO Hall is Logomo Hall’s little sister. The hall is adaptable and provides the possibility for a combination of raised seating and level floor space. TEATRO Hall can be set up for corporate events, gigs, circus performances, stand-up comedy – anything you can imagine! TEATRO Gallery works as an adaptable space for various purposes, such as public gatherings.

Accessibility played a crucial role during Logomo’s design phase. Every floor can be accessed by a lift and the number of doorway thresholds has been kept minimal. Wheelchair seating is located in the higher section ´C´, which is accessible by lift. This seating area also provides excellent visibility to the stage. Hearing accessibility has been ensured through the use of portable loop systems. More information about accessibility.

Arrival – Logomo is easy to reach

Turku, located in the region of Southwest Finland, is one of Finland’s biggest cities

The versatile livelihood structure, top class selection of education, culture, and services, as well as the beautiful archipelago, form a magnetic combination in Turku. In Turku there is everything, but still, Turku is small enough that you can go almost everywhere by foot or bike.

Turku is the oldest city of Finland and was founded in 1229. Turku has a compact size, perfect for exploring the exciting mixture of old and new.

Welcome to Turku!

Turku facts
  • 184 000 residents
  • over 310 000 inhabitants in the entire region
  • 40 000 higher education students
  • two universities and four universities of applied sciences
  • 20 000 enterprises with a total of 130 000 jobs
  • more than 100 nationalities in the area
Modern, yet historic

Turku, the former capital of Finland, lies 165 kilometres west of present-day capital Helsinki. Turku offers a skilled and educated workforce, modern municipal engineering, good international connections and flexible services for companies and businesses.

Situated at the mouth of the River Aura, Turku is a major port city today.

Turku is known as a bilingual city; around five percent of the population is Swedish-speaking. A great portion of Turku residents are students: every fourth person is either student or professional in higher education institute.

Urban life is focused around the river, and some of the most interesting sights are located on its banks: the Turku Castle and Finland’s national shrine, the Turku Cathedral, among others. The Old Grand Market Square is located by the River Aura.

Combine culture and outdoor recreation

Cultural exercise routes located around the River Aura are a refreshing combination of culture and exercise. Take your time and explore Turku and its love stories, statues, and urban legends. You can walk, run or cycle – the choice is yours.

You can get the route maps from the city library or the Tourist info or you can print them from specific route sites (see links here). You can also download the free Citynomadi mobile app.

Are you interested in getting to know the museums of Turku? Read these stories: Turku Museums x 10 and Museums in Turku x 8.

The 28th Paavo Nurmi Marathon will be organized in Turku on 17th of August 2019, 2 days before ESEB2019 conference. ESEB2019 participants are offered 20 % discount on the marathon participation fee, please use the code ESEB19. Registrations and more information of the marathon can be found here.

Getting around

Within Turku and its neighbouring areas, you can get around in many different ways. Public transport in the Turku region is provided by Föli’s bright yellow buses. Journeys can be paid using a travel card, cash or a mobile ticket. A single ticket costs only €3 and lets you travel for two hours, allowing you to change bus as many times as you like. You’ll get more information about the local buses on the Föli website.

During the summer a water bus runs from Martinsilta in the centre of Turku to Ruissalo. Along the way, the water bus stops at Forum Marinum as well as the Ruissalo shipyard or Pikisaari in Hirvensalo. The travel time from Martinsilta to the Folk Park is approximately 45 minutes. Passengers can pay in the form of cash or with Föli travel and tourist cards, the same as on the bus. More information about the waterbus.
Föri is Turku’s own little city ferry, which travels across the River Aura between Wechterinkuja (on the west side) and Tervahovinkatu (on the east side). The treasured ferry has been transporting Turku residents since 1904, and, truth be told, you cannot say you’re truly from Turku before riding for free aboard Föri. The ‘cruise’ lasts about two minutes, enough time to admire the beautiful views of the River Aura. The ride is completely free from the moment you jump on board. Read more about Föri.
The City Bikes provide a quick and easy way of getting around Turku

What could be a more convenient way to take an adventure around the city? The Turku region’s public transport service, Föli, introduced in spring 2018 the new Föli-bikes, and nowadays it’s impossible not to come across these yellow bikes when moving about the city.

The city bike-share system consists of bikes that are for public use for short-term use and which can be picked up and dropped off at bike stations around the city, so you can drop off the bikes wherever you go. Instructions for registering as well as using the bikes can be found on the Föli website.

Turku Archipelago

The Turku Archipelago is certainly one of the most prolific in the world: a total of some 20,000 islands and skerries, most in their pristine natural state, are scattered from Turku all the way out to the Åland Islands. Archipelago National Park encompasses a broad swath of the Turku Archipelago.

Inhabited islands in the Turku Archipelago can be reached by inter-island ferries and many islands are even accessible by bicycle, just to name one. Many stretches between islands are served by ferries, of which there are dozens throughout the archipelago region. The region also boasts dozens of guest harbours.

Even though the best thing about the archipelago is its maritime nature, there is also no shortage of cultural offerings here. There are countless old archipelago parish churches, excellent museums, outstanding hotels, cosy cafés and fine dining establishments.

University of Turku
– a truly international research university, a provider and developer of Finnish high-quality education and a strong bellwether of its area.

The University of Turku has operations all over Finland – from Utsjoki, Lapland to Finnish Archipelago Sea. Education is mainly focused on three campuses: Turku, Pori and Rauma.

The main themes of the new strategy are effective research, responsible education, a catalyst for social well-being and the economy, and community well-being. The strategy is based on the common values of the University: ethicality, criticality, creativity, openness and communality.

Moomin World and Koulu

The ESEB2019 -congress dinner will be held at Moomin World . Moomin World is located in Naantali on the south-west coast of Finland, about 16 kilometres from Turku. Moomin World is an ode to fairy tales and a tribute to Tove Jansson’s imagination. This children’s culture classic operates in Naantali where the Archipelago Sea and Naantali’s Old Town with its wooden houses meet.

Panimoravintola Koulu is a Finnish brewery restaurant in the centre of  Turku. Koulu (School) is the largest brewery restaurant in Finland and it is situated in a former Neo-Renaissance -style school building from 1889.