Social Events

ESEB2019 – European Society for Evolutionary Biology

Welcome reception

Monday, 19 August, 18.00-21.00

Join your colleagues for a welcome reception at the congress venue Logomo on Monday evening, at 18.00.

Finger food served until 19:30. Includes 2 complimentary drinks, one offered by the City of Turku.  Additional drinks available for purchase until 21.

Free of charge for the participants, but pre-registration is required.

Logomo, address: Köydenpunojankatu 14, Turku.

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.

Congress dinner at Moomin World

Saturday, 24 August, 18.30-02.00

The congress will be concluded with the conference dinner held in Moomin World. In this children’s culture classic that operates in Naantali, where the Archipelago Sea and Naantali’s Old Town with its wooden houses meet.

Tove Jansson was a Finnish writer and a visual artist, whose Moomin characters are known all over the world. Moomin World is an ode to fairy tales and a tribute to Tove Jansson’s imagination, located in south-west coast of Finland, in the island of Kailo, in Naantali. Moomin World can be reached within 20 minutes from the downtown of Turku.

Who knows, maybe we will get to meet the Moomins during the dinner, come along to spend a memorable evening!

Dinner tickets:
Students: 25 – 30 eur
Regular participants: 40 – 50 eur
Accompanying persons: included in the accompanying person fee
Children 3 – 12 years: 25 eur
Children 0 – 2 years: free of charge
Please note: dinner tickets after the early-bird registration deadline 50 eur and tickets on-site 60 eur!

Tickets include buffet dinner and 2 drink tickets (soft drinks for children).

Transportation to congress dinner

Bus transportation
Bus transportation is arranged free of charge for the congress dinner in Moomin World
(departure at 17.15 from Turku)

Buses to dinner leave from two locations (see below) in short intervals between 17:15 and 17:40.
Families with children are recommended to take the first bus in order to give them time to explore the island before larger crowds arrive:

1. Turku Cathedral, address: Tuomiokirkonkatu 1
2. Hotel Radisson Blu Marina Palace, address: Linnankatu 32

In Naantali, there is about 10 minute walk from the bus to Moominworld island. Congress volunteers will show the way.

Return buses will leave starting from 20.00 in about 30 minute intervals.  All return buses will stop at Hotel Radisson Blu Marina Palace and near Turku Cathedral.

Boat transportation (one way, return by bus)
If you would instead like travel by boat through the beautiful archipelago, there is an extra charge 15 eur. The trip takes about 1 hour. (Limited number of seats, reservations for the boat through registration form).

The boat leaves at 17.15 from the River Aura, address:  Läntinen Rantakatu 37

Running social

Thursday, 22 Aug, at 07:00

A running social will be organized early Thursday morning , meeting in the front of the Cathedral (Tuomiokirkonkatu 1, 20500 Turku). The routes will follow the river Aura. We aim to have have two groups (different paces and distances).

Family social

Thursday, 22 Aug, at 15:00

A family social will be organized on Thursday afternoon at at Seikkailupuisto adventure park (Kupittaankatu 2, 20520 Turku; meeting point at the big statue of a moose), and in case of rain, in a child-friendly museum of history Aboa vetus (Itäinen Rantakatu 4–6, 20700, Turku) at 15:00.

LGBTQ social

Friday, 23 Aug, at 19:30

The ESEB 2019 LGBTQ social will feature a collaboration with Turku Pride! Following the poster session on Friday August 23, we will meet near the main door in Logomo at 19.30 and head over to Saaristobaari (Aurakatu 14, Turku) together to grab a bite to eat and get to know each other. At 10pm, there will be a drag show (5€ cover) featuring Finland’s fiercest underground drag and burlesque artists and DJ Slaya Bit. The show is the official Turku Pride pre-party, so let’s get there early!

For more information, please check @ESEB2019LGBTQ on Twitter or email – the first 100 ESEB members attending the congress who RSVP by 22 August will get in free to the show.

Official Congress Pub

Panimo ravintola Koulu
Address:  Eerikinkatu 18 (the second floor of the restaurant is reserved for ESEB participants)
Open every day 11:00-02:00, kitchen open until 21.30 (Mon-Thu), until 23.30 (Fri-Sat).

Look out for two evolutionary themed congress beers on tap in the upstairs bar of Panimoravintola Koulu; ‘Beer Reviewed’ and ‘Drinkage Disequilibrium’. Our beer names were chosen following a twitter poll on a shortlist of names, whittled down from an extensive list of submissions of varying creativity (it turns out evolutionary biologists love both procrastinating and puns).  Credit goes to Martin Seltmann who came up with ‘Beer Reviewed’ and Will Buswell for ‘Drinkage Disequilibrium’, as well as to Océane Liehrmann for the great logo adaptation and designs!

Panimoravintola Koulu (Brewery restaurant School in English) is a former elementary school, now Finland’s largest brewery restaurant serving large selection of beers, wine and delicious food too!

Restaurant discounts for the congress participants

Here you can find restaurants that offer discounts for the ESEB2019 congress participants.

Cup & Pint

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Cup&Pint is a cozy little bistro pub with an easy-going atmosphere just around the railway station corner.

We have a wide range of craft beers, coffees and wines. Our pride is our own sour-dough pizzas, baked on site. You can also find other easy bistro foods from plentiful salads to our succulent pancakes!

19-24 August we offer to you 10 % discount from on all our products. Welcome to enjoy our atmosphere at the corner of railway station. Forget your Hurry and Worries!

Opening hours
Mon closed
Tue-Thur 16-24 (kitchen 23)
Fri-Sat 14-02 (kitchen 24)

Tel. +358 2 2588003

Humalistonkatu 17b

Kortteliravintola Kerttu

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Neighbourhood restaurant Kerttu is an easy-going bistro for everyone, from lunchtime to late evening. We are located near the railway station.

On weekdays we offer a plentiful buffet lunch which includes salad bar, soup, three different warm dishes and of course dessert with coffee. We always also have a vegetarian option.

On our a´ la carte menu you can find our famous burgers made with freshly baked buns and our own sauces and patties, and also our plentiful salads and “homemade” classics.

19-24 August we offer to you a 10% discount on all our products (not lunch). Welcome to enjoy our delicious food and urban neighbourhood atmosphere!

Opening hours
Mon-Thu 10.30-23 (kitchen 22)
Fri 10.30-24 (kitchen 23)
Sat 12-24 (kitchen 23)

Tel. +358 2 2506990

Läntinen Pitkäkatu 35


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Defining Restaurant NOOA is a service philosophy where every customer is treated like a close friend. NOOA’s exquisite dishes sparkle with pure, distinct flavours, creating taste sensations you’ll never forget.

Bold flavours and pure ingredients are at the heart of great cuisine. Located at Turku’s guest harbour, arrive at Restaurant NOOA via the River Aura and indulge in a new level of culinary experience, amidst the unique, aesthetically Scandinavian setting.

At NOOA, you can eat lightly if in a hurry or take a more leisurely approach to dining, fully experiencing the fascinating and carefully crafted menu.

Restaurant NOOA’s cuisine is foremost a memorable showcase of flavour. Fantastic food served in an easy fashion, with a whole heart – that’s our thing!

Läntinen Rantakatu 57

Booking link: here.


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Experiencing Hügge is like a journey to another world, where time stops so you can focus on what’s essential. In other words, the best vegetarian food and even better company.

Hügge’s cosy atmosphere waits at the door, greeting you with a warm smile as you enter.

Uncompromising quality and pure ingredients combine with flavours from around the world, and build upon one charming principle – vegetarian dishes for all. Hügge’s dedicated high-class chefs create taste experiences so deliciously subtle and irresistible, it’s easy to forget you’re only eating vegetarian food.

Speciality cocktails or drinks from the carefully selected list, accompany a tasting menu to share with friends or any of the restaurant’s delicious dishes.

Hügge’s inspiring setting is visually appealing, whilst the portions arriving at your table are so beautiful, it’s almost impossible not to share on Instagram.

Don’t wait to start your Hügge experience!

Linnankatu 3

Booking link: here.


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The fascinating milieu and elegant combinations of food and drink, together with the cosy atmosphere, mean an evening spent in Tårget is sure to be remarkable!

Located at the edge of the historic Vähätori Square is Restaurant Tårget, serving up an unforgettable experience. Sit down and indulge in the restaurant’s magnificent tasting menu, order yourself a glass of wine or swing by for a delicious lunch in the comfortable setting.

Tårget’s cuisine draws on culinary inspiration sourced from across the globe, fused with Scandinavian flavours. Fresh and locally produced ingredients play a major role in every recipe. Only high quality wines the preferred choice of the restaurant’s staff make it onto the menu, to be temptingly paired with the distinctive dishes.

During summer, Tårget offers its superb food as well as chilled drinks out on the 150-seater terrace, exuding a sense of southern European spirit. The summer terrace is bathed in the glow of the afternoon sun, making it one of Turku’s most popular al fresco locations.

Visit the Vähätori Square and be a part of Tårget’s unique atmosphere!

Linnankatu 3a

Booking link: here.