General information
Registration desk

Participants can pick up their personal congress material at the registration desk, which is open at Finlandia Hall (street address: Mannerheimintie 13e) entrance M4 follows:
Monday, 14 June
Tuesday, 15 June
Wednesday, 16
Thursday, 17 June
Friday, 18 June
The congress secretariat is available to assist you at the registration desk during the congress.
Name badges and entry tickets

Participants and accompanying persons are obliged to wear the official congress name badges in all congress events. A fee will be charged for reproduction of lost name badges. Entry tickets for the social events should be shown upon entrance to each event.
There are two kinds of name badges:
Badge with congress colours for:
(with capitalized text for special groups)
(one day participant)

Badge in rose colour:
accompanying person
exhibition visitor

Badge in rose is not valid for entrance to the lecture halls.


The congress language is English. There is no simultaneous interpretation.
Dress code

Dress code is casual throughout the congress and social events, and smart casual for the congress dinner.
Lunch and refreshments

Coffee and tea in the exhibition area during the breaks are included in the registration fees. Lunch is not included in the participants’ registration fee. Light lunches can be purchased at your own cost at Finlandia Hall. In addition, several lunch restaurants are available in the surrounding areas. Please see details of nearby restaurants in a separate restaurant map provided in your congress bag.

The commercial exhibition takes place in the main lobby area (2nd floor). Access to the exhibition is free for registered participants. The exhibition is open throughout the congress hours. > See floor plan on and list of exhibitors.

The poster areas are located in the main lobby area (2nd and 3rd floors). Access to the poster areas is free for registered participants and exhibitors. > See floor plan and poster sessions.
Certificate of attendance

All participants receive a certificate of attendance in the congress bag.
Speaker’s rooms and PowerPoint presentations

Speaker’s room is located on the 2nd floor in room 29 (> see floor plan). Minor modifications of PowerPoint presentations can also be done in the speaker’s room. PowerPoint presentations should be delivered at the latest 3 hours before the starting time of the session or during the day before your presentation.
Congress assistants

Congress assistants and in-house technical staff are assisting in practical issues in the lecture halls before and during the sessions (e.g. setting up the presentations on the computers and handing microphones for questions).

A photographer will document the main congress events and photographs will be available after the congress through the congress website.
Photographing, recording and mobile phones

Photographing or recording of oral presentations is not allowed. Mobile phones and communicators must be switched off in the lecture halls since they may interfere with the audio system of the halls.
Internet connections

Wireless internet connection is available at Finlandia Hall in the lobby areas. In addition, workstations are provided on the first floor by the organisers for email access. Please limit the use to 10 minutes at a time to allow also other participants to access their emails.

Cloakroom is available free of charge next to the main entrance M4 on the ground floor.
Non-smoking policy

Smoking is prohibited in the congress and exhibition areas. In Finland, smoking is not allowed indoors in public buildings and other places open to the public, except in designated smoking areas.
Underground excavations due to extension of Finlandia Hall and its parking facilities

Because of extension of Finlandia Hall and its underground parking facilities, there will be daily excavations in the underground tunnels near Finlandia Hall. We hope that the short but loud noises caused by the underground excavations will not alarm you. The organisers and Finlandia Hall staff apologize for any inconvenience.
Currency and credit cards

The official currency in Finland is euro (EUR). Most major credit cards are accepted in hotels and shops. VISA, Eurocard and MasterCard are accepted at the congress registration desk. Personal or company cheques are not accepted at the registration desk or shops. Traveler’s cheques can be cashed in banks and exchange bureaus.

Electricity supply in Finland is 220 volts (50 Hz), and wall outlets are the Northern European Standard (CEE7/4) with two round contacts. The standard two-pin Euro plug (CEE 7/16) can be connected to these outlets.
Public transportation

Helsinki has a good public transportation system. Buses and trams operate frequently and stops are available next to Finlandia Hall on the main street (Mannerheimintie). Each participant of IRPA 2010 congress receive a five-day public transportation ticket free of charge.
Emergencies and first aid

The general emergency phone number is 112. You can call this number free of charge from any phone, including foreign mobile phone connections, without any area code. In genuine emergencies, when someones life, health or property is in danger, just call 112.

By registering into the congress and / or by participating in the exhibition joined to the congress, participants and exhibitors agree that neither the organising committee nor the congress secretariat assume any responsibility for damage or injuries to persons or property during the congress. Participants and exhibitors are advised to organise their own insurance.

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