The 14th Nordic Photosynthesis Congress

From Basics to Redesigning Photosynthesis
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Host city and venue

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.

NPC14 at Virastotalo

The NPC14 congress venue will be Virastotalo (Aitiopaikka), located in the heart of Turku. This recently renovated administrative building dates back to 1967. It is a prime example of the architecture of its time. The bright foyer and hall areas provide a contrast to the dark exterior. Situated on the River Aura, next to the Turku City Theatre, the large terrace provides a view of the river and the Independence Square.

Address: Itsenäisyydenaukio 2, 20800 Turku

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Welcome Reception by the City of Turku

All NPC14 participants are warmly welcome to join the Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening.
Drinks and a light buffet dinner will be served.

Free of charge, but pre-registration is required.

Address: Aurakatu 2, 20500 Turku

Photo source: Visit Turku

NPC14 -dinner at Aboa Vetus
& Ars Nova

The NPC14 -dinner will be held at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, the Museum of History and Contemporary Art, in the heart of medieval Turku.  Aboa Vetus’ archaeological site and exhibitions tell a story of the city.

Address: Itäinen Rantakatu 4, 20700 Turku

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Turku, the former capital of Finland, lies 165 kilometres west of present-day capital Helsinki.

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.

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 offers a skilled and educated workforce, modern municipal engineering, good international connections and flexible services for companies and businesses.

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.

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). You can also download the free Citynomadi mobile app.

The City Bikes provide a quick and easy way of getting around Turku

The city bike-share system in Turku consists of bikes that are for public use for short-term use and which can be picked up and dropped off at bike stations. You’ll find more information here.

We wish to thank the following sponsors and collaborators for the support: