About the University

The University of Oulu (Oulun yliopisto in Finnish) was founded in 1958. It has six faculties with a total of approximately 17,000 students and 3,000 staff, making it the second largest university in Finland. The University of Oulu is an international research and innovation university engaged in multidisciplinary basic research and academic education. The fields of Information Technology; Biosciences and Health; Cultural Identity and Interaction; and Environment, Natural Resources and Materials have been defined as special research focus areas. The University of Oulu also cooperates closely with industry and commerce and has connections with hundreds of international research and educational institutions.

Getting to Oulu

By Air

The quickest way to get to Oulu is by air. Oulu airport is the second busiest in Finland, with flights from Helsinki arriving throughout the day. The operators between Helsinki and Oulu are Finnair and Norwegian. The airport is located approximately 15 kilometers from the city. Bus number 9 bus runs between the airport and Oulu town centre. The route is Airport - Oulunsalo - Oulu centre. The bus runs every 30 minutes on weekdays and once an hour on Saturdays and Sundays, stopping on request at all bus stops along the way. The journey costs approximately 5€. Taxi to the city costs approximately 30-35€. Bus number 8 runs between the airport and Linnanmaa Campus, while also stopping in the city centre. Bus number 8 runs every 30 minutes on the weekdays during the day. The following companies fly to Oulu either directly or via Helsinki:

Local taxi service

Local bus service

  • Bus number 8 runs between the airport, Oulu town centre, and Linnanmaa Campus

By Car

From neighboring countries (Norway, Sweden and Russia) it’s possible to come to Finland by using own or rented car. From Sweden and Norway you can cross the border anywhere if you don’t have anything to toll. From Russia you have to cross the border at official crossing place and you need to have valid passport and visa to enter Finland. Oulu is well connected within the Finnish road network and can be easily reached by car. Most of the major car rental agencies are represented in Finland. From Helsinki to Oulu you get easiest by choosing main road 4. Speed limits vary from 50km/h to 120km/h. Some car rental agencies:

By Train

The railway station in Oulu is located in the city centre, and there are many connections to a number of Finnish cities. Travelling to Oulu from Helsinki takes just under 6 hours on the Pendolino trains and approximately 7 hours on the InterCity. Tickets cost approximately € 150 (return). You can buy tickets from VR’s website, from railway stations, from retailers or from train conductors.

By Bus

You can also arrive by bus:

Welcome to Oulu!

The city of Oulu is located in Northern Finland approximately 550 kilometres north of Helsinki, by the Gulf of Bothnia, at the mouth of the Oulu River, which is an ancient trading site. The city was founded in 1605 by King Carl IX of Sweden and has been a provincial capital since 1776. The name Oulu comes from a word in the Saami language meaning floodwater. Oulu has been the capital of Oulu province since 1776. From being a town known for tar and salmon, Oulu has evolved into a growing modern center of competence Oulu has a population of approximately 140,000, making it the sixth largest city in Finland. What sets Oulu apart from other Finnish cities is its youthful age structure: there is a constant influx of students and job applicants, and nativity has always been high in the region.

Up to the end of the 19th century, Oulu was a significant center of the wood tar trade. Tar was exported throughout Europe, where it was used mainly for waterproofing wooden ships. In the 1860s Oulu had the largest fleet of merchant ships of any Finnish city.

Today, Oulu is considered one of the most significant centers of competence in Northern Europe. A significant amount of high technology know-how, especially in the field of mobile communication, has concentrated in the area. The City of Oulu, the Capital of Northern Scandinavia, is the community of 140 000 people. It combines Northern hospitality, nature and culture with modern technology. The Oulu Region also has a lively cultural climate.

Today Oulu is internationally known as a city of technology. Cooperation between enterprises, research, education and public organizations has produced significant results. Today Oulu is a major center of competence in the field of high technology, particularly IT and wellness technology.

For more information about what to do, see and enjoy in Oulu please visit the City of Oulu website and the website of the Oulu city tourist office.

Equipment

The presentation rooms are equipped with a PC, data projector and speakers. The PCs run Windows XP and are equipped with a DVD-ROM drive, USB port, Microsoft Office package, Internet connection and media player software supporting common audio and video file formats.

Using your own laptop with the data projector should also be possible. There will be technical support personnel to help if needed. If you require additional equipment or specific software, please let us know well in advance.

It is always a good idea to have a backup copy of your presentation in case things go wrong.

Each presenter will have a board for their poster/software demonstration and handouts. The maximum size allowed for posters is 141 cm * 120 cm (width*height). Pins will be needed.

Please let us know in advance if you wish to use your laptop during the poster session so that we can provide the outlet. The standard European plug system with two circular metal pins is used in Finland. The voltage is 230V, 50 Hz. There is also a free WLAN network, panOULU, available at the university as well as in the city centre and at the airport. For more information, see: www.panoulu.net

There is a free recharging station for mobile phones at the university main hall. The station is suitable for various mobile phone brands: Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Siemens and SonyEricsson.