Venue and Accomodation

Oulu, Finland

Capital of Northern Scandinavia

There are no larger cities (outside of Russia) that are more northerly than Oulu which has over 190,000 inhabitants. It is considered one of Europe's "living labs", where residents experiment with new technology (such as NFC tags and ubi-screens) at a community-wide scale. The Oulu Region is well known for its technology, the hi-tech growth having started after the establishment of Oulu University. There are two science parks in the region: Technopolis Plc, Scandinavia's first science park, and Medipolis Ltd., as well as a technology centre, Ii Micropolis Ltd. The region is home to many hi-tech companies, such as Nokia, and the sector currently employs over 10,000 people.

Conference Venue


The Conference Centre Lasaretti serves as a venue for the IPTA 2016. Lasaretti offers tranquil and unique settings for venues and is located by the Oulu River – still only 1 km from the Centre of Oulu hidden in the park area. It is located on the Lasaretinsaari Island. The dam across the Oulu River is located right in front of the Lasaretinsaari Island, which means that the hotel's windows give out straight onto the water. Lasaretti is one of the first hotels in Finland that measures its climate effect by measuring their carbon footprint and is commited to sustainable development. In some languages the name Lasaretti reveals the past activity on the island and refers to its history.

Kasarmintie 13
90101 Oulu
+358 20 757 4700
fax 020 757 4702
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The tutorials on Monday 12 Dec will be held at the University of Oulu (TS101). 

University of Oulu

The University of Oulu is an international science university which creates innovation for the future, well-being, and knowledge through multidisciplinary research and education. The University of Oulu researches people and culture in a changing living environment, as well as opportunities that new technology provides for improving the well-being of people and the environment. Founded in 1958, our research and education community is 16 000 students and 3000 employees strong, and one of the biggest and the most multidisciplinary universities in Finland. The ten faculties, the many departments and the specialised research units of the University of Oulu create the foundation for multidisciplinary research, innovation and training of experts for demanding professional tasks. Our total funding for 2014 was 217,8 million Euros.

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  • From the airport to the city centre: Taxis are available at the airport and cost about 35 Euros to travel to the city centre. Bus no. 8 or 9 goes from the airport directly to the city centre, taking about 30 minutes. Bus 9 continues to the University. Google Maps offers timetable search.
  • From the city centre to the University: There are frequent bus services from the city centre to our campus, including no. 1, 2, 3, 8 or 22, which take about 20 minutes. Google Maps offers timetable search.


Selected Hotels

Block reservations for IPTA2016 participants have been made in Hotel Lasaretti (conference venue) and Lapland Hotels, Oulu (banquet venue) for the period of 11-15 December 2016. Reservations and payments direct to the hotels.

  • Lasaretti

single 108 €/ day *(booked out)*
*double room for single use 123 €/ day*
double room 138 €/ day
double superior 168 €/ day

Valid until 11 November 2016 with the code "IPTA2016" at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
(For Finnish participants within Hansel agreement single 97,90 €/day double 115 €/day).
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  • Lapland Hotels, Oulu

single 116 €/ day
double 126 €/ day

Valid until 10 October 2016 with code "IPTA 2016" at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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There are other options for hotels in Oulu. Below you can find a list of selected hotels:


Local Attractions

Oulu, also known as a city of technology, is full of lively cultural events. To find a complete list of activities and places to do and see in Oulu, please refer to the official Oulu website. Below you can find a list of our recommended attractions (texts taken from

  • Downtown Oulu and Rotuaari Promenade

    The Market Square area along with Rotuaari Promenade and the other streets in downtown Oulu form an urban living room. This zone comprises the intersecting streets Kauppurienkatu and Kirkkokatu, the Rotuaari Promenade and its surrounding streets, and the main shopping district with its department stores and boutiques. There are also a wide variety of high-calibre cafés and restaurants on offer. Cultural events are organised in Rotuaari Square all year round.

  • Koiteli
    Koitelinkoski is a beautiful place for nature lovers, both local daytrippers and visiting tourists.

    The Koiteli region is surrounded by rolling forested hills and rich vegetation, and its many islands provide excellent opportunities for fishing, canoeing and kayaking, and trekking. The Koitelinkoski rapids are part of the free-flowing River Kiiminki. The rapids are about four kilometres from downtown Kiiminki and a quick 24-kilometre drive from Oulu.

  • Tietomaa (Science Centre)
    Finland's first science centre.

    The Tietomaa science centre has Åström's leather factory and 19th-century large-scale industry to thank for its distinctive landmark - its tower. So don't forget to take a ride in our glass elevator with a view over Oulu. Our exhibitions with changing themes from different scientific fields guarantee a thought-provoking experience at Finland's first science centre.

  • Hailuoto (Island)

    The island of Hailuoto is unique because of its abundant nature and well-preserved old buildings. Attractions and activities are free to be explored by tourists, but you can always take guided tours as well. Sights include an old lighthouse, interactive nature exhibition, a museum, a church, sandy beaches and bird watching spots.

  • SuperPark Oulu
    The ultimate indoor activity park experience for everyone.

    SuperPark Oulu - Finland's most stimulating indoor activity park. SuperPark is an exciting adventure park for the whole family with plenty of fun for people of all ages. The activity park offers everyone the chance to appreciate the joy of moving! Get your heart pumping with the Duudson and Hevisaurus activities, or at the Freestyle Hall and GameArena. The Freestyle Hall offers a unique space for all levels of freestyle enthusiasts, from beginners to the more experienced. At the GameArena, you can try your hand at ice hockey, Finnish baseball, football, floorball, golf, and fluorescent mini golf. Or scale the SkyWalk climbing wall with the safety of a transparent net.