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The 17th Annual UMAC Conference

Global Issues in University Museums and Collections: Objects, Ideas, Ideologies, People

Helsinki & Jyväskylä, Finland
September 5–8, 2017

Hosted by the University of Helsinki and the University of Jyväskylä.

 

The 17th annual UMAC conference will examine the innumerable ethical and ideological issues, challenges and opportunities confronting university museum and collections, and their role as agents of social change.

News

5.9.2017: Please download the Official Photo here: https://www.lyyti.fi/att/06282CBA8f9a42479/Aa2C1f54fb03eEE426782F57e38bea9ec78A5367cc3D0A4. The photo: Timo Huvilinna, Helsinki University Museum.

5.9.2017: The Conference has started!

11.8.2017: The Program update: speakers confirmed.

3.8.2017: One month left to register!

29.6.2017: Guidelines for UMAC 2017 speakers have been published.

18.5.2017: Registration for the special events on September 4th and the Gala Dinner on September 6th is now open.

1.5.2017: Early bird, student, one-day ticket and avec registrations for the Conference are now open. Registration for the Pre-Conference events, the Gala Dinner and the Post-Conference excursions opens as soon as possible.

27.-28.3.2017: The UMAC 2017 Review Committee has approved abstract proposals and results have been mailed to the authors. The schedule of sessions in Helsinki and in Jyväskylä will be published during the summer.

March 2017: The review of proposals is on the way. Results will be mailed on the turn of the month.

Rules for Speakers at Annual Conferences

Rules for Speakers at Annual Conferences    Rules for Speakers at Annual Conferences 

Guidelines for UMAC 2017 speakers:

Oral presentation

Sessions I, II, III, V, VIII, IX Tuesday September 5th - Friday September 8th, University of Helsinki, Main Building or University of Jyväskylä, Main Building

As an oral presentation speaker you have 15 minutes to present your paper. Please note this includes the time for introduction and for audience questions. A basic presentation could be 1 minute for introduction, 9 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for questions.

There are no fixed rules for the structure of your presentation. You can use slides or show pictures and videos.

If you are using slides or want to show videos, present websites or pictures during your presentation, please send all of them beforehand, on September 3rd at the latest, via email to umac2017@helsinki.fi. This way the organizers have your presentation saved and ready waiting for you and searching for the right file or picture doesn’t waste time during the session. Please ensure you bring your presentation to the conference on a USB flash drive as a backup.

Please also send a short introduction of yourself beforehand. This way organizers can introduce you to the audience before you start your presentation.

Inform All presentation

Session VI, Wednesday September 6th, University of Helsinki, Main Building

As an Inform all presentation speaker you have 5 minutes to present 5 slides. Please keep your presentation short and pithy. After your slide show there is 5 more minutes for audience questions.

There are no fixed rules for the contents of your presentation. You can use text, pictures and even short videos in your slides.

Please send your slides beforehand, on September 3rd at the latest, via email to umac2017@helsinki.fi. This way the organizers have your presentation saved and ready waiting for you. Then searching for the right file doesn’t waste time during the session. Please also ensure you bring your presentation to the conference on a USB flash drive as a backup.

Please also send a short introduction of yourself beforehand. This way organizers can introduce you to the audience before you start your presentation.

Poster presentation

Session VII, Wednesday September 6th, University of Helsinki, Main Building

Please bring your printed poster with you when you arrive in Finland.

The poster stands will be ready on the spot Tuesday September 4th from 8 o’clock onward. A few organizers will be on call to help at 8-8.45 o’clock both on Tuesday and on Wednesday. You will find a tag with your name and title pinned waiting. Please stick your poster ready before the poster session on Wednesday. Alternatively you can leave your poster for organizers by the registration desk and they will stick it ready.

There’s 5 minutes reserved for every speaker to present the poster to the audience during the poster session. The conference audience tours around the stands so be ready on the spot to present and answer questions.

The poster must have a portrait orientation. Dimensions: A1-size, 84 cm high, 60 cm wide. 

A good poster is clear and logical so the audience can follow the presentation from a reasonable distance. There are no fixed rules for the structure but a suggestion for a display could be the following: Start with the title, authors and affiliations. Make an introduction of your goals, methods and results. End with a conclusion, acknowledgements and contact information.

Keep text to a minimum. About 1000 words is a typical amount.

Visuality is important. You can use pictures and illustrations to convey information. Use large lettering, different fonts, colors and styles, numbering or letters A., B., C. to make it easy to follow your poster.

Please send a short introduction of yourself beforehand, on September 3rd at the latest, via email to umac2017@helsinki.fi. This way organizers can introduce you to the audience before you start your presentation.

Program

Please note: Local Organizing Committee reserves the rights to change the program.

Download a PDF-version here: https://www.lyyti.fi/att/005b42A9749787D0/b2d8175F5e5B8201B7251B94c7C4b024995f0B96b93f5B591E5b42D6ea8873

Download a Conference Publication here: https://www.lyyti.fi/att/b0a0985229A7/Ed3d47117F5a47f2c4164c9404E8F438286A6B

Time Location
Monday 4.9.2017 (Pre-day)
08:00 - 13:00 Registration. Please note that the registration desk moves on Monday between 13-14 o'clock to the Helsinki Observatory. University of Helsinki, Main Building, 3rd floor, Fabianinkatu 33
10:00 - 16:00 Professional Development Workshop, fee 50 € House of Science and Letters, Kirkkokatu 6, Helsinki
14:00 - 21:00 Registration Helsinki Observatory, Kopernikuksentie 1, Helsinki
14:30 - 15:15 Guidance to the Finnish Sauna Society Starting point: Senate Square, Helsinki
15:15 - 17:15 The Finnish Sauna Society, fee 15 € Vaskiniementie 10, Helsinki
15:10 - 15:30 Guidance to the Student Houses Starting point: the steps outside the Main Building of the University at Unioninkatu 34, Helsinki
15:30 - 17:00 HYYHY History tour, The Old and The New Student House Starting point: Mannerheimintie 3, Helsinki
16.30 - 18:00 UMAC Board Meeting University of Helsinki, Main Building, 3rd floor, Unioninkatu 34
18:00 - 21:00 Get together Party and Guided tours at the Helsinki Observatory Kopernikuksentie 1, Helsinki
Tuesday 5.9.2017
08:00 - 18:30 Registration University of Helsinki, Main Building, 3rd floor, Fabianinkatu 33
08:00 - 08:45 Presentation set up University of Helsinki, Main Building, Small Festival Hall, Fabianinkatu 33
08:00 - 08:45 Poster set up University of Helsinki, Main Building, 4th floor, Fabianinkatu 33
08:00 - 18:30 Helsinki University Museum: The Power of Thought -exhibition University of Helsinki, Main Building, 3rd floor, Fabianinkatu 33
09:00 - 10:00 Official opening: Thomas Wilhelmsson, the chancellor of the University of Helsinki, UMAC Chair Marta Lourenço & Keynote Pekka Haavisto, a Member of the Parliament of Finland University of Helsinki, Main Building, Small Festival Hall, Fabianinkatu 33
10:00-10:05 Short break
10:05 - 11:00 Session I: University of Helsinki, Main Building, Small Festival Hall, Fabianinkatu 33
Sten Björkman: The museums of the University of Helsinki **** Janne Vilkuna and Pirjo Vuorinen: University heritage - threats and opportunities. A case study for University of Jyväskylä old campus **** Yuji Kurihara: Significance and role of school museums
11:00 - 12:00 Lunch
12:00 - 14:00 Session II: University of Helsinki, Main Building, Small Festival Hall, Fabianinkatu 33
Hans Hooijmaijers: Challenges towards a new museum **** Steph Scholten: Ethical issues in university museums and academic collections **** Jaanika Anderson: Donated mummies: problems and challenges of exhibiting **** Yasarathna Amarasinghe: Why display of human remains at museums, exhibitions or use of human remains for study purposes in the education sector are not a problem in Sri Lanka? **** Dominick Verschelde: Ethical issues in university museums and academic collections **** Kali Tzortzi: Human remains, museum space and the ‘poetics of exhibiting’
14:00 - 14:15 The official photo
14:15 - 14:45 Coffee break
14:45 - 16:45 Session III: University of Helsinki, Main Building, Small Festival Hall, Fabianinkatu 33
Elisa De Jacquier: Museum L : A new project for a new place **** Luwei Fan, Wan Ni, Hao Jiang, Xianquo Liu: Engaging museum: developing collection-centered theme activity for visitor involvement **** Andrew Simpson and Hakim Abdul Rahim: Portraits of porphyry: University of Canberra’s geology collection - who gives a schist? **** Michelle Kuek: Making sense of numbers: a preliminary study of NUS Museum’s attendance figures (2010-2016) **** Gerry Torres: Engaging the community at the Center for Campus Art **** Ayumi Terada: Activating university museum collections through a theatrical play
16:45 - 17:00 Break
17:00 - 18:00 Session IV:
IV A: Discussion session: Exhibiting cultures: identity, authenticity, interpretation **** Anja Chavez, Jill Deupi, Jill Hartz, Janne Vilkuna, chair Barbara Rothermel University of Helsinki, Main Building, Lecture Hall 12, Fabianinkatu 33
IV B: Panel session: The academic museum as a site of multimodal and interdisciplinary higher learning **** Wendy Kozol, Peter Swendsen, Steven Volk, chair Liliana Milkova University of Helsinki, Main Building, Small Festival Hall, Fabianinkatu 33
19:00 - 20:00 Helsinki City Reception, Cocktail party Helsinki City Hall, Aleksanterinkatu 20, Helsinki
Wednesday 6.9.2017
08:00 - 17:00 Registration University of Helsinki, Main Building, 3rd floor, Fabianinkatu 33
08:00 - 08:45 Presentation set up University of Helsinki, Main Building, Small Festival Hall, Fabianinkatu 33
08:00 - 08:45 Poster set up University of Helsinki, Main Building, 4th floor, Fabianinkatu 33
08:00 - 17:00 The Power of Thought -exhibition University of Helsinki, Main Building, 3rd floor, Fabianinkatu 33
09:00 - 10:45 Session V: University of Helsinki, Main Building, Small Festival Hall, Fabianinkatu 33
Keynote Igor Tikhonov, the Head of the Museum of History of the St. Petersburg State University **** Lyndel King and Graciela Weisinger: Neuroscience + technology = the challenge of redesigning the way of learning at university museums **** Yves Winkin: Artists in university museums: from disturbance to balance **** Alison Hadfield: Through a glass darkly: museum learning in a digital age **** Jeng-Horng Chen: University museum as a platform: three modes of initiator-activity-function theory **** Eloisa Sousa and Lucia Helena Marchon Leão Ramalho, Taís Rodrigues Sobral, Ellen Cortez Contreiras: The scientific collection of the Biomedical Institute of the Federal Fluminense University preserved memory in the face of the modernization of teaching practices
10:45 - 11.00 Break
11:00 - 12:15 Session VI: Inform All presentations:
VI: Kaija-Liisa Koovit and Tiina Vint: University of Tartu Museum medical case histories collection **** Yulia Kupina: Between traditions and obligations: case of the Russian university museums **** Ricardo Molina, Karin Weil Gonzales, Alejandro Bravo, Francisca Poblete, Yerko Monje and Claudia Ordoñez: First inventory of university collections and archives. Processes and lessons learned at the Universidad Austral de Chile **** Chiahsin Chen: Science communication and multiple stakeholder collaboration for community health: exhibition of dengue fever in Southern Taiwan in NCKU Museum **** Kathryn Eccles, S. Ackermann, J. Cameron, H. Hotson and G. Vitelli: Cabinet – Digital transformation of teaching with objects **** Po Yi Elena Cheung: Connecting the disconnected: audience development in the digital age in Hong Kong **** Dissanayake Mudiyanselage Suratissa: A combined preservation method as an economical technique to protect and preserve vertebrate specimens as a strategy to face economic crisis in a natural history museum University of Helsinki, Main Building, Small Festival Hall, Fabianinkatu 33
12:15 - 13:15 Lunch
13:15 - 14:30 Session VII: Poster presentations: University of Helsinki, Main Building, 4th floor, Fabianinkatu 33
Lea Leppik: Georg Friedrich Parrot, a global citizen in province and his legacy **** Marika Hedin: Refining Gustavianum, Uppsala University Museum: Building on success **** Mei-Fang Kuo: Taiwan traditional architecture components as agents of social change at Cheng-Kung University Museum **** Nathalie Séjalon-Delmas: The role of cultural sponsorship to support university collections, in a difficult economical context **** Shikoh Shiraiwa: Evolution of Native American art: Traditional to contemporary -art exhibition to celebrate Native American heritage month- **** Simón Urbina, Karin Weil Gonzalez, Marcelo Godoy Gallardo, Leonor Adán: Social and legal protection of ceramic collections as a key aspect of sustainable heritage management in collaborations between university museums and communities in a South American region (Chile) **** Dominick Verschelde: Creating rubi: assembling a true-bone skeleton of a Chinese dragon
14:45 - 15:15 Coffee break
15:00 - 16:30 UMAC General Assembly Meeting AGM University of Helsinki, Main Building, Small Festival Hall, Fabianinkatu 33
17:00 onwards Three guiding options:
17:00 - 18:00 National Library and Kaisa House, architecture tour Starting point: Unioninkatu 36, Helsinki
17:00 - 18:00 Helsinki City Museum Aleksanterinkatu 16, Helsinki
17:00 - 18:35 Suomenlinna, UNESCO World Heritage site Starting point: Market Square. The ferry leaves at 17:00 to Suomenlinna and leaves back to Market Square at 18:20.
19:30 - 22:00 Gala Dinner (at own expense) Restaurant Sipuli, Kanavaranta 7, Helsinki
Thursday 7.9.2017
7:30 - 11:00 Transfer towards Jyväskylä via buses Starting points: Hotel Katajanokka at 7.30, Hotel Scandic Grand Marina at 7.45, Fabianinkatu 33 at 8:00
11:00 - 12:00 Lunch at Rutalahti Letkaliiteri, Koskelantie 56, Rutalahti
12:00 - 13:30 Rutalahti welcome and presentations: e.g. Finnish folk dance culture, Leivonmäki National Park: Maarit Kinnunen, Samuli Huikko, Annamari Pirinen, Janika Tanni, Jonna Timonen & Tanja Koskela Letkaliiteri, Koskelantie 56, Rutalahti
14:00 - 16:30 Boat to Jyväskylä Starting point: Rutalahti Port
14:15 - 15:15 Lake Päijänne biosphere presentation: Päivi Halinen
15:15 - 16:15 UMAC Working Groups
16:30 - 17:00 Accommodation at Alba Hotel Ahlmaninkatu 4, Jyväskylä
17.30 - 18.30 Visit to Marimekko Kauppakatu 33, Jyväskylä. The bus takes the visitors from Alba Hotel to Marimekko and forward to Jyväskylä University Reception.
19:00 - 21:00 Jyväskylä University Reception: Maija Ekosaari, Vice Chair of ICOM FINLAND, Ari Muhonen & Pirjo Vuorinen, Open Science Centre & Jyväskylä University Museum University of Jyväskylä, S-Building, Old Festival Hall
Friday 8.9.2017
08:00 - 18:00 Registration & info University of Jyväskylä, Main Building, 1st floor, Seminaarinkatu 15, Jyväskylä
08:00 - 08:45 Presentation set up University of Jyväskylä, Main Building, Festival Hall C1, Seminaarinkatu 15, Jyväskylä
09:00 - 11:00 Session VIII: University of Jyväskylä, Main Building, Festival Hall C1, Seminaarinkatu 15, Jyväskylä
Ying Hu: Culture presentation for international understanding: taking Museum of East China Normal University as an example **** Yu Homma: Unfolding cultural narratives of city: university’s museum and cultural resources in local area **** Jennifer McComas: Globalizing narratives of postwar art at the Eskenazi Museum of Art **** Ondřej Dostál: Unique topics and globalized outreach **** Alessia Mistretta: Reviving means protecting: The case of the plaster cast collection of the University of Geneva
11:00 - 12:00 Lunch
12:00 - 13:30 Session IX: University of Jyväskylä, Main Building, Festival Hall C1, Seminaarinkatu 15, Jyväskylä
Suzie Thomas and Anna Wessman: Marrying the global with the local: teaching university-level museum studies **** Magdalini-Boumpoulina Ntinou & Evgenia Xenia Vafeiadou: Museum of Education: challenges and successes in a Greek university museum **** Dorina Xherai-Subashi: University collections: expectations from Albania **** Mirna Heruc: The importance of visibility **** Patricia Huang: A collection care programme for / with school students
13:30 - 14:30 Farewell buffet & coffee
14:30 - 16:00 Tours at the Seminaarinmäki Campus: Seminaarinmäki history tour, Jyväskylä University Museum, Alvar Aalto Museum or The Natural History Museum of Central Finland University of Jyväskylä
15:00 - 18:00 First bus back to Helsinki Bus takes a tour via Helsinki Airport.
16:30 - 19:30 Second bus back to Helsinki Bus takes a tour via Helsinki Airport.
Saturday 9.9.2017
Excursion 1 University of Tartu: Visit Estonia (at own expense) Starting point: Tallinn Harbour, Tallinn, Estonia
Excursion 2 More Finnish Museums: Mänttä and Tampere (at own expense) Starting point: Hotel Alba, Ahlmaninkatu 4, Jyväskylä

Registration

 

 

2_2011126a1Conference registration: July 1 - September 3

Fee 240 €

Register here: https://www.lyyti.fi/reg/umac2017_basic

 

Student registration

Fee 180 €

Register here: https://www.lyyti.fi/reg/umac2017_student.

 

One-day registration

Fee 100 €

Register here: https://www.lyyti.fi/reg/umac2017_oneday.

 

Avec

Meant for spouses and partners. The fee includes receptions, guided tours, travel cards for public transport to travel around Helsinki, and bus and boat trips to Jyväskylä.

Fee 80 €

Register here: https://www.lyyti.fi/reg/umac2017_avec.

 

Early bird conference registration: May 1 - June 30

Fee 210 €

The Early bird registration has closed. Please use the other registration options.

 

If you have problems with using credit card or you don't have a Paypal account, please contact umac2017@helsinki.fi for more registration options.

Early bird fee, basic conference fee and student fee include all the sessions, guided tours of the Helsinki University Museum, Suomenlinna and Seminaarinmäki, Get together party, buffets during the Helsinki City Reception and the University of Jyväskylä reception, travel cards for public transport in Helsinki, and bus and boat trips to Jyväskylä.

Not Included: Hotels, Pre-Conference Events, Gala Dinner, Post-Conference Excursions.

Registration can be cancelled until August 31 with a refund of 50 % of the conference fee. No refunds will be given after August 31. Upon cancellation, please send an e-mail with your contact details and bank account number to the address umac2017@helsinki.fi. Thank you for supporting the 17th UMAC Conference!

 

 

Special events

Pre-Conference Events, September 4th and the Gala Dinner, September 6th

Register here: https://www.lyyti.fi/reg/UMAC2017_preday_and_galadinner

Pre-Conference events: Monday September 4

Please note: Pre-Conference events 1-2 listed below are not included in the conference fee or the number of participants is limited.

1. Would you like to enjoy a true sauna-experience hosted by The Finnish Sauna Society? Join to the pre-conference event to hear about history of Finnish sauna culture and get a possibility to take a sauna bath. Wearing bathing suits and towels is allowed in sauna. Please take your own bathing suit along, towels are available by the Finnish Sauna Society. There are separate showers and dressing rooms for men and women but the entrance to the sauna is via a unisex shower room. Refreshments will be served afterwards. Fee: 15 €. Limited to 40 persons.

See more: http://www.sauna.fi/in-english/the-finnish-sauna-society/.

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2. How did students build the center of Helsinki? Join us on a journey to two of the key places in Finnish student history, the Old Student House and the New Student House. The Old Student House completed in 1870 is one of the most notable buildings in Finnish cultural history and has witnessed many celebrations and turmoils. The New Student House completed in 1910 has been (and still is) the center of Helsinki's student life for decades, but has also housed all sorts of enterprises and even permanent residents during its history. Both buildings stand out from the street view with their architectural appearance and are a must see for anyone visiting Helsinki! Please note: This tour is NOT barrier-free! And it is NOT just for students! No fee is required. Limited to 20 persons.

The tour is hosted by The Friends of the History of the Student Union of the University of Helsinki (HYYHY). See more: http://hyyhy.fi/in-english/.

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Gala Dinner, Restaurant Sipuli: Wednesday September 6th.

The restaurant Sipuli in Katajanokka serves us delicious buffet:

Sesame prawns with a soy sauce aioli, Salmon with herbs served with a tomato and avocade vinaigrette, Fiery chicken breast with apple chutney, Beef tataki with marinated radishes, Roast broccoli, carrot and pumpkin seeds, Pear, blue cheese and nut salad, Mixed herb salad with rustic bread and hummus, Slow-cooked leg of lamb served with with parsnips and tzatziki and Chocolate panna cotta with mango and passion fruit. Special diets will be taken into account.

Attendance on Gala Dinner at own expense.  Fee: 46 €. Dress code: Smart casual.

Please note: The restaurant needs time to make the necessary arrangements. Please register as soon as possible.

 

Post-Conference excursions:

Local Organizing Committee of UMAC 2017 has planned excursions to take place after the Conference. Would you be interested in taking part?

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Please note: The Post-Conference excursions will be organized at participants own expense. They are not included in the conference fees. If you are planning to participate in, you need to book a hotel room in Helsinki or in Jyväskylä for the night between September 8th and 9th depending on your excursion choice.


1. Visit Estonia!

Register here: http://www.natmuseum.ut.ee/en/UMAC-post-conference

University of Tartu acts as a host on this two-day tour in Estonia, one of Finland’s neighbor countries. Please visit the address http://www.natmuseum.ut.ee/en/UMAC-post-conference for more information and the program of the excursion.

Fee: 80 €.

Starting point: Tallinn on September 9th.

Deadline for registration: August 31st, 2017. If you wish to register later, please send an e-mail to the organizers in Tartu.

Cancellation: If you cancel your registration before August 31st, 2017, the excursion fee 80 € will be returned. For cancelling, please send an email to the organizers in Tartu.

Contacts:

Reet Mägi

Head of the Deparment of Exhibitions and Education, University of Tartu Natural History Museum

Email: reet.magi@ut.ee

Phone: +372 5040826

Please note: If you participate in, you need to book a hotel room in Helsinki for the night between September 8th and 9th and a ferry ticket from Helsinki to Tallinn.


2. More Finnish Museums!

Register here: https://www.lyyti.fi/reg/umac2017_excursion_morefinnishmuseums

This one-day excursion begins on Saturday morning, September 9th when a bus leaves from Jyväskylä. The round trip directs first towards Serlachius Museums in Mänttä. Paper mill owner Gösta Serlachius was an art collector and patron of arts already in 1920’s. Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation was established in 1933 with the purpose to build and maintain a museum in Mänttä. A part of Joenniemi manor, Serlachius' home, was opened as a museum in August 1945. A guided tour will present both Finnish art and history of wood processing industry in Finland. http://www.serlachius.fi/en/our-museums/gosta/

In afternoon the tour directs towards Tampere where Museum centre Vapriikki awaits. Vapriikki hosts about a dozen exhibitions with varied themes, for example history, technology, and natural sciences. http://vapriikki.fi/en/

The excursion ends in Helsinki in the evening. The excursion bus takes a tour via Helsinki airport.

Fee: 60 €.

The fee includes: Bus trips, lunch and guided tours.

Not included: Accommodation for the nights September 8th-9th or 9th-10th.

Please note: If you participate in, you need a book a hotel room in Jyväskylä for the night between September 8th and 9th.

Pre-program for the excursion:

9.00 The bus starts from Jyväskylä

10.15 Arrival in Mänttä

10.30-11.30 Guidance in Art Museum Gösta

11.30-12.30 Lunch: Salad and soup buffet

12.30 The bus continues towards Tampere

14.00 Arrival in Tampere

14.15-16.00 Guidance in Museum centre Vapriikki 1 h and free time to explore the exhibitions

16.00 The bus leaves towards Helsinki

18.00 Arrival in Helsinki Airport

18.30 Arrival in Helsinki city center

Starting point: Jyväskylä. 

Please note: The excursion is organized only if the minimum 20 persons join in by September 3rd at the latest. If the participation is below 20 persons, the excursion is cancelled. The participants will be notified of this by the organizers closer to the event.

The payment: If the minimum 20 persons register for the excursion, paying the fee 60 € is possible in Helsinki and in Jyväskylä while participating in the UMAC 2017 Conference.

Museum Boot Camp: Professional Development Workshop

On Monday September 4th, before the UMAC 2017 Conference, there is now a chance to participate in Professional Development Workshop, first time in UMAC’s history! The Museum Boot Camp is hosted by Jill Hartz, Executive Director of Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon. This one-day workshop introduces for example techniques to evaluate collection's educational role within the university structure, to apply basic methodological skills to the development of museums' policies and procedures and to obtain knowledge of strategic planning and implementation. Morning coffee and tea, light lunch and workshop materials are included in the fee. Fee: 60 € / 50 €. Limited to 30 persons.

Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScm6NtmanBvpLE-CZaxMR7sF0WEpxULAFgRQYnTj0VVFJ3euw/viewform.

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Accommodation

Hotels in Helsinki:  http://www.visithelsinki.fi/en/stay-and-enjoy/accommodation 

Hotels in Jyväskylä: http://visitjyvaskyla.fi/en/stay-over-relax/accommodation.

Also www.Trivago.com and www.Booking.com are easy websites for searching hotels.

Please note: If you are planning to stay the whole Conference, you need to book hotel rooms both in Helsinki and in Jyväskylä. The Conference moves to Jyväskylä, about 300 kilometers from Helsinki, on Thursday, September 7.

Post-Conference Excursions

Please note: If you are planning to participate in Post-Conference Excursions, you need to book a hotel room in Helsinki or in Jyväskylä for the night between September 8 and 9 depending on your excursion choice.

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Helsinki (University of Helsinki)

Jyväskylä (University of Jyväskylä)

Guided tours options on Wednesday at 17 in Helsinki

National Library of Finland and Kaisa House, the new Main Library of the University of Helsinki:

https://www.kansalliskirjasto.fi/en/info/architecture

http://www.helsinki.fi/kirjasto/en/contact-us/media/main-library-kaisa-house/


Helsinki City Museum:

www.helsinginkaupunginmuseo.fi/en


Suomenlinna, UNESCO World Heritage site:

www.suomenlinna.fi/en

On the way from Helsinki to Jyväskylä

Useful to know

History of Finland: https://finland.fi/life-society/main-outlines-of-finnish-history/

Information about the University of Helsinki: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/university/the-university-of-helsinki-in-brief

Information about the University of Jyväskylä: http://esittely.jyu.fi/en/

Brief history of Helsinki: https://www.hel.fi/helsinki/en/administration/information/history/

Brief history of Jyväskylä: http://www3.jkl.fi/historia/short/

Climate in Finland:

In early September in Helsinki the weather is usually mild and pleasant, though the weather might change rapidly.

The main factor influencing Finland's climate is the country's geographical position between the 60th and 70th northern parallels in the Eurasian continent's coastal zone, which shows characteristics of both a maritime and a continental climate, depending on the direction of air flow. The mean temperature in Finland is several degrees (as much as 10°C in winter) higher than that of other areas in these latitudes, e.g. Siberia and south Greenland. The temperature is raised by the Baltic Sea, inland waters and, above all, by airflows from the Atlantic, which are warmed by the North Atlantic Drift (itself an extension of the Gulf Stream).

When westerly winds prevail, the weather is warm and clear in most of the country due to the 'föhn' phenomenon caused by the Keel range. Despite the moderating effect of the ocean, the Asian continental climate also extends to Finland at times, manifesting itself as severe cold in winter and extreme heat in summer. (Source Ilmatieteenlaitos)

See: http://en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi/climate.

For weather forecast and details, see also http://www.foreca.com/Finland/Helsinki.

Travelling in Finland

In Finland almost all the services are provided in Finnish, Swedish and English languages.

Helsinki, Finland is easy to approach by plane from around the world. Helsinki-Vantaa airport is a major hub for air traffic between Europe, Asia, and North America. See https://www.finavia.fi/en/helsinki-airport/.

By train the distance between St.Petersburg, Russia and Helsinki is about 4 hours.

A fast boat from Tallinn, Estonia takes about 1,5 – 4 hours, and a ship from Sweden about 12 to 20 hours.

 

Entering Finland

Finland is one of the Schengen countries in European Union.

Citizens of some countries need a visa for entering Finland. Please, check the status of Your country from  http://formin.finland.fi/Public/ Entering Finland and travelling abroad.

Every participant has a responsibility to follow the regulations needed.

Be sure to have a proper passport and other documents with You when You travel.

If a formal letter of invitation is needed, please contact umac2017@helsinki.fi early enough.

 

Public transportation

Airport

There is a train connection ’Ring Rail Line’ between the Helsinki Airport and the City Center. Use of the train is highly recommended. Follow the signs at the Airport/Main railway station. There is a train between every 5 minutes, and the travelling time is about 30 minutes.

Jyväskylä has a domestic airport. The distance between Helsinki and Jyväskylä airports is about one hour. See: http://www.finavia.fi/en/jyvaskyla/.

Taxis

In Helsinki and in Jyväskylä the taxis are reliable but a bit expensive way for moving around. The fares are regulated and based to the lenght of the trip. E.g. a taxi from the Helsinki airport to the city center is about 42 €.

At the Helsinki airport there is a line of Taxis at the exit of the building.

A taxi from Jyväskylä to Helsinki Airport (about 260 kilometers) is 380 €. If you need a taxi from Jyväskylä to Helsinki, please inform the conference organizers. The price given is a special discount for the University of Jyväskylä visitors.

A proper Taxi has a yellow sign ’Taksi’ or ’Taxi’ on the roof of the car. The cars are of good quality, and can take 4–8 persons depending on the car.

Taxi can be reserved by phone, but a normal way to get a car is to go to the nearest Taxi-station. The hotel receptionists call a car fast and easily when requested.

See: http://www.taksihelsinki.fi/en.

Buses and trams

The long distance buses have a terminal at the Kamppi-station. See: https://www.matkahuolto.fi/en/.

Helsinki City center is a small cape between the Eastern Helsinki suburbs and the City of Espoo. Most of the places of interest are on walking distance.

For moving around in Helsinki downtown the locals prefer to use the trams. The same tickets are valid in trams, local buses and the metro.

The metroline connects the suburbs by the coastline from east to west. The suburban areas in the northern parts of the city have connections by bus or local trains, operating from the Main Railway Station.

For the UMAC 2017 Conference, Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) has granted to participants travel cards which are valid in Helsinki, Espoo, Kauniainen and Vantaa in September 4–7. You can plan your timetables and routes in Helsinki in advance via HSL Route Search https://www.hsl.fi/en/timetables-and-routes.

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Trains

For longer trips the trains are recommended way for transport. The distance between Helsinki and Jyväskylä is about 3 hours by train. From Helsinki to Lapland the train takes about 13 hours.

For timetables and tickets see: https://www.vr.fi/cs/vr/en/frontpage.

 

In case of emergency and security issues

Finland is one of the safest countries in the world. In Helsinki the criminal rate is very low, but the city has a dark side too. It is not recommended to enter the parks of the city alone in middle of the night, and during the summertime it is important to take care of Your wallet and handbag where ever You go. But if You forget Your wallet somewhere, it is quite possible that You will get it back - with money and cards – in a short time.

The official general emergency number in case of accident etc. is the standard European 112.

See: http://www.112.fi/other_languages.

 

Do It Yourself - Travel tips

Are you planning to stay in Finland before or after the Conference? Would you like to see more of our country? Here are some recommendations of interesting and beautiful places in Finland:

Helsinki is our capital city. Enjoy great museums, restaurants and sights: http://www.visithelsinki.fi/en.

Besides the Jyväskylä University Museum, Jyväskylä hosts for example Alvar Aalto Museum and Craft Museum of Finland. Enjoy the friendly atmosphere of the Central Finland! More to find here: http://visitjyvaskyla.fi/en.


Only time for a one day off ? Daytrips are a great way to spend one day:

Porvoo is a lovely little city, a short bus trip from Helsinki and full of history and nice shops and restaurants. More info here: https://www.visitporvoo.fi/visit-porvoo.

The Lake Tuusula region has played a significant role in Finland's cultural history, having been the home of many great artists. The Lake Tuusula region and the little town Järvenpää nearby offer many interesting sights. The area is easily reached by train from Helsinki. Read more: http://www.visittuusulanjarvi.fi/en.

Fiskars is the oldest company in Finland, grounded in 1649 and known for the orange scissors. The company got its name from the village Fiskars. This locality is today a village of artists, artisans and designers. Fiskars is easily reachable by train from Helsinki to Karjaa and from there by bus to Fiskars (Raasepori). Read more: http://www.fiskarsvillage.fi/en.


Staying for many nights?

In Finland we have 7 Unesco World Heritage sites. A guided tour to Suomenlinna is a part of the Conference program but more information of the 6 others you find here: http://www.visitfinland.com/article/unesco-world-heritage-sites/

Punkaharju is one of the Finland’s national landscapes. The Punkaharju ridge offers a breathtaking view of the Lake Saimaa region to be enjoyed via trekking or cycling. Also Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum is located in Punkaharju. Find out more: http://www.visitpunkaharju.fi/en/.

Finnish Lapland is the home of the Santa Claus. In summer the Midnight Sun doesn’t set at all. In autumn you can admire the beauty of “ruska” - the time when all the foliage turn into bright autumn colors like yellow, red and orange. Lapland offers many possibilities for hiking trips and enjoying the nature. Find out more: http://www.visitfinland.com/lapland/.

Åland is an archipelago in the Baltic Sea. It is autonomous, demilitarized area of Finland and is the only monolingually Swedish-speaking region in Finland. Åland has 6,700 named islands. The sea is always near! Find out more: http://www.visitaland.com/en/.

How to get around via public transport:

Buses: https://matkahuolto.fi/en/

Trains: https://www.vr.fi/cs/vr/en/frontpage

 

Contacts

Secretariat of the UMAC 2017 conference e-mail:
umac2017@helsinki.fi
Street address: Fabianinkatu 33, Helsinki

Post address:
Helsinki University Museum, UMAC2017
Po Box 3
00014 University of Helsinki, Finland

Follow us in Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UMAC-2017-Finland-328985574159850/

UMAC homepage: http://publicus.culture.hu-berlin.de/umac/

Please note: The official language of the Conference is English.

Our supporters

Kone Foundation: http://www.koneensaatio.fi/en

The Federation of Finnish Learned Societies: https://www.tsv.fi/en

The City of Helsinki: https://www.hel.fi/helsinki/en

HSL: https://www.hsl.fi/en

Marimekko: http://company.marimekko.com/

Fiskars: https://www.fiskarsgroup.com/

 

Photos taken during the Conference

1. The Official opening of the Conference.  photos2

2. Marta C. Lourenço opens the Conference. ph9

3. Pekka Haavisto, a Member of the Parliament of Finland.  ph5

4. The Audience during a session in Helsinki. ph4

5. The Audience during a session in Helsinki. photos3

6. Thomas Wilhelmsson, the chancellor of the University of Helsinki welcomes the Conference to Helsinki. ph6

7. UMAC Award 2017 Winners. photos3

8. Sinetti-Seitsikko at the Gala Dinner. ph8

9. Waiting for lunch in Rutalahti. ph12

10. Lunch in Rutalahti. ph13

11. Dancing starts soon.. ph14

12. Letkajenkka!  ph15

13. "Finnish Summer", our boat from Rutalahti to Jyväskylä. ph16

14. Visit to Marimekko. ph17

15. Jyväskylä University Reception.  ph18

16. Henrik Nissinen plays two Jean Sibelius' pieces to the audience.  ph19

17. The buffet table at the Jyväskylä University reception. ph20

18. Some members of the LOC: Ari Muhonen, Pirjo Vuorinen, Sten Björkman and Panu Nykänen. ph22

19. The Audience during a session in Jyväskylä. ph23

20. The final session in Jyväskylä, Janne Vilkuna as the Chairman. ph24