Welcome to IATUL 2014

The 35th IATUL Conference will be held from 2nd to 5th June 2014 at Aalto University in Espoo, in the Helsinki Metropolitan area, Finland.

Aalto_kampuskuvia_Otaniemi-k2012_by_Mikko_Raskinen_005Aalto University brings together excellence in technology, business, art and design as a result of a recent merger of Helsinki University of Technology, Helsinki School of Economics, and the University of Art and Design. Today the new university atmosphere is marked by enthusiasm, courage, and passion for research and learning.

The Otaniemi campus area just outside Helsinki is a perfect setting for the IATUL 2014 conference. It is the largest technology, innovation, and business hub in Finland and in Northern Europe. The area joins Aalto University with a mix of world class research organizations and hundreds of companies from start-ups to multinational corporations. The university takes advantage of this unique environment of over 15 000 students and close to 20 000 technology professionals from more than 100 countries, and offers creative new concepts and spaces – such as Design Factory and Start-up Sauna Venture Garage – for students, researchers, educators, and industry to come together, work, learn, and co-create. This dynamic spirit of Otaniemi will be an inspiration for the conference discussions and networking sessions around challenges facing scientific and technological libraries around the globe.

In early June Helsinki is characterized by greenness and plenty of daylight hours, the city being one of the most northern capitals of the world. It is a pocket-size metropolis where it is easy to move around even on foot. Surrounded by water, the Baltic Sea, the city in between east and west invites you to explore and discover its archipelago, history, architecture as well as design. For pre and post conference activities, Helsinki offers the possibility to easily reach the neighboring countries and cities of Stockholm, St. Petersburg and Tallinn.

We look forward welcoming you to this exciting event in Finland in June 2014!

On behalf of the Organising Committee,
Irma Pasanen, Conference convener
Associate Library Director for Information Services
Aalto University Library
 

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