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European GBIF Nodes Meeting 2013
The annual meeting of the European GBIF Nodes was organised by GBIF Finland in Joensuu 6-8 March 2013.
Tuesday 5 March
Arrivals throughout the day. Please note that Finland is in the Eastern European Time Zone, GMT+02.
Wednesday 6 March
09-12 Session I - Overview of GBIF activities, reporting by the Secretariat
13-17 Session II - Digitisation, including demonstration of mass-digitisation at Digitarium; also see this recommended reading
17-22 Welcome ice-breaker, dinner and sauna at the conference venue
Thursday 7 March
09-12 Session III - Nodes in Europe, state of the art
13-17 Session IV - Interaction with European biodiversity initiatives and projects
Friday 8 March
09-11 Session V - Focus on potential directions and developments
11-12 Departure to airport for a flight at 12:30 (for those not continuing to the tour)
11-20 Tour to the easternmost point of the continental European Union, 130 km east of Joensuu, including stopovers for an ethnic Carelian style lunch, cultural and biological sight-seeing, and an outdoor BBQ in the wilderness. The tour is optional, and a maximum 16 people can attend the tour - attendance is indicated below. See detailed agenda on pdf.
On your own, optional programme. Visit Carelicum, a museum representing the region. Cross-country and down-hill ski trips to the Koli mountain area or other locations. You may also want to stay at the Mekrijärvi Research Station of the University, which is a good place for cross-country skiing, ice fishing, writing your next scientific paper in peace and quiet, and for other activities. Contact the organiser for further information.
The meeting venue is Joensuu Science Park, Länsikatu 15, FI-80100 Joensuu. The sessions will take place in the Temple of Challenge hall of the conference facility "Network Oasis". Demonstrations will take place at Digitarium hall in the same building complex.
Joensuu is a city of 73,000 inhabitants, the provincial capital of North Carelia, and site of the largest campus of the University of Eastern Finland. Joensuu is located 440 km north-east of Helsinki, near latitude N63, longitude E30.
Flights: For international travel, plane change in Helsinki is required. There are 6 scheduled flights each day between Helsinki and Joensuu on Finnair and its commuter FlyBe. They also serve most European major cities. Check Finnair web site for prices and schedules, and book early for low prices.
There is a bus from the airport to the city centre on weekdays. Leave the bus at the central square, and do not continue to the end station. The bus will not run on Saturday or Sunday. Taxi to hotel will cost about 20 € - their phone number is +35860110100.
Trains: There are 9 train connections each day between Helsinki and Joensuu. Travel time is about 4:30 hours. Check Finnish Railroads web site for prices and schedules. Connection to Saint Petersburg and beyond is also available.
Hotels: Green Star is the selected conference hotel, and all sponsored attendees will stay here. Their bookings will be made centrally by the organiser from a prebooked block of rooms. Others will need to book their stay themselves in any of the hotels listed here.
Climate and how to prepare
Climate in Joensuu is boreal and continental. March being the driest month of year, plenty of sunshine and and snow can normally be expected. In early March, daytime maximum temperature is typically -5 to -10 C and nighttime minimum -10 to -20 C. The winter has been mild so far, but is now going to strike back -- check the forecast. Do bring some warm clothes, including multiple layers of insulation, thick socks, spacious sturdy boots, sunglasses, and separate slippers for indoor use.
Costs and sponsoring
Travel costs to Joensuu will be borne by the attendees, but most of the rest will be covered. Meals listed in the agenda will be provided for all registered attendees. Accommodation at the conference hotel will be covered for maximum 4 nights for the named Members of the Nodes Committee whose office is within the EU/EEA, or another representative assigned by them.
The sponsor of this meeting is the European Social Fund. Details of this and other EU structural funds will be given in session II.
Contact the organiser Hannu Saarenmaa hannu.saarenmaa(ät)helsinki.fi to register. Do mention a) whether you are the official representative for which we will book the hotel (give arrival and departure dates), b) if you will attend the Friday tour, and c) if you have any diet requirements. Do not hesitate to ask, if you have further questions.
Your name, node, and tour option will be listed below when confirmed.
- Steve Wilkinson, UK
- Dag Endresen, NO
- Andre Heughebaert, BE
- Dimitri Brosens, BE, tour
- Alexander Ryss, RU, tour
- Liam Lysaght, IE, tour
- Anders Telenius, SE
- Aaike De Wever, BioFresh
- Francisco Pando, ES, tour
- Anne-Sophie Archambeau, FR, tour
- Pere Roca Ristol, FR, tour
- Marie-Elise Lecoq, FR
- Isabel Calabuig, DK, tour
- Rui Figueira, PT
- Sónia Dias, Bioversity
- Cees Hof, NL, tour
- Xander van der Sar, NL, tour
- Maren Gleisberg, DE
- Tanja Koskela, FI
- Yde de Jong, BioVeL, tour
- Burke Chih-Jen Ko, GBIF, tour
- Olaf Bánki, GBIF
- Wouter Los, LifeWatch
- Piotr Tykarski, PL, tour
- Mickaël Graf, SE
- Benjamin Komac, AD, tour
- Wouter Addink, ETI, tour
- Hanna Koivula, FI
In addition a number of Digitarium staff and trainees will be present in selected sessions.
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