The conference will be held on the historic campus of the University of Tartu, located in the heart of Estonia’s second-largest city, Tartu. The University of Tartu is one of the oldest universities in Eastern Europe, founded by the Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus in 1632.

The conference venue is a short walk away from most hotels and the bus station. The main conference venue for panel sessions is the Faculty of Social Sciences (Lossi 36); the registration on Sunday as well as the keynotes will be held at the main building of the University of Tartu (Ülikooli 18). Both buildings are accessible from Ülikooli/ Lossi street that starts right behind the Tartu Town Hall. Ülikooli 18 is on your right behind the Town Hall Square and Lossi 36 is up on the hill on your left. Click here to download the map of conference venues.

All conference rooms are equipped with a projector and PC and speakers. No other audio-visual equipment will be provided. For Mac laptops: Be sure to bring the necessary cables to connect your Mac laptop to the projector. Free Wi-Fi (network name: ut-public) is available in all conference rooms.

The city of Tartu is a charming university town whose relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere creates a perfect environment for scholarly conversations. Tartu's neoclassical centre is small enough to cover on foot.

In 2024, Tartu, together with Southern Estonia, will be the European Capital of Culture. The European Capital of Culture is Europe's most prized cultural project, bringing together all the ideas, people and areas of an organising city or region.

The leading theme of Tartu 2024, the European Capital of Culture is “Arts of Survival” which is meant to express the power of the arts in affecting Europe’s future in three larger areas of life: environmentally friendly culture with a focus on real human communication, strong communities and essential skills for living and, indeed, survival in the coming years.

The four most important Arts of Survival featured in the Tartu 2024 programme are uniqueness, sustainability, awareness, and co-creation.

Tartu2024 logoSince 1985, many prominent cities all over Europe have carried the title of a European Capital of Culture (ECoC). Every year at least two cities in Europe are designated with the ECoC title by the choice of an international jury (panel). The aim of an ECoC process is to encourage urban regeneration in order to change the city's image and foster culture driven development. The focus is on culture in a broad sense.

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Further tourist information:

The homepage of the city of Tartu

The homepage of the University of Tartu

Tartu in Your Pocket City Guide

Tourism Information of Tartu

Visit Estonia travel guide