This time it was the University of Helsinki that hosted the Oikos Finland conference on 30th January – 1st February 2017. Because Finland will be 100 years independent in 2017, the conference also celebrated 100 years of Finnish ecology. There were in total 364 registered ecology and evolutionary biology participants. The conference was located in the main building of the university in the city center of Helsinki.
The first day was a pre-conference symposium in memory of Professor Ilkka Hanski. It was heart-warming to listen the talks of his colleagues tell how he had inspired their research and the several different study topics he had excelled during his career.
In the evening of that first day we had a get-together party at the Museum of Natural History in the middle of dinosaurs, sharks and other animals.
The program of the two main conference days included four plenary talks (Eline Lorenze, Janne Kotiaho, Maarja Öpik and Virpi Lummaa), presentations from participants in two lecture halls and a poster session. The talks were chosen well to present different taxa and study topics.
The conference dinner was a delicious buffet dinner at a nearby Hotel Arthur. Lively discussions there and later at a next-door bar Kaisla.
The conference was well-organized, and full of excellent presentations and interesting discussions.
The conference was also a trend in Twitter. 😉
And at least at some point I had used most the conference hashtag #FinOikos17 😀
I’m looking forward to the next Oikos conferences.
© Elina Mäntylä (firstname.lastname@example.org), 13 February 2017