Social Events

Make the most of your conference and join the social events – meet & network with old and new colleagues!

Welcome reception on July 10, 2024, at 18:00 – 21:00 Finnish Sauna evening at Löyly (Hernesaarenranta 4, Helsinki)

We welcome all ADA 2024 participants to the get-together & networking event on Wednesday, 10 July .

Our setting is the iconic Löyly Sauna, Bar & Restaurant on the southern tip of Helsinki. During the informal evening, you will get to enjoy refreshments and the famous Löyly salmon soup. Finnish actor and fisherman Jasper Pääkkönen is behind the secret recipe for the soup, and he is also one of the founders of Löyly.
The entire sauna department and its adjacent terrace are reserved for ADA 18:30-21:00. Why not try the gentle steam of the smoke sauna and take a refreshing swim in the sea! We warmly recommend it and remind you to bring your swimsuit as the saunas are mixed.
You can naturally join the party without going to the sauna; the terrace towards the sea will be our outdoor venue.


Löyly is one of the most popular things to see and do in Helsinki and the perfect setting for ADA 2024 participants to relax and wrap up their first day at the conference. In 2018, Löyly was among Time Magazine’s 100 Best Places in the World.

Sauna is an essential part of Finnish culture and the national identity. There are only 5.4 million Finns, but the country has 3.3 million saunas. Löyly is without a doubt one of the most popular public saunas in Helsinki – now you have the opportunity find out why.

Cruise & Conference Dinner on July 11, 2024

Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre Hanaholmen (Hanaholmsstranden 5, Espoo)

After the second conference day, we will take you out for a tour at sea! A private boat will cruise along the shore and offer a small treat of seaside Espoo. We will pass the nearby Keilaniemi business park – a hub of high tech, innovations and business life, as well as the beautiful Espoo archipelago.
Unplugged from the buzz of the city, our elegant yet charming Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre Hanaholmen welcomes us. It is located on its own island on the border between Espoo and Helsinki, about 4 km from the Aalto University campus and conference venue. Its Restaurant PLATS will serve us locally sourced, organic Finnish delicacies with hand-picked wines!

You will get a feel of the Nordic White Nights as midsummer has been celebrated only a couple of weeks earlier!

Hanaholmen (photograph: Robert Lindström)

The mission of Hanaholmen is to convey the benefits of Finnish–Swedish cooperation and to strengthen the Finns’ belonging to the Nordic family. Echoing the conference theme, the values and mission of Hanaholmen are peace, security and inclusion; culture, knowledge and education; and sustainable welfare. The attractive building features many Nordic design details.

How to Get to Hanaholmen

Our private water bus will leave at 18:30 (TBC) from the pier Otaranta (outside Hotel Radisson Espoo). The tour will take approximately 30 minutes. You can also reach Hanaholmen by public transport (Metro: Koivusaari station-2 stops from the Aalto University station).

An illustration of the future Keilaniemi.
The Keilaniemi business district will be expanded with new offices, hotels and residential buildings.
Photo: SARC Architects