WG2 and 4 Meeting in Finland

WG2 and 4 Meeting in Finland

The WG2&4 Meeting will take place in Masala, Finland (close to Helsinki) on 10-11 October. 2016, at the Finnish Geospatial Research Institute and co-organized by the University of Helsinki, Department of Physics. The main topic of the meeting is preparation of the ITN proposals and how to boost collaborative work within BigSkyEarth network.

During the WG1&3 meeting in Bucharest, we converged on three topics for the Innovative Training Networks call:

  • Hyperspectral Imaging in Remote Sensing and Astronomy
  • Engaging Mobile Data to Increase Disaster Resilience
  • Advancing Meteor Plasma Research

BigSkyEarth will reimburse up to 20 people (from BigSkyEarth COST participating countries) for this WG meeting (not offered any more as the quota of 20 people has been reached!) Participants who will contribute to the ITN proposals have a priority in the list of travel and accommodation reimbursements.

To register for the meeting follow this link.

Updates on the meeting preparation are distributed to the BigSkyEarth members via our e-mail list – if you are not a member, follow instructions for registration in “Become a Member” section (see the right column on this page).

Meeting Venue

The meeting will be held at the Finnish Geospatial Research Institute (Geodeetinrinne 2, FI-02430 Masala, Finland). See the venue location of Google Maps.

It is located in Kirkkonummi municipality, which is part of the Helsinki area and can be easily reached by the Helsinki transport system. More details on travel instructions are given below.


9:00 9:30 Welcome words by Prof. Jarkko Koskinen (Deputy Director General, Finnish Geospatial Research Institute) and opening talk by Dejan Vinkovic
9:30 10:20  “Overview of the ITN instrument” (Dr. Ulrika Backman, Senior Advisor at Research Funding Services of the University of Helsinki)
10:20 10:40 Questions and discussion
10:40 11:10 Coffee break
11:10 11:40 “The ITN evaluation criteria” (Dr. Ulrika Backman)
11:40 12:30 Preparations for group work, introduction of each participant (and a group photo)
12:30 14:00 Lunch break at Pisara restaurant (MAP: Eteläinen Salmitie 1, 02430 Masala)
14:00 15:30 Work in groups
15:30 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 17:30 Work in groups
17:30 18:00 Joint session: quick reports about results of group works
9:00 10:30  Work in groups
10:30 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 12:30 Work in groups
12:30 14:00 Lunch break at Pisara restaurant
14:00 15:00 Work in groups
15:00 15:30 Joint session: quick reports about results of group works
15:30 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 17:30 Joint session: discussion
17:30 18:00 Joint session: setting up teams to lead the writing of the proposals


A nice hotel at a walking distance from the venue is Majvik (walking route on the map). If you are interested in making a reservation, send your request to Maria Gritsevich (maria.gritsevich @ nls.fi) who will make a group reservation with a possible discount.


Maps how to reach the hotel Majvik.


For those participants who prefer to stay in Helsinki center, and/or who would like to stay longer, the lcal organizers could help to make booking at the University of Helsinki guest house.

If you want to stay in Helsinki, here are Examples of budget hotels in Helsinki downtown:
Omenahotelli, Eerikinkatu 24, 00100 Helsinki
Omenahotelli, Lönnrotinkatu 13, 00120 Helsinki
Omenahotelli, Yrjönkatu 30, 00110 Helsinki
Hotel Finn, Kalevankatu 3 B, 00100 Helsinki
Eurohostel, Linnankatu 9, 00160 Helsinki
CheapSleep, Sturenkatu 27, 00510 Helsinki
Stadion Hostel, Pohjoinen Stadiontie 4, 00250 Helsinki
• Private accommodation with Airbnb

Arrival Instructions

Traveling to Helsinki:

From the Helsinki Airport to the venue:

  • The Helsinki Region Transport webpage can be used to find out the exact route.
  • You can come from the Helsinki Airport to the Helsinki downtown by train or bus. Travel time to Helsinki main railway station is about 35 minutes. This ticket costs 5,50 euro and can be bought from the driver. Ticket is valid by the expiration time printed on a ticket and it is valid in all communal traffic, including tram, metro and regional train lines within 2 zones. More details can be found at How to use public transport webpage. You will need a 3-zone extended regional ticket to get to Masala (Kirkkonummi municipality) both, from Helsinki downtown or from the Helsinki-Vantaa airport. The easiest way to reach conference place from the Helsinki downtown is the S, U or Y train. The journey takes about 35 minutes.

Weather Forecast

Weather forecast for Helsinki can be checked via: http://en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi/local-weather
Take notice of “Feels like” weather information.

Local Organizing Committee

Maria Gritsevich
Antti Penttilä
Jouni Peltoniemi
Nataliya Zubko
Karri Muinonen
Jarkko Koskinen

Contact information: maria.gritsevich @ nls.fi