Jyväskylä had a record-breaking congress year in 2018
Jyväskylä ranked fifth in the 2018 national congressional statistics, measured by the number of visitors. There were 46 international meetings and congresses with 4784 participants. The number of participants has been recorded since 2000, and the number of participants last year was the highest in the statistics. Meetings and congresses were organized mainly at the University of Jyväskylä and aimed at sharing scientific knowledge and strengthening international networks.
An international meeting or congress is a gathering of representatives of the same professional, cultural or other group for the purpose of dealing with a particular topic. In Finland, at least 20% of the participants in international meetings to be statistics are foreigners. The number of international meetings and congresses and the number of participants vary greatly from year to year. The year 2018 was a record year in Jyväskylä. The 5th European Congress of Conservation Biology (ECCB2018), a major congressional biology congress in June, gathered 852 participants from 47 countries in Jyväskylä.
– Large congresses, such as ECCB2018, bring Jyväskylä's position to the forefront of Finland's congressional cities, Jaana Ruponen, Jyväskylä Convention Bureau's Marketing Manager, praises.
– In 2018, there were also several medium-sized, highly international congresses, such as IOHA2018 - Memory and Narration, gathered by 338 scholars of history based on memory data, and EuroCALL 2018 - Future-proof CALL: Language learning as a linguist with 313 linguists interested in the future of language teaching, Ruponen continues.
Organizing international meetings and congresses provides valuable visibility for scientific knowledge and the scientific community. Jyväskylä is a congressional city of appropriate size and feedback from participants and organizers provides excellent feedback. Clean nature, cruises, various programs, and walking along the beach were, for many, a stimulating experience after a heavy congress day.
Congressional guests bring income to the country and to the city. According to a national study conducted by Finland Convention Bureaus in 2016, congress income was 238 euros per day / person / place. The 2018 Jyväskylä Congress Income was over EUR 5 million.
Jyväskylä Congress Marketing is based on a network of 23 public communities and companies. The network is operated by the city of Jyväskylä and is channeled through Jyväskylä Convention Bureau (JCB). JCB helps organizers of international meetings and congresses to find events in their field in Jyväskylä.