Jyväskylä Congress Award goes to biologists of physical activity


The 2015 Jyväskylä Congress Award was granted for a symposium in the biology of physical activity held on 23–25 September 2015 (The 16th International Symposium: Combined Endurance and Strength Training for Physical Fitness and Sports Performance: From Science to Practice).

The €1,400 award was received by Professor Keijo Häkkinen from the Department of Biology of Physical Activity of the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Jyväskylä, together with the organising committee of the symposium. The award was granted by a congress marketing team consisting of representatives of educational institutes, the City of Jyväskylä and companies providing conference services.
This was already the 16th time the symposium was arranged by the faculty. The symposium meritoriously puts the scientific study of physical sports performance into practice, and was this year attended by 350 delegates from 30 different countries.
Honorary mentions for congress organisers
Three honorary mentions were awarded this year for long-term work as a congress organiser. The honorary mentions were awarded to Taru-Maija Heilala-Rasimov (Conference Coordinator, Faculty of Humanities), Katja Pylkkänen (Coordinator of Academic Affairs, Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences) and Kati Valpe (Planning Officer, Department of Mathematical Information Technology, Faculty of Information Technology).
The congress awards are granted in an annual congress evening event, the objective of which is to motivate people in international networks to bring congresses, meetings or events in their own field to Jyväskylä. The awards were handed out in the event held on 10 November by the Mayor of Jyväskylä Timo Koivisto and the Vice-Rector of the University of Jyväskylä, Kaisa Miettinen.
Congresses brought more than €4 million to Jyväskylä

Around 3,500 visitors attended the congresses arranged in Jyväskylä this year. According to the congress survey conducted by Finland Convention Bureau in 2013, visitors spent an average of €256 per person per day during their stay in Finland. According to the calculations made, of this total amount, €237 per person per day remained in Jyväskylä. The congress income in Jyväskylä for 2015 will amount to more than €4 million.
The marketing of congresses in Jyväskylä is based on a network of 24 public corporations and companies. The network is coordinated by the Jyväskylä Convention Bureau, which helps organisers of international meetings and congresses to bring events in their own field to Jyväskylä.
More information:
Marketing manager Jaana Ruponen, Jyväskylä Convention Bureau, puh. 050 344 6496, jaana.ruponen@jcb.fi
The Organizing Committee Daniela Eklund, Moritz Schumann, Maria Küüsmaa, Keijo Häkkinen and Katja Pylkkänen


  • Where?

  • Jyväskylä Convention Bureau
  • Office: Tietotalo, Kilpisenkatu 1, 40100 Jyväskylä

  • Address:
  • City of Jyväskylä
  • PL 1008
  • 40101 Jyväskylä
  • Finland