What is Finland like when it comes to hosting a congress? What was your event like?
We had the honour of hosting the EURO 2022 – 32nd European Conference on Operational Research at the new Aalto University Campus in Espoo in June 2022. In addition to the scientific programme, the four-day event included all kinds of casual mingling and networking.
I believe that Finland has a great reputation as a safe and stable country for hosting events. We get things done on time, even when surprises come up. Finland also has a strong operations research community. Despite having a population of just 5.5 million, our organisation, FORS, is the third-largest EURO member society in terms of members per capita.
I also believe that Finland is an easy country for visitors. Most people speak English and all the information you need is easily available. Our public transport system is quite straightforward, including all the related websites and mobile apps. From our perspective as the conference organisers, it has been great to see how our service providers truly wanted the event to be a success. If something surprising comes up, they are very flexible and will do their best to make things work.