Here are more pictures from the meeting.
Here’s the programme.
So you can plan your travel:
On Thu 10 Dec., we will begin 9.00, which means you should arrive the day before, i.e., on Wed.
On Fri 11 Dec., we will finish by 15.30, which will means you can catch any evening plane (they have departure times >17.30; it takes max 30 min to reach the airport from the meeting venue by taxi, the cost is <10 EUR).
The meeting will take place in the Estonian Academy of Sciences building at Toompea (the Dome Hill, the upper part of Tallinn’s Old Town), Kohtu 6.
Besides accepting the eCOST invitation, register at this local site and pay 60 EUR online by credit card for the lunches Thu, Fri and the dinner Thu that we will organize for you. (You are entitled to claim the corresponding amount for these 3 meals from COST.)
Please register and pay soonest and certainly before Fri 4 Dec. This will help us plan.
Here’s the list of registered participants.
Estonian Air was declared bankrupt 7 Nov 2015 and stopped operations 8 Nov following the EC ruling that the Estonian state had given too much state aid to the airline. The route network and schedule were taken over by Adria Airways.
This means that, by and large, you have the following options to fly to Tallinn: via FRA with Lufthansa (Star Alliance), via HEL with Finnair (OneWorld), via AMS/BRU/CPH/OSL/ARN with Adria Airways, via RIX with Air Baltic, via WAW with LOT. In addition, Easyjet and Ryanair fly from LGW/BGY resp. STN and Austrian from VIE, but usually the weekdays and times are not those you need.
The airport is just 4 kms from the city center. Getting to the city center costs <10 EUR by taxi (only take taxis from the official taxi rank!) and 1.60 EUR by city bus (line 2).
Please book your accommodation on your own, e.g., with booking.com.
Staying at a decent hotel in Tallinn costs much less than 120 EUR/night. You should be able to manage with around 60 EUR/night.
We can recommend the following hotels, all in the Old Town or the immediate proximity and thus at walking distance from the meeting venue: Hotel Bern, Taanilinna, L’Ermitage, Von Stackelberg Hotel, Meriton Old Town Garden Hotel (NB! this is not the same as Meriton Old Town Hotel, which has small rooms).
Finding your way
Please check this map for the meeting places. Apart from getting from the airport to the city (your hotel) and back, you should be able to go everywhere walking.
In the nutshell: Estonia is in Schengen, uses the Euro, credit card payments are accepted almost universally (but not by drivers of cheaper taxis), in December we observe Eastern European Time (=EET=GMT+2), standard European power sockets, 220 V/50 Hz.
Tarmo Uustalu is the local ARVI MC member for Estonia. Monika Perkmann handles the practicalities of the organization of this meeting.
With any questions, don’t hesitate to write to firstname.lastname@example.org.