Tartu – welcome to the conference city of good thoughts!

The culture-rich Hanseatic town Tartu is the capital of southern Estonia. The second largest city in the country and the oldest in the Baltic States, it is economically well-developed and has great historical heritage.

Tartu has huge potential and all of the advantages it needs to become one of the most important conference tourism centres in Estonia. It is closely linked to the University of Tartu, its higher education and research institutions and the national and international research events (conferences and colloquia) that take place there. Through its scientists, Tartu is represented in numerous international organizations e.g. the University of Tartu is a member of COIMBRA (unions, associations and societies). Therefore, a network exists which can be utilized in developing conference tourism.

Tartu has high scientific potential and is Estonia’s centre of medicine and science. It is home to the 200-year-old University Clinic, the largest complex of hospitals and laboratories in the country. It is no wonder that Tartu has a tradition of organizing medical and biotechnology conferences. For example, the Estonian Genome Project (EGP), a research venture of the University of Tartu, is the third biggest such project in the world. The conferences that have taken place in the city have also played host to Nobel prize laureates. Two-thirds of Estonian biotechnology companies and the largest Estonian software companies are based in Tartu.

Tartu is a modern city with a rich historical heritage and culture. It is the cradle of the Estonian Song Festival, Estonian theatre and the Estonian state; the intellectual capital of the country, where national awareness and culture were born. More than 4000 events and festivals are held here during the year – so you are sure to find something for everybody!

Tartu is a compact city and has a walking culture, which means that you can easily get from point A to point B on foot. No need to use public transport: just stroll across Town Hall Square to your conference venue, hotel or wherever it is you need or want to go!

The largest conference venues in Tartu (its theatre and concert hall) are situated next to each other and are interconnected. The buildings of the University of Tartu combine ten multifunctional conference venues. Separate mention should be made of the main university hall, which is able to seat 430, while the university’s research centre has three conference and seminar rooms of different sizes which can seat 50-175. The largest of the University Library’s seminar rooms is 216m2, accommodating up to 200 people in theatre style. The white hall of the University History Museum has an historic atmosphere and is well-suited to conferences and receptions alike.

Tartu has over 20 travel agencies and 5 destination management companies offering conference services, as well as package tours in beautiful Southern Estonia before and after conferences.