Why to choose Tartu for your conference?

By world standards Tartu is quite small, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in spirit. The ‘Spirit of Tartu’, as locals call this phenomenon, is something inexplicable, something you cannot see or touch.

Rather, it’s something you can feel pulsing through the air, embedded in the Old Town cobblestones, carved into the university’s historic buildings and glowing like an aura around the students, residents and countless cultural events. 

When asked what they like most about Tartu, visitors often answer: ‘The Spirit!’ They’ll say they can’t explain it, it’s just the good feeling they get while staying here. This Spirit is mostly believed to be linked to the university and the students, but over time the entire city has become infused with it.

Tartu has been a university town and a city for young people for a long time. The University of Tartu – Estonia’s largest and most traditional university – was established as far back as in 1632 by King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden. Numerous world-famous scientists have lived and worked in Tartu and the list is ever-growing. Today, the University of Tartu accounts for more than half of Estonia’s scientific output, including publications and doctoral degrees. The University of Tartu is ranked among the top 3% of the world’s universities and has also reached the top 1% of most-cited universities and scientific institutions in numerous fields of science.

In Tartu lies the cradle of Estonia’s famous song festival tradition, its national theatre institutions and its educational system.

The city has long been renowned as a centre of expertise in medical research, health care and health technologies. Tartu University Hospital is the largest provider of medical care in Estonia as well as the nation’s leader in medical science and education.

See also short films about Tartu: See You in Tartu and Your Next Destination Estonia, Tartu !