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Tartu – City of Good Thoughts

, home to about 100 000 people within an area of 38.8 km2, is the second largest city in Estonia, situated 185 kilometres south of Tallinn. The Hanseatic city of Tartu, with its prestigious university and abundance of museums, lies on the banks of the Emajõgi River. The first written records of Tartu date from 1030.

Tartu has successfully combined its rich historical heritage and youthful spirit to create the intellectual, scientific and cultural heart of Estonia. Being a university town – 20% of its inhabitants are students – it is a centre for science and education. Tartu is also the cradle of the Estonian Song Festival, Estonian theatre and the Estonian state. Tartu is the intellectual capital of Estonia, where the national awakening and culture of Estonia was born.

The University of Tartu was founded in 1632 by the Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus and it is the oldest and largest university in Estonia. There are 13,400 students, including over 800 international students from 70 countries. University of Tartu is Estonia's leading centre of research and training. It preserves the culture of the Estonian people and spearheads the country's reputation in research and provision of higher education. UT belongs to the top 2% of world's best universities. 

The symposium venue – The Estonian Biocentre (OMICUM) (Str Riia 23B, Tartu) – is situated close to the heart of town, within walking distance from the old city centre with its pleasant cafes, museums and botanical garden as well as from all suggested hotels. 

Some sightseeings in Tartu:

University of Tartu Natural History Museum affiliates zoological, geological, botanical and mycological collections. The museum collects and preserves specimens of plant, fungus and animal kingdom, also minerals, rocks and fossils, developes public online databases based on research and citizen science.


The Estonian National Museum is an ethnologically and cultural-historically oriented museum which aims at reflecting everyday life and culture as a way of life, taking into account its periodical, spatial and social diversity. The museum focuses on collecting, preserving and studying material concerned with the culture and history of Estonians, Estonian minorities and Finno-Ugric peoples and making it accessible.