NUAS 2021 Facilities & Environment Conference

Dear Colleagues,
Due to covid-19 pandemic and a very different kind of a year 2020 we have postponed our annual Conference to 2021. The conference will take a place in Joensuu, Finland. We invite you to take part this conference. The University of Eastern Finland (UEF) is one of the largest universities in Finland offering a home to nearly 15 500 students and 2 500 staff members. The Joensuu Campus is home to nearly 8 000 degree students. UEF is a multidisciplinary university, which shows courage in crossing academic boundaries and their interdisciplinary approach is internationally recognized.

The conference will consist of keynotes, workshops, and speeches, which will be given mainly in English. Following our already traditional program, the NUAS conference will start on Sunday with a get-together event and walking city tour. You have an opportunity to discover and enjoy the unique and authentic Finnish Lakeland and Finnish culture and history through walking city tour and Karelian pie workshop. On the second day at the conference dinner there will be time to catch up with old friends and meet new ones in a relaxed atmosphere.

Book the dates now! Detailed information about the program and registration will be available at the website later. Preliminary thoughts about Conference Themes and Topics are:

  • Co-operation or/and merging universities – what happens to Campus development and management? Merging
    universities can use and create spaces and places as change catalyst; practical case-studies from Nordic countries
  • Campus-City-Services – Campus and city are interlinked; how the urban development and synergy can be created
    in this interconnection.
  • Well-being on Campus – how to create new meaning and better feeling for campus users?
  • Wind of Change – What happens to working and studying after 2020? Remote learning and remote working tools and practices have taken a huge step. Do the flexible lifestyles of digital nomads overwhelm the current practices and will the structures of studying and working be renovated because of that? Maybe travelling every day to the university campus is no more obvious choice to students and employees. Maybe there have to be new and more meaningful ways to spend a day at the university – a heavy reason to come at the campus. How do we response to these challenges? Are we able to keep universities such a charming and attractive places that people still want to come there?