The Eighth International Workshop on Matrices and Statistics
Tampere, Finland

Social Programme

Welcome Reception

All participants are invited to an informal reception to be held in the Main building of University of Tampere (Kalevantie 4) on Thursday evening, the 5th of August, at 19:00. The pre-reception speech will be given by Dr X of the Tampere City Health Care and Social Welfare Office, and its preliminary title is "Why do statisticians kiss my toes, or in other words, how close can a statistician get to a Nobel Prize?"

Walking Tour

A downtown walking tour for associate participants, hosted by Soile Puntanen & Evelyn Matheson Styan, has been arranged for the Friday morning, August 6. The tour will start at 10 am in front of the Tampere tourist information bureau (Verkatehtaankatu 2, near Hotel Ilves) and it will take about 2-3 hours. Please take comfortable shoes with you. You may register to the walking tour through e-mail ( or at the workshop desk.

Sauna Party in Viikinsaari

A Sauna Party in Finnish style (Finns take partying very seriously) will be arranged on Friday evening, the 6th of August, in Viikinsaari Island. The boat leaves from Laukontori Harbour at 18:00. This evening will include a chance to sit four hours in heat of 80°C - in which case one loses a lot of sweat, misses the flamed salmon dinner, an international soccer match, and a pleasant stroll around the island. The After-Sauna part of the evening is hosted by Ninni Martikainen & Finnstars Band. Tarmo Pukkila, Ex-Rector of the Tampere University, will give an After-Sauna Speech entitled "Is there life outside the universities?"

Preliminary programme is as follows:
18:00 The boat leaves from Laukontori Harbour.
18:15  Arrival at Viikinsaari.
18:20 Welcome Toast.
18:30-18:45 Finland vs Rest of The World - All Star Teams in Soccer, Viikinsaari Olympic Stadium.
19:00-21:00 Dinner: Flamed salmon.
Walk around the island is recommended (30-40 min).
21:45-22:45 After-Sauna Party in the Restaurant of Viikinsaari 
... along the notes of Ninni Martikainen & Finnstars Band and the After-Dinner Speech by Tarmo Pukkila.
23:00-23:15 Boat trip back to midtown.
23:30-24:00 Midnight beer and 'Pumpulitehtaan tytöt', a dancing performance for hundred seamstress and sewing machine, in downtown.

You can go to sauna at any time you find convenient from 18:45 to 21:30. There are separate dressing rooms and showers for women and men. The hot part of the sauna (löylyhuone & vihta) is available as follows:
18:45-19:30 Women
19:30-20:00 Men
20:00-20:30 Women
20:30-21:00 Men
21:00-21:30 Women & Men

Please take your own swimming suit with you. Towels and beer will be provided.

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