University of Tartu 19-21 Oct 2017

stork_above_the_old_town_tartuThe Association is pleased to announce the Tartu Ülikool (University of Tartu), Tartu, Estonia as the site of AoIR 2017 – Oct 19-21, 2017, with pre-conference workshops on 18 October.

“e-Estonia” is a term commonly used to describe Estonia’s emergence as one of the most advanced e-societies in the world – an incredible success story that grew out of a partnership between a forward-thinking government, a pro-active ICT sector and a switched-on, tech-savvy population. Hence, since regaining independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, Estonia has developed into a leading producer and consumer of ICT solutions, particularly in the area of e-government, but also in the private sector.

This conference represents a the first AoIR conference to be held in a post-Soviet republic. To register for #AoIR2017, click here.

AoIR 2017 “Networked Publics” conference in Tartu is supported by a generous grant (20 700 EUR) from the Enterprise Estonia, through European Regional Development Fund; and a grant by the City of Tartu (4000 EUR).

For more information about Estonia please visit this page:


University of Tartu: UT 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 University of Tartu was founded in 1632 by the Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus. It was initially called Academia Dorpatensis. The necessary preparations for creating a university in Tartu (then Dorpat) were made by Johan Skytte, governor general of Livonia.

Academia Dorpatensis, modeled after the University of Uppsala in Sweden, was intended to pursue research and advance learning in a wide variety of disciplines. The University of Tartu (UT) has continued to adhere to this approach throughout the centuries, and remains today the only classical university in Estonia. Research at UT focuses on subjects as diverse as medicine and philosophy, genetics and computer science.

For more information about the University of Tartu:
A video introduction about the University of Tartu:
Downloadable booklet about the University of Tartu
A virtual tour of the University of Tartu

We are grateful for the very hard work from the team at the University of Tartu: Prof. Andra Siibak, AoIR2017 conference chair, Dr. Maria Murumaa-Mengel, Dr. Mari-Liis Maddison, Dr. Kadri Ugur, Regina Lapp, Signe Ivask, Küllike Seppel, Ene Selart, Mari-Liis Tikerperi, Eleri Lõhmus, Linda Freienthal, Ilze Borodkina.

We are gratful also to the support of the Estonian Research Council through the project PUT44.

About the City

We have some recommendations for local places to visit and things to do.

Tartu is a charming small northern European city. Quaint restaurants, museums, university, shopping, hotels and parks are all located within the old city centre. One will find a range of hotels (luxury, boutique, budget, and business style) within the city centre of Tartu and hence a short walking distance (2-10 min) away from the main building of the university and its other accompanying buildings.suudlevad-tudengid

If you are planning on spending some time in Tallinn before or after #AoIR2017, we have a few recommendations for you!

The full #AoIR2017 Conference Program is available here.