“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.
About the Host
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.
About the City
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.