Science Centre AHHAA is proud to welcome you to the Biannual Nordic Planetarium Association Conference in Tartu, Estonia! The conference takes place on

6.-8. September 2013.

The conference starts Friday 6th September with registration at 18.00, a welcome dinner, meeting with friends and a science show. During the next 2 days there will be workshops, keynote speakers, a visit to the Old Tartu Observatory and of course possibilities to see the Science Center and their one of a kind 360 degree planetarium! See more detailed programme below.

Participants need to register and pay the fee by 20 August. Register by sending an e-mail to conference host Margus Aru on, giving your name, affiliation name, address and e-mail address.

Participation fee is 90 €. It includes 2 dinners, 2 lunches, 2 coffee breaks, 10€ NPA membership and an excursion on 8 September.

NOTE: If you would like to give a presentation, please send us the title!


Please note that minor changes in the programme may occur.

6. September, Friday

  • 18 Registration starts
  • 18.30 Opening Session: Astronomy in the High North – Anne Bruvold
  • 19 Welcome dinner in AHHAA
  • 20 Science Show in AGA Science Theatre

7. September, Saturday

  • 9 Registration in AHHAA continues
  • 9.30 Welcome from NPA president Aase Roland Jacobsen and Science Centre AHHAA board member Pilvi Kolk
  • 10 Session in AHHAA spherical planetarium: live and pre-recorded presentations
  • 11.20 Megastar presentations in AHHAA's planetarium – Alexander Adli
  • 12 Lunch in cafeteria Newton
  • 12.45 The Grandchildren’s Century. Invitation to join a Strömstad Academy project – Lars Broman
  • 13.30 All-Sky Planetarium: Dreams and Reality – Jaak Jaaniste and Margus Aru
  • 14 Workshops
  • 15 Coffee break
  • 15.30 NPA membership meeting
  • 17-18.30 Visit to AHHAA Science Centre
  • 20.30 Dinner in restaurant Atlantis

8. September, Sunday

  • 9.30 Visit to Tartu Old Observatory
  • 11 Visit to Tartu old town
  • 12.15 Lunch at cafeteria Newton
  • 13 Warped Media. A low-cost all-dome projector for movies etc – Lars Broman
  • 13.45 Skypoint planetarium Solution presentations - Pietro Luigi Rinaldi
  • 14.15 End of conference and coffee

Transport and Accommodation

There are direct flights between Helsinki and Tartu. Please see the website of Tartu Airport for more information. There is a shuttle service between the airport and city centre and it is possible to take a taxi from the airport as well.

If you arrive in Tallinn Airport (located 180 km from Tartu), you can either take a bus to Tartu (the bus stop is in front of the airport, just outside the door of lower level entrance), or rent a car.. Tartu coach station is in the centre of city, very close to AHHAA and several hotels. You can check the bus schedule (and buy tickets) here.

There are several hotels that are situated very close to Science Centre AHHAA. Hotel Dorpat, right next to the coach station, is less than 5 minutes walk away, as is Hotel Tartu. Hotel Pallas is also about five minutes away from AHHAA. For a more luxurious experience, you can stay in Hotel London in the old town.