General Information

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    Conference Dates
    March 18 - 21, 2018

    Congress Center

    Suleyman Demirel Cultural Center located at the Maslak Campus of Istanbul Technical University (ITU)

    The official language of the conference is English.

    Registration and Information Services
    Registration desk will be functioning on the lobby floor of the Suleyman Demirel Cultural Center located at the Maslak Campus of Istanbul Technical University (ITU) at the following hours:

    March 18 (Sunday) 08:00-20:00
    March 19 (Monday)  08:00-18:00
    March 20 (Tuesday) 08:00-18:00
    March 21 (Wednesday) 08:00-18:00

    Participants who have not previously registered will be able to complete their registration formalities at "On-Site Registration Desks". For further information and terms-conditions please visit Registration page.

    Airport Transportation
    You can buy a special roundtrip Airport transportation (Airport – Hotel – Airport) from conference website. For more details please visit “Registration & Hotel Accommodation” page

    Certificate of Attendance 
    Certificate of attendance will be provided to all registered attendants.

    Badges will be distributed at the registration desks. Participants without badges will not be admitted to the conference activities.

    Speaker's Ready Room
    Speakers’ Ready Room  will be located at the Conference Venue and will be operating during the conference, with its high technology equipments.

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    Turkey is a unique geography. It is a bridge connecting not only East and West, but also the past and the future. İstanbul, the countrys cultural capital, has been an attractive settlement for various civilizations since ancient times. Today the city is visited each year by millions of travelers who come to catch a glimpse of its ancient city walls, enchanted churches, palaces and mosques, while savoring the delightful tastes of the citys rich cuisine. İstanbul offers an unforgettable experience with its colorful daily life and dynamic nightlife. It is also an attractive destination for international meetings with its world class accommodation and convention facilities. İstanbul, Dersaadet, Konstantiniye, ByzantionThe many names of this city is a refl ection of its many faces. As the only city in the world situated on two continents -Asia and Europe- İstanbul has proved an attractive settlement for various civilizations since ancient times. Thanks to its rich history, colorful daily life and dynamic spirit, İstanbul continues to offer a once in a lifetime experience to its visitors. The largest city in modern Turkey, İstanbuls cultural diversity, state of the art accommodation alternatives, unique blend of modern and traditional dining and entertainment options and stunningly rich history makes the 2010 European Capital of Culture an ideal destination for business organizations and leisure trips.

    Historic Peninsula

     As the former capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, present day İstanbul retains the history that emerged form the city and integrates its historical values to the modern life. Sultanahmet, located at the center of the historic peninsula, is where most of the İstanbuls famous historical sights are located. Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque are both situated in this dynamic part of the city. A few hundred meters away is the world famous Grand Bazaar, which for the past six centuries has been a center for the trading of gold and authentic Turkish produce. The nearby Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnıcı) is a breathtaking venue for banquets and special events. No visit to İstanbul is complete without crossing the beautiful Golden Horn the natural harbor opening to the Bosphorus- and relaxing on the green parks that stretch along the shore to enjoy magnificent sunsets. With their mixed Turkish, Greek and Jewish quarters, Eyüp, Fener and Balat are ideal for those who feel in the mood for a little time travel. The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, which administers 85 churches, stands in the Fener district. North of the historic peninsula, across the Golden Horn, is Galata, crowned by the Galata tower. Galata, Beyoğlu and the İstiklal Street accommodate much of the citys nightlife venues. On the nearby front of Karaköy, you can fi nd İstanbul Modern, a museum with exhibitions of contemporary Turkish art.

    The Heart Of The City: Beyoğlu

    Beyoğlu, İstanbuls culture and entertainment center, has always been a meeting point for cultures and peoples. The multiculturalism of this vibrant district is abundantly refl ected in architecture, daily life and culinary culture. İstiklal Street is the heart of this large district full of cinemas, theaters, restaurants, cafes, bars, and clubs and almost every visitor to İstanbul is attracted by the bright lights of the Street. North of the Taksim Square is the newer part of the city. High skyscrapers rise from Levent and Maslak, the main business districts, reflecting a different skyline from the old city. Moving forward to Kurtuluş, Osmanbey and Nişantaşı with neoclassical and Art Nouveau buildings, time starts to fl ow backwards. However modern cafes and shops are just around the corner to surprise you

    The Spectacular Bosphorus

     The Bosphorus, separating Asia and Europe, is the ultimate treasure and beauty of İstanbul, where the city breathes. Both banks of the Bosphorus are decorated by characteristic, wooden waterside mansions, symbols of the old tradition of large, wealthy families residing on the Bosphorus shores. Fishing dominates life on the Bosphorus thanks to the fertile sea that brings shoals of fresh fi sh daily and on every shore of the Bosphorus are restaurants serving delicious seafood. North of Beşiktaş you arrive at Ortaköy, whose cafés, restaurants and bars are enjoyable day or night. The districts beyond Ortaköy on the European side of the Bosphorus all have great natural beauty and places of entertainment: Kuruçeşme, Arnavutköy, Bebek, Rumelihisarı, Baltalimanı, Emirgan, İstinye, Yeniköy, Tarabya, Kireçburnu, Büyükdere, Sarıyer and Rumelifeneri are all charming districts.

    Stepping To Asia

     Across the Bosphorus to east is the Asian side centered on the historical districts of Üsküdar and Kadıköy. Üsküdar is symbolized by the Maiden Tower located on an islet just off the shore. The coasts of the Asian side are characterized by picturesque neighborhoods of Beykoz,Paşabahçe, Çubuklu, Kanlıca, Anadolu Hisarı, Kandilli, Çengelköy, Beylerbeyi, Kuzguncuk and Paşalimanı. These districts once hosted the grand summer houses of the Ottoman elite. Growing steadily, today this beautiful land is a vital part of the cultural life of İstanbul. Üsküdar and Kadıköy are quite popular with sea-side cafes, parks and traditional restaurants serving popular Turkish dishes.

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    Climate & Clothing
    March sees the end of winter and start of spring in İstanbul. It is still cool and wet but the weather is gradually beginning to warm up. Daytime temperatures in March are in the range of 11-15°C. You may encounter rain, and the air may be cool or even chilly at night, but comfortable during the day; bring a warm jacket or a sweater and windbreaker.

    Currency and Exchange
    The Turkish currency is Turkish Lira (TL). Foreign money can be exchanged at banks on business days (09.00 - 17.00 Monday-Friday) as well as in hotels, at the airport and in bureaux de change. All major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and shops. Automated bank machines are available at many points throughout the city and at the airport.

    The official language of the congress is English. Turkish translation will be provided for selected sessions.

    The electrical power supply in Turkey is 220 volts. Outlets are standard European.

    Restaurants and Turkish Cuisine
    There is a wide choice of restaurants in Istanbul offering a broad spectrum ranging from excellent national cuisine to first class international dishes. Traditional Turkish cuisine is famous for its specialties prepared with fresh vegetables. There are numerous quality restaurants as well as fast-food shops in the vicinity of the hotels reserved for this meeting.

    One of the most enjoyable parts of a trip to Turkey is shopping for the rich variety of Turkish crafts. Istanbul is a shopping paradise with its Covered Bazaar as well as modern malls. In the Covered Bazaar bargaining over the sale price with shop traders is expected.

    Turkey is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

    Although service charge is included in most restaurants, leaving a tip at one’s own discretion is appreciated.

    Turkey does not apply visa for visitors from many countries or a visa can be obtained easily at the airport. However, visitors from some countries might still need to apply for visa before travelling. Please check for your country.