French-Turkish Innovation Days 2017 Took Place with Smart Cities Themed Event

Dec 8, 2017, 11:00
The “Smart Cities" themed French-Turkish Innovation Days 2017 event was held on December 4, 2017, hosted by ITU ARI Teknokent with contributions by ITUNOVA TTO, and jointly organized with the French Embassy in Turkey.

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The event started in the ARI 3 building Conference Hall of ITU ARI Teknokent. Our Rector, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca, Turkey's ambassador to France, Charles Fries and numerous national and international venture firms and investors attended. The sessions held focused on various issues in Turkey and in Europe with examples of the smart city and the transformation of existing cities into smart cities. Participants had the opportunity to listen to the projects achieved so far, and the opportunity to meet investors who aim to reach out to the entrepreneurs who will be accelerating the transformation process toward the creation of smart cities with their promising project work.

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Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca: “Turkey and France will put forward our own experiences and knowledge.”

Prof. Rector Dr. Mehmet Karaca in his opening speech of the event said that the "Innovation Days" project, organized with the Embassy of France, has been taking place over the last 3 years stating that different focus topic is chosen every year.

In this year’s workshop focus, Smart Cities, France and Turkey shared their own knowledge and experiences explained Dr. Karaca, stating that the two countries came together to consolidate their shared knowledge and collaborate on work.

Dr. Karaca emphasizing that, including in Turkey, 80% of the world’s population lives in cities and that this number is continuing to increase, stated “As the number of people living in cities increases, climate change and similar problems begin. For all these issues we are trying to develop joint co-operation with France. How we can react in the direction of these collaborations, how we can share our common experiences, we are working on these issues.”

Dr. Karaca expressed the following "With the initiative of Ambassador Fries, a 4+1 dual diploma protocol with the best construction and architecture school in France was made. Students will have four years of undergraduate study here with 1 year of Master’s in France or vice versa.”

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"Turkey and France are joining forces on the topic of smart cities."-Turkey's Ambassador to France Charles Fries

Speaking after Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca at the event, France’s Ambassador in Turkey Charles Fries said that the two countries have tried to solve the problem of urbanization by establishing digital cities and signing joint projects in other fields.

In the age of innovation, livable, user-friendly cities are mandatory, Fries stated, continuing with: "Turkey and France are joining forces on smart cities and using shared resources and toward building sustainable and inclusive cities. We need digital cities. For ourselves, to make our country more livable, we have to establish smart cities. We are going to work toward making these cities reliable. In this way, we will prepare our cities of the future for our citizens. "

Fries, recalling that Turkey and France collaborated in 2015 as partner universities and decided to study and work together, stated that starting this year they will continue to further accelerate these studies. Within the scope of France and Turkey’s European Union (EU) projects program, Fries stated that the findings have been very beneficial, and that over the last 5 years, we have collaborated on many bilateral projects.

"500 research projects and 3,600 scientific studies have been published, all of which demonstrate a tremendous potential in the collaboration between the two countries," Fries said, explaining that the two countries jointly carried out over 500 research projects. He ended his words with the following sentence:

"I hope that it will be very useful for all our researchers. I invite Turkish researchers to France. They can then present their work to both companies and universities. In particular, doctoral programs jointly run by universities and industry are very productive for us. I want to invite academics and students to France. I want the young generation involved in this work because we need young entrepreneurs. "