Selahattin Incecik Unanimously Elected As President of IUAPPA
Oct 07, 2016

Career development at ITU is not limited to its students or current faculty, but it is a lifelong phenomenon for many of those with ITU background. A recent example of this is Emeritus Prof. Selahattin Incecik’s election to the presidency of International Union of Air Pollution Prevention and Environmental Protection Associations (IUAPPA), which is an organization aiming to achieve the adoption and effective implementation of policies which can secure a clean and healthy atmospheric environment. This is a remarkable achievement as IUAPPA is the founder of the European Federation of Clean Air and Environmental Protection Associations (EFCA), which initiated the Global Atmospheric Pollution Forum, and a partner of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Climate and Clean Air Coalition.

Having been a member of IUAPPA Board since 2008, Prof. Incecik has been unanimously elected as the President for 2016-2020 term. Under the presidency of Birecik, IUAPPA, which organizes the triennial World Clean Air Congress, decided at the 17th World Clean Air Congress held in Busan, South Korea, to hold the 2019 congress in Istanbul. Thanks to the contribution of an ITU family member, Turkey will host the World Clean Air Congress for the first time. The congress will constitute an international platform where scientific developments and novel practices in the field of air quality will be discussed and will lay the groundwork for the adoption of new technologies.


A Success Story that Started at ITU: Prof. Selahattin Incecik

Prof. Selahattin Incecik, who received his BS from ITU’s the then-named Meteorology Branch at the Faculty of Electrics, is an internationally renowned scientist and acclaimed for his scientific studies. He has been a board member in the Board of Directors of the Turkish National Committee on Air Pollution Research and Control since 1997 and a member of Environmental Working Group of Turkish Industry and Business Association (TUSIAD) since 1998. With his colleagues in the Environmental Working Group, Prof. Incecik has published two reports on “Air Quality in Turkey – Climate Change and European Union Harmonisation”.

Incecik has organised various scientific events in Turkey including the International Air Quality Management (AQM) Conference series in 1997, 2001, 2005, and 2012. He also spearheaded the organization of two events in Istanbul: NATO/ CCMS International Technical Meeting on Air Pollution Modelling and Its Applications, in 2003, and 7th International Air Quality Sciences and Applications in 2009, which was jointly organized with UK Herdfordshire University.

In addition to organizing academic meetings and conferences, Prof. Incecik has been involved in a wide variety of international academic activities. He is currently in the Editorial Board of the journals entitled Atmospheric Pollution Research, International Hydrology Science and Technology, and International Hydrology Science and Technology, and Austin Journal of Irrigation. Since 2001, Incecik has been a university representative and council member in Turkish National Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (TUJJB) and, in this institution, spearheaded the establishment of the National Program for Meteorological and Hydrological Disasters.

In 2013, Incecik was a member of the Scientific Board of Reviewers of the Report on United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and a reviewer for the Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters – IPCC. He also serves as an expert for evaluating the scientific projects carried out by European Science Foundation and project proposals submitted to the Brussels-based European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST).

A significant achievement of Incecik is that with his “leading author” position in the United Nations Intergovernmental Report on Climate Change, he was cited among the scientists to contribute to 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
Prof. Incecik is currently working as a visiting professor and lecturer at Asia’s one of the most prestigious and established universities, Asian Institute of Technology, School of Environmental Engineering and Management, where he is teaching the PhD and Post Doc level course entitled Photochemical Pollution.