İTÜ Hosts Polar Science Program Workshop
Apr 18, 2017

The Arctic and Antarctic Science Program Workshop was held to evaluate the polar research carried out in our country by experts on the subject and those who participated in studies related to the field. At the event held on our Ayazağa Campus, April 12-13, researchers who participated in the Antarctic expedition talked about the studies and experiences gained in the region.

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Within the scope of the scientific studies carried out under the responsibility of the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology under the Presidency, the Arctic (Antarctic and Antarctic) Science Program Workshop organized under the leadership of the İTÜ Polar Research and Application Center (İTÜ PolReC), Turkey's scientific studies in polar regions and international research teams aims to establish a Polar Science Program under the titles of earth sciences, physical sciences, life sciences and humanities to support the highest level of communication.

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In addition to our Rector, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca, Koç University Rector Dr. Ümran İnan, Hittite University Rector, Prof. Dr. Reha Metin Alkan, Head of Project Management at the Presidency Corporate Communications, Ali Murat Önder, and Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications General Manager of Marine Trade, Cemalettin Şevli, the audience was treated to colorful commentary from Bulgarian Antarctic Institute researchers and the İTÜ PolReC research team and who have just returned from the 2017 Turkish Antarctic Science Expedition.

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Our Rector, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca: “We must think globally and act globally.”

Speaking at the opening of the workshop our Rector, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca recalled that İTÜ PolReC is the first and only polar research center from our country that conducts scientific studies in Antarctica and that our country was proud of the studies conducted there. Our Rector said that the researchers who returned home having completed the Antarctic expedition were a source of pride for our university because of the scientific responsibility that our university has undertaken.

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Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca summarized his view with the following: "We can refer to Antarctica as the world’s 'refrigerator', which is why it is extremely valuable in terms of climate characteristics and underground resources. Of the world's greatest water potentials, about 60 countries are working on scientific research there and we, as Turkey, should also be there.

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Science is universal, it cannot be local. In this direction, we are signing projects in accordance with the mission of our university. When we look at it from this point of view, we have to think globally and act globally in this kind of research. "

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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Burcu Özsoy: “We will contribute to both to our country and to the world of science”

Speaking at the workshop, Turkish Antarctic Expedition Team (TAE) Leader and İTÜ Maritime Faculty member Assoc. Prof. Dr. Burcu Özsoy emphasized that the studies they have done for a month on the continent are an infrastructure preparation for the science base that Turkey will establish in the future.

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Recognizing that they are working to contribute to the scientific literature of the world, Dr. Özsoy stated that they focused on geographic information systems, tectonic studies, logistics, marine sciences, pollution, marine life and sea ice observations. Our faculty, who says that they aim to convert the collected data into scientific publications as soon as possible, emphasized that Turkey will become a country who has a say in the region provided that work in the region continues.

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Our academic added that the TAE-National Antarctic Science Expedition, which took place between February and April, which corresponds to the 2016 - 2017 Antarctic Summer Season, was the crowning study of all the studies carried out so far.