ITU was at the International R&D Summit and Fair with its R&D Focused Projects
May 10, 2017

Our university, which produces the technology of the future, received great interest at the R&D Summit and R D Centers’ Fair, where our research centers and entrepreneurship ecosystem units exhibited their work.

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Organized under the auspices of the Ministry of Development and the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology under the theme of "R&D Cooperation in Future Production Systems", the event was held at the Istanbul Pullman Congress and Exhibition Center on May 3-5.

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Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca: “We are conducting world scale projects."

At the event, our university which is home to more than 400 R&D laboratories exhibited its studies at our stand. Visitors came to see ITU SEED, ITU Ginova, ITU GATE, and ITU Magnet, which operate within the ITU ARI Teknokent ecosystem, in addition to ITUNOVA Technology Transfer Office (ITUNOVA TTO) where academic knowledge meets industry; detailed information about the products emerging from Derindere Motor Vehicles (DMA), the National Membrane Technology Research Center (MEM-TEK) and the ITU Synthetic Gas Fuel R&D Center were also presented at our stand. Our Rector, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca, who participated in the event, emphasized the importance of research on R&D and reminded us that as a university on the verge of the 4th Industrial Revolution, we produce projects around the world in both fundamental sciences and R&D and innovation. Our Rector expressed his opinion about the event with the words: "in line with our industry 4.0 objectives, we work with all of our constituents and stakeholders in all projects conducted at our university."

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In a session entitled "Turkey's Priority Areas in the Light of Trends in Technology" at the event, Istanbul Technical University Polar Research Application and Research Center (ITU PolReC) Director Assoc. Prof. Dr. Burcu Özsoy shared details of the important findings obtained during the Antarctic expedition with participants.

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YÖK President Prof. Dr. Yekta Saraç visited our stand

Our Vice Rectors, Prof. Dr. Alper Ünal, and Prof. Dr. İbrahim Özkol, along with ITU ARI Teknokent Operation Group Head (COO) Gökçe Tabak hosted many guests at our stand including Council of Higher Education (YÖK) President, Prof. Dr. Yekta Saraç. Emphasizing the importance of this fist-time R&D Summit and R&D Centers’ Fair event which managed to bring together public institutions, universities and private sector organizations that focus on R&D, our Vice-Rector, Prof. Dr. Alper Ünal said: "We are a university that works on R&D at every stage from fundamental science to application, product development to commercialization. I see this summit as a very important opportunity to convey our products and ideas to the relevant public institutions and private sector representatives."

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Deputy Minister Yusuf Coşkun, representing the Ministry of Development presented the 10th Development Plan, covering the 2014-2018 period, in the opening session of the event where issues affecting R&D processes were discussed. Coşkun stated that, within the scope of this plan, the aim was to enable Turkey to compete on a global scale by increasing private sector-focused technological innovation activities and accelerating the commercialization of research results. Underlining that the country has experienced significant developments in science, technology and innovation fields in recent years, the Deputy Minister noted that R&D expenditures, which amounted to 1.8 billion Liras in 2002, rose to 20.6 billion Liras in 2015.

Another guest at the Summit and Fair, YÖK President Prof. Dr. Yekta Saraç noted that Turkey ranks second in Europe in terms of student population in higher education, with 7 million 313 thousand students studying at 182 higher education institutions.