We hosted the Bulgarian Delegation at our Polar Studies Collaboration Workshop
Oct 06, 2017


Our university continues to contribute to the world of science with its meetings held on the studies carried out within the scope of the first "Turkish Antarctic Navigation (TAE-1)". Within this scope, the "Turkey-Bulgaria Polar Research Collaboration Workshop" was held at the Ayazağa Campus Süleyman Demirel Cultural Center on 5 October 2017.

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Scientists from Bulgaria, as well as researchers in Turkey, participated in the workshop. Throughout the day, Turkey’s Antarctic vision, especially the collaboration between Bulgaria and other polar countries, Turkey's Antarctic scientific experience, and its near future scientific initiatives were evaluated.

The workshop started with opening speeches by our Vice Rector, Prof. Dr. Telem Gök Sadıkoğlu and the Director of Science and Technology, Prof. Dr. Elife Ünal". Our Vice Rector Dr. Sadıkoğlu talked about the importance of bilateral cooperation in polar research.

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The Director of Science and Technology, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Elife Ünal, provided information about studies carried out since 2016, under the auspices of the Presidency, the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology, with ITU as coordinator stating that the National Polar Science Program and Strategy will be prepared by the end of 2017 and that preparations for the 2nd Antarctic Expedition were ongoing. Dr. Ünal expressed that they would evaluate opportunities for collaboration with Bulgaria in the polar region.

"In 2018 we will be about be a 30 person team heading for Antarctica"

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Burcu Özsoy, Director of the ITU Polar Research Center, said that ITU would continue to share their studies with the scientific world through the meetings they organize. Dr. Özsoy explained the main purpose of the workshop as follows:

"The main objective of this workshop is to promote bilateral scientific interaction by welcoming the Bulgarian delegation here to develop cooperation with Bulgaria. The Bulgarian Antarctic Institute is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. They've been doing this for 30 years. In Turkey, we are celebrating our third year as a center. We are the only official institution in this regard. There are things that we can learn from them and things they can learn from us. The best way to do this is to send Turkish scientists to their bases, and to have them send their scientists to our research institutions. The workshop is basically preparation for this."

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Dr. Özsoy mentioned that the Turkish scientific committee would be in Antarctica with a crew of approximately 30 in February 2018, stating: "There is a national call on our University’s webpage about this. Any scientists who would like to participate in this expedition can also apply by submitting their projects."

As part of the 2016 Memorandum of Understanding signed between the ITU Polar Research Center and the Antarctic Institute of Bulgaria, two Turkish researchers from Istanbul Technical University and TÜBİTAK Marmara Research Center have conducted scientific studies at the Bulgarian Base. During the 2017-2018 Antarctic season, two Turkish researchers from Hakkâri University and Gebze Technical University will be conducting studies at the aforementioned base.