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									       3rd GEO EUROPEAN PROJECT WORKSHOP
                  9
                8-9 October 2009, İstanbul, Turkey




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                                                 INFORMATION FOR




                                             THE BENEFIT OF SOCIETY




                              CO-ORGANIZED WITH




EC, Environment Directorate, DG RTD   The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey
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                                       WORKSHOP



INTRODUCTION

The European Commission is pleased to announce the 3rd GEO European Projects Workshop
which will be hosted in Istanbul, Turkey on 8-9 October 2009 following the kind invitation of
Tubitak, The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey.

The aim of this third Workshop is to continue and extend the effort started one year ago to
develop the collaboration between European Commission projects on Earth Observation
funded through the Framework Programme of Community Research and the GEO initiative
(www.earthobservations.org). The resulting family of projects are forming a consolidated
contribution to an integrated European Earth Observation approach in the context of the
Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). New projects from recent FP7 calls
and regional participation of earth observation science and technology stakeholders are
being invited to this new edition of the Workshop.

The workshop will further focus on the following objectives:

   •   Understanding how European contribution to Global Data Sets of the Global Earth
       Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) can be developed and sustained;

   •   Planning for European input to the demonstration of significant progress made by
       GEO, in preparation of the GEO 2010 Ministerial Summit.

Plenary and round-table sessions are foreseen, as well as a poster session which will allow
presenting more details on each of the projects participating to the workshop. All the
presentations and posters which will be presented during the two day event will be
published on the Europa website after the workshop.

There will be no registration fee although participants will have to pay their own travel,
subsistence and accommodation costs. More information on the Workshop (agenda, venue)
will be provided by mail and published on the website ,

http://ec.europa.eu/research/environment/index_en.cfm?section=geo&pg=gepw-meeting-3



Further Information:
For questions about the workshop please contact:
Mrs. Florence Béroud, email: Florence.Beroud@ec.europa.eu
Mr. Tamer Özalp, email: tamer.ozalp@tubitak.gov.tr
VENUE

The workshop will take place at the Point Hotel which is located very closely to Taksim
Square, Istanbul. Please see also at below map.

http://www.pointhotel.com/
Topçu Caddesi No.2 Taksim
İstanbul /Turkey

WORKING LANGUAGE

English

REGISTRATION

On invitation only. There will be no registration fee although participants will have to pay
their own travel, subsistence and accommodation costs.

PLENARY AND POSTER SESSION

Plenary presentations are foreseen, as well as a poster session which will allow presenting
more details on each of the projects participating to the workshop. We therefore wish to
                         presentatives
kindly ask all project representatives to submit an electronic version of the posters by
             th
September 4 . All the presentations and posters which will be presented during the two day
event will be published on the Europa website after the workshop.


LUNCH AND REFRESHMENTS

Lunch will be served in the workshop venue, Point Hotel, Taksim İstanbul, Coffee and tea
will be available during the morning and afternoon breaks.

DINNER

                                          The Dinner will be hosted by TUBITAK and served
                                          in the Galata Tower on Thursday 08, October
                                          from 19:00-21:00.

                                           ransport
                                          Transport will be provided between            the
                                                                        Tower.
                                          Workshop Venue and the Galata Tower
ACCOMMODATION AND WORKSHOP VENUE




Workshop Location

The workshop will be held in the Point Hotel (http://www.pointhotel.com/). The location of
the venue is shown on the above map.


Hotels

The web address (http://www.3geoeuropean.org) gives information related to the venue
and accommodation. Hotels offering special rates are situated in the vicinity of the
Workshop Venue.

             Please use the following contact address for room reservations.

                Mrs. Ebru İmren Ersan
                Figür Kongre ve Organizasyon
                e-mail: ebruersan@figur.net
                tel: 00 90 212 381 46 48
                               PRACTICAL DETAILS



İSTANBUL, THE CITY INFORMATION

         Istanbul is in a unique position on the Bosphorus Strait, which connects the
         Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara and the Mediterranean, providing a
         crossroads between Europe and Asia. Participants should endeavour to
         visit some of the many historical and cultural attractions in Istanbul during
         their stay: Topkapi Palace, Dolmabahce Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque,
         Hippodrome, Suleymaniye Mosque, Grand Bazaar and Spice Market.

         All about the city of İstanbul, please see also the following web site,
         http://english.istanbul.gov.tr/




GALATA TOWER

         The galata tower was built in 1384 it was the highpoint in the city walls of
         the Genoese colony called Galata During the first centuries of Ottoman era
         the Galata tower was occupied by a detachment of Janissaries, the elite
         corps of the Turkish Army. In the sixteenth century the tower was used to
         house prisoners of war, who were usualy consigned as galley slaves in the
         ottoman arsenal at Kasimpasa on the golden horn. During the reign of
         Selim 2nd (1566-1574) the Galata Tower was used as an observation point
         by the renowed Turkish astronomer Takiuddin, who had his main
         observatory in Pera. In the following century, during the reign of Mustafa
         2nd (1695 - 1703) the seyhulislam Feyzulah efendi tried to set up an
         astronomical observatory in the tower with the aid of a Jesuit priest. The
         Galata Tower was reconstructed on a number of occasions in the Ottoman
         period, most notably, after a great fire that destroyed much of Galata in
         1794 (during the reign of Selim III) and by Mahmut II in 1832. the tower's
         conical cap was blown off during a storm in 1875, and it was not replaced
         in the subsequent restoration. The tower was used as a fire- control station
         until 1964, when it was closed for restoration before being opened in 1967
         as a tourist attraction. The conical cap was replaced in this restoration,
         giving the tower much the same appearance as it had in Genoese times,
         though retaining the changes in fenestration and other structual aspects
         done in the Ottoman period.

         For more information please see aslo

         http://www.galatatower.net/eng/index.php.
TRANSPORTATION

No transport will be provided between the hotels and the Workshop Venue.

City Departure Spot to Atatürk Airport: Taksim, The “Büyükşehir Arts Gallery” ( 20 meters
away from Turkish Airlines-THY- office ), Please see below map for city departure spot of
Havaş Bus Company and the location of the Workshop Venue, the Point Hotel.




From Istanbul Ataturk International Airport to Taksim Square Arrival Spot
The Point Hotel is 25 kilometers from Istanbul Ataturk International Airport. Havas Bus
Company runs a schedule bus from Istanbul Ataturk International Airport to Taksim square
in central Istanbul (European side). The bus stop is outside the arrivals door of the airport.
Buses leave the airport every 30 minutes from 04:00 a until 01:00. The bus arrives on the
North side of Taksim Square. The bus leaves from the same stop outside the DHL office on
the North side of Taksim Square. Go past the McDonalds, and the THY airline office, and you
will see a timetable posted on the wall. Buses leave Taksim every 30 minutes from 04:00
until 01:00. The journey takes between 30 - 45 minutes depending on traffic and costs 10 TL
for a single journey, which you pay directly to the bus driver in local currency. A taxi to
Taksim Square will cost in the region of 20 US Dollars and take up 30 -40 minutes depending
on traffic. Please note that there is an additional 50% charge between 24:00 - 06:00..
Transport within Istanbul
Istanbul has a metro, bus and tram network. There is a metro station across the road from
Marmara Istanbul Hotel in Taksim Square.
Route: Atatürk Airport, Bakırköy Sea Bus Pier, Coast Road, Aksaray, Tepebaşı, Taksim.

								
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