3rd GEO EUROPEAN PROJECT WORKSHOP 9 8-9 October 2009, İstanbul, Turkey , INFORMATION FOR THE BENEFIT OF SOCIETY CO-ORGANIZED WITH EC, Environment Directorate, DG RTD The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey he 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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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