METU Polar Research Workshop

20 March 2017 Monday, Room: KKM C, 9:30 – 16:30

Polar regions (Arctic and Antarctic) play an increasingly key role in global climate change.  As extreme environments (darkness, low temperatures), polar lands and seas can serve as a natural laboratory to confront grand challenges from social to engineering sciences.  Moreover, they are of great geopolitical importance due to the untapped fossil fuel resources.

Academic interest in Polar research in Turkey have surged in recent years and Turkish Government has publicly  announced plans to initiate an Antartic science base. In this context, there is an urgent need to identify a research program within METU that is multidisciplinary, innovative and internationally competitive.  Some of the fields that may contribute to Polar research include:

Climate, Marine and Earth Sciences

Materials, civil and mechanical engineering at extreme environments

Psychology: adaptation in isolated environments

Life sciences and biomedical engineering

Biodiversity, conservation biology

Robotics and sensor technologies

International relations and law

Astronomy, electromagnetism, remote sensing

Energy and environmental engineering

Primary aims of this workshop are:

-          To identify research areas and capacity in METU that may be related to Polar research

-          To discuss the latest national and international oppportunities and challenges

-          To build bridges between the established METU research fields and  Polar sciences

-          To bring together potential researchers that may be willing to take part in a future METU Polar Research Center


You can find the workshop program below.  For more information please contact Assoc. Prof. Barış Salihoğlu ( .


METU Polar Research Workshop

20 March, 2017, Monday, KKM Hall C, 9:30 – 16:30



09:30-10:00   Registration

10:00-10:30    Opening, Why is polar research important? (Prof. M.V. Kök, Prof. M. Zeyrek, Assoc.Prof. A. Yozgatlıgil, Assoc. Prof. B. Salihoğlu; METU)

10:30-11:00    What is the current state of polar research at the international level? (Assoc.Prof. B. Fach, METU)

11:00-11:15   Coffee Break

11:15-11:45   Why Turkey should be active in polar research and what has been done so far? (Prof. B. Öztürk, Istanbul University)   

11:45-12:30   METU Polar Explorers (Assist. Prof. K. Özkan, Dr. H. Örek, Assoc.Prof. B. Fach, Assoc.Prof. B. Salihoğlu, Dr. M. Ok, METU)

12:30-13:30   Lunch break, discussions on METU capacity

13:30-15:00   Defining the current polar research capacity of METU: Interactive working groups (Moderators: Assoc. Prof. A. Yozgatlıgil, Assist.Prof. M. Yücel, Prof. A. Yılmaz, Dr A. Gazihan)

15:00-15:15   Coffee Break

15:15-16:00    Synthesis of workshop results, feedback from participants (Moderators: Assoc.Prof. B. Salihoğlu, Assist. Prof. D. Tezcan)


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20/03/2017 - 09:20