Istanbul

Turkey is a secular and democratic republic

Turkey has so much to offer her visitors; breathtaking natural beauties, unique historical and archaeological sites, steadily improving hotel and touristic infrastructure and a tradition of hospitality and competitive prices. Therefore, it is not surprising that this country has recently become one of the world’s most popular tourism destinations. Turkey is a secular and democratic republic and is as safe as any other European countries.

Istanbul is vibrant, beautiful and safe city with a rich history

Istanbul with a heritage of many cultures and empires offers its hospitality to the community of science communicators. Spanning Europe and Asia, it can be said that Istanbul has been the meeting place of many peoples and cultures throughout the centuries and now is a multicultural city of many nationalities, cultures and religions which shows its hospitality to the world’s visitors in many ways.

Istanbul has been designated as the cultural capital of Europe for the year 2010 and recently hosted Formula 1 racing with spectators from around the world in attendance. It is vibrant, beautiful and safe city with a rich history, and offers good dining and sightseeing. Istanbul has a lot of historical and natural sites to visit and is recognised as an international shopping city. Since it is one of the most popular tourist destinations, English is widely spoken. Istanbul is as safe as any other metropolitan cities like London, Paris, New York, Sydney and Berlin. Women and men visiting Istanbul face no greater risks than in any other large cities. The scope of Turkish air force action at the southern border is limited to this region.

A variety of accommodation choices

Being a historical and commercial hub of Turkey, Istanbul offers outstanding variety of accommodation ranging from world-renowned hotels to more affordable hotels and university dorms. There are plenty of hotels and facilities to accommodate guests with any need and/or budget. The conference hotel is located on a tram line (nearest station is Pazartekke) and easily accessible.

Transportation to the conference venue

You can take a taxi from the Airport to the hotel. It should cost around €20. Alternatively, you may take metro (M1A metro line) and then tram (T1 tram line). It costs probably around €2-3. The conference venue, Hotel Barceló Eresin Topkapi, is located on a tram line (nearest station is Pazartekke).

The weather in  in Istanbul

The weather in Istanbul in April/May is pleasant with sun shine and rare rain falls with temperatures in around 20’s (Celsius)

Country profile and facts

Official Name: Republic of Turkey

Date of Foundation: 29 October 1923

Capital: Ankara

Area: 814.578 km2

Currency: TL (Turkish Lira) 1 Euro approximately equals to 3 Turkish Liras.

Time Zone: GMT+2; CET +1; and EST (US -East) +7

Business Hours: The workweek in Turkey runs from Monday to Friday. Banks, government offices and majority of corporate offices open at 9 AM and close at 5 PM.

Visas: Visas are easily obtained upon arrival at the airport and are required for citizens of most countries. Please check if you need a visa to visit Turkey.

Electricity: 220V. European standard round two-pin sockets.

Health Services: Cities and major touristic towns have a selection of private international and public hospitals with good standards.

Communications: Turkey has three GSM operators, all of them offering 3G services and almost 95% coverage over the country. Internet service is widely available all around the country.

International Dial Code: +90