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Meeting on the Bosphorus Learn and share knowledge Meet colleagues from all around the world Meet industry representatives Discover a city: where 2 continents meet: the magnificent ‹stanbul

Dear Colleagues and Friends, It is my pleasure to invite you to "15th International Congress of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry-ICHC 2016" in June, 19 - 22, 2016, Istanbul, Turkey. International Congress of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry, held every four years under the auspices of IFSHC has been providing an international medium on up-to-date new techniques to contribute to scientific progresses. Turkish Society for Electron Microscopy (TSEM) has been founded in 1971. Twenty biannual congresses have been organized in various centers in Turkey almost all with international participation. TSEM has been well represented by its 578 members at international and local congresses. The main goal of ICHC 2016 is to bring the worldwide histochemists together and to provide an environment for close cooperation, exchange of information and possible collaborations. As Istanbul (2010-European Capital of Culture) is centrally located between Europe and Asia, we hope an easy access of scientists from all areas. Istanbul is a unique historic meeting point of Turkey, with its historical monuments, museums and with breathtaking scenic atmosphere of Bosphorus and magnificent bridges linking Euroasia. Istanbul has an excellent climate in June, which is the scheduled time for the proposed congress. "Military Museum Convention and Exhibition Center", proposed congress venue, is an historical building within city center with an ideal range of facilities. A professional team will contribute to the scientific and social organizations during the congress. We are candidate for ICHC 2016, as we are well organized, enthusiastic and expertise. We assure for delegates a safe, well-organized and a memorable congress. We are looking forward to a favorable decision by the IFSHC delegates. Sincerely Yours, Prof. Serap ARBAK, Ph.D. President of Turkish Society for Electron Microscopy

Prof. Serap ARBAK, Ph.D. President of Turkish Society for Electron Microscopy






Turkish Society for Electron Microscopy Executive Committee ( 2010 – 2012 )

Serap Arbak Acıbadem Univ. / ‹stanbul (President)

Suzan Da¤l›o¤lu ‹stanbul Univ. / ‹stanbul (Vice President)

Selma Y›lmazer ‹stanbul Univ. / ‹stanbul (Secretary-General)

Melek Öztürk ‹stanbul Univ. / ‹stanbul (Councilor)

Servet Turan Anadolu Univ. / Eskiflehir (Treasurer)

The Turkish Society for Electron Microscopy was founded in 1971 in Istanbul, Turkey. The president of the first executive committee was Prof. Dr. Türkan ERBENG‹. The Society with 578 members aims to unite all the electron microscopists both in biological and material sciences in Turkey. The main objective of the Society is to support and maintain the professional relations among the members to encourage scientific studies, to organize scientific meetings and courses to keep information transfer actual and to keep in touch with well developed foreign electron microscopy centers. For these purposes, The Turkish Society for Electron Microscopy has oganized 20 biannual national electron microscopy congresses with international participations. In addition, it has participated for the organization of scientific courses and conferences. As an annual activity of the Society, scheduled conferences are organized by experienced Turkish and foreign electron microscopists in different sientific centers. The Turkish Society for Electron Microscopy has been a member of IFSM (International Federation of Societies of Microscopy), EMS (European Microscopy Society) and IFSHC (International Federation of Societies for Histochemistry and Cytochemistry) since 2001. In recent years, the members of The Turkish Society for Electron Microscopy has an increasing interest in the participation to the congresses organized by these mentioned International Societies.


The Congresses of Turkish Society for Electron Microscopy The biannual congress of TEMD: May 11-12 , 1970 . Ankara

•1st National Symposium on Electron Microscopy,

May 2-5, 1972 . ‹stanbul

• 2nd National Symposium on Electron Microscopy, • 3rd Symposium on Electron Microscopy,

September 23-25, 1974 . ‹zmir

• 4th Symposium on Electron Microscopy,

February 2-6, 1976 . ‹stanbul

• 2nd Balkan Congress on Electron Microscopy with International Participation,

September 25- 30,1977.‹stanbul

• 6th National Congress on Electron Microscopy with International Contribution,

September 20- 25, 1981.‹stanbul

• 7th National Congress on Electron Microscopy with International Contribution,

September 16-20 , 1985.‹stanbul

• 8th National Congress on Electron Microscopy,

June 17-20,1987. Sivas

• 9th National Congress on Electron Microscopy,

May 29-31, 1989. ‹stanbul

• 10th National Congress on Electron Microscopy with International Participation,

September 18-20, 1991. ‹stanbul September 8-10, 1993. Edirne

• 11th National Congress on Electron Microscopy, • 12th National Congress on Electron Microscopy with International Participation,

September 11-15,1995. Antalya

• 13th National Congress on Electron Microscopy with International Participation,

September 1-4, 1997. Ankara

• 14th National Congress on Electron Microscopy with International Participation,

September 29-Oct.2, 1999. Bursa

• 15th National Congress on Electron Microscopy with International Participation,

September 18-21, 2001. Kufladas›-Ayd›n

• 16th National Congress on Electron Microscopy with International Participation,

September 2-5, 2003. ‹zmir

• 17th National Congress on Electron Microscopy with International Participation,

June 22-24, 2005. Gebze-Kocaeli

• 18th National Congress on Electron Microscopy with International Participation,

August 26-29, 2007. Eskiflehir

• 19th National Congress on Electron Microscopy with International Participation,

June 22-25, 2009. Trabzon

• 20th National Congress on Electron Microscopy with International Participation,

October 25-28, 2011. Antalya



CONGRESS TENDER Applicant Country : Turkey City and Venue

: Istanbul / Military Museum and Culture Center

Date proposed

: 19 - 22 June 2016


COMMITTEES President Serap Arbak Vice Presidents Suzan Da¤l›o¤lu Melek Öztürk Secretary General Selma Y›lmazer

Local Organizing Committee Serap Arbak (Ac›badem Universty Faculty of Medicine, ‹stanbul) Esin Aflan (Hacettepe Universty Faculty of Medicine, Ankara) fiehnaz Bolkent (‹stanbul Universty Faculty of Science, ‹stanbul) Alp Can (Ankara Universty Faculty of Medicine, Ankara) Yurdagül Canberk (‹stanbul Universty ‹stanbul Faculty of Medicine, ‹stanbul) Nur Çakar (Hacettepe Universty Faculty of Medicine, Ankara) Tufan Çevik (Pamukkale Universty Faculty of Medicine, Denizli) Suzan Da¤l›o¤lu (‹stanbul Universty Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, ‹stanbul) Ramazan Demir (Akdeniz Universty Faculty of Medicine, Antalya) Feriha Ercan (Marmara Universty Faculty of Medicine, ‹stanbul) Esra Erdemli (Ankara Universty Faculty of Medicine, Ankara) Devrim Gözüaç›k (Sabanc› Universty Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, ‹stanbul) Sevinç ‹nan (Celal Bayar Universty Faculty of Medicine, Manisa) Mehtap Kutlu (Anadolu Universty Faculty of Science, Eskiflehir) Sevda Müftüo¤lu (Hacettepe Universty Faculty of Medicine, Ankara) Elvan Özbek (Ataturk Universty Faculty of Medicine, Erzurum) Candan Özo¤ul (Gazi Universty Faculty of Medicine, Ankara) Melek Öztürk (‹stanbul Universty Cerrahpafla Faculty of Medicine, ‹stanbul) Sait Polat (Cukurova Universty Faculty of Medicine, Adana) ‹smail Seçkin (‹stanbul Universty Cerrahpafla Faculty of Medicine, ‹stanbul) Zekiye Suludere (Gazi Universty Faculty of Science, Ankara) Meral Ünal (Marmara Universty Faculty of Science, ‹stanbul) Leyla Tapul (‹stanbul Universty ‹stanbul Faculty of Medicine, ‹stanbul) Selma Y›lmazer (‹stanbul Universty Cerrahpafla Faculty of Medicine, ‹stanbul)

Proceedings Editorial Team Abid Aktafl (‹stanbul Universty Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, ‹stanbul) Petek Korkusuz (Hacettepe Universty Faculty of Medicine, Ankara) Serap fiirvanc› (Marmara Universty Faculty of Medicine, ‹stanbul) 11

Proposed Congress President PROF. DR. SERAP ARBAK, Ph.D. Professor of Histology and Embryology Birth Date : 04/09/1961 Birth place : Adana Turkey Current position and address : Professor, Ac›badem Univ. School of Medicine, Dept. of Histology and Embryology Fevzi Çakmak Cad. Divan Sok. No: 1 Maltepe Istanbul Turkey Education: Notre Dame de Sion French High School Bosphorus Univ. Faculty of Science Department of Biology ‹stanbul Univ. Institute for Health Sciences Department of Medical Biology (Msc. Degree) ‹stanbul Üniv. ‹stanbul Medical Faculty Department of Histology and Embryology (Specialist in Histology and Embryology) ‹stanbul Univ. Institute for Health Sciences Department of Histology and Embryology (Ph.D. Degree)

1987 1988

Academical Titles: Instructor


Assist. Prof. Dr. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Prof. Dr. Prof. Dr.

1980 1984


Marmara Üniv. Medical Faculty Dept. of Histology and Embryology Marmara Üniv. Medical Faculty Dept. of Histology and Embryology Marmara Üniv. Medical Faculty Dept. of Histology and Embryology Marmara Üniv. Medical Faculty Dept. of Histology and Embryology Ac›badem Üniv. Medical Faculty Dept. of Histology and Embryology

Administrative Responsibilities: M.U. Medical Faculty, Head of Depart. of Histology and Embryology Ac›badem U. Medical Faculty, Head of Depart. of Histology and Embryology M.U. Vocational School of Health Related Professions, Head of Department of Pathology Laboratory M.U. Institute for Health Sciences., Vice President Turkish Society for Electron Microscopy Member of Exec. Comm. Turkish Society for Electron Microscopy Secretary-General Turkish society for Electron Microscopy Vice President Turkish Society for Electron Microscopy President Turkish Society for Electron Microscopy Secretary-General Turkish Society for Histology and Embryology, Member of Ethical Comm. Turkish Society for Electron Microscopy President European Microscopy Congress 2008, Member of Int Scientific Advisory Board European Microscopy Soc›ety , Member of Exec. Comm. International Federative Societies of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry, Secretary-General

1992 1992 1999-2009 2009-

1999-2009 20091999 2002-2007 1997-2002 2002-2004 2004-2006 2006-2008 2008-2010 2008-2010 20102008 20082008-

Her research interests include: histopathology, immunocytochemistry, electron microscopy, cell culture She is the author of over 60 peer-reviewed papers and is the current Editorial Board Member of Acta Histochemica. She has citations of over 500. She has contributed in writing of chapters in 5 books. She has attended to international congresses and meetings by 64 presentations, including many invited lectures. She has visited many academic centers as visiting professor. She is the current President of Turkish Society for Electron Microscopy and also Secretary- General of International Federation of Societies of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry. She is member of Executive Committee of European Microscopy Society.


SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM Summary of Proposed Scientific Program The scientific program will be defined in close collaboration with IFSHC executives. The scientific program will include: • Morning sessions will start with plenary lectures focusing on proposed topics. Plenary conferences presented by world renowned international speakers, will allow exchange and collaboration between scientists. • Sessions will run parallely as 8 symposia per day. A total of 9 plenary lectures will be presented during the congress focusing on proposed topics. • Keynote speakers will present invited conferences as well as a great contribution will be from oral presentations of congress participants. • Poster sessions will take place as 3 sessions in total and 100 posters per day will be exhibited. • Lunch Time Workshops and open labs which allow interactive discussion and devoted questions will be organized • Hands-On Tutorials will be organised by industry partners and will be free of charge to all registered delegates with registration available at the congress on a first come, first served basis.


SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM 15 th ICHC Provisional Program Overview ICHC 2016 ‚stanbul Timetable 08:00 09:00 10:00 11:00 12:00 13:00 14:00

Sunday June 19



Monday June 20

Tuesday June 21

Wednesday June 22




Plenary Lecture1

Plenary Lecture 5

Plenary Lecture 8

Plenary Lecture 2

Plenary Lecture 6

Plenary Lecture 9

Coffee Break Symposia S9 S 10 S 11 S 12

Symposia S1 S2 S3 S4

Lunch Journal - Sponsored Lecture

Journal - Sponsored Lecture

Journal - Sponsored Lecture

Workshops WS 1 WS 2 WS 3 WS 4

Workshops WS 5 WS 6 WS 7 WS 8

Poster 3

(15:00 - 16:30)


IFSCH Delegate Meeting


(16:50 - 17:40)

Symposia S 17 S 18 S 19

(15:00 - 15:30)

Closing Ceremony

Poster 1

Poster 2

Plenary Lecture 3

Plenary Lecture 7

Plenary Lecture 4

Social Event Old Town visit

Symposia S 13 S 14 S 15 S 16


*(16:00 - 18:30)


Opening Ceremony (17:40 - 18:20)

David Glick Lecture (18:20 - 19:00)

19:00 20:00

Keynote Lecture

Symposia S5 S6 S7 S8

(19:10 - 21:00)

Welcome Reception

*(19:30 - 22:00)

Sponsored Evening

Gala Dinner


Social Event on Bosphorus Facultative

*On Charge


Proposed Topics 1. Cryoelectron microscopy of biological specimens 2. Confocal microscopy in biology 3. Live cell imaging 4. Analytical electron microscopy in biology 5. Immunohistochemistry and immunocytochemistry 6. Nucleic acid histochemistry 7. Protein structure 8. Molecular and supramolecular structure of the cell 9. Cell and tissue structure 10. Cell growth and differentiation 11. Apoptosis and cell death 12.Autophagy 13.Cellular aging 14.Regenerative medicine 15.Developmental biology 16. Hard tissues 17. Pathology and clinical medicine 18. Microbiology 19. Plant science 20. Enzyme cytochemistry 21. Multiphoton microscopy 22. Endothelial cell function and angiogenesis 23. Quantification in cyto and histochemistry 24. Imaging of nerve cell structure and function 25. Stem cell biology 26. Proteomics 27. Virtual microscopy 28.In vivo imaging 29.Glycobiology


Proceedings The proceedings will consist of a DVD containing all the abstracts. DVD and proceedings will be distributed during the congress at the registration desk. An “Proceedings Editorial Team� will plan to be organized. PCO will handle all the publishing process of the proceedings.

Logistics Expected Attendance About 800 participants Number of Sessions Approximatly 56 sessions will be held during the congress. Poster Sessions 100 posters will be displayed per day.


Proposed Registration Fees Registration Fees REGISTRATION FEES



Full Delegate

300 Euro

400 Euro

Students / Residents

100 Euro

150 Euro

Accompanying Person

100 Euro

100 Euro


150 Euro

200 Euro

The registration fees for full delegate will include: Name Badge / Entrance to scientific sessions / Entrance to welcome reception and Closing ceremony / Entrance to trade exhibition area / Congress bag and pen-notepad/ Proceedings CD / Program book / Coffee breaks / Certificate of attendance Registration fees for students/residents: Same as for full delegate Accompanying persons: Entrance to welcome reception, closing ceremony and panaromic city tour.



Meeting venue Military Museum and Culture Center ‚stanbul - Turkey


Harbiye Museum and Culture Center

CRR Theatre

Hilton Hotel

Talimhane Hotels Area

Hyatt Hotel

Intercontinental Hotel





Amphitheater style; Hall with a capacity of 512 pax, within additional chairs 750 pax . Hall is suitable for acoustics sound.









Turkey as a destination

TURKEY AS A DESTINATION Turkey: An endless poem In Turkey, daily life consists on the one hand of conforming to the needs of the time, and on the other of cherishing the traces and colors of thousands of years of cultural accumulation. These lands embrace at any moment the mystery of the past through the existence of the statues of gods and goddesses, temples, theaters, agoras, churches, mosques, medresseh, palaces ‌ Turkey is one of the places on earth where several religions were born. There are many significant religious sites and centers scattered throughout Asia Minor. Turkey is a country where all the colors find definition. Here, nature means diversity. Mountain and plain, forest and wilderness, sun and snow‌ Contrasts turn into fascinating forms of beauty. Surrounded with the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea from three directions, Turkey generously offers 8000 km of beautiful shores. There, time transcends into history. Time gains meaning with people. Because of its geographical location, the mainland, Anatolia, has witnessed the mass migration of diverse peoples shaping the course of history. Twentyfour fascinating civilizations render Turkey the heir of 10.000 years old history, which has still been examined for further ancient secrets to be brought up into daylight.


TURKEY AS A DESTINATION Did you know that Turkey..? • Is known as the cradle of civilization-in fact, for many civilizations since 9000 BC. • Is central to Eurospe, Asia and the Middle East. • Is a long-time member of NATO (since 1952). • Is surrounded with seas known as the Black Sea, the Aegean Sea, the Mediterranean Sea. • Is also acknowledged as Asia Minor; the Asian side of Turkey is referred to as Anatolia. • Held grounds for the first known Human Rights Declaration in 1463, 485 years before the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. • Is where Alexander the Great cut the intricate Gordian knot-a phrase commonly used for “solving difficult problems” today. • Is the birthplace of King Midas; the touch of Midas was said to turn everything into gold. • Is the original, and again today’s, destination of the well-renowned romantic train: The Orient Express. • Was the center of two of the biggest empires in history, Byzantine and Ottoman. • Has a 650 year old shopping mall-the famous Grand Bazaar. covered shopping area of 64 streets, 22 entrances, 25.000 workers and is • Is the birthplace and home of St. Nicholas, popularly known as Santa Claus. • Is a secular Republic, founded in 1923, after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. • Is where Noah’s Ark landed, at Mount Ararat, Eastern Turkey. • Is the location for two of the Seven Wonders of the World-the Temple of Artemis and the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus. • Has 3500 periodical publications, 1056 radio stations and 280 TV channels. • Has a historical background in three of the world’s major religions-Christianity, Judaism and Islam. • Preserves the most valuable silk carpet in the world, in Mevlana Museum, with 144 knots per In the 13th century, Marco Polo wrote “The best and handsomest of rugs are woven here and also silks of crimson and other rich colors.” • Is said to have provided the water for the Garden of Eden-from its 2 great rivers-Euphrates and Tigris. • Is the birthplace of St. Paul-for centuries, the sick have drunk from the well of St. Paul, in Tarsus. • Is the only one country in the world that stretches out to two continents, Eurospe and Asia.


TURKEY AS A DESTINATION Turkey in Brief Hospitality is a Turkish Tradition Hospitality is one of the major attributes of the Turkish Life Style. Following his innate benevolent instincts, The Turk is a most gracious and generous host. Even the poorest peasants feel the need to host guest in the their best possible manner. Hospitality is taken to such an extent that a foreigner often feels he is suffering from an overdose of it after being plied with food and drinks for hours and being unable to refuse anything lest he hurt his host’s feelings. In addition to ensuring his guest’s comfort, the Turkish people make every effort to converse, no matter what linguistic barriers might exist. Language The Turkish language belongs to Ural-Altaic group and has an affinity to the Finno-Ugrian languages. Turkish is written in Latin alphabet and is spoken by some 150-200 million people around the world. Religion 98% of the Turkish population is Muslim. However, by constitution, everyone in Turkey has freedom of religion and beliefs. In Turkey you will find Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Armenian churches as well as Synagogues and everyone is free to practice the religion of his choosing. Istanbul has many areas where people of very different religions have lived side-by-side for centuries with their practices and customs and continue to do so. Currency The Turkish Lira is available in notes and coins. The exchange rate is determined daily; several banks and exchange offices are available. Traveler’s checks can be cashed in most banks. Hotels and many shops and restaurants accept foreign currency. There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency that travelers can bring cash. Hotels, most restaurants and shops accept all major credit cards (American Express, VISA, MasterCard /Euros card, Diners' Club) Hierapolis

Van /Anatolia


Nemrut Mountain

TURKEY AS A DESTINATION Business, Banking & Shopping Hours Offices and banks are generally open 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM from Monday to Friday, with a break between 12:00 to 1:30 PM Official Holidays April 23rd National Sovereignty and Children’s Day May 19th Youth and Sports Day August 30th Victory Day October 29th Republic Day Apart from those mentioned above, there are religious holidays, the dates of which change every year according to the lunar calendar. Weight and Measures Turkey uses the metric system for weight and measures. Electricity 220 volt, 50 cycle. Most hotels have an adaptor with 110 volts. Socket type is Eurospean standards. Mail Service There are fixed postage rates for letters and postcards. Post offices (PTT) are open between 9:00 AM to 12:00 and 1:30 to 5:00 PM. Hotel concierges also take the mail. Internet Access Internet cafes are available all around the city and it is also possible to get Internet connection through the hotel’s business centers and rooms. Wireless internet is also available in most of the hotels restaurants and cafes. Communication Public telephones operate with tokens or cards, sold at post offices or some booths. Through some of the public phones, there is access to AT&T and some other telecommunication networks - please check with your operator for the latest information. Fax messages can be sent from major post offices, or from the hotel. Cellular telephones can olso be hired. Taxis Available at taxi stands or hailed on the street. All are yellow and have meters. Education & Health Six of the seventy-three state universities in Turkey are located in ‹stanbul, with faculties offering education in all subjects, from engineering to fine arts, economics to literature. The general level of education is of high standard. There are also several foreign schools with the advantage of a second language from early years. ‹stanbul is as much a center from the standpoint of health, with several hospitals fully supplied with modern equipments. Passports & Visas A valid passport is required for entry to Turkey, the visa procedure is in most cases quite easy; most country citizens only need to purchase a sticker visa for entry. More detailed information can be obtained from your nearest Turkish Embassy or


‹stanbul as a destination "There, God and human, nature and art are together, they have created such a perfect place that it is valuable to see." Lamartine ‹STANBUL AS A DESTINATION

Lamartine’s famous poetic line reveals his love for Istanbul, describing the embracing of two continents, with one arm reaching out to Asia and the other to Eurospe.

‹STANBUL AS A DESTINATION Why ‹stanbul? The eye gazes sleepily across the seductive blue sweep of the Bosphorus: One country - two continents. As diverse as night and day, the only thing they have in common is the miraculous mirage that is ‹stanbul -a hotchpotch skyline of sensually shaped mosques, minarets and styscrapers scattered across seven hills. ‹stanbul is rapidly becoming one of the most popular international congress and exhibition destinations as a result of the increasing demand for suitable facilities. ‹stanbul is a city competing professionally to fulfill the demands. ‹stanbul is the real Turkish delight, a mixture of old and new where east meets west. The city is an exciting combination of the splendors of the Ottoman past and the modern amenities of a wide variety of international deluxe 5-star hotels. Guaranteed to make your meeting, conference or incentive a memorable success, ‹stanbul is the gateway to the rest of Turkey - definitely a paradise preserved.


‹STANBUL AS A DESTINATION A City of Harmony in a Country of Variety The cultural diversity of Istanbul defines exaggeration. A Roman city converted into Christianity. It was also the seat of Islamic caliphate that preserved the patriarchate of Christian orthodoxy. It has been a refuge for Jews fleeing Spain in the XV. Century and for those seeking asylum in 1930s. Belonging to 3 different religions and speaking 10 different languages, 26 ethnics groups live in ‹stanbul in harmony.

International Meetings in a Safe and Lively City ‹stanbul is a metropolitan city with an advanced security planning and experience. The city has an astonishingly low record of crime according to Interpol statistics. General security is common in public places such as shopping centres and hotels and visitors should be prepared for security and/or identity checks at such places. Entertainment ‹stanbul is one of those metropolitans of the world that never sleeps. Thousands of restaurants, bars, discos and nightclubs offer a vigorous variety of entertainment for all tastes.


‹STANBUL AS A DESTINATION Shoppers’ Paradise ‹stanbul is the shoppers’ paradise for carpets, leather goods, gold bargains and fashion. 4,000 shops under one roof make the fascinating Covered Bazaar with an irresistible location for eager shoppers, while the modern shopping malls make life easier for those on a tight schedule. Value for Money Prices in ‹stanbul, whether for shopping, dining or accommodation, are internationally competitive and attractive for all congress participants regardless of their nationality. Easy to Access Direct flights from more than 80 international cities by Turkish Airlines and more than 150 direct flights by different airways. ‹STANBUL has a daily air access from almost 300 destinations. Competent Infrastructure Along with the most sophisticated equipment required for international congresses, ‹stanbul enjoys state of the art telecommunication systems and broadcasting infrastructure. Princess Island

Unique Venues for Events ‹stanbul’s imperial past has left a legacy of magnificent palaces and mansions throughout the city. Some of these are available for banquets, cultural and other special events. A memorable evening would be a three-hour cruise on the Bosporus with a five star catering. First Class Convention Facilities Congres Center, Turkey’s largest congress center, is located in the main business district of the city. It has been recently built to meet the standards of the world’s most modern convention facilities. Congres Center is in the center of a series of meeting and exhibition buildings all together forming the Conference Valley. First Class Accommodation Facilities ‹stanbul has more than 40,000 hotel rooms, some 15,000 of them built during the last 10 years at international standards, designed to please even the most sophisticated guests. There are 7,000 five star hotel rooms. These well-located establishments are on a par with Eurospe’s top-class hotels, offering the ultimate service and quality. International hotel management chains manage the majority. The number of 4 star hotel rooms that are fully air-conditioned and standard required for international meetings reaches 5,000.


‚STANBUL AS A DESTINATION Sites & Attractions Hagia Sophia Topkapi Palace The Blue Mosque Basilica Cistern St. Irini - Aya Irini Museum

Hippodrome Turkish & Islamic Art Museum Museum of Kariye Whirling Dervish Hall Rumeli Fortress Beylerbeyi Palace

Rumeli Fortress

Grand Bazaar Spice Market Golden Horn Galata Tower and more... Arceological Museum

Maidens Tower

Topkapi Palace




ACCOMMODATION Accommodation in ‹stanbul

5 star hotel rooms 4 star hotel rooms 3 star hotel rooms 2 star hotel rooms 1 star hotel rooms Special category rooms Hostel (pension) rooms University guest house

For the entire ‹stanbul area

Hotels Near The Congress Centre

8622 6721 4850 2752 757 1792 264 2577

3607 2944 502 175 22 * * -

* Most of these rooms (i.e. 2 star, 1 star, specialy category and hostel) are near the Aksaray-Sultanahmet- Topkap› Area within 20-30 min of driving time. **For a more economical hotel reservation option, university dorms or guest rooms of government institutions may be provided. It will be made a booking around 2000 rooms. Hilton Hotel will be the best choice for headquarters hotel which is 2 minutes walking distance to the congress centre. Also there are numerous 4 star hotel alternatives walking distance to the congress centre. Young Participants: Youth hostels will be avaible for young participants. Price range in hotel bookings 3 (***) > 80-100 Euro per single room per night 4 (****) > 120-200 Euro per single room per night 5 (*****) > 220-400 Euro per single room per night Above Hotel prices ranges are based on 2012


ACCOMMODATION Recommended Hotels

Ç›ra¤an Palace Kempinski Hotel 5 *

Hilton Hotel 5 *

Four Seasons Bosphorus Hotel 5 *

315 rooms

501 rooms

170 rooms

10 minutes drive to Congress Center

3 minutes walking distance to Congress Center

10 minutes drive to Congress Center

Lares Park Hotel 4 * Deluxe

Vardar Palace Hotel 3 * Deluxe

164 rooms

40 rooms

5 minutes walking distance to Congress Center

20 minutes walking distance to congress center




TRANSPORTATION Access & Transportation to ‹stanbul AIR: Atatürk International Airport located at 24 km south west of city has new terminal which has been completed at 01 January 2000 and the airport is able to welcome 10 million passengers every year. Getting from airport to the city entails a bus, taxi or taxi-train trip combination. Any number of popular regular services from the Middle East, the USA, and Australia drop in on Istanbul. The main domestic carrier, Turkish Airlines offers more than 80 non-stop flights to ‹stanbul every day. Sabiha Gökçen International airport; located on the Anatolian shore of Istanbul at Pendik / Kurtkoy, at a distance of 50 km to Taksim. It has a really convenient traffic in terms of transportation with its 1.5 km connection to the TEM motorway. There are many ways to travel from Sabiha Gökçen Airport into the several main locations of Istanbul such as Sultanahmet, Taksim, Eminönü (Sirkeci), Beyaz›t (Laleli), Esenler, Harem, Bak›rköy, Yeflilköy, Tuzla, by taxi, Havas Services, or the public bus services (IETT). ROAD: A number of local bus companies service other European destinations RAIL: Connections to European capitals as well as to Ankara, ‹zmir and East Anatolian cities. SEA: Connections to European ports and a port-of-call for Mediterranean Cruises. BUSES: The buses are the most used form of public transportation in ‹stanbul with more than 2000 buses going all around the city . Working hours : 4 a.m. - to 11 p.m. TRAIN: Operates between Sirkeci and Halkali. Coins are sold at the train stations. Operating hours from 6 AM to 12 PM METRO: The ‹stanbul Metro is being built in stages: the six station section between Taksim Square and 4. Levent is now open. Turkish Airlines the Official Carrier TURKISH AIRLINES will be appointed as the official airline for the congress and will offer a special rate in connection with participation. Reduced flight rates will be applied for the destinations from where Turkish Airline operate, with the ticket validity up to 10 days before and after the Congress.


COUNTRY 40 83 37 15 13 6 5 3 1 2 1

CITY 44 152 78 23 26 9 5 3 2 5 1






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Ataturk Airport is a civil airport, serving domestic and international scheduled and charter flights 24 hours a day. It is located 24 kilometers west of city center. When studied in view of public usage, the Ataturk Airport facilities established on an area consisting of a total of 9.470.554 square meters, can be listed in the following titles: International Terminal Terminal Area: 268.000m2 Car Park: 180.000m2 Car Park Capacity: 7.076 vehicles Check – in Desks: 224 Immigration Booths (Departures): 48 Immigration Booths (Arrivals): 42 Busgates: 12 PCA System: 23 400 Hz. Electrical Systems: 23 Lifts: 56 Escalators: 26 Moving Walkways: 35 Baggage Carousels: 11 X – rays: 65 Metal Gate Detectors: 63 Fire Detectors: 8.101 Fire Call – Points: 550 ‹stanbul Atatürk Airport’s International Awards: • “Highly Commended” 2007: 13th World Route Development Forum Routes • “Second Best Airport” 2003: • “Europe’s Most Comfortable International Terminal” 2002: Deustsche Aeroconsult • Engineering Academy Award 2002: ACEC – American Civil Engineering Council (TAV Airportsis the first Turkish company to win this award) • The Most Secure Airport in the Middle East and the Balkans 2001: Federal Aviation Authority (FAA)


Address: Sabiha Gökçen International Airport 34912 Pendik ‹stanbul/TURKIYE Tel : + 90 216 585 50 00 Fax : + 90 216 585 51 14 SITA : SAWOOYF Located on the Anatolian shore of Istanbul at Pendik / Kurtkoy, at a distance of 40 km to Kadikoy, 12 km to Pendik and 50 km to Taksim. It has a really convenient traffic in terms of transportation with its 1.5 km connection to the TEM motorway. • Taxi's ara available outside the terminal. Then it can be quite expensive if you intend travelling all the way to central ‹stanbul. Cars are available on request. Phone number : +90 216 588 00 35-36 • The Haydarpasa-Gebze Express is available departing from Pendik Train Station. There are also regular suburban services. • Public transportation (IETT) departs from Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW) to central Istanbul.


TRANSPORTATION Transportation from Airport to City Center From the airport: It takes approx. 30 minutes by taxi between ‹stanbul Atatürk airport and the city centre where the congress venue and most of the hotels are situated. Public airport shuttle buses (HAVAS) run between the airport and the city centre (Taksim Square) from 7.00 – midnight every half hour for a fee of EURO 8 per person (to be paid on the bus in Turkish Lira) Also metro lines are now available for transportation to city center CONGRESS CENTER

Within the city centre: Transportation within the city centre is by bus or even easier by taxi. All taxis have taximeters and the rates are reasonable. Most congress hotels are in walking distance of the congress venue.


Marmara Sea

City Transportation Apart from public buses, trains and trams the most common means of transportation are taxis, ferry boats and dolmus. Dolmus Dolmus (literally full of passengers) is a kind of shared taxi which, sometimes takes the form of a large car, a station wagon, a regular taxi or a minibus. It follows a specific fixed route. Passengers pay according to the distance traveled and can get in and out whenever and wherever they want to by informing the driver. It is a very practical means of transport and much cheaper than a taxi. The dolmus fares are determined by municipalities according to distances. Taxis Taxis are numerous all over Turkey and are recognizable by their yellow color and lighted "taxi" signs on top. Each taxi is metered and there are two different rates. After midnight (24:00) till morning (06:00) it will cost 50% more than the daytime fare. Additional expenses like ferryboat or bridge crossing fees are extra to passengers. Tipping is not necessary, however leaving the change or rounding up the fare is customary. Ferry Boats The busy city of Istanbul sits on the shores of Europe and Asia. Many of the inhabitants live on one continent but work, study or socialize on the other. Apart from the two bridges on the Bosphorus, ferry boats are the only means to connect the two continents and are therefore vital. The ferry service is reliable and peaceful operating throughout the day and until midnight.


TRANSPORTATION City Transportation




TOURS Daily Accompanying Tours Daily Tours are all additional enhancement that are not included in the registration fee. All these tours are designed for the ICHC 2016 participants and for their spouses during the congress which will enable guests to admire the beautiful sites Istanbul has to offer. Highlights of ‚stanbul This tour will take you around the Historical Peninsula, which is in fact the first of the seven hills on which the city of Constantinople was built. Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome with Egyptian Obelisk, and the Serpentine and Constantine columns, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar , with a carpet presentation, will be the visiting points in this tour.

‚STANBUL CLASSICS Tour of "Sultan Ahmet Center", the heart of the "Old City" from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled. Hagia (St.) Sophia, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets,Hippodrome, center of sportive (chariot races, athletics) events and political activities of the old city. Obelisk of Theodosius, Serpentine Column, German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating Hippodrome. Grand Covered Bazaar, most attractive shopping center with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenirs, will be visited. During this half-day tour to two of Istanbul's major museums you can get an impression of the rich culture of the vast geographic area, of which Constantinople used to be the capital. The Archaeological Museum, Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, Topkapi Palace, imperial residence of Ottoman Sultans, Rustem Pasa Mosque will be visited


Half Day or Full Day


Half Day Morning/Afternoon Golden Horn, is the arm of the Bosphorus and a natural harbour of the historical peninsula separating the old and the new parts of Istanbul where the first colonies settled during the Byzantine. Drive along the traces of history at Balat viewing Fener Orthodox Patriarchate, Metal Church of St. Stephen the Bulgarian, Ahrida Synagogue, Eyup Sultan Mosque - Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar), mystical smells of different aromas of various spices. Rumeli Fortress, historical armament built by the Conqueror to control and protect Bosphorus. A unique example of military architecture.-from outsideBosphorus Cruise, through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia, marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residentials and luxurious apartments.


Half Day Afternoon

Dolmabahce Palace, the last residence for Ottoman Sultans with 365 rooms and 22 saloons. Famous with the great collection of European antiquity, furniture and 4.5 tons chandelier. Bosphorus Bridge, unique chance to step from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in 2 minutes. Camlica Hill, exposing a panoramic view of Istanbul and Bosphorus from the best point of view. Visiting to Beylerbeyi Palace. Transfer back to Lutfi Kirdar Convention & Exhibition Center or central hotels after 17:00.


TOURS Pre and Post Congress Tours CAPPADOCIA TOUR. ..Spectacular surrealist landscapes‌! Some three million years ago, violent volcanic eruptions covered the plateau in this area with tufa, a soft stone comprised of lava, ash and mud. Subsequently, the wind and rain have eroded the brittle rock to form a spectacular surrealistic landscape of rock cones and capped pinnacles, called FAIRY CHIMNEYS that are painted in colours ranging from warm reds and gold to cool greens and greys. During Byzantine times, Christian chapels and monasteries were hollowed out of the rock and later these dwellings served as a refuge for Christians, persecuted by the Romans.

The Citadel of Uchisar, Pigeon Valley, Avcilar Valley, Pasabag Valley, Zelve Valley and Avanos, the pottery village, Goreme Open-air Museum with its churches, Karanlik Church, The Underground City of Kaymakli, Pancarlik Valley, Cavusin Village and Soganli Valley will be the highlights of this tour.

EPHESUS - VIRGIN MARY’S HOUSE & PAMUKKALE TOURS... Witnesses to a Golden Past Ephesus is the best-preserved classical city on the Mediterranean, and perhaps the best place in the world to get the feeling for what life was like in Roman times. As a strategic coastal gateway to the Eastern World, this Ionian refuge grew to be the second largest city in the Roman Empire, the site of a Christian shrine, and one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Ionian city of Ephesus, the Roman capital of Asia Minor, housing The Odeon, The Marble Street, The Hadrian Temple, The Celcius Library and The Great Theatre will be visited. The House of Virgin Mary and. ancient cities of Hierapolis and Aphrodisias near Pamukkale will be among the interesting sites within this tour.



2 Days

Visit to Gallipoli, famous battle-field, Anzac Cove, War Cemeteries (Beach Cemetery, Quinn's Post, The Nek) and the Anzac Memorials (Lone Pine - Australian Memorial, Conk Bair - New Zealand Memorial, Hellespont - English Memorial) of the naval battle (18 March 1915) during World War I. The tour includes the visit to the ancient city of Troy, famous with the legendary Trojan Horse from the times of Beautiful Helen, the Queen of Sparta, and Paris, the Trojan Prince.


4 Days

DAY 1 : Getting together in Olympos between 10:00-10:30. we depart from the harbour of Demre between 12 and 1 p.m.Pirates Cave. Sunken City of Kekova (this Lycian-Roman archaeological site is under protection, so just looking!). Simena, a traditional Turkish fishing village and Byzantine/Ottoman castle. In Gokkaya Bay you can do watersports. Have dinner, rest in this pirates haven or party the night away at the Smugglers Inn.. DAY 2 : After breakfast we depart to Kas where we first have a swim in a good and quiet bay in front of the small town and then stop in the harbour for lunch and sightsee this charming fishing village. Near Kalkan we have a break in Aquarium or Firnaz Bay (dinner 2nd night). DAY 3 : When sun rises we depart for Butterfly Valley where we stop for breakfast, having a taste of swimming and to visit this natural reserve, hosting 136 kinds of different butterflies and moths. Oludeniz will be our next stop, again sea conditions permitting! If you want you can do paragliding. In a bay beside Oludeniz we have lunch. Our last visit of the day is St-Nicholas Island. See the Byzantine traces, swim, dinner and 3rd night. DAY 4: We will have breakfast and then g oto Samanlik bay. At about 11:00 we come back to Fethiye harbour. The Captain may change the route depanding on weather conditions.

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ICHC 2016  

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