Turkey, 24 - 29 April 2005
energy: the domestic, renewable, green option”
The International Geothermal Association and the Turkish Geothermal
Association cordially invite members of the international energy community to
the World Geothermal Congress 2005. The
Congress aims to emulate the successful congresses held in Italy (1995) and in
Japan (2000). An Organising
Committee composed of internationally respected geothermalists, has been formed
and is proceeding with organisation of the World Geothermal Congress 2005.
A website is being set up to facilitate provision of up-to-date
The Congress will be held in the Glass Pyramid Sabanci Congress &
Exhibition Centre in the city of Antalya, the chief city on the southern
(Mediterranean) coast of Turkey. Antalya
has a population of 500,000, and is a major tourist resort with numerous hotels
and a wide range of visitor facilities. Antalya
can be easily reached by regular scheduled air services (currently 8 flights
each day; 1.5 hours, non-stop) or by comfortable air-conditioned long-distance
bus (725 km; 12 hours) from Istanbul, which is the major entry point to Turkey.
Flights are also available from some major cities in Europe directly to
Antalya. At the time of the
Congress the climate in Antalya will be mild (15-25 oC) and with low
Five days will be devoted to Plenary and several concurrent Technical
sessions. The official language of
the Congress will be English. The
Technical sessions will include both oral and poster presentations, and all
papers will be published in the Proceedings which will be on CD-ROM (and hard
copy if there is sufficient demand). As
in previous Congresses, abstracts will be submitted first and the authors of
those approved will be asked to submit a manuscript.
Manuscripts will be reviewed for content and amended where necessary to
improve English expression. Important
dates for authors of papers are:
|Abstracts due||January 2004|
|Draft papers due||May 2004|
|Final papers due||November
about format, where and how to submit will be given later in the Second
Announcement and on the website.
An exhibition of technical equipment related to geothermal exploration
and development will be held concurrent with the technical sessions.
Booths of several different sizes will be available for hire by companies
and organisations. A Prospectus containing further details, application forms,
conditions and fees will be published later, and will be given on the website.
Short Courses (1 & 2 day) will be held before and after the Congress.
Further details will be given in the Second Circular and on the website.
& Cultural Programme:
There has been civilisation in Turkey for almost 10,000 years and so
there is a rich and diverse culture. Social
events which reflect this culture will be provided for Congress participants and
accompanying persons. Further
details will be given in the Second Circular and on the website.
Turkey has many geothermal manifestations and developments worth
visiting. Field trips will be run
before and after the Congress. If
there is sufficient interest, field trips will be run before the Congress, which
will start in Istanbul and finish in Antalya; and after the Congress, will start
from Antalya and finish in Istanbul. Daily
field trips to local tourist sites (Perge, Aspendos, Chimera, Termessos) during
the Congress, are being planned for accompanying persons. Further details will be given in the Second Circular and on
It is hoped that funds will be available to provide fellowships to enable
participants from developing countries to attend. Details will be given later in the Second Circular and on the
We plan to have Registration both on-line and by post. A significant discount will be given for early registration:
provisional cost for early registration is US$400 for participants and US$100
for accompanying persons. Details
will be given later in the Second Circular and on the website.
Turkey has a long and rich history.
Participants, especially those with an interest in photography, history,
archaeology, religion, pottery and fabrics, should seriously consider taking
extra time before or after the Congress to visit the many tourist places in
Turkey, such as:
Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Roman Cistern, Grand Bazaar,
Dolmabahce Palace, Chora (Kariye) Church, and cruising on the Bosphorus
· North Aegean: Gallipoli battlefields, Troy, Sardis, tombs of the Lydian kings, Assos, Pergamum
Ephesus with Virgin Mary House, Ruins at Didyma, Priene and Miletus,
Crusader Castle at Bodrum,
Hierapolis (Pamukkale), Aphrodisias
fairy chimney rock formations, underground cities, and Byzantine churches.
Anatolia: Crater Lake of Nemrut Volcano,
and one of the largest geothermally-heated greenhouses in Turkey.
Anatolia: Sumela Monastery
Museum of Anatolian Civilisations (Ankara), tomb of King Midas, Mevlana
Museum with whirling dervishes, Hattussash.
is also famous for its carpets, leather goods, and silver and gold jewellery,
and porcelain ware.