Istanbul to host global space research event

Published 30.06.2016 00:00

Istanbul is set to host one of the world's largest science events between July and August with the attendance of nearly 3,000 scientists from 60 different countries, organizers behind the event have said.

"We expect 2,500-3000 scientists to participate at the 41st Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) Scientific Assembly, which will be held between July 30 and Aug. 7 at the Istanbul Congress Center," the director of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) Space Technologies Research Institute, Lokman Kuzu, told Anadolu Agency (AA) yesterday.

Established in 1985, the TÜBİTAK Space Technologies Research Institute is one of TÜBİTAK's research and development units.

"There will be a lot of firsts at COSPAR this year. So we are excited," Kuzu said, adding that the event would witness the announcement of the initial results of the observation on gravitational waves, which were first spotted in February.

Gravitational waves are ripples that were sent through the universe following the collision of two black holes about 1.3 billion years ago.

"The European Space Agency's Rosetta space probe findings and articles will also be published at COSPAR in addition to other space projects," Kuzu said.

Kuzu said the organization would also contribute to increasing space awareness among the public in addition to creating cooperation opportunities for research from different countries around the world.

There will be three events geared towards the public, including teachers and students, Kuzu said, adding that one of these would be a public session on Aug. 3, titled "Deep Space Missions."

Another event will be Students' Day on July 30, during which students will be able to meet experts in the field of space research.

There will also be a workshop for science, physics and astronomy teachers at primary and secondary schools.

The conference will discuss the earth's surface, meteorology, climate, the atmospheres of other planets, space weather, the solar system and planets, space science and technology, material science in space, life in space, and physics in space.

COSPAR was established by the International Council for Science in 1958. The assembly organizes conferences to increase the sharing of information to contribute to scientific research in the field of space.

TÜBİTAK became a member of the assembly in 1996.

The congress is held every two years in different countries.

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