I take great pleasure in expressing the strongest possible motivation and endorsement of the Turkish Geographical Society for the proposal to organize and host the 34th International Geographical Congress in İstanbul, Turkey, in 2020.
İstanbul has an enchanting location spreading over two continents and also represents the unique feature of Turkey in serving as a bridge between different cultures. This feature will be the major asset of the 2020 34th IGC in bringing together the Asia with Europe.
İstanbul has also an outstanding reputation for hosting similar major conferences. The city has a number of outstanding Universities, a large spectrum of world standard hotels and one of the most effective international airports in the world. Here are unique culinary and shopping experiences, a warm and sunny climate - İstanbul definitely promises an unforgettable experience for all participants.
Turkish Geographical Society intends to organize this important event in Istanbul University. All sessions of the Congress, as well as the welcome cocktail, are planned to be held in the Istanbul University accompanied by the Golder Horn view. Considering its location, in the heart of İstanbul, participants will have chance to accommodate walking distance to the Istanbul University from Sultanahmet hotel zone and enjoy İstanbul in all its diversity before, during and after sessions. Social events such as the congress dinner and city tours of İstanbul and its surroundings will make 2020 34th IGC a lifetime memory.
I am certain that İstanbul will mobilize the necessary experience, expertise and support for one of the most exciting and successful events in the history of the IGU.
With best regards,
Dr Ahmet Ertek
Turkish Geographical Society