WELCOME MESSAGE FROM
THE PRESIDENT OF COSPAR ON THE SCIENTIFIC ASSEMBLY
to be held in Istanbul, 30 July to 7 August 2016
At the COSPAR March meetings, the Program Committee and Bureau finalized the plans for the COSPAR Scientific Assembly that will be held in Istanbul, 30 July to 7 August 2016. We are looking forward to a highly scientifically productive and enjoyable Assembly.
I call your attention to the following essay that will appear in the April issue of Space Research Today on International Cooperation in Space Research in these Troubled Times. The essay states that if we remain true to our mission to encourage and facilitate international cooperation in space research, it is essential that we assemble and engage with scientists from all COSPAR Member countries in locations throughout the world.
International Cooperation in Space Research in these Troubled Times
The fundamental mission of COSPAR since its inception in 1958 has been to encourage and facilitate international cooperation in space research, unencumbered and unimpeded by geopolitical disagreements and tensions. We were founded in the crucible of the Cold War to provide a forum where Soviet and western scientists could meet and advance space research. Those of us who lived through that history recall how essential were the bridges that COSPAR enabled, between Soviet and western scientists, to yield a benign ending to the Cold War.
In the ensuing decades, our mission of encouraging and facilitating international cooperation in space research has grown to encompass the use of space to understand global climate change and to guide humanity’s response to protect the future of our planet; to enable the scientific exploration of space; to encourage the expansion of human civilization into space. We have recognized that all of these endeavors are not the province of one or only a few nations, but rather should be conducted on behalf of humanity.
We have pursued our expanded mission true to our charter, unencumbered and unimpeded by geopolitical disagreements and tensions. A case in point was our Scientific Assembly in Moscow in 2014, which was held in the midst of geopolitical tensions over the Crimea and Ukraine. At no point during the Assembly did these geopolitical tensions enter into our scientific discussions or our efforts to encourage international collaborations, nor should they have.
There is a new source of geopolitical tensions these days, international terrorism. We have no role to play in helping to remove the scourge of international terrorism. However, we do have an obligation to ourselves to remain true to our charter and not permit international terrorism to encumber or impede us in pursuit of our mission. To encourage and facilitate international cooperation in space research it is essential that we assemble and engage with scientists from all COSPAR Member countries in locations throughout the world. We cannot permit random acts of terrorism to deter us.
L. A. Fisk
President of COSPAR
WELCOME MESSAGE FROM
THE CHAIRMAN OF COSPAR16 LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
"If the Earth were a single state, Istanbul would be its capital." Napoleon Bonaparte
I'm Dr. Lokman Kuzu, Director of TUBITAK UZAY, the Aeronautics and Space Institute of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK). TUBITAK UZAY is the host organization of COSPAR 2016. I'd like to warmly invite the scientific community to visit Istanbul for the 41st COSPAR Scientific Assembly in July 2016!
How fitting that Istanbul, the city that united people of three continents, will host an assembly to discuss the one most unifying aspect of humanity; the notion that we are all passengers upon this vessel traversing the cosmos. For the benefit of all humanity we must better understand our planet and the Universe. I hope this assembly will provide a fertile medium for such collaboration.
Though Turkey is newer to space research and technology than others, we are already famous in other realms. Notably, our hospitality; irrespective of ethnicity or creed, the people of Turkey are known for it. The people of Turkey join me in welcoming the scientists and researchers whose work helps humanity understand our universe and protect our planet.
As no visit to Istanbul would be acceptable without sightseeing, we have organized an interesting social program including tours of the Bosphorus and other sights. For instance, among activities for which participants may opt to register will be a comprehensive tour highlighting the ancient fortifications, palaces, mosques, and churches that line the historic waterway.
Istanbul, at the crossroads between Asia and Europe, founded in the seventh century BC, is now a modern metropolis with a population exceeding 15 million. It has a rich historic and cultural heritage. It also contains some of the most important structures in history such as the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, the Basilica Cistern, the Grand Bazaar, and Topkapı Palace. Istanbul also has the first university of Turkey, Istanbul University, founded in 1453.
However, Istanbul isn't just about history. There is plenty to do. One can dine on the shores of the Bosphorus or shop in Europe's largest malls. Within an hour one can also be lounging on the beaches of the Mediterranean or spear fishing the reefs of the Black Sea.
We're certain that Istanbul will do its reputation justice.
With regards to the host of COSPAR 2016, TUBITAK is a national agency founded to develop the science and technology policies of Turkey. It was established in 1963 with a mission to advance science and technology. The Council is an autonomous institution and is governed by a Scientific Board, whose members are selected from prominent scholars from universities, industry and research institutions.
TUBITAK funds research projects carried out in universities and other public and private organizations, conducts research in strategic fields, develops support programs for the public and private sector, publishes scientific journals, popular science magazines and books, and organizes science and society activities, and supports undergraduate and graduate students through scholarships. More than 2000 researchers work in 15 different research institutes.
TUBITAK has represented Turkey in COSPAR since 1996.
TUBITAK UZAY (SPACE) is one of the R&D institutes of TUBITAK that specializes in space technologies and related fields. The institute leads and takes part in R&D projects, playing a pioneering role in the national research community and assisting industry in solving technical problems. TUBITAK UZAY, involved in satellite production since 2002, has acquired the required capability and developed the facilities to produce satellite systems. Namely, RASAT and GOKTURK-2 are respectively, the first and second indigenous remote sensing satellites of Turkey.
Another TUBITAK institute of note for COSPAR is TUG. TUBITAK TUG is the National Observatory. Located at 2,000 m above sea level, in the Taurus Mountains, its suite of telescopes are proving to be a valuable national asset.
Finally, let me reiterate that I welcome all researchers and specialists in space research and exploration to participate in the 41st COSPAR Scientific Assembly in Turkeys historical capital!
Looking forward to seeing you in Istanbul.
Dr. Lokman Kuzu
Director, TUBITAK Aeronautics and Space Institute
Director, TUBITAK UZAY
TUBITAK is proud of hosting the 41. Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) Scientific Assembly, a very important international platform for research on space that is going to be held at the Istanbul Congress Center (ICC) between 30th of July and 7th of August 2016. In this congress, 3000 participants are expected from about 60 countries.
COSPAR is an organization of 46 member countries that promotes space research and sharing of results, knowledge and ideas at an international level.
Since 1958, COSPAR has been active in organizing scientific meetings and publishing in order to anticipate knowledge sharing and discussions contributing to space research. Therefore, COSPAR is playing an important role in progress of science and development of new disciplines and it has the responsibility to make recommendations to the United Nations and to the international organizations operating in the field of space research.
TÜBITAK became a member of COSPAR in 1996 to represent Turkey. TÜBİTAK has been taking part in council meetings that are held every second year and contributing to the decisions through its national representatives. During the candidate evaluation process in July 2012, it was accepted bt majority vote that TÜBİTAK organizes the 41st COSPAR Scientific Conference.