MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENTS

Jean-Louis Leonard

Mehmet Karaca

CODATU President

ITU Rector

 

CODATU and the Istanbul Technical University (ITU) are pleased to welcome you to Istanbul from 2 to 5 February 2015 for the Sixteenth International Conference of Urban Transport (CODATU XVI).

Istanbul is one of the major cities of the Mediterranean Bassin, uniquely surrounded by thousands years of historical and cultural heritage. The city is a true melting pot of cultures and civilizations and awonderful blend of landscapes attracting millions of tourists every year.

ITU isone of the most prestigious universities in Turkey and the third oldest university in world. The partnership with ITU and the work of the International Scientific Committee of CODATU XVI are guarantees for CODATU of the high technical and scientific level of papers that will be presented during the conference.

Enhancing the relationship between urban transport, climate change and air pollution is a challenge both for researchers, expertsanddecision-makers in emerging and developing countries. This challenge is today at the heart of the debate among climate change experts at the international level. The perspective of the COP21, that will be held in Paris in December 2015, is a real issue for CODATU, its members and the whole international community. CODATU XVI aims hosting high level exchanges in order to pave the way towards concrete commitmentsto be made in Paris.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee I hope for a largeparticipation and I look forward to seeing you in Istanbul.

 

Dear Participants;

Istanbul Technical University is one of the biggest and oldest universities of Turkey. Founded in 1773 with the name Royal Naval Engineering (School) (Mühendishane-i Bahr-i Humayun), ITU is the first technical university of Turkey.

Today with 13 Faculties and 6 Institutes it serves to above 30 thousand students, by a staff of more than 2300 at six campuses in the coverage of 39 undergraduate programmes, in five different languages, supported by 360 laboratories.

It is a great pleasure for me to announce that my institution is undertaken the mission of hosting the CODATU XVI Conference with the theme "The role of urban transport policies and countermeasures in developing countries and emerging economies”  to be held on 2-5 February 2015 at ITU Macka Campus.

This meeting will be held at a geography where two old continents, Europe and Asia, meet at a junction point where the transport corridors extending from West to East & South to North right from the olden times. Furthermore, this junction point is at a distinctive metropolis, Istanbul, which accommodates around 14 m. people and networks of urban transport including the colossal ones like Marmaray to connect the two continents by crossing the fabulous Bosphorus through an underwater rail tunnel.

My university is ready to host and welcome the participants of XVI. CODATU Conference and I wish every success to this worldly event.