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**Please note that e-VISA is required for most of the European countries to enter Turkey - you can apply via


Senate Meeting Room at Sultahmet Kampus of Marmara University (41.005137, 28.974539)


Marmara Üniversitesi Rektörlüğü
Küçük Ayasofya Mah. Üçler Sok. No:2
34122 Sultanahmet/ Fatih/ İSTANBUL

Where to stay:

Yılsam Sultan Ahmet Hotel 4*:
Hotel Arcadia Blue İstanbul 4* :
World Heritage Hotel İstanbul 4*:
*These suggestions include a very small part of the alternatives. There are many alternative hotels around.

How to get there:

There are two airports in Istanbul. Istanbul Airport is close to Sultanahmet because of its location. The distance between the new Istanbul Airport and Sultanahmet is approximately 49 km.

You can go from Istanbul Airport to Sultanahmet by Havaist Airport Buses, commercial taxi or IETT. ULAKBIM'a suggestion from the airport is by taxi: 45 minutes / 1 hour to keep an average of 130 TL.

Istanbul Airport - Sultanahmet Havaist Istanbul Airport one bus ticket price is 18 TL.Tickets can be bought at the transportation floor (Floor -2) or outside box-offices.It takes approximately 110 minutes between Istanbul Airport and Sultanahmet by Havaist Airport Buses. This period may vary depending on Istanbul's weather and traffic conditions.

Remote Participation:

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Please remember that Turkey are CET + 2 hrs when dialing in.

Information on COVID-19

Whilst advice from the World Health Organisation has not substantially changed it is clear that many have concerns regarding the virus and how it may affect us and the recent outbreaks in Europe have added to these concerns.

In response to concerns about the safety of travel, whether by air or public transport, we would like to share the following information from the WHO website on the current understanding of how the virus is transmitted and suggest that you review the sections highlighted below.

Advice from WHO

  • How does COVID-19 spread?
  • What can I do to protect myself and prevent the spread of the disease?
  • How likely am I to catch COVID-19?
  • Should I worry about COVID-19?

There is further information on travelling during the coronavirus outbreak

GÉANT is actively monitoring the WHO advice and the situation in general in locations where GÉANT meetings are planned and will keep in contact with participants if the situation changes. Please do talk to your own organisations about their advice to employees on travel.

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(times in local time CET + 2 hrs)

On Monday, 9th of March the meeting of SEE directors forum will take place and joint SEE directors/SIG-MSP meeting will be organised on the 10th of March in the morning took  place.

Monday, 9th of March 2020 at 19:00 - Dinner at Fine Dine İstanbul, hosted by ULAKBIM

Tuesday, 10th of March 2020


Joint MSP/SEE Directors forum 

Welcome and presentation from TUBITAK, ULAKBİM services portfolio and strategic interests - Mehmet Mirat Satoğlu, ULAKBİM


Developing a Service Portfolio - Part I

Lightning Talks followed by a themed panel discussion around developing services portfolio and serving the community in your country.

Lightning talks:

Best practices: Tomi Dolenc, ARNES,

Alberto Perez, RedIRIS,

Mark Tysom, JISC 

Challenges: Olga Popcova, RENAM

Themed panel discussion will focus on the best practices around education and research and how the governance and members play role in services development.

Discussion facilitated by Martin Bech, DeiC

11:00 - 11:30Coffee Break

Developing a Service Portfolio - Part II

Lightning Talks and presentations followed by an open discussion around business models and resources needed to run the service.

Speakers: Michel Wets, SURFnet; Raimundas Tuminauskas, PSNC; Robert Hackett, HEAnet; Janos Mohacsi, KIFU.

Discussion facilitated by Paul Rouse, GÉANT


Future service portfolio development: Security

Update on work being done in the Security work package of GN4-3 -  Alf Moens, SURFnet


Future Service portfolio development: Security

Cyber exercises portal and CYBER-EXE events developed / conducted jointly by the Georgian Governmental CERT and GRENA - Ramaz Kvatadze

14:35 - 15:00

Discussion on future services portfolio with a specific focus on the importance of cyber security on the NREN service portfolio (cyber risk and resilience) - sharing of knowledge, services and addressing challenges in this area. 

Facilitated by Mark Tysom, Jisc  and Annabel Grant, GÉANT

15:00-15:15 Coffee Break
15:15-15:45Pilot discussion on "Creating an NREN from scratch" - past and current lessons learnt, organisational structure with a focus on future service portfolio.  Open discussion facilitated by Martin Bech, DeiC.

 EOSC = changing NREN service portfolios?  - Annabel Grant, GÉANT

Presentation followed by questions and open discussion:

  • "New" services which could be delivered by NRENs which go beyond 'business as usual' (data transfer etc.)
  • NREN involvement in e.g. data curation, FAIR certification, data management plans, support for Virtual Organisations; e-science applications;  anything e-science/EOSC related. 
16:25 - 16:30Update -  the Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) call - Annabel Grant, GÉANT
16:30-17:00 Wrap up and future meetings
19:00Dinner (at your own expenses) at Deraliye Restaurant (Ottoman cuisine), Alemdar, Ticarethane Sokak & Divanyolu Cad No:10, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul