Dear Colleagues and Friends,
We will be very much honoured and pleased to host the 11th Asia Pacific Symposium on Cochlear Implants and Related Sciences on 19- 22th September, 2017. This meeting has been one of the leading events in the field since the first Kyoto Symposium and has attracted delegates not only from the Asia Pacific region but also from all over the world. This time we expect to reach similar levels of previous meetings, both scientifically and socially.
The symposium will gather prominent global experts in the field and will serve as a dynamic forum, promoting productive clinical debates between basic scientists, clinical specialists and researchers on the critical issues within the various aspects of hearing, speech and balance disorders. Innovation in different aspects of technology will be presented in an extensive industrial exhibition. The symposium prides itself on having the most up-to-date clinical, scientific and academic program, concentrating not only on future therapies and interventions, but also on disease prevention and treatment goals.
Date of the 11th Asia Pacific Symposium on Cochlear Implants and Related Sciences is approaching. Program is completed and majority of the speakers are already fixed. As you know, at the beginning we planned to organise the APSCI 2017 at Kuşadası-İzmir, but giving thought to the concerns of foreign guests we will be changing the venue to another country. We chose Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, which is located at the northern part of the Cyprus Island. This island is accessible only by plane or by sea. It is a very safe place that has been a very popular holiday destination with its long beaches and warm climate. There are many historical sites and places to visit such as Salamis ancient town with a unique history going back to 11th century B.C. Influences of different rulers such as Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Venetians, Ottomans and Brits make the cultural life very lively and cosmopolitan. Although currently it is divided into two states namely Cyprus Republic and Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus; with their similar Mediterranean life style, there is not a big diversity amongst two societies. Artemis Kaya Convention Center is chosen as the conference venue which is located in Famagusta. It is a large convention center and is easily accessible both from Turkish and Greek sides.
A rich social program will be arranged in order to make the delegates return back to their homes with fond memories of the meeting. We hope this meeting would be an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas, to share knowledges, to join old friends and to create new friendships. We would be delighted to show traditional Turkish hospitality to you and to your distinguished friends at the daughter country of Turkey.
President of 11th Asia Pacific Symposium
Learning about Turkey is a wonderful and enriching experience as you discover ancient traditions, a friendly Turkish culture, historical sites as well as places and destinations that will make a wonderful country for your holidays or to live.
The city of a magnificent history, the blue sea, delicious cuisine, freedom and healing; İzmir. Located in the west of Turkey and on the Aegean shores it is the pearl of the Aegean and also the third largest city in Turkey. With its 8.500 year history, fertile land, favorable climate, 629 km coastline, 300 sunny days a year, a sea that offers every shade of blue it is waiting for you to explore. Izmir owes its position as an economically and socially dynamic city to its location, climate and the fact that it has hosted many different cultures and religions that enriched its heritage. Persians, Ancient Greeks, Assyrians, Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans are just a few of the dozens of different civilizations that the city hosted throughout its long history.
The fact that almost half of its population of 4 million are under the age of 30 makes Izmir a city full of life. The city that hosts tens of thousands of university students educates scientists, artists, business leaders and academics. With its perfect climate, Izmir has a wonderful natural environment for agricultural products such as olives, figs, grapes and cotton. Various sea food, wines, local herbs, olive oil and the delicious cuisine make Izmir an attractive city also for gourmets. The destination of a happy vacation, Izmir, awaits you with a shining sun, azure waters and sandy beaches...
The Agora, located in the Konak district of Izmir, is a state agora belonging to the Roman period. It was a place where political meetings and elections were held. Hopefully a large part of the agora could have been unearthed in the excavations. Today only north and west sections are open. Relieves of Poseidon, Demeter and Artemis belonging to the Roman period can be seen at the northern gate, where they were found. Archaeological finds and some sculptures are exhibited in İzmir Archeology Museum.
Historical Kemeraltı Bazaar
Historical Kemeraltı Bazaar is a 500-years-old bazaar which is one of the greatest outdoor bazaars of our country. More than 200 business branches are providing services in 270-hectare area. It is also a home to many historical inns and fountains. You can taste foods and desserts from Izmir cuisine in artisan restaurants and find anything you need, even the smallest items, in Kemeraltı where the customers can directly communicate with the vendors.
You can find modern gold jewelry in Jewelers Bazaar, textiles in Arab Inn, all sorts of souvenirs in Kızlarağası Inn in Hisarönü and meet with antique dealers. You can drink a cup of strong tea or cup-brewed Turkish coffee in cafes in Kızlarağası Inn to relieve your tiredness after you get tired from wandering in Kemeraltı.
The elevator, which was built by Jewish businessman Nesim Levi for the convenience of those wanting to go to the top of Mithatpaşa (mostly for the elderly and the pregnant), is now one of the prestige points of İzmir. After the rearrangement in 1928, the elevator became a center that meets the locals’ social needs. The elevator building, which had a theater, cinema hall, gazino and its own photographer in 1930s, is now serving with its restaurant and bar to all who wants to see İzmir from a bird's-eye view.
Kadifekale (Pagos) is one of the old city centers together with Tepekule (Smyrna) that was built in the 4th century BC. There are remnants of Helen, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman periods in the city that still remain such as the Byzantine cisterns and the Medieval Inner Castle. It was built by Lysimakhos, one of the generals of Alexander the Great, on a hill that overlooks the İzmir Bay, at a height of 186 meters. It is rumored that Amazon women who lived in Kadifekale (Pagos) have descended from the foothills of the mountains to the shores of the Meles Creek, and have maintained their dominion for many years.
Roman and Byzantine influences can be seen on the walls of the Acropolis ruins in the ancient city of Kadifekale. Having great potential in Anatolian trade, İzmir has always been a very organized and developed city with its gymnasium, stadium, theater and agorans as well as its large aqueducts and cisterns.
The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) occupies the northern and eastern reaches of Cyprus. If flying to Ercan Airport, North Cyprus’s international landing point, passengers must transit briefly in Turkey. No visa is required for entering to The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus or if you are wishing to visit or cross between the northern and southern parts of the country, meaning those wishing to fly into Larnaca and Paphos can easily commute to the north of the island in just over an hour. There are seven crossings for those making the journey, including a free border walkthrough at Ledra Street. Car hire is reasonable and offers an effective, viable means of exploration, with left-hand side driving. A local network of shared taxis known as dolmuş operate a myriad of routes and is an alternative option to getting around.
English is considered a second language after Turkish, especially in the hotspot of Kyrenia. The currency is Turkish Lira which means life is much less costly than its southern counterpart. Euros and Pound sterling are still widely accepted in many establishments; for a spending spree, the mall in Famagusta will appease shopaholics. As the sun sets, a wealth of traditional Turkish music shows can be experienced, and travellers can rest in the knowledge North Cyprus is virtually a crime-free zone after dark.
From the Assyrians to the Egyptians, the Persians to the Romans, Cyprus has seen hordes of visitors disembark on her shores over the centuries – each leaving their distinctive mark on the varied landscape.
It was in the early to Middle Bronze Ages that saw the emergence of towns and trading centres, which helped build relationships with the surrounding nations. This period was followed by occupation by many Middle Eastern countries, but it was when Persian rule was overthrown by King Evagoras that the Salamis region was able to strengthen its commerce and grow wealthy. This growth trend continued through Hellenistic and Roman rule, however, when the Roman Empire’s grip began to loosen and trade began to dwindle, fortunes were only reversed when the Byzantine Empire took control of the island and restored the province to its former glory.
The next 500 years or so saw the island change hands through Richard the Lionheart, the French Lusignan family, the Ottomans and the Venetians. In the mid-19th century the Suez Canal was opened, so to protect the trade route to India, Britain took a vested interest in the strategically located island, which saw many new roads, pipelines, crop irrigation and railways being built. This alliance continued well into the 20th century with Cyprus’s independence being declared in 1960. This series of events lead to North Cyprus declaring its independence from the south in 1974.