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
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.