Venue & Accommodation

Middle East Technical University (METU) is an international university located in Ankara. It was founded on November 15th, 1956 to contribute to the development of Turkey and Middle East countries and especially to train people as to create a skilled workforce in the fields of natural and social sciences. Owing to the quality academic education that emphasizes merit and excellence in scientific, cultural and intellectual studies as well as owing to the accomplished and qualified METU graduates, the University has become one of the distinguished and respectable institutions of Turkey. Contributing to the internationality of the university, the official language at METU is English. Therefore, every service given in the campus can also be maintained in English.

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METU is a pedestrian campus. It is promoted to travel within the campus on foot or by bike. Hence, it would be a nice journey on foot since METU has a scenic campus.

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Travel & Local Info 

The workshop will be held at the Cahit Arf Auditorium (M-13), Department of Mathematics located on the METU Campus, Ankara, Turkey. Ankara, capital city of Turkey, has its own international airport (Ankara Esenboga International Airport). Ankara Esenboğa International Airport is 33 km (21 miles, about 40 minutes) North East of the city centre. Airport shuttle buses (named as Belko) to the central bus terminal (named as ASTİ) of Ankara are available; and shuttle costs 10 Turkish Liras (equivalently 5 EURO, see Google Currency Converter). From ASTI, one can take a metered taxi to the METU campus (ODTU in Turkish). It costs roughly 16 Turkish Liras (equivalently 8 EURO, see Google Currency Converter).


The history of Ankara and its surroundings stretches back to the Hatti civilization of the Bronze Age. Two thousand years before the time of Jesus, the Hittites become the dominant power of the region, and were then followed by the Phyrgians, Lydians and Persians. In the 3rd Century BC, a Celtic race known as the Galatians made Ankara their capital city. The name Ankara comes from the word 'Ancyra', which means anchor.'

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