The Turkish team that have taken part in 3rd National Antarctica Science Expedition, conducted in coordination of İTÜ Polar Research Center and in the leadership of İTÜ Academic Member Assoc. Prof. Dr. Burcu Özsoy, has put across establishing the base on the Antarctica.
3rd National Antarctica Science Expedition has been come to an end under the auspices of the Presidency of the Turkish Republic, the responsibility of the Ministry of Industry and Technology and leadership of İTÜ POLREC.
Turkish Scientific Research Camp has been established on Horseshoe Island within the scope of 3rd National Antarctica Science Expedition in which the studies have been carried out for the project of Establishing Science Base on Antarctica. With being established temporary base of Turkey on the white continent, Turkish flag has been raised up to the flagpole on Horseshoe Island.
In the studies conducted by İTÜ PolReC, 3rd National Science Expedition Team had a family photo taken by exhibiting paintings of the children ranking the highest in the Antarctica- themed painting competition which was held by Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality and İstanbul Tuzla Municipality after the opening of the camp.
We have established our temporary science base on Antarctica
The Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank announced that the establishment of temporary base on Antarctica had been completed successfully. Minister Varank said “Our friends sent me the photos. We have set up our temporary science base on Antarctica. We have a project of establishing a science base on Antarctica, which is a project that is brought forward / put forward thanks to Esteemed President’s visionary sense of politics. Now, our scientists is launching 3rd Science Expeditions to Antarctica. It has been required that these science expeditions was made and the temporary base was established so that we could have a voice in Antarctica Treaty System and could set up a permanent base. We have established our temporary science base and our flag is hoisted on the continent, which fills us with pride. On the other hand, it is a challenging process for our scientists and they told me on the phone how they had been caught by the storm. We extend our appreciation and thanks to our scientists.”
We are proud of waving our flag on the White Continent
Rector Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca stated that the news coming from Antarctica made them so happy and he said “It is proud that our flag is being waived for the sake of science. This year, the scientific research done on temporary base will pioneer establishment of permanent base on Antarctica.” Prof. Karaca reminded that İTÜ had launched three national expeditions to Antarctica and continued “Our country has been situated in the Polar Regions within the frame of Antarctica Treaty Systems and now our main objective is to elevate Turkey to consultative status on the continent. We are waiting excitedly that our team will come back our country.”
Scientific Research Camp will be continued for 3 years
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Burcu Özsoy, Leader of Turkish Antarctica Science Expedition and İTÜ Academic Member, said that the scientific research camp was completed to be set up and would provide service on Horseshoe Island between the years 2019-2020.
Özsoy reminded that we had done feasibility studies during first two expedition and she continued “This science camp is of vital importance. Our science camp will provide our scientists with a comfortable working environment on the continent 14.000 km away from Turkey and the camp will serve as a scientific research zone for three years in the summers.”
Özsoy, drawing the attention to the difficulty of the process, stated that all expedition participants were working devotedly and making great effort.
It has been set up environment-friendly
Özsoy laid emphasis on paying regard to environment in the establishment of the camp sending the environment impact statement to Antarctica Treaty System in advance and she uttered that during the establishment they did not give any damage to the environment and all living organism on the island.