Ankara is the capital city of Turkey, situated in the northwestern part of the country. The architecture of the present-day city reflects its varied history. Remains from the Roman era include a bath, the Column of Julian, and the Temple of Roma and Augustus. Byzantine remnants include the citadel and a cemetery. The square Alâeddin Mosque, with one minaret, is located near the walled citadel and dates from the Seljuk era. Ottoman buildings are numerous and include the Haci Bayram Cami (1427–28), as well as the Mahmud Pasa market and the Kursunlu Han, two 15th-century buildings that have been converted to house the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. The modern city contains the huge Atatürk Mausoleum complex. Ankara is an important crossroads for trade and forms a major junction in the road network of Turkey. The city lies on the main east-west rail line across Anatolia. Esenboga Airport, to the northeast, provides international services. The city is the seat of the Middle East Technical University (1956), one of the top universities. The National Library is also located here, as are the state theatre and the Presidential Symphony Orchestra. Several museums in Ankara present a panorama of Anatolian history and are renovated Ottoman buildings. The most important of these is the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations (with its world-renowned Hittite collection) and the Ethnographic Museum (with its holdings related to Turkish history, folklore, and art). The Atatürk Mausoleum and the Atatürk Museum display many of Atatürk’s personal items.
METU College is located in the district of Bilkent, one of the safest areas in Ankara. Moreover, the school is a part of the campus of the Middle East Technical University (METU), one of the most prestigious academic institutions in Turkey. When entering the campus, everyone has to go through security checkpoints. All participants must have their badges at this point, otherwise, entering the campus will not be possible.
The conference will take place at this venue at all times. For the ceremonies and the plenary sessions, the participants will be at the Convention Centre. Committee sessions and lunch will take place in the high school building.