İsmail BAHTİYAR – Turkish Petroleum

Hasan Armağan DERMAN – Turkish Petroleum



Nizamettin KAZANCI – Ankara University

Nazire Özgen ERDEM – Cumhuriyet University

Mehmet Korhan ERTURAÇ – Sakarya University

Zeki M. HASSAN – Kirkuk University

Cultural Geology and Geological Heritage can be regarded as the most recent but expanding initiatives in earth sciences. Cultural Geology, aim to explain all natural phenomenon (such as climate, geography, environment, landform, water and sea level changes and raw material sources) which have had effected human activity from prehistorical times until recent. Briefly study the geological processes that drive the cultural development. Geological Heritage, can be defined as archives of the evolution of the earth and a perfect source of geopark and geotourism applications, which are valuable assets for nature protection, education and sustainable development. We invite you to join and contribute to this session, which will cover aspects, research and applications from Turkey, Middle East and Eastern Europe. A special issue at a peer reviewed international journal is planned from this session.


Celalettin ŞİMŞEK – Dokuz Eylül University

Mehmet Ruhi AKÇIL – Geo Drilling Machinery Manuf. Co.

Traugott SCHEYTT – Berlin Technische University, Germany



Reşat ULUSAY – Hacettepe University

Hakan ERSOY – Karadeniz Technical University

Mahmut MUTLUTÜRK – Süleyman Demirel University

M. Celal TUNUSLUOĞLU – Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University



İrfan YOLCUBAL – Kocaeli University

Fatma GÜLTEKİN – Karadeniz Technical University

Prosun BHATTACHARYA – KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Nurdan AYDIN-DÜZGÖREN – New Jersey City University, USA

Environmental Geology that is concerned with the interactions between humans and geologic environment is an important branch of geology contributing to identify, remediate and prevent human-induced environmental problems. This session aims to share the knowledge related to studies in Environmental Geology field in Turkey and around the world and raise awareness about the importance of topic. We encourage researchers to contribute to the session either oral or poster presentation. Some topics of Environmental Geology session include a) new approaches in environmental impact assessment related to mining activities, b) importance of environmental geology in the site selection for hazardous and domestic waste disposal: recent applications, c) source, determination and remediation of soil and groundwater contamination, d) risk assessment studies related to geohazards, e) environmental impact assessment of giant engineering projects,  f) determination of processes influencing the fate and transport of contaminants in environment  and  h) mathematical modelling studies in assessing contamination risk of water resources


Ali İhsan KARAYİĞİT – Hacettepe University

Zühtü BATI – Turkish Petroleum

Kimon CHRISTANIS – University of Patras, Greece



Nilgün GÜLEÇ – Middle East Technical University

Quentin CROWLEY – Trinity College, University

İsmail Onur TUNÇ – Ardahan University



Sena AKÇER ÖN – Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University

Yavuz KAYA – Middle East Technical University

Şükran AÇIKEL – Hacettepe University

We are happy to announce that we will host our young colleagues for the second time in a special session “Geoscientists of the Future”, at 71st Geological Congress of Turkey between 23 and 27 April 2018.

Today, many undergraduate students participate in national and international projects and do their own research taking advantage of related supports. We are inviting the senior students from the departments of geological engineering to “Geoscientists of the Future” session whoever have an original research project.

The aims of this special session for the young colleagues are;

To support the development of scientific thought

To constitute a productive environment enabling exchange information

To give the opportunity to find out the recent studies on earth sciences

To meet with the scientists who are reputed from articles and books

To socialise with their peer future colleagues

To provide great experience

The abstracts should be prepared with the supervisor in accordance with the scientific criterions and the rules of congress. The senior students could be submitted their original researches as oral or poster presentation in compliance with the rules on the congress web page (

We will be honored to see young colleagues and all geoscientists, who will support them with their knowledge and experiences, in “Geoscientists of the Future” session, at the 71st Geological Congress of Turkey, in METU Culture and Convention Center.


Özgür AVŞAR – Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University

Hüseyin KARAKUŞ – Dumlupınar University

Furkan ŞENER – Ömer Halisdemir University

Mahmut PARLAKTUNA – Middle East Technical University

Dornadula CHANDRASEKHARAM – Indian Institute of Technology, India



Hasan YAZICIGİL – Middle East Technical University

Zübeyde HATİPOĞLU BAĞCI – Mersin University

Müfit Şefik DOĞDU – General Directorate of State Hydraulic Works

Antonio CAMPBELL – President of Int. Association of Hydrogeologists, Portugal

Ken HOWARD – Toronto University, Canada



Turgut ÖZTAŞ – Chamber of Geological Engineers of Turkey

Remzi KARAGÜZEL – İstanbul Technical University

İrfan YEŞİLNACAR – Harran University

Even in different sizes, all human settlements are in a part of nature. For this reason, the historical, cultural and natural environment that provides the continuity of past to the future as well as the surface – underground richness that nature provides, and the macro – micro risk cases that nature has explicit or hidden, must be recognized first and defined with positive – negative characteristics and spreads. All these natural phenomena should be examined considering all possible interactions with existing and possible settlement areas, with the determinations to be made during the planning phase while maximizing the opportunities of the ability to use natural resources on the other hand the probability to meet encountering natural and/or anthropogenic problems that may occur during and after implementation – structuring should be minimized. At this point, local administrations’ level of consciousness and directive decision making mechanisms about the issue are vital importance.

The situation requires “urban geology” studies which applies every kind of information and finding, initially “regional and areal” and later on “local and point”, to planning, structuring, making livable, renewing, and elaborating terrestrial problems of human settlements. In this context, urban geology uses terrestrial data at the making decisions about urban planning – implementing and solving settlement problems, designates site selections, current and possible structuring conditions, renwing situations, new extension areas, and apparent / possible problems of cities and city elements and produces solutions to all natural and anthropogenic origin problems.

The major urban geological studies that should be carried out in the context of creating a city that is planned, developed, lived and renewed, in brief made sustainable by local governments can be summarized under the following main titles as ; terrestrial analysis, terrestrial synthesis, terrestrial planning decisions production, making decisions about site selection for habitation / settlement areas – units, examination of habitation / settlement areas at regional / local planning and practices, examination on suitability for structuring, sustainability studies, structured environmental analysis, reconstruction (recycle – conversion) studies, determination of strategies, areas, and direction of potential urban development.



Ercan ALDANMAZ – Kocaeli University

Sibel TATAR ERKÜL – Akdeniz University

Özgür KARAOĞLU – Eskişehir Osmangazi University

John A. WINCHESTER – Keele University, UK

Francis O. DUDAS – Massachusetts of Technology, USA

Dear colleagues, we would like to encourage you to contribute to a session on “Magmatism and Magmatic Processes” that has been scheduled for the 71st Geological Congress of Turkey, which will take place from 23 to 27 April 2018 in Ankara, Turkey. The aim of this session is to discuss all aspects of magmatic processes and to integrate petrogenetic, geochemical and geodynamic constraints to advance our understanding of magma generation in variable tectonic settings. This session will cover a wide range of magmatic processes that occur within the Earth’s mantle and crust. It will host discussions on subjects such as the conditions and products of primary melting in the mantle, tectonic controls on magma genesis, and the processes and time-scales of melt transport and storage. We encourage all contributions that describe petrologic, geochemical, mineralogical and other approaches to understanding volcanic and plutonic rock systems in terms of source regions, differentiation processes and geodynamic significance.


Erol SARI – İstanbul University

Kadir Kürşat ERİŞ – İstanbul Technical University

Demet BİLTEKİN – Ordu University

Pierre Henry – CEREGE, France



Ayhan KÖSEBALABAN – Chamber of Geological Engineers of Turkey

Ali YILMAZ – Cumhuriyet University

Ali Vedat ÖYGÜR – Chamber of Geological Engineers of Turkey



Muzaffer METİNTAŞ – Eskişehir Osmangazi University

Yüksel ÖRGÜN – İstanbul Technical University

Engin TUTKUN – Bozok University

Jochen BUNDSCHUH – University of Southern Queensland, Australia

Iosif VOLFSON – Russian Geological Society, Russia



Necati TÜYSÜZ – Karadeniz Technical University

Mustafa KUMRAL – İstanbul Technical University

Mustafa CİHAN – Öksüt Mining Co.

Enver AKARYALI – Gümüşhane University



Ali Polat – Windsor University, Canada

Gültekin TOPUZ – İstanbul Technical University

Gürsel SUNAL – İstanbul Technical University



Cahit HELVACI – Dokuz Eylül University

Atiye TUĞRUL – İstanbul University

Bahadır YAVUZ – Dokuz Eylül University



Orhan TATAR – Cumhuriyet University

Şükrü ERSOY – Yıldız Technical University

Bülent ÖZMEN – Gazi University

Turkey is subject to frequent natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, mass movement, storms, cyclone, drought etc., are often experience. When adequate measures have not been taken, These events turn into disaster and They lead to loss of life and property. Because of disaster, 2-5% of Turkey national income is lost every year. In order to reduce these losses, It is necessary to comprehensive interdisciplinary studies and these studies should be managed effectively. Disaster management can be defined as the organization and management of resources and responsibilities for dealing with all humanitarian aspects of emergencies, in prticular preparedness, response and recovery in order to lessen the impact of disasters. Geoscience has important responsibilities in all phases of disaster management.

The management focused on mitigation of disaster losses should be accomplished only by comprehensive interdisciplinary efforts and the contributions of geologists. For effective and sustainable disaster management, legislation, administrative, technical, and scientific methods should be determined before disaster period. In essence, this approach adopts a risk management approach rather than crisis. In this session, how to ordinary natural phenomena turned into disaster, and mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery efforts, the mission of earthscientists in disasters will be discussed with the valuable presentations of data collected from some regions of Turkey and abroad.

Natural disasters and Disaster management section will be presented all kinds of articles related to natural disasters and disaster mangement.


Hasan SÖZBİLİR – Dokuz Eylül University

Süha ÖZDEN – Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University

Veysel IŞIK – Ankara University

Abdolrezza GHODS – Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences, Iran

Volkan KARABACAK – Eskişehir Osmangazi University



Osman Parlak – Çukurova University

İbrahim Uysal – Karadeniz Techincal University

Utku Bağcı – Mersin University

Ophiolites, on-land fragments of oceanic lithosphere, are the key to understanding processes involved in the evolution of oceanic basins. Ophiolites display variable internal structure, pseudostratigraphy, geochemical composition and feature in many different orogenic belts of different age. They are interpreted to have formed in a wide range of tectonic settings, including mid-ocean ridge, back-arc and fore-arc. Numerous models exist for oceanic crust generation, metamorphic sole and melange formation, tectonic emplacement and ore genesis.

The aims of this session are to discuss (i) recent scientific advances on ophiolites of Tethyan belt and surroundings, (ii) mantle melting and melt/rock interaction, (iii) metamorphic processes during formation and emplacements and (iv) melange genesis. We warmly welcome a large number of scientists from Turkey, Asia, Europe and America for fruitful discussions on this topic.


Atike NAZİK – Çukurova University

Ercan ÖZCAN – Istanbul Ticaret University

Aynur HAKYEMEZ – General Directorate Of Mineral Research And Explorations

Bilal SARI – Dokuz Eylül University

The systematic description of the fossil fauna and flora and correlating and assigning the relative ages of rock strata by using the fossil assemblages are fundamental in understanding the Earth’s biologic and geological evolution. Moreover, fossils provide insights for the past climate, environment and patterns of evolution. The temporal and spatial distribution of fauna and flora are key in understanding the bio-provinces and their interactions. The ‘Paleontology and Biostratigraphy’ session encompasses all aspects of paleontology such as taxonomy, biostratigraphy, evolution, paleoecology-environment, paleoclimatology and paleobiogeography. The original researches in any of these disciplines are highly welcome.


Murat HATİPOĞLU – Dokuz Eylül University

Hamit Haluk SELİM – Istanbul Ticaret University

Meltem GÜRBÜZ – Mersin University

Ayten ÇALIK – Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University

Therefore, gemstones, if they are of good quality, differ from metallic and other industrial minerals and natural building stones because they do not need bulky excavations and large production amounts, even though they have ore of low tenor and small reserves. Gemstones, because of the reasons that can be shortly expressed as beauty and attractiveness emerged from the original physico-chemical properties as well as rarity, are the general definitions for the resultant specially valued mineral (ore), rock and petrified organic material. Gemology covers all scientific and commercial activities related to precious and semi-precious gemstones (such as the geology, mining, lapidary, identification, synthetic production, artificial treatment, mounting to novel metals, marketing, and also archeogemology). However, the economic impact of gemology and related industries has not yet been realized. Hence, “Precious Semi-precious Gemstones Session” of the symposium welcomes the proceeding abstracts of all original research, review and case presentation relating to gemological materials (gem-minerals, gem-rocks and gem-petrified organic formations).


Ahmet Evren ERGİNAL – Ardahan University

Catherine KUZUCUOĞLU – The National Center for Scientific Research – CNRS,  France

Yeşim BÜYÜKMERİÇ – Bülent Ecevit University



Aral OKAY – Istanbul Ticaret University

Bora ROJAY – Middle East Technical University

Erman ÖZSAYIN – Hacettepe University

Bora UZEL – Dokuz Eylül University

Derek THORKELSON – Simon Fraser University, Canada

Ivan ZAGORCHEV – Bulgarian Academy of Science, Bulgaria



Kaan Şevki KAVAK – Cumhuriyet University

Can AYDAY – Eskişehir Anadolu University

Bekir Taner SAN – Akdeniz University

Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems are becoming more and more widely used every day due to the equipment that will benefit the understanding and observation of earth sciences in Geological Engineers more effectively. Remote sensing technology and methods have become one of the indispensable tools of earth sciences at a time when the importance of spatial data has increased. Nowadays, these methods have made a great contribution to the creation of geological maps in a controlled manner in large areas. The same methods provide interferometry to detect the horizontal and vertical displacements in the earth’s crust and provide information during the monitoring and evaluation of natural disasters such as earthquakes. In addition to these, in addition to Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems, a large number of spatial data can be interpreted in a short time and studies can be made to reveal the mineral zones in the alteration zone. Again with these new technologies and methods, geosciences are able to open up new areas of renewable energy exploration (e.g. wind, solar and geothermal). For these reasons, we invite you to work in the field of remote sensing and geographical information systems, we are inviting you to share in the 71st Turkish Geology Congress together with all of Turkey and look forward to your abstracts.


Mehmet ÖZKUL – Pamukkale University

Faruk OCAKOĞLU – Eskişehir Osmangazi University

Ulvican ÜNLÜGENÇ – Çukurova University

Ezher TAGLIASACCHI – Pamukkale University



Tuncay Taymaz – İstanbul Technical University

Stathis Stiros – University of Patras, Greece

Ahmet C. Yalçıner – Middle East Technical University

Nuretdin Kaymakçı – Middle East Technical University

This session is aimed to provide a platform for understanding the mechanism, kinematics and geodynamic settings of Ayvacık, Lesvos (Mytilini) and Bodrum–Kos (the Gulf of Gökova) earthquakes in the Aegean Sea. It includes utilization of satellite geodesy data (GNSS, InSAR and dense local GPS arrays) to control static and dynamic ground deformation and in combination with seismological and strong motion data to compute finite-fault models. Such models are then used as input for modeling of strong motions, of tsunamis, and of diverse seismological parameters, and for identification of the fault pattern and its geological, geomorphological and seismological implications. Case studies associated with post-tsunami surveys, eyewitness reports, measurements of run-up traces, methods and results of tsunami numerical modeling, assessments with observations and measurements are encouraged. We invite contributions from all multi-disciplinary fields of the Earth Sciences to share their observations and proficiencies for our mutual interests.