Dear friends and colleagues,

On behalf of the organizing committee, it is my pleasure to invite you to the upcoming 72th Geological Congress of Turkey (TJK) in Ankara at METU Culture and Convention center (January 28th-Feb 1st, 2019). The TJK (acronym for the meeting) is known to be one of the most reputable and leading scientific meetings/organizations in the nation, which aims to gather researchers from all branches of geosciences.

Since 1947, the TJK has been organized annually and it accepts contributions as oral and poster presentations from all sub-disciplines of earth sciences. Namely, these include but not limited to regional geology, structural geology, petrology, geochemistry, stratigraphy, paleontology, geodynamics, engineering geology, hydrogeology, geophysical methods and economic geology. This year we expand our interest into the growing new field and specifically our focus is on studies pertaining to the Urban Geology. Such theme as a research topic within geology emerged as a response to the increasingly urbanized world to resolve problems that arouse from the contemporary-urban life style. From the evolutionary aspect of geology as a scientific discipline, only 10% of the global population resided on the cities/urban areas in 1900s while such link between the earth sciences and urbanization was not the prime topic of research. Currently, the population in the cities increased up to 50% due to the rural to city migration in conjunction with the global population growth. A future projection for 2030 suggests that 70% of the world population will claim their settlements in the cities. In that respect, we shall attempt to develop a clearer understanding of the interaction between the geosphere, hydrosphere and the biosphere meanwhile a strong link between all branches of geology and the archeological, biological and environmental sciences needs to be established.

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