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Please note that all hotel bookings must be arranged by participants themselves.


Block reservations for EUA-CDE workshop participants and accompanying guests have been made at special rates in a few hotels of different categories. Hotels are to be booked by the participant directly on a first-come first-served basis.

See the following map for locations of the hotels.

Please consult the list below for more information about the different hotels suggested by the host:

Wyndham Izmir Ozdilek

Address: Inciralti Street No 67 Balçova, Izmir, 35340 Turkey
Tel: +90 232 292 13 00    
Fax: +90 232 277 95 83

€70/€75 single standard room with sea view/mountain view (incl. VAT and breakfast)
€85/€90 double standard room with sea view/mountain view (incl. VAT and breakfast)

Kaya Izmir Thermal & Convention 

Address: lıca Mah. Zeytin Sokak No 112 Balçova, Izmir, Turkey
Tel: +90 232 238 65 01 
Fax: +90 232 238 77 99

€85 single deluxe room rate (incl. VAT and breakfast)
€108 double deluxe room rate (incl. VAT and breakfast)
Group booking code: Company/promotional PDEU01

Hilton Izmir

Address: Gazi Osmanpasa Bulvari No 7, Izmir, 35210 Turkey 
Tel: +90 232 49760 60
Fax: +90 232 497 60 00

€90 king size guest room (breakfast incl., tax excl.) 
Group booking code: GAVRA

Hotel Mövenpick Hotel

Address: Cumhuriyet Cad. No 138, Alsancak, Izmir, 35210 Turkey
Tel: +90 232 488 14 14

€95 standard single room   
€110 standard double room

Hotel Izmir Palas

Address: Atatürk Caddesi, Izmir, 35210 Turkey
Tel: +90 232 465 00 30

€60/€55 single standard room with sea view/city view (incl. VAT and breakfast)
€86/€78 double standard room with sea view/city view (incl. VAT and breakfast)

Getting around

The venue

The workshop will take place at the Meeting Hall (see here; building highlighted in red) near the Biomedicine & Genome institute, which is at the following address:

Dokuz Eylül Universitesi Tip Fakultesi, 9  
Biyofizik Anabilim Dali
35340 Balcova Izmir 

In order to help participants, Dokuz Eylül University is kindly providing buses from the five different hotels listed on the “Accommodation” page to the venue and back. Please see the following map.

Visa information

In order to check if you need a visa, please consult this link. If you do need a visa, you should specify "tourism" not "work" as this would imply that you are coming to work in Turkey to earn money.

For more details, please see the visa information for foreigners.

Getting to Dokuz Eylül University

Dokuz Eylül University is spread over various districts of Izmir, one of which is called Balcova, where the workshop will be held.

Arriving by plane

The Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport is located is located about 19 km from city centre (approximately 23 minutes' driving distance).

There are two information desks within the international terminal, one in the departures check-in hall and the other in the arrivals hall. More information can also be found on the airport website.

Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport
Tel: +90 232 455 0000
Fax: +90 232 274 6454

Taxi service at the airport

A taxi from the Adnan Menderes Airport to Izmir city centre will cost approximately 60 Turkish Lira (22 euro). Please note that there would be a surcharge after midnight.

In Izmir, taxi fees are calculated by adding a set amount per km onto the basic fare. Taxi drivers can give you an estimated cost of your trip based on the destination, but you may have to bargain to get the best fare. 

Initial fee: 2.50 Turkish Lira (0.90 euro) 
Fee per km: 2.25 Turkish Lira (0.80 euro)

Havaalanı taxi
Tel: +90 232 2742075
Email :

Bus service at the airport

It is possible to get from Izmir Adnan Menderes International airport to Alsancak (city centre of Izmir) via airport shuttle bus.

The airport shuttle bus (HAVAŞ) takes about one hour from the airport to the city centre (Alsancak) and costs 10 Turkish Lira (4 euro). More information can be found on this page (in the section for the destinataion Alsancak). 

Tel: +90 232 274 22 76
Fax: +90 232 274 22 76

Train service at the airport

It is also possible to reach the city centre from the airport by local train. It takes about thirty minutes.

Tel: +90 (232) 398 32 32
Website:  (info in Turkish only)

Public transport

To travel by bus you can purchase a card called “Kentkart”, which can also be used for the Izmir metro system, local trains and boats.

The card can be bought at the bus ticket offices or in some shops. Just look for the sign "Kentkart". You pay a small amount for the card and then add some credit to spend on your travels. You place the card on a scanner beside the driver and the cost is deducted from your total credit.

With the Kentkart, instead of paying the full fare of 3 Turkish Lira (1.10 euro), a journey on the bus, metro or ferry will cost you only 1.50 Turkish Lira (0.55 euro). The Kentkart requires an initial deposit of 3 Turkish Lira (1.10 euro).

Alternatively, you can purchase a three-ride electronic ticket for 5.75 Turkish Lira (2.10 euro) or a five-ride ticket for 9.75 Turkish Lira (3.58 euro).


Good to know


English is the official language of the workshop. No simultaneous translation will be provided.


The local time in Izmir is Eastern European Standard Time Zone: GMT/UTC +2


Izmir is located in the western part of Turkey by the Aegean Coast. Average temperatures in January range from 8°C to 17°C. Please find an online weather forecast service here.


The currency used in Izmir is the Turkish Lira (TRY). Euros and US dollars are also accepted in many tourist areas. Public transport only accepts Turkish Lira.

Telephone instructions

To call Turkey you have to dial 00 + 90 + City Area Code (232) + Number you wish to call.
Emergencies: 112
Police: 155

Post office

The closest post office is located at the following address:
Alsancak Mah.Cumhuriyet Cd.No.434 Konak/Izmir 
Tel: +90 232 46 40 141


There are many pharmacies in the city centre, please ask at the Registration Desk for more information.

Electricity voltage

The electrical voltage in Turkey is 220 volts. You need continental-type plugs which have two round prongs. If you bring 110-volt devices, you will need a voltage converter, unless your appliance is designed to also work with 220 volts electricity (dual voltage). Voltage converters could be difficult to find in Turkey, so remember to buy one before you arrive in Izmir.

Car hire

Car hire companies can be found at the airport. The offices are located inside the multi-storey car park and in the arrival lounge.

Tel: +90 444 30 09 

Tel: +90 232 274 1790 

Hertz Rent Car
Tel: +90 232 27 43 610 


Smoking in Turkey is banned in all indoor spaces such as government offices, workplaces, bars, restaurants, cafés, shopping malls, schools, hospitals, and all forms of public transport, including trains, taxis and ferries.

Social Programme

Gala dinner

Thursday 23 January (19.30-21:30)

Hilton Hotel, Zirve Restaurant
Address: İsmet Kaptan Mh., Gazi Osman Paşa Blv No: 7, Konak, Turkey
(For directions to the hotel, please see this map)

All participants are invited to the dinner, which takes place at the Zirve Restaurant, in the Hilton Hotel. It will be a seated dinner and traditional Turkish cuisine will be served. Please note that participants and companions (spouse/partner only) must be registered in advance. The name badge issued upon registration is required for admission to the dinner. The dress code is smart casual.

Detailed schedule:

19.00            Pick-up bus from hotels to the Zirve Restaurant
19.30            Dinner
21.30            Pick-up bus from the Zirve Restaurant to the hotels

Optional social programme

Friday 24 January

Dokuz Eylül University is offering to organise a social programme (optional), taking place during and after the workshop. If you or your companion (if applicable) wishes to participate in the excursions to Izmir or to Epheus please find below some useful information. Please note that registration is required.

Detailed schedule:

13.30        Meeting with the tour guide and pick-up bus from the workshop venue to the tourist sites
18.30        Pick-up from tourist sites to the hotels

First optional excursion: Izmir 

  • Izmir Archeology Museum: In the year 2000, the city of Izmir celebrated 5 000 Photo: © Mehlika Sevalyears of continuous settlement. The museum is rich with artifacts from all eras of Izmir whether it was called Smyrna, after an Amazon Queen, or Izmir.
  • Kemer Alti: A walk-through of the historic, traditional, shopping area of Izmir, Kemeralti. Even if most of the shops have lost their cultural charm, it is still a nice experience to walk through the busy streets.
  • The Kizlar Agasi Han: At the end of this walk we will visit the traditional souks. Here you will be able to find traditional handmade crafts.
  • Asansor: Izmir is often referred to as “the pearl necklace of the Aegean”. Asansor, the “Elevator”, which connects the lower part of Karatas neighborhood to the slopes of the city, is an ideal place to have a cup of coffee and enjoy the views of Izmir. The elevator was built by a native Jew, Nesim Levi, in 1907 and the money generated by it was donated to the Jewish Hospital in the neighborhood.

Prices range from US$65 (€48.40) per person to US$150 (€111.70) per person in one vehicle. (Minimum amount of people per group is 2 and maximum is 25 persons.)

Second optional excursion: Ephesus   

Ephesus was initially Greek, and later on Roman. It was the fourth largest city of the Roman Empire, after Rome, Alexandria and Antioch of Cilicia. Today, Ephesus is the largest Roman excavation site in Turkey. The Ephesus archaeological site is in an excellent state of preservation and this along with the visitor-friendly presentation of monuments attracts many tourists to the site. Visiting the ancient ruins of Ephesus is one of the highlights of a trip to Turkey.

Prices range from US$70 (€52.13) per person to US$180 (€134.04) per person. (Minimum amount of people per group is 2 and maximum is 25 persons.)

Both tour prices include:

  • Private transport from Dokuz Eylül University to the sites
  • Excellent private guide that will accompany you throughout the whole tour
  • Private air-conditioned 6/11/16-seated VIP Mercedes van or 42-seated bus 
  • All the entrance fees to the sites for the above mentioned itinerary
  • All the parking fees
  • Bottles of cold water will be available at your vehicle
  • Private transport back to your hotel

For more information about the excursions and registration, please contact Ms. Asli Kumari:  

Photo: © Mehlika Seval

European University Association (EUA)

Brussels office:
Avenue de l’Yser, 24
1040 Brussels
Tel: +32 (0) 2 230 55 44

Geneva office:
114, Rue du Rhône
Case postale 3174
1211 Geneva 3
Tel: +41 22 552 02 96