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Mercator-IPC Alumni Retreat 2023

As the Istanbul Policy Center-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative, we are thrilled to host the Alumni Event of the Mercator-IPC Fellowship Program this year for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic. We believe that the synergies and the exchanges in these alumni events are crucial in keeping this dynamic network alive.


In three days, we had a fishbowl discussion session on the second century of Turkey in various aspects, an excursion in the region and a coffee talk session on the cultural heritage of Cappadocia with the participation of Aslı Özbay as our guest speaker.


We are looking forward to having new opportunities for more exchange and networking among our fellows.

Exploring Vulnerability(ies) and Resilience: Learning from Populations on the Move

The Initiative organized the workshop "Exploring Vulnerability(ies) and Resilience: Learning from Populations on the Move," also featuring a keynote speech titled "Neither Vulnerability, Nor Resilience: A Critical Approach to Exiles' Experiences" by Didier Fassin at IPC on May 5-6.

EU's Border Externalization: Implication for Migration from Afghanistan under the Taliban

The Istanbul Policy Center-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative and Aston University organized a roundtable discussion "EU’s Border Externalization: Implications for Migration from Afghanistan under the Taliban" with the initiative of 2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellow Karolina Augustova on March 17.

 

 

How to Write for Media

Mercator-IPC Senior Fellows Aslı Aydıntaşbaş and Michael Thumann convened the workshop “How to Write for Media” for the Mercator-IPC Fellows on November 14, 2019 at Adahan Istanbul Hotel.

Exploring Potential at the Local Level: Fostering Local Youth Policy in Turkey

A three-day workshop “Exploring Potential at the Local Level: Fostering Local Youth Policy in Turkey” was convened by 2018/19 Mercator-IPC Fellow Annegret Warth in cooperation with Youth Organizations Forum and with the support of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation on November 2-4, 2019 in Ankara.

This workshop is the result of a joint initiative of the AGÜ Youth Factory, Lokomotif Cooperation, Nilüfer Youth Assembly, Nilüfer Innovation Center, Yereliz Association, and Youth Organizations Forum, coordinated by 2019/20 Mercator-IPC Fellow Annegret Warth.

Co-creating Solutions for the Challenges of Municipal Level Climate Action in Turkey

2018/19 Mercator-IPC Fellow Ender Peker convened a workshop for “Co-creating Solutions for the Challenges of Municipal Level Climate Action in Turkey (Türkiye'de Belediye Düzeyindeki İklim Eyleminin Zorlukları için Birlikte Çözüm Üretmek)” on October 17, 2019 at IPC Karaköy.

Challenges of Retrofitting Existing Housing Stock to Achieve CO2 Reduction Targets

2018/19 Mercator-IPC Fellow Ender Peker co-organized a workshop on the “Challenges of Retrofitting Existing Housing Stock to Achieve CO2 Reduction Targets (Karbon Azaltım Hedeflerine Ulaşmak için Var Olan Konutları Güçlendirmenin Zorlukları)” with Kadıköy Municipality on October 10, 2019 at IPC Karaköy.

Primary Schools and Refugee Inclusion: Improving Social Cohesion in Schools with Art, Cultural & Civil Partners in the Community

2018/19 Mercator-IPC Fellow Joanna Krzeminska’s workshop titled “Primary Schools and Refugee Inclusion: Improving Social Cohesion in Schools with Art, Cultural & Civil Partners in the Community” took place on June 19, 2019 at İKSV Alt Kat.

The inputs were given by Burcu Meltem Arık from Education Reform Initiative, Ebru Kılıç Arguç from Selim Sırrı Tarcan Primary School, and Zülal Fazlıoğlu Akın from Tulane University.

Presentations on best practices in the field were given by İKSV Alt Kat: Learning and Interaction Space, Small Projects Istanbul, Koc University Global Aid Volunteers, Nezahat Gökyiğit Botanical Garden, Contemporary Drama Association, Yuva Association/Goethe Institute, and Maya Foundation.

Mercator-IPC Alumni Retreat 2019

The fourth Mercator-IPC Alumni Retreat took place on May 3-5, 2019 at Ağva Robin’s Nest Eco Resort. The event began with speeches from Senior Scholar & Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit, Mercator-IPC Fellowship Coordinator Pelin Oğuz, and Stiftung Mercator Head of Project Management Office Daniel Grütjen.

The retreat included a fishbowl session on “Artificial Intelligence and Governance” by Ofer Engel and Taha Yasseri, moderated by Çiğdem Bozdağ; an “Audiovisuals in Science” workshop by Ricardo Leizaola; a “New methods for new challenges: Hybrid mapping of local environmental knowledge in the time of the Anthropocene” workshop by Christian Reichel; a yoga session with Tuygun Oruç; a coffee talk on “Media and Activism” by Haluk Mert Bal; and a coffee talk on “The Right to the City in the Turkish Context: Urban Movements, Neighborhoods and the Gezi Uprising” by Cihan Baysal Uzunçarşılı.

Mercator-IPC Alumni Retreat 2018

The third Mercator-IPC Alumni Retreat took place on May 18-20, 2018 at Village Park Polonezköy. The event started with a Welcoming Speech by Fuat Keyman, followed by an Inspiring Speech by Dilek Ertükel from the Checks and Balances Network. The retreat included a “Critical Thinking” workshop by Leilani van Rheenen, a “Theatre in Social Research” workshop by Pieter Verstraete, a “Non-Violent Communication” workshop by Burak Ülman, and a coffee talk by Tonguç Çoban on the “Turkey Barometer.”