Dr. Brigadier General Osman ALP, Director, General Directorate of Mapping, Turkey

He graduated from Kuleli Military High School in 1981, from Military Academy in 1985 and from Higher Technical School of Surveying in 1987 as a surveying engineer. He started working at Department of Geodesy, General Directorate of Mapping and conducted geodetic field surveying measurements of conventional triangulation network. He got Master’s and PhD degrees from Istanbul Technical University, respectively in 1993 and 1998. He earned also a Master’s degree EU Law in Selçuk University in 2007. Starting in 1997, he worked at different positions, namely, NATO and International Agreements desk from 1997-2000, International Affairs Section from 2000-2006, System Development Section from 2006-2007, Logistics Department from 2007-2010. He was appointed as Chief of Staff in 2010 and served between 2014-2016 as Chief of Technical Departments He was appointed as Director of General Directorate of Mapping on 08 August 2016. He was promoted to Brigadier General on 30 August 2017.

Title of the talk: Recent Advances in National Mapping

Sinem Ince, Department of Geodesy, German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ-Potsdam)/Germany

E. Sinem Ince is a research scientist in the Department of Geodesy, German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ-Potsdam) and the director of the International Association of Geodesy’s ICGEM (International Centre for Global Earth Models) Service. She completed her PhD degree in 2016 with distinction in the Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering, at York University, Canada on the topic of GOCE gradiometer measurements. She holds a BSc. degree in Geomatics Engineering from the Istanbul Technical University, Turkey and a MSc. Degree from the Department of Geomatics Engineering, University of Calgary. She is a past recipient of the Research Affiliate Program Bursary of Natural Resources Canada. Her research interests are physical and space geodesy, global and regional gravity field modeling, and spectral analyses.

Title of the talk: Global gravity field models and their applications in geodesy and geophysics


Jadu Dash, Faculty Director of Enterprise,Director of Research, Geography and Environment University of Southampton/UK


Prof. Jadu Dash, has a strong international reputation in mapping, monitoring and understanding terrestrial ecosystem processes using Earth observation data. In recognition of these contributions, the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) and the Russian Academy of Science awarded him the highly prestigious Zeldovich Medal.  He works closely with the European Space Agency’s Sentinel satellite programme and developed one of the operational satellite land product to estimate chlorophyll content of vegetation. This product is being used across range of projects to monitor productivity and health of terrestrial vegetation including cropland.  He has  pioneered satellite time series analysis to derive automatic information on crop phenological information, which would be crucial for large scale monitoring of crop growth and development and in turn predicting yield. His research group have developed unique tools to combine multi source satellite data along with field observation and machine learning techniques to map crop type, crop areas and develop predictive models for crop yield. He sits on various international scientific committees, including co-chair of the CEOS LPV phenology sub group and vice chair of COSPAR commission A3.1.

Talk title: Use of multi-source Earth observation data to estimate agriculture production from local to national scale


Burcu Ozsoy,  Istanbul Technical University (ITU) - Polar Reseach Center (PolReC)/Turkey

Assoc. Prof.  Dr. Burcu Özsoy was born in Gaziantep. After completing her high school education, she received her BA and MA degrees at the Department of Geodesy and Photogrammetry Engineering at Yıldız Technical University. In 2001, she started to teach at the Maritime Faculty in İstanbul Technical University. She started her doctoral study in 2005 at the University of Texas in San Antonio. Within the framework of her doctoral study, she participated her first Antarctic Science Expedition in 2006 with American and Swedish scientists, during which she collected terrestrial/in-situ data on sea ice observations. She then worked on the verification of satellite images with in-situ data and also on sea ice interaction with climate change in Antarctica. Her Horizon 2020 project, joint venture with European countries, covering Arctic and Antarctic regions, was accepted in 2015, and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Burcu Özsoy serve as the coordinator of the project in Turkey.

She is the founding director of Polar Research Center (PolReC) established at Istanbul Technical University in January 2015. PolRec, Turkey’s first and only qualified polar research center, with its administrative staff and national and international scientific collaborations, undertakes the task of a national roof. The center also coordinates the Antarctic Scientific Expeditions under the auspices of the Presidency, as well as conducts the polar scientific program strategy. Assoc. Prof.  Dr. Burcu Özsoy was the expedition leader of the National Turkish Antarctic Expedition - I (TAE-I) and the National Turkish Antarctic Expedition - II (TAE- II), carried out in 2017 and 2018 within the framework of PolRec-coordinated project “Antarktika’da Türk Bilim Üssü (Turkish Scientific Base in Antarctica),” which is again run under the auspices of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey and the responsibility of the Ministry of Industry and Technology.

Talk title: Satellite Remote Sensing from Arctic to Antarctica