3rd ICELIS-Trabzon 1 2023


by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ercan OKTAN - Chair 

Dear Participants, 

I am very happy and honored to successfully complete the 3rd International Congress on Engineering and Life Science with you under the roof of our university, Karadeniz Technical University. 

Climate change, which is shown as the primary problem of the whole world and therefore of humanity, is triggered as a result of global warming. One of the main reasons for global warming is the excess of carbon gas in the atmosphere. For this reason, the main theme of the congress was determined as "The Balance of The Life: Carbon". Since the existence of the world, nature has been in balance. However, this balance has been disrupted by the rapid population growth and rapid industrialization processes of humanity. The process of reducing carbon emissions in order to repair the disturbed balance has become the most important agenda of today with the implementation of the Paris agreement. However, it has been seen throughout the process that simply reducing carbon emissions will not be sufficient. It has become clear that systems that will capture and store carbon are needed to balance carbon emissions. In this context, projects in researching carbon capture and storage need to be deepened. There is an urgent need to develop research and practices on carbon capture and storage functions, especially in forest ecosystems, and to introduce relevant regulations. 

Combating global climate change is not only the responsibility of natural scientists such as foresters, but is an international problem that concerns the whole world and can only be solved with interdisciplinary solidarity. Therefore, international cooperation is inevitable. In this context, our university cooperated with S. Seifullin Kazakh Agro Technical University, Bodenculture University, Technical University of Moldova, Ibn Zohr University, Atyrau University, University of Guilan, Ibn Tofail University, Academic Center for Education, Culture and Research, and Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje in organizing the congress. 

At the congress, researchers from 14 different countries presented 65 papers. In addition, in the afternoon session on the last day, a panel was held with the participation of officials from the General Directorate of Forestry, Climate Change Directorate, and TAGEM institutions. 

Hereby, I respectfully thank you all for your invaluable contributions, hoping that the papers presented in the congress will carry the knowledge of all decision makers, especially my young colleagues who will shape the world in the future, one step further... 

Sincerely yours 

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ercan OKTAN