I regret to inform you that the 9th Science and Technology Exchange Program (STEP), planned to take place from 14 to 16 February 2023 in Ankara, Turkey, is currently postponed.
This is not a decision we have taken lightly and there are overriding concerns that have caused the organizers to make this decision at this time.
Based on the announcement of Middle East Technical University (METU), the recent earthquake has hit a large region of Turkey. The country has declared fourth level of emergency (the highest level). Also, the government of Turkey has asked universities all around Turkey to keep their buildings (that can be used as accommodation) empty as much as possible.
In addition, a number of participants have requested us to postpone the event, and on this sad occasion, the goals of the event, including networking, defining joint projects, developing scientific and technological cooperation, etc., would probably not be achieved.
Our thoughts and special prayers are with everyone who has been affected by this appalling natural disaster, whether through injury or the destruction of their property and also with the emergency services and those assisting in the rescue efforts.
The 9th STEP Secretariat