May 23rd, 2013
Epoka University, in collaboration with the Polytechnic University of Tirana and Izmir Katip Çelebi University, organized the 2nd International Balkans Conference on Challenges of Civil Engineering (BCCCE 2013). BCCCE 2013 Conference was organized for the second time in Albania and about 200 researchers and academicians from around 20 different countries in the region and beyond presented their scientific papers.
During the opening ceremony, the Chairman of the Conference and the Head of Civil Engineering Department at Epoka University, Assist. Prof. Dr. Huseyin Bilgin welcomed participants to the conference and stated that the organization of the 2nd International Balkans Conference on Challenges of Civil Engineering is a good opportunity for the researches and academicians from the region not only to exchange ideas and experiences, but also to present practical solutions to issues related to current problems on civil engineering and construction. According to Dr. Bilgin, the main challenges of civil engineering consist of the growing importance of environmental protection. "Environmental issues should be a top priority for all of us. Not only because they do affect your structure, but more importantly because the next generation also deserves to enjoy the same quality of environment that we do. That is what sustainable development is about. Therefore we have to reconsider our approach in design and technology towards a more environmentally friendly environment ", Assist. Prof. Dr. Huseyin Bilgin said. According to him, another important issue is the exchange of ideas about aspects of engineering analysis to link the problems of the past and the development of simple procedures designs and technologies that will be resistant as well as to avoid natural disasters.
Speaking at the beginning of the conference, the Rector of Epoka University, Prof. Dr. Remzi Altın thanked all the participants and stated that the organization of scientific conferences and the increase in academic collaborations between universities, researchers and academicians in different fields is one of the main objectives of the Epoka University. The International Balkans Conference on Challenges of Civil Engineering has established itself as a regular scientific event with the participation of a high number of distinguished academicians from numerous countries and will be followed by other conferences in the coming years. Prof. Altın also highlighted the role and importance of civil engineering in disaster prevention and minimization of its consequences. “The role of civil engineering practitioners is crucial in assessing, preventing or minimizing these risks. It is my deep belief that his Conference will also have a very important contribution in raising awareness and laying the foundation for the development of a disaster prevention culture in our countries”, he said. Prof. Altın also highlighted the importance of increasing cooperation between universities and academicians. Prof. Altın stated that Epoka University will continue to be a promoter of cooperation between universities.
The conference was also addressed by the Minister of Environment, Forests and Water Administration, Mr. Fatmir Mediu, who emphasized the role of science as a crucial factor that helps in creating efficient urban policies. He expressed his support for research, considering it as one of the essential points of a successful government policy on environmental protection. Mr. Mediu encouraged researchers and academicians participating in this conference, to commit their studies in the future, noting that these studies are an important contribution to the prevention of natural disasters and environmental protection.
Meanwhile the Rector of Izmir Kâtip Çelebi University, Prof. Dr. Galip Akhan highlighted the importance of cooperation and collaboration between the universities of the Balkan region and noted that the organization of joint conferences and programs as well as the exchange of staff and students between universities in the region is a huge contribution that universities accomplish in many sectors and in these countries’ future.
In his brief speech, the Rector of the Polytechnic University of Tirana, Prof. Dr. Jorgaq Kaçani, expressed his belief that Albania’s development can be considered as a model to be followed by the rest of developing countries in the Balkan region. According to him, the sharing of information during the conference represents an opportunity and assurance for the future of the Balkan region.
The conference presented over 140 scientific papers in various fields of engineering such as Structural Engineering and Earthquakes, Construction Materials, Geotechnical Engineering, Hydraulic Engineering, Transport, Project Management, Numerical Methods in Engineering, Historic Landmark, and other studies which reveal new challenges and achievements in these disciplines.
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