JEOFEST'22, which was held in Kültürpark in cooperation with the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality and the Izmir Branch of the Chamber of Geological Engineers, started. İzmir will host Turkey's first geology festival for three days.
The first three-day Geology Festival, organized in cooperation with the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality and the Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects (TMMOB), Izmir Branch of the Chamber of Geological Engineers, has started. Koray Çetin Önalan, Chairman of the İzmir Branch of the Chamber of Geological Engineers, members of the branch board of directors, academics, members of chambers affiliated to TMMOB, representatives of cooperatives and citizens attended the opening at Kültürpark.
“Geology course should be included in the curriculum”
Speaking at the opening of JEOFEST'22, which was organized to raise scientific awareness in the society and to promote the science of geology, one of the five basic sciences, President Önalan expressed that they were happy that the festival was held for the first time in Turkey. Önalan said, “Unfortunately, geology cannot be explained with correct and controversial information sandwiched between 2-3 pages of geography books, which is an elective course. For this reason, it is inevitable that the geology course should be included in the curriculum. Geology needs much more serious introduction. It is our greatest wish that this festival achieves its purpose. We owe our gratitude to our scientists, contributing public institutions and associations, companies, individuals, and all my friends who work day and night, especially our Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer. We continue to produce, work and promote and protect our country's resources with science, effort, hope and persistence.
What's in the three-day festival?
It will be emphasized that the loss of life and property due to natural disasters, especially earthquakes, is not the fate of people, and that the geography in which they live is an inventory of geological heritage, and information will be provided through photographs, cartoons, fossils, minerals, visual presentations and thematic conversations. The festival, which will include entertaining presentations and activities for children, music and orienteering competitions for young people, presentations and documentaries prepared by scientists for adults, will be a visual feast.