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H-TURK has just been informed that due to security concerns the opening ceremony of the "Masters of Maps: Piri Reis and Mercator" program on 18 October will not be open to the public. The public is, however, invited to the symposium on 19 October. Details are: Friday, 19 October: 9:00 Coffee 9:40 Welcoming Speech by Prof.Dr. Dilek Önkal 9.45 : Introduction to the symposium by Prof. Dr. Halil İnalcık 10.00 : Film “Sailing around Mercator’s globe”, produced by the Mercator museum of Sint-Niklaas, Belgium session Mercator Dr Thomas Horst "Gerhard Mercator (1512-1594) and his monumental works" Prof. Dr. Philippe De Maeyer: “Mercator and his influence to the present: from globes to GIS” Dr. Jan Parmentier “Navigation in the Low Countries during the 16th and 17th centuries.” 12.30 : lunch 13:30 :Coffee 14.00 : session Piri Reis Dr. Dimitris Loupis “Piri Reis and Ottoman nautical charting in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries” Doç.Dr. Bülent Arı “ Piri Reis’ major work : The Kitab-ı Bahriye “ Doç. Dr. İbrahim Yılmaz “Cartographic and Geodetic Data in the Unique Works of Piri Reis” 16:30 :Coffee Venue : Bilkent University Campus Mithat Çoruh Amphi and exposition space