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You are invited to attend the opening of Belgo-Turkish exhibition of Masters of Maps: Piri Reis and Mercator, which will be held in Mithat Çoruh Amphi at 3 pm in 18th October. The exhibition has been staged in the context of a visit by HRC Prince Philippe and HRC Princess Mathilde will preside. MASTERS OF MAPS : PIRI REIS AND MERCATOR This symposium and exhibition on the giants of 16th-century cartography coincides with the Belgian economic mission under the auspices of HRH Prince Philippe that will visit Turkey from 15 to 20 October 2012. The symposium wants to celebrate the 500th birthday of the cartographer Gerard Mercator, who was born in Rupelmonde, Belgium. This academic forum also wishes to be an introduction to the Unesco Piri Reis year (2013) and its activities which will start in a few months. Thurday, 18 October : Opening Ceremony in the presence of HRH princess Mathilde of Belgium 15.00: 15.15: Speech by HE Kris Peeters, Minister President of Flanders Opening and tour of the exhibition by HRH Princess Mathilde of Belgium Cocktail Friday, 19 October: 9:00Coffee 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 Fahri Dikkaya firstname.lastname@example.org