2nd Turkish-German Frontiers of Social Science Symposium 2016

"Forced Migration: Structures, Actors, Processes"

November 24 – 27, 2016
Gelsenkirchen, Germany

The Turkish-German Frontiers of Research Symposia (TUGFOR) are a joint undertaking of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Stiftung Mercator and Koç University. The format is modeled after the very successful program of binational Frontiers of Research Symposia the Humboldt Foundation carries out regularly with the United States, Japan, United Kingdom, China, India, Israel, and Brazil.

This conference brings together approximately 50 outstanding young Turkish and German scholars and scientists (50 % from each country) of various disciplines. The conference format allows for the exchange of ideas across disciplinary as well as national boundaries and, at the same time, provides opportunities for future Turkish-German collaborations and networking. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation will support such collaborations between German and Turkish participants with its special follow-up program "CONNECT".

Participation is by invitation only.

Funding on the German side is provided by Stiftung Mercator.

Stiftung Mercator

Stiftung Mercator is a private and independent foundation. Through its work it strives for a society characterized by openness to the world, solidarity and equal opportunities. In this context it concentrates on strengthening Europe; increasing the educational success of disadvantaged children and young people, especially those of migrant origin; driving forward climate change mitigation and promoting science and the humanities. Stiftung Mercator symbolizes the connection between academic expertise and practical project experience. One of Germany’s leading foundations, it is active both nationally and internationally. Stiftung Mercator feels a strong sense of loyalty to the Ruhr region, the home of the founding family and the foundation’s headquarters.


Koç University

Koç University strives to be a center of excellence, one that succeeds in providing a world-class education to its students, creating new knowledge via the research of its faculty, applying the acquired knowledge for the benefit of society, and equipping its students with the highest sense of ethics, social responsibility and good citizenship.

Koç University was founded in 1993 as a non-profit private university in Istanbul, Turkey. It is supported by the resources of the internationally renowned Vehbi Koç Foundation. In 2009, 22 Carnegie organizations - including the esteemed foreign-policy think tank, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace - collectively awarded the Koç Family the “Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy.” Universally acknowledged as the most prestigious recognition of philanthropic excellence in the world, the Medal is considered equivalent to the Nobel Prize for Philanthropy.

Since its establishment Koç University has become one of the leading universities in Turkey, distinguished by notable contributions to the elevation of education, knowledge and service both domestically and beyond. With Colleges of Social Sciences and Humanities, Administrative Sciences and Economics, Science, Engineering, Law, Nursing and Medicine, Koç University offers many undergraduate, graduate and PhD programs.



Stephanie Dill
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Markgrafenstraße 37
10117 Berlin


This program is financed by the:

Stiftung Mercator

Stiftung Mercator

Koç University

Frontiers of Research Symposia

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