Istanbul is located in north-western Turkey within the Marmara Region on a total area of 5,343 square kilometers (2,063 sq mi). The Bosphorus, which connects the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea, divides the city into a European, Thracian side—comprising the historic and economic centers—and an Asian, Anatolian side. The city is further divided by the Golden Horn, a natural harbor bounding the peninsula where the former Byzantium and Constantinople were founded.
Istanbul University was established in 1453 by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II. It was founded as an institution of higher education named the Darülfünûn (House of Multiple Sciences) on July 23, 1846; but the Medrese (Islamic theological school) which was founded immediately after Mehmed II conquered Constantinople (Istanbul) in 1453 is regarded as the precursor to the Darülfünûn which evolved into Istanbul University in 1933. Education in a number of sciences and fields (such as medicine, mathematics, astronomy, cartography, geography, history, philosophy, religion, literature, philology, law, etc.) became available, and, until the 19th century, they were instrumental in educating the ruling cadres of the Ottoman society.
The university has 20 faculties on 5 campuses; the main campus being on Beyazıt Square, which was originally built by Constantine the Great as the Forum Tauri and was later enlarged by Theodosius the Great as the Forum of Theodosius during the Roman period.
The main campus building with its landmark gate was previously used as the headquarters of the Harbiye Nezareti (Ministry of War) by the Ottoman government. Located on the grounds is the Beyazıt Tower, a 85 m (279 ft) tall fire-watch tower. The grounds were previously the location of the Ottoman era Eski Saray (Old Palace). Some Roman and Byzantine ruins are still visible on the grounds.
The university has a teaching staff of 2,000 professors and associates and 4,000 assistants and younger staff. More than 60,000 undergraduate and 8,000 postgraduate students follow the courses offered by Istanbul University every year.
2015 ISCHE 37 will be held in Istanbul University Culture and Convention Center which is located in the Beyazıt Central Campus at Istanbul University/Turkey.
In the center is a 430-person capacity conference halls, 2 seminar rooms for 50 people and 2 can be used as desired 50-seater conference hall has 100 people.
Istanbul University Culture and Convention Center
From Süleymaniye Mosque: 700 m.
From Vezneciler : 600m.
From Beyazıt Square: 1.3 km.
From Sultanahmet (Blue) Mosque: 2.3 km.
From Hagia Sophia: 2.2.km.
The address of Istanbul University Beyazıt Central Campus:
İstanbul Üniversitesi Merkez Kampüsü
Istanbul’s local public transportation system is a complex network of trams, funiculars, metro lines, buses, bus rapid transit, and ferries. Fares across modes are integrated, using the contactless Istanbulkart, introduced in 2010, or the older Akbil electronic ticket device.