Istanbul is a city of unparalleled social and cultural richness. It is as fascinating and historical as it is dynamic and modern. Serving as the capital of two mighty empires incessantly for sixteen centuries, Eastern Roman or Byzantine and Ottoman, and set squarely between two continents, Istanbul has cultures and traditions that blend East with West and Mediterranean with Anatolian. Each civilization that has made Istanbul its home has left its mark in sublime and splendid ways, and the result a city that gives one the feeling of universal history at every step.

With a multicultural touch and a vibrant atmosphere rooted deep in the past experiences of humanity while facing toward the future, Istanbul is truly as much a crossroads of ideas and cultures today as ever. For how many cities in the world is home to ages old churches, mosques, and synagogues in such a close proximity, showing us the possibility of a community formed of different cultures living in a state of peace and tolerance that stems from a shared human past and belief in the future?

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We expect to have a treatment for COVID-19 before ESCAPE-31. Therefore, we are planning an in-person meeting. In the unfortunate case that COVID-19 continues to restrict travel and in-person meetings, we will shift to a virtual conference format.


Conference Venue
ESCAPE-31 will be held in virtual format due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Travel Information

Istanbul is less than a 3-hour flight from most European cities. Located at the crossroads of East and West, Istanbul offers easy air connections and is served by more than 300 airlines from hundreds of cities around the world. Istanbul is served with two airports; Istanbul Airport and Sabiha Gokcen International Airport with a capacity of far over 200 million travelers per year. Handling 100,000 – 120,000 passengers and 1,000 – 1,200 aircraft each day. Istanbul Airport is the first airport in the world to receive the Airport Health Accreditation from Airports Council International for all health-care infrastructure and COVID-19 compliance throughout all of the stages in airport operations.

Travel from Istanbul Airport to Istanbul city center is either by Taxi (38 km, 30 min, about 40€) or by coach service operated by havaist. The buses numbered HVIST-14 go directly from Istanbul Airport to Taksim Square.


Visa Requirements

Please note that citizens of many countries in the world do not need visa while traveling to Turkey or it is possible to obtain a visa upon arrival at the airport for a reasonable fee.

In any case, it is advised to check from a Turkish consulate in your country if you need a visa before your departure to Turkey.

For further detailed information, you may visit the official web site of Republic of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs or

Visa Information For Foreigners

Visa Form

Visa Fees at Border Gates



The main hotel for ESCAPE-31 is Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus. We reserved a block of rooms at a rate of 170€ for a single room (single occupancy, breakfast included) and 185€ for a double room (double occupancy stay, breakfast included). Additional information for booking references at these special rates will be provided.