The second step of IBTIKAR capacity building action has been the organization of two vertical training visits, hosted by the University of Salento and Boğaziçi University.

In May 2023, over 80 Libyan academic staff members, academics and researchers, traveled between Italy and Turkey to participate in these visits and complete their training scheme, exchange with their peers on several topics and issues, visit different laboratories and research centers where researchers in the two universities perform their activities. 

Each Libyan university had the opportunity to engage academics and researchers in the 2 visits, in order to benefit from a comparative and complementary approach. 

The great value of the visits was to actually see how researchers work, learn about the different instruments they use, how they involve students and how the outcomes of their research is valued in the university and beyond and to create connections between Libyan and European colleagues.


Training Visit in Lecce

Libyan academics were hosted in Lecce, Italy, by the University of Salento from May 8th to May 11th. The week focused on a wide variety of topics, ranging from atmospheric pollution to nanotechnology, from engineering to innovative learning, from maritime research to digital technology for research. The participants also visited the EUMER European Maritime & Environmental Research plant, the Aquatina Basin and Aquaculture Research Center, and a number of engineering labs. They also hold a visit to the CNR Nanotech labs, including a mobile lab station for collecting samples for research on pollution. 

Please find here the agenda of the visit.

Training Visit in Istanbul

From May 15th to May 18th, Libyan academics were hosted in Istanbul, at the premises of Boğaziçi University. The focus was mostly on environmental related fields, waste management, renewable energies, coastal zone management, and more. Most interestingly, due to the recent events in Istanbul, a visit was also organized to the Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute, which allowed Libyan colleagues to experience more than just a lab. 

Please find here the agenda of the visit.