With the aim of examining the problems of the facility management sector, rapidly developing new methods in the field of facility management, occupational standards, technological change and transformation applications, handling successful plant management practices in different fields and sharing experiences and developing University-Public-Industry relations, ICFM2019 International Conference on Facility Management organised by cooperation of Ankara University Department of Real Estate Development and Management and Turkish Facility Management Association was held on October 10-11th, 2019 at Wyndham Ankara Hotel. Simultaneously with the conference, EuroFM European Facility Management Network member meeting was held.

Facility management professionals and companies from the public and private sectors as well as academicians, students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs attended the conference. Emlak Yönetim Inc., ISS Facility Management Services Inc., SignumTTE Ltd.Co., Tepe Service and Management Inc. and TSP Total Solution Provider stands in the conference area attracted attention. 40 foreigners from 8 different countries and professionals and researchers from Turkey has participated as speakers to the conference.

ICFM2019 International Facility Management Conference Opening Ceremony on Thursday, October 10, 2019 started with the opening speech of Prof. Dr. Harun Tanrıvermiş, Dean of Faculty of Applied Sciences, Ankara University. Opening remarks concluded with speeches of Mr. Levent Alatlı, Chairman of TRFMA Facility Management Association, Mr. Goran Milanov, President of EuroFM European Facility Management Network, Vice Rector of Ankara University Prof. Dr. Ayşen Apaydın, Kırklareli Congressman Selahattin Minsolmaz and Konya Congressman and Chairman of Public Works, Development, Transportation and Tourism Commission Mr. Tahir Akyürek. After the opening ceremony, the first day of the conference, has been completed with International Facility Management Markets and Non-Governmental Organizations, Future of Facility Management Education and Profession and Legal Problems of Facility Management in Turkey sessions. On the evening of the first day, the gala dinner of the EuroFM member meeting was held.

On the second day of the conference; Facility Management Services in City Hospitals Constructed and Operated by Public-Private Partnership Model, Digitalization and Innovation in Facility Management and Facility Management Research and Articles sessions were held. At the end of the second day of the conference, After the speech of Head of Organizing Committee Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yeşim Tanrıvermiş, the award ceremony of the student video contest titled Problems in Facility Management was held. After the viewing of the videos of 6 finalists determined by the common will of the jury of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Olga Van Diermen-Van Winden, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rachel Kuijlenburg, Jos Duchamps, Levent Alatlı, Prof. Dr. Harun Tanrıvermiş and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yeşim Tanrıvermiş, the contestants that came in the first, second and third place have been announced to be Burak Kaya, Ali Kerim Kolukısa and Elif Koyuncu respectively. Awards for the students ranking highest are;

  • Invitataion to the EFMC2020 European Facility Management Conference which will be held in Barcelona in 2020 including transportation and accommodation with the support of TRFMA Facility Management Association as the first prize,
  • Invitation to the World Workplace Europe event which will be held in Amsterdam in 2020 including free transportation and accommodation with the support of IFMA International Facility Management Association as the second prize
  • Invitation to the World Workplace Europe event which will be held in Amsterdam in 2020 including free transportation with the support of EuroFM European Facility Management Network as the third prize has been presented.

At the same time; monetary awards by Ankara University Department of Real Estate Development and Management Scholarship Commission to first 3 ranking students and with personal support of Prof. Dr. Harun Tanrıvermiş and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yeşim Tanrıvermiş to 6 finalists were presented.

Goran Milanov, President of EuroFM European Facility Management Network, who took the floor last at the ceremony, has presented gifts to Dean of Ankara University Faculty of Applied Sciences Prof. Dr. Harun Tanrivermiş and Chairman of TRFMA Facility Management Association Mr. Levent Alatlı for their hospitality. The news of Ankara University Faculty of Applied Sciences Department of Real Estate Development and Management being accepted as a member of EuroFM and was exempted from the first year membership fees has also been announced by Goran Milanov, President of EuroFM European Facility Management Network during the presentation of gifts. At the Closing Reception, which was given after the award ceremony, the participants, especially the speakers and the students who were awarded in the competition, created pleasant frames.

Also within the scope of the conference; On October 9, 2019, faculty members of the University of Hague and conference speakers, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Olga Van Diermen-Van Winden and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rachel Kuijlenburg visited Ankara University Faculty of Applied Sciences. During the Faculty visit, a meeting was held with Vice Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences Prof.Dr. Dr. Nihan Özdemir Sönmez. At the meeting, it was decided to organize Erasmus student exchange programs regularly between the two universities. As a result of the meeting, Ankara University Faculty of Applied Sciences was included in the Erasmus exchange program in the summer and winter school programs held at the University of Hague.

On Saturday, October 12, 2019, a field trip to Ankara City Hospital was organized with EuroFM executives and members who participated in the conference.

All photos of the ICFM2019 International Facility Management Conference are available at https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1D8wm-vF2dG27TvW2tVOC1xqSzlIW4qpI?usp=sharing