MARUF on the Go Applications Started

Marmara Municipalities Union has opened the call for MARUF on the Go events to be held under Marmara Urban Forum (MARUF23), which it will organize for the third time between October 4-7, 2023. Applications will continue until 23.59 on August 1, 2023.

What is MARUF on the Go?

"MARUF on the Go" is the name given to events held in August and September before MARUF. The events involve a series of dynamic learning and interaction processes, on the one hand allowing the spread of MARUF over time and space, and on the other hand producing various outputs for the thinking and discussion space that the forum will open.


  • To create a common platform where relevant stakeholders come together in solving urban problems
  • To transform the knowledge and experiences of institutions, organizations, and initiatives into visible sources of inspiration through innovative communication channels
  • To contribute to the production of solutions that can reflect inclusivity, accessibility, and sustainability while maintaining discussions on urban problems with an approach that embraces dialogue and plurality
  • To raise the awareness on the most recent debates and practices in urban and community studies at the national and international level,
  • To support the discovery of tools for sharing and disseminating solutions to problems encountered in urban life, from the macro scale to the micro scale or from the institutional scale to the human scale.

What Types of Events?

  • Workshops, Panels
  • Exhibitions
  • Field trips
  • Competitions and other interactive activities

When & Where?

"MARUF on the Go" events can be organized in locations determined by applicants, either face-to-face or online, from August until September 30th, 2023, as one day events or as events spread over several days.

The exact day and time of the events will be determined by the applicants.

Who Can Apply?

The call is open to various institutions and organizations from Turkey and abroad, including public institutions, local governments, non-governmental organizations, private sector organizations, international organizations, universities, research centers, and student communities that produce knowledge, practices, and ideas related to urban issues.

Event Principles

  • Moderators, speakers, and facilitators are expected to have knowledge and experience in their respective fields.
  • Inclusivity, gender balance, expertise, and the level of impact are important criteria in the selection of moderators, speakers, and facilitators.
  • Events that prioritize inclusivity by including disadvantaged groups will be given priority during the evaluation process.
  • Applications that embrace Sustainable Development Goals will be prioritized.
  • It is recommended to make the sessions interactive through various methods such as surveys and voting. Applications that promote high interaction among participants will be given priority during the evaluation.
  • The person/organization organizing the event is responsible for informing and supporting the moderators/speakers/facilitators and participants according to the nature of the event.
  • It is recommended that events be designed in a multi-stakeholder structure with participants from different sectors (public, academia, civil society, private sector, etc.) to encourage intersectoral collaboration.
  • The expenses of the events are the responsibility of the organizing institution. Only venue and technical support will be provided during MARUF23.
  • Event organizers commit to minimizing environmental impacts and showing respect for nature both during and outside of the event.
  • Event owners are required to share their events on social media using the hashtag #MARUF23 and include the "MARUF on the Go" logo in their promotion materials. Relevant materials will be provided by the MARUF team for approved applications. Communication materials prepared in this regard must be approved by the MARUF team before being promoted on any channels.
  • The applicants agree to use the official corporate identity materials provided by the MARUF team for the announcement, promotion and communication activities and they are not to use any other designs for promotion.

About the Application:

The content and suitability of the event will be evaluated by the MARUF team. Event organizers commit to all abovementioned principles as stated in the application. In case of non-compliance with any of the written principles, the MARUF team reserves the right to cancel the event.

Interested institutions can apply by filling out the application form through this link until August 1, 2023.

Important Dates

Application Deadline: August 1, 2023

Evaluation of Applications: August 2023


Announcement of Results: August 2, 2023

Event Dates: August – September 30th, 2023

After the evaluation, institutions with approved applications will be contacted to discuss the organizational details of the event.

If you have any questions or need detailed information, contact us on [email protected].