1 November 2007
ESI at 'Building Europe's East' conference in Tbilisi - meetings with potential partners and young researchers

Between 1-7 November Nigar Goksel was in Georgia attending the 'Building Europe's East' conference, hosted by President Saakashvili and taking steps towards shaping ESI's research agenda in the country. She traveled to the Georgian-Turkish border which is in the Autonomous Republic of Adjara, on the Black Sea Cost, visiting the developing city of Batumi; to the ski resorts close to the border with Russia ( which is closed); and the easternmost corner, the Kakheti province, bordering Azerbaijan. As the demonstrations were ongoing (still peaceful at the time), Nigar met potential partners and young researchers, talking about what had changed in Georgia for the ordinary citizen since the Rose Revolution, how the EU Membership Action Plan was being implemented and how places like Kutaisi were fairing economically and socially.

Nigar Göksel in Batumi
Nigar Göksel in Batumi
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Alan Grant is an Irish photographer who travelled extensively in the Balkans and other countries and regions of the world. Thanks to him, ESI is able to show fascinating pictures of the Balkans: the facades of Tirana, the painted mosques of Travnik, the fabulous old houses of Plovdiv and the spectacular blue of water - dark in the Bay of Kotor, emerald in the river valleys of Bosnia, deep blue in Ohrid, twinkling in the Aegean Sea and on the Bosporus.

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Jonathan Lewis lives between London and Istanbul. He moved to London and spent many years studying photography and now specialises in photojournalism, documentary photography and commercial work for a wide variety of private and commercial clients in the UK, Europe and Turkey. His work has appeared in a number of magazines and publications and is used on the ESI website as well.

You can find out more about Jonathan Lewis on his website www.jonathanlewisphoto.com