Zeytince Association took part  as the voluntary partner in the formation of the Olive Grove Road which is one of the thematic routes of the The Ephesus – Mimas Cultural Road Project undertaken by Municipality of Izmir in 2015. Ephesus – Mimas Cultural Road – total 709 km long – that goes trough the six cities of the ancient Ionian civilization in Izmir Peninsula and embracing all the natural, historical and cultural riches have been, for the first time, turned into walking and cycling paths in Izmir Ephesus – Mimas Road is the common name of routes tracking footsteps of history on Izmir peninsula where settlement dates back eight thousand years. In addition to the tracks suitable for walking and bicycle roads, it offers olive and vineyard themed routes to the enthusiasts.

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Olive Academy is the school building, education and information centre of Zeytince Association which is situated in the  Inecik district of Karaburun / Izmir. Zeytince Association prepared a project proposal from the creation of the Olive Academy, within the framework of the “Izmir Peninsula Sustainable Development Strategy 2014 – 2023. The proposal was presented to the Metropolitan Municipality of Izmir in April 2016. With the approval of the project, an old and inactive school building at Inecik was renovated into a new school building. In May 2017, after the opening ceremony attended by more than 100 guests and the Mayor of Izmir Municipality, the renovated school building under the name Olive Academy “Zeytin Okulu”, was given to the service of Zeytince. Olive Academy, with its  school building, backyard, and other education facilities, acts as a centre of education, workshop and seminar activities of Zeytince Association in the region.

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This Project (2017-2019) was undertaken in collaboration with Ege University / Izmir and financed by TUBITAK (The Scientific and Research Council of Turkey). Zeytince Association supported this project such that; The Project was coordinated by Menevis Uzbay Pirili and most of the activities undertaken were carried out by the academicans and teachers of Zeytince. The aim of this project was to provide ecological literacy education to university students on economics major at Ege University / Izmir, in order to contribute to the enhancement of their capacity to have a deep understanding and learning on ecological issues and human’s impacts on natural systems. 50 students from undergraduate and graduate levels at department of economics of Ege University were given ecological literacy training that lasted for 9 months. Ecological literacy offers a new approach to learning, alternative to the didactic process. As such it is founded on the integration of emotional, social and ecological intelligences which nourishes active learning through creative thinking, feeling, experimenting and capability building so that students may redefine their connections to nature. Thus this learning process contributes to preparing the students to face the critical ecological needs.

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Olive Fruit Fly Project is a comprehensive project to fights against the olive fly which damages  the olive trees in the Karaburun Region. In February-December 2017, under the coordination of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Department of Agricultural Services and Zeytince Association, the “Olive Fly Project” was conducted in the districts of Eglenhoca, Kosedere and Inecik of Karaburun. The project lasted for one year and composed of three phases. Through this project mass trappings  against olive fly were applied to all the trees in the region. Olive producers in the region participated the project and assisted the trapping process. To get information about the scope and details of the project click the link below.

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Tramp Kitchen is a project that is based on the idea of creating an awareness towards the production and consumption cycles of food system in Izmir. It aims to investigate and analyse the working structure of this system by mapping out the current situation of production, consumption and reproduction dynamics, the stakeholders and actors. Through this process, it seeks to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the system, and  to encourage behavioural change among citizens and stake holders towards a more sustainable food system  which is  inclusive, diverse fair resilient.  Actors of Urban Change is a program by MitOst e.V. supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung. Akın Erdogan from Zeytince Association, Cansu Pelin Isbilen from Izmir Metropolitan Municipality and Freelance Architect Gizem Icer in this project team. 

Duration:  December 2019 – April 2021

The project team is as follows;

  • Akın Erdoğan
  • Cansu Pelin Isbilen
  • Gizem Icer



This international project features a series of design experiments with bio-based materials towards a creative circular practice. The project is inspired by the circular life cycle of the ancient olive cultivation practices in Karaburun, Izmir and seeks to apply this circular process to creative design processes of materials. It is a collaborative design research between the Netherlands and Turkey involving designers and makers from both countries The Project is supported by the Creative Industries Funds NL (Het Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie)i.

Duration of the Project :  March 2019 – Still Continue

The project team is as follows;