İzmir is one of the most favorable locations in the Middle East and the Mediterranean Regions to conduct research and development studies thanks to the advanced education opportunities and the importance placed on science and technology. Having the first Innovation Strategy of Turkey, İzmir is a pioneering city.
There are a total of 130 research and application centers operating within universities in İzmir. While some of them conduct clinical researches, laboratory studies and industrial production based studies, some of these centers operate on social fields.
Different governmental organizations provide funds for projects on R&D to enhance the technology and innovation activities of the private sector and contribute to the competitiveness on a global scale.
Along with the intercity lines, İzmir provides domestic railway transportation via commuter rail systems.
The under-construction Ankara-İzmir High-Speed Train Project will reduce the travel time from 15 and a half hour to 3 hours and 50 minutes.
There are various clusters in İzmir, among which the sectoral cooperation is well-developed.
İzmir Organic Food Cluster
Processed Fruit and Vegetable Cluster
Industrial Ventilation, Air Condiotioning and Refrigeration Cluster
İNOVİZ (izmir for Health)
Health Industry and Biomedical Technologies (SEBİT)