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International Rising Talent Award Winner Assoc. Dr. Bilge Demirköz gave a conference in Belarus

10.10.2017 313 Okunma Sayısı

2017 L'Oreal-UNESCO International Rising Talent Award Winner, Science Woman Assoc. Dr. Bilge Demirköz gave a conference in Belarus within the scope of "Colours of Anatolia" program.

Organized by Yunus Emre Enstitüsü "Colours of Anatolia" science and culture art tour offering dozens of events from concerts to conferences, continues. 2017 L'Oreal-UNESCO International Rising Talent Award Winner Science Woman Assoc. Dr. Bilge Demirköz gave a conference on  October 6th, Friday in Minsk, the capital of Belarus under "Colours of Anatolia" program.

The conference on "Space Radiation Tests and News from Turkey" organized by Yunus Emre Enstitüsü within the scope of "Scientific Diplomacy" efforts and hosted by the National Academy of Sciences, was followed by many scientists. Demirköz spoke about the recent developments in the field and position of Turkey in world science in her speech. Explaining the effects of radiation in space on humans and matters with comparative examples, Demirköz mentioned scientific studies in the field and the ongoing studies in Turkey in the field.

At the end of the conference, the Chairman of the National Academy of Sciences asked Demirköz how she felt about receiving such an award at a young age. Demirköz, who was deemed worthy of the "International Rising Talent" award, answered the question as follows:

"As a scientist, I know that there are no biological and neurological differences between women and men. The world's load and problems grow. We need power be able to solve these problems. Women are accountable for 50 percent of this power. In the globalizing world, the societies where women are cast aside, cannot develop; so we should encourage more women in science to both solve problems together and to support the development of women."

Who is Assoc. Dr. Bilge Demirköz?

Demirköz, who carried out outstanding studies on behalf of Turkey in Switzerland Cern, is an important figure with international accomplishments in space radiation and space physics. Demirköz, is a faculty member at METU Physics Department and the coordinator of the project called "Particle Radiation Test Creation Laboratory" supported by the Ministry of Development, in which innovative materials and electronics will be tested by exposing them to radiation in space. The project is the first project developed by Turkey in the scope of Turkey's associate membership to CERN and the project will serve not only to space industry but also the electronics to be developed for the Large Hadron Collider and nuclear applications will be tested in this laboratory.

After graduating from Robert College, Demirköz who completed an undergrad degree at physics in MIT with mathematics and music minors, studied for her master's degree also in MIT. She studied for her doctorate at Oxford University and for post-doctorate at IFAE Barcelona and Cambridge Universities. Returning to Turkey in 2011, Demirköz first participated in the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer experiment held at the International Space Station and launched space radiation studies in METU and then worked on space radiation calculations for our satellites.

Demirköz with many national and international awards, was lastly awarded with the International UNESCO-L'Oreal Rising Talent Award in 2017.