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Posted in CHANGING TURKEY IN MEDIA on December 22, 2012 |
Winners of the ABTA 2012 Doctoral Researcher Awards competition have received their awards before an audience of academics, postgraduate students and parents at UCL’s Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre on Saturday, 12th of May. Chosen from more than 120 applications after a rigorous judging process, finalists had to demonstrate their presentation skills for the selection of 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in the categories of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Biological & Medical Sciences, and Management & Social Sciences.
The award ceremony started with ABTA 2012 Doctoral Researcher Awards programme chair, Dr Ozgur Yazaydin’s welcome speech. This was followed by a presentation given by Dr Mehdi Barghchi, Postgraduate Training Co-ordinator at University of Leicester, on the importance choosing the right topic for PhD. Then the finalists in each category gave their presentations which were evaluated by a panel of judges.The presentations were followed by a break for refreshments while the judges came together and finalized their evaluations. Before the announcement of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each category, Professor Alp Ozerdem, Chair in Peace building at University of Coventry, delivered a keynote address on the mission of ABTA and the importance of its activities.
The moment, which an anxious audience of more than 130 people and finalists had been waiting for, finally arrived and results from the judges were delivered to programme chair, Dr Yazaydin, who then announced the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each category with all receiving a huge applause from the audience. The winners were presented their cheques, General Mobile Tablets, and their certificates. Dr Bilal Gokpinar, ABTA Executive Committee member, delivered the closing remarks and finally the audience gave a standing ovation to all winners and organizers of the ABTA 2012 Doctoral Researcher Awards competition. The programme ended with a reception in Roof Garden at UCL.
|1st in Biological & Medical Sciences|
|University of Cambridge|
The Evolution of Human Longevity
|2nd in Biological & Medical Sciences|
|University of Manchester|
Genetic dissection of neuronal populations controlling appetite, thermogenesis and glucose uptake
|3rd in Biological & Medical Sciences|
|Imperial College London|
Tenascin-C drives IL-17 synthesis in arthritic joint disease
|1st in Engineering & Physical Sciences|
|University of Cambridge|
Transport AC Loss in High Temperature Superconducting Coils
|2nd in Engineering & Physical Sciences|
|AYSE NACI KORTUN|
|Queen’s University of Belfast|
Spectrum Sensing Techniques in Cognitive Radio Networks
|3rd in Engineering & Physical Sciences|
|University of Manchester|
Graphene: Atomic-scale Landscapes
|1st in Management & Social Sciences|
|TURKAY SALIM NEFES|
|University of Oxford|
Towards a Sociology of Conspiracy Theories: An Investigation into Conspiratorial Thinking on Dönmes
|2nd in Management & Social Sciences|
|DIDEM BUHARI GULMEZ|
Turkey, European Union, and Global Standards
|3rd in Management & Social Sciences|
|University of Surrey|
Software Linking and Its Implications Under the Law of Copyright
US-based news portal ‘SETimes.com‘ published the comments on illegal immigration in Turkey by Seckin Baris Gulmez, co-editor of ChangingTurkey.com in the article entitled “Turkey struggles with growing illegal immigration” written by Alakbar Raufoglu.=
Find the article following the link below:
The full commentary by Gulmez:
” Currently, there are two main issues Turkey has been struggling as regards the illegal immigration. First, Turkey cannot prevent infiltrations from its long and mountainous border with Iraq. This not only creates a crucial impediment for Turkey to prevent illegal immigration from its Middle Eastern neighbours but also weakens its position in its fight against the pkk terrorism. Nevertheless, the current talks between Turkish and Iraqi officials have become fruitful as both governments agreed on working in close cooperation to tighten the border controls. Besides, in addition to border police, Turkey has also been training ‘border troops’ which will amount to 5000 as early as January 2012 to secure the Iraqi border only. Turkey’s fight against terrorism will also prove useful for preventing illegal immigration from its Southern border.
Second, the failure to prevent the infiltrations to Greece from Turkey constitutes another key problem. Actually, the long lasting bilateral issues between the two neighbours proved effective in their reluctance to jointly solve this border-crossing problem. While Greece accuses Turkey of using this as a political card against them; Turkey blames Greece of leaving those people in the middle of the Aegean sea to drown on the Turkish territorial waters. However, I believe the main problem behind this stalemate stems from the uncertainty of Turkey’s EU membership bid and the EU’s perceived reluctance or indecisiveness towards Turkey’s accession. Especially concerning the visa liberalisations, Turkey remains the only candidate country not to enjoy such a privilege. Correspondingly, Turkey has long been refusing to sign the protocol with the EU which ensures that Turkey will take back immigrants who have crossed the EU (Greek) borders from its territory. Although the EU has been working on visa facilitation with Turkey to reignite the dormant relations, the extant uncertainty over Turkey’s membership perspective renders Turkey further reluctant to make a move for the Greek border”.