Record Participation to the Marie Curie Info-Day

Kadir Has University Strategy Development and Research Office organised a Marie Curie Fellows Meeting and Information Day in cooperation with TÜBİTAK National Coordination Office and from the EU Research Executive Agency, for the first time at Khas Cibali Campus on 1 October, which attracted a record attendance.

In the first part of the whole day event, Marie Curie Reintegration Grant fellows from Istanbul and Ankara met with representatives from the EU and TÜBİTAK and discussed their projects.

The afternon session, attended by above 100 participants from research institutions and industry, featured briefings about the 2013 Marie Curie Action programmes.

Kadir Has Faculty Members, Dr. Serhat Erküçük and Dr. Orçun Kepez presented their Marie Curie Reintegration Projects during the ‘Success Stories’ section of the event. In parallel with the main event, Marie Curie fellows found an opportunity to meet one on one with the EU REA representative for consultations.

Dr. Deniz Bingöl McDonald, who led the Q&A sessions of the event, stated: “Beneficiaries of Marie Curie Support Grants shared their experiences with the audience and common problems faced in Turkish universities were discussed in detail. “The most common problems faced by all Turkish researchers in universities are the lack of feedback possibilities for researchers in how curricula are shaped; the procedural obstacles researchers face  in terms of the utilization of the research money and implementation phase of the projects and bureuacratic difficulties of the promotion processes in state universities,” explained Dr. McDonald.

Who is Marie Curie?

Marie Skłodowska Curie born to a Polish physics and math professor. Her first encounter with science took place in her father’s physics laboratory in Warsaw. After gaining her doctorate in physics from Paris Sorbonne University, she married her professor Pierre Curie in 1895. The couple in 1898 discovered two new elements that are 3 million times stronger in radioactivity than uranium. The work of Curie formed the foundations of modern day nuclear physics and chemistry and won her two Nobel Prizes during her lifetime: the first in Physics which she shared with her husband and another French physicist while the second Nobel, she received solely for her work in Chemistry. She remains the first and the only scientist to have received two Nobel prizes.