The European Commission has awarded ~1 M € funding to a new Horizon Europe project in which Koç University is a partner. Asst. Prof. Aslı E. Mert from the Department of Sociology is a part of the Twinning Research and Innovation Institutions to Design and Implement Inclusive GEPs (NEXUS) project which aims to co-design, implement, monitor and evaluate innovative and targeted actions at bridging inclusivity gaps in nine research organizations and their respective R&I ecosystems to bolster institutional change through the development of inclusive Gender Equality Plans (GEPs) in intersectional and intersectoral directions.
The project, which will last for 24 months, has 10 partners, including Koç University and the project coordinator Dublin University.
Prof. Demircan Canadinç from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, received the highly prestigious Humboldt Research Award for his excellent research on the mechanical properties of metallic materials and their microstructural causes. The Humboldt Research Awards are given to internationally renowned scientists and scholars who work outside of Germany in recognition of their lifetime research achievements.Prof. Canadinç has been working on the design of NbZr-based alloys and their microstructure using artificial intelligence and other computational techniques as a new generation implant material at Leibniz University Materials Institute since February 1, 2023. In this way, it is aimed to develop materials suitable for a dental implant design with the controlled antibiotic release.
Asst. Prof. C. Ceyhun Arslan, from the Department of Comparative Literature received the Alexander von Hummboldt Georg Forster Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers for his work analyzing literary studies, aiming to overcome the established geopolitical and cultural boundaries of the 19th century. These Research Fellowships are given to exceptional researchers from developing or transitional countries who have established a clearly defined research profile with their high-impact international publications and whose research contributes to the development of their country or region of origin.
Prof. Arslan, previously published in peer-reviewed international journals such as the Journal of Mediterranean Studies, Comparative Literature Studies, Journal of Arabic Literature, and Convivium: Exchanges and Interactions in the Arts of Medieval Europe, Byzantium, and the Mediterranean, aims to re-imagine the history of the Mediterranean by examining literary works written in different languages such as Arabic, French, Ottoman Turkish, Maltese, etc. about various cities, countries, and regions of the Mediterranean such as Malta, Alexandria, Spain, Algeria, Istanbul, and Cyprus in a book project deserving of the Georg Forster Research Scholarship. By analyzing literary works, the goal is to transcend the established geopolitical and cultural boundaries of the 19th century.