Department of Chemistry

Chemists strengthen links with Turkish universities

Thu Sep 24 15:14:00 BST 2015

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) held its first ever symposium series in Turkey from 7-11 September. Organised with the help of Tony James, Catalysis and Sensing for Health (CASH) formed part of the UK-Turkey Year of Science

(L-R) Andy Wilson (Leeds), Steve Bull (Bath), Richard Moore (British Ambassador for Turkey), Tony James (Bath) and Stuart Govan (RSC RSC International Development Manager)Tony and Steve Bull, together with Juyoung Yoon (Ewha Womans Universisty) and Andy Wilson (Leeds University) gave lectures at several top Turkish Universities.

Locations included Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Izmir Institute of Technology and both the Middle East Technical University and Bilkent University in Ankara.

Pictured are Andy Wilson, Steve Bull, Richard Moore (British Ambassador for Turkey), Tony James and Stuart Govan (RSC International Development Manager).

On 10 September the RSC team attended an event to celebrate 75 years of the British Council in Turkey. The British Ambassador warmly received the team at his residence in Ankara.

"The week in Turkey was very successful with and we were able to make many new exciting contacts," said Tony.  "The face to face meetings facilitated by these CASH symposia has made it possible to explore exciting new research projects, exchanges and symposia.

"We are now actively exploring appropriate funding opportunities such as the Newton-Katip Çelebi Fund."

The series took place in collaboration with The British Council, The Science and Innovation Team of the British Embassy and TÜBİTAK.