The world needs science, and science needs women!

The world needs science, and science needs women!

They are leaving their husbands and even children at home and staying up all night in laboratories, but are not complaining at all.

There is tremendous excitement among winners of this year of the international program “For Women in Science” conducted by L’Oréal with UNESCO, set off with the motto “The world needs science, and science needs women!”, and giving hope to more than 2 thousand 500 science women in 18 years… 


Fügen Soykut (L’Oréal Turkey Science Director)

What is the purpose of this program?

The purpose is to encourage young science women and to abolish gender inequality in science, because the sole way out of the world is science! Furthermore, L’Oréal is founded by a scientist, and science is included in its cells. It would be found bizarre for a corporation having science in its DNA not to support science.

Which types of difficulties are the Turkish science women facing in our day?

They are in need of funds in order to implement their projects. There are not many projects supporting science or scholarships and incentives of science. They cannot advance to higher levels and echelons. And they are facing difficulties in procurement of materials as well.


Assist. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Özgül Persil Çetinkol / Middle East Technical University

Given that the disadvantage of chemotherapy drugs is their linking not only to cancerous cells, but also to normal DNAs, she is trying to develop molecules for drugs attacking only cancerous cells.

Assist. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Fatma Beste Kınıkoğlu Erol / Acıbadem University

Her purpose is to develop three-dimensional artificial tissue organs by using the patient’s own adult stem cells.

Assist. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ayşegül Kutluay Baytak / Harran University

Her project aims to design devices used for detection of doping both quickly and economically. 

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Melahat Bilge Demirköz / Middle East Technical University

She is studying the quantity and effects of radiation in the earth’s orbit. She aims to study the effects of certain unique materials and electronic ingredients developed in Turkey under the total dose effect for space and radiation tests, and to increase the resistance thereof.  

Assist. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rezzan Demir / Gebze Technical University

She is working on the rechargeable battery technology. Her intention is to produce more cost-effective batteries with sodium which may be an alternative to lithium batteries with limited sources. 

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mine İnce Ocakoğlu / Mersin University

Given that the limited capacity and the side effects of fossil fuels have already made alternative energy sources obligatory, she aims to develop new materials intending to increase the efficiency of organic solar batteries. 

Magnificent ceremony organized in Paris

We, as Habertürk weekend inserts, were with the science women in Paris as well. In the magnificent ceremony organized in Paris at the end of March, besides 5 science women ‘Carrying the Power to Change the World’, 15 young science women were also awarded with prizes worth 100 thousand Euros in total. Jury was headed by Elizabeth Blackburn, holder of 2008 Nobel Medicine Prize. And the science women deemed worthy of the prize are Emmanuelle Charpentier from Germany in molecular biology branch, Jennifer Doudna from USA again in molecular biology branch, Quarraisha Abdool Karim from South Africa conducting researches on AIDS, Chen Hualan from China developing vaccines against bird flu, and Andrea Gamarnik from Argentina drawing attention with her inventions on molecular virology. The “For Women In Science” program is conducted also in Turkey since 2003, and three woman researchers conducting studies on “life sciences” and “material sciences” fields are supported by an annual scholar of 15 thousand dollars every year.