Scientists Discussed Turkey's Contribution to CERN hosted by İzmir Institute of Technology. The second of İzmir High Energy Physics and Applications Workshop (İZYEF 2013) was hosted by İzmir Institute of Technology (İYTE) Physics Department.
Top-level physicists and electrical-electronic engineers from various institutions from Turkey and abroad, as well as from different institutions, attended the workshop, where subjects such as the current state of particle physics in Turkey and relations with CERN were evaluated at the IYTE campus. With the workshop held between 11-13 September, it is aimed to create a common platform for researchers and students focusing on Turkey-CERN relations within the framework of the discovery of the Higgs Particle and subsequent scientific developments. The workshop also has a remarkable feature in that it is the first forum to receive financial support from the Turkish Atomic Energy Agency (TAEK).
Making the opening speech of the workshop, IZTECH Rector Prof. Dr. Mustafa Güden said that the findings obtained in particle physics research led to extremely important discoveries in human life and that important studies were carried out on this subject in Turkey. Mentioning that especially the new generation's interest in basic sciences has decreased, Güden stated that as IZTECH, they will continue to contribute to the world of science by hosting such workshops as well as supporting them at the academic level.
“WE TALK ABOUT PAST AND PRESENT IN PARTICLE PHYSICS”
A researcher at DESY (Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron), one of the world's leading particle physics research centers, and also conducting experimental studies at CERN. Altan Çakır, on behalf of the committee organizing İZYEF 2013, stated that there is a considerable majority in Turkey who are interested in particle physics. Stating that they tried to determine a roadmap for what needs to be done to move the current situation forward, Çakır said, “We are talking about yesterday and today in particle physics. What we mean by particle physics is a wide field in the Department of High Energy Physics to which both theoretical and experimental physicists contribute. We are discussing the developments on this issue by making a self-criticism.”
Çakır stated that they evaluated the debates on whether Turkey should become a member of CERN or not, and said, “How competent are the researchers in Turkey dealing with these matters, theoretically or experimentally? What contribution can we make to CERN? What should be our main goal?' We are trying to come to a common conclusion on issues that have organic ties to each other," he said.
The workshop, where young researchers, students, and experienced researchers and faculty members formed new partnerships and it was decided that a third meeting was required, ended with an award ceremony for the best oral and poster presentations.
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