July 11, 2021, Ankara, Turkey. — The final phase of the Contest carried out at the Presidency’s Nation’s Library with the collaboration of Presidency’s Human Resources Office, Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, and Akkuyu Nuclear JSC. Neşe Gülmez, Head of Presidency Human Resources Office Talent Acquisition and Organisation Department, and Mert Güneş, Head of Corporate Affairs Department of Akkuyu Nuclear JSC attended the contest.


The moderator of the final ceremony which was organized to make young talents meet with Turkey’s important projects and gain inspiring experiences, was TRT speaker Sezen Yüce. The ceremony was live broadcasted via official Twitter and Youtube channels of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources as well as digital platform.


There were 6 teams participated in the final. The teams made it to the finals from among 56 teams. Each team included young talents from different Universities of Turkey: Ankara and Mersin Universities, Adana Alparslan Türkeş Science and Technology University, Selçuk and Yalova Universities, and Middle East Technical University (Cyprus Campus).


Consultant to Human Resources Office of Presidency of Turkish Republic Semih Süslü, Head of the Department of Developing of Nuclear Power Projects at Turkey’s Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources Tuğrul Çağrı Cinkara, Istanbul Technical University Energy Institute Deputy Director Dr. Senem Şentürk Lüle, Hacettepe University Nuclear Energy Engineering Department Assistant Professor Dr. Gurdal Gokeri and Head of Corporate Affairs Department of Akkuyu Nuclear JCS Mert Güneş joined the jury board.


Tuğrul Çağrı Cinkara, who spoke before the presentations made, reminded that the contest is a result of 6 months hard work and it was very competitive: “Teams that have been selected as finalists were elected from over 50 contestants. All of them are winners for us”. He also noted: "Nuclear power is our 60 years of dream and we are now closer to that goal than ever before. We work toward realizing our goal which is to launch Akkuyu NPP in 2023."


Dr. Senem Şentürk Lüle congratulated all the teams and reminded that the students have gone through very important phases to get to the finals.  Dr. Gürdal Gökeri congratulated all the students for being able to create their projects in this limited time and noted: “I hope some of these projects can be implemented in the future.”


In addition, Mert Güneş from Akkuyu Nuclear JCS said that the competition is a very encouraging event for researchers interested in nuclear energy and continued: “I strongly believe the implementation of Akkuyu NPP Project will be a cornerstone for scientific researches in Turkey on nuclear energy field.  I would like to thank Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, and our company Akkuyu nuclear JSC. which organized this event."


The Atomsec Project Group won the first place with their Project named “Generating of Sensitivity To Disasters and Risk Maps Regarding Akkuyu NPP’s Radiation Emergency Action Plan By Using Multiple Decision Support Systems and Machine Learning”. The team earned 73 points and got the chance to visit an NPP in Russia that will be arranged according to epidemiologic situation development. Semih Süslü, the consultant to the Presidency Human Resources Office, congratulated the team and noted: “These kinds of projects are very important for our young people. I thank to 56 teams participated in the contest. I hope that the team got the first place will obtain valuable and useful information during their trip to Russia”.


“The National Power of Chemistry” group got the second place with the Project named “Design Of The Reactive Barrier System (GRB) With Natural Material To Ensure Nuclear Safety” by gaining 71 points from the jury members. The team members gained the right to do internship at the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources and received their presents from Ege University’s Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Mehmet Ersan. Ersan congratulated the students for their success and remarked: “ Lucky us, we have young people who work for Turkey’s future and create solutions. Today the saying which is about the youth being the future of this country found a meaning again.”


The NEMARG team with 66 points won the third place and the technical trip to Akkuyu NGS. Sinop University Vice Rector Prof. Dr. Cem Cüneyt Ersanlı congratulated the competitors and wished them a continued success while giving the award to the team that won the prize with their "Tulpar Spacecraft"project.


The closing speech of the ceremony was made by Neşe Gülmez, Head of Talent Acquisition and Organization Department at the Turkish Republic Presidential Human Resources Office. Gülmez congratulated all the teams for their courage and the projects they have prepared and stated: “We, as the Talent Acquisition and Organization Department, are developing many projects however we organized such a project contest for the first time and we started this work with Akkuyu NGS.


In this context, I would like to thank both Akkuyu and the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources. As a team, we watched the contest with great excitement holding our breath. There are winners here, but I see 6 successful teams and I congratulate each of them.”