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Turkish scientist enters ‘100 women in polar science’ list

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Ebru Caymaz, an academic from Onsekiz Mart University in the northwestern province of Çanakkale, became the very first Turkish scientist to be selected in the “100 Women in Polar Science” project.

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The initiative, funded by the Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation and led by the Ocean Foundation and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, empowers women scientists to conduct research at the poles.

Having worked in Norway, Greenland and Iceland since 2015, Caymaz will now travel to Siberia with the help of the Global Warming Impacts Study Project.

“I will continue my research at the poles and hope to see more women on the list in the years to come,” Caymaz told the Milliyet daily on Jan. 9.

Nicknamed the “Princess of the Glaciers,” Caymaz often climbs glaciers, dives under ice and visits icebergs as part of her research.

“We need to understand the importance of science diplomacy in raising awareness of the impacts of global warming,” she said. “People should join forces for international scientific cooperation.”

Now his next mission will be in Siberia “to meet the local community, known as the Eskimos in Turkey, living near the North Pole”.

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She does not prefer to use the word “Eskimo” because it means “eaters of flesh”.

“In local languages, they are called Yukagir, Nganasan or Inuit. All of them simply mean “human”. I want to meet them and comment on the effects of global warming there, ”she noted.

After graduating from Istanbul University, Caymaz obtained his doctorate. from Istanbul Marmara University on “management and organization”.

Caymaz has written numerous scientific papers on various research that she has conducted in the Arctic. Her latest article, “Thinking the Management in the Arctic Region Amid Pandemic,” which she wrote for the Arctic Institute, was presented to the US Congress.

In 2016, Caymaz became the first person with her colleague, Özgür Korkmaz, to cross Greenland in winter.

She crossed the largest island in the world in seven days without any assistance as no Danish guide dared to accompany her.

“The temperature was minus 45 degrees Celsius. It was a 400 kilometer adventure route, ”she said. “There is nothing in this world that a woman cannot achieve.”

In a previous interview, Caymaz also said that she dreams of visiting the South Pole.

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“I also have plans for Antarctica,” she said without giving details.