KORA- Center for Black Sea and Central Asia Turkey

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Ms Zelal Ozdemir
Research Assistant 

KORA- Center for Black Sea and Central Asia Turkey

KORA (Center for Black Sea and Central Asia) was established in 1992 at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. KORA is a regional research center with an emphasis on the Black Sea and Central Asian states. Since its establishment, KORA has accumulated experience in the development of research projects, organization of workshops and conferences on its region of concern. 

The Center is the first Turkish coordinator of FP project in social sciences and has participated several other FP projects on European neighborhood, border security, global migration, religious-based organizations, etc.  

The Center is keen on being a partner in a consortium for the call SSH.2013.5.1-2 Addressing demand in anti-trafficking efforts and policies. Our Center has conducted various international projects on human trafficking (supported UNDP, ILO, etc.), which constitutes an important problem for Turkey as a transit country.  

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Ms Gokten Dogangun
Research Assistant 

Kozminski University Poland

Kozminski University, located in Warsaw, Poland, founded in 1993, is a private institution of higher education with full academic rights. Kozminski University is classified in the prestigious educational rankings provided by the ‘Financial Times’ – Business School rankings, which include the best universities from around the world. Kozminski University holds three international accreditations: EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB.The University holds the rights to award doctoral degrees in three disciplines: management, economics and law. Morover, it has the power to authorize a higher Ph.D. degree (habilitation degree) in the discipline of management and economics.

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Professor Anna Olejniczuk-Merta
Professor Anna Olejniczuk-Merta
Area of Interest

Kozminski University Poland

Kozminski University, located in Warsaw, Poland, founded in 1993, is a private institution of higher education with full academic rights.

Kozminski University is classified in the prestigious educational rankings provided by the ‘Financial Times’ – Business School rankings, which include the best universities from around the world. Kozminski University holds three international accreditations: EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB.

The University holds the rights to award doctoral degrees in three disciplines: management, economics and law. Morover, it has the power to authorize a higher Ph.D. degree (habilitation degree) in the discipline of management and economics.

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Dr Grzegorz Mazurek
Dr Grzegorz Mazurek
Area of Interest

Latvian Academy of Sciences Latvia

Dr Ieva Brence
Dr Ieva Brence
LinkedIn logo Project coordinator 
Area of Interest

Liverpool Logistics Offshore and Marine Research Institute (LOOM) United Kingdom

The LOOM Research Institute within Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) has 12 academic staff and 25 researchers. LOOM has developed a strong reputation for its safety, security, simulation and optimisation research of maritime system design and operation.

LOOM has completed a number of research projects supported by the UK research councils (eg. EPSRC), HSE, EU and industry. It is equipped with the UK’s only 360 degree ship simulator and a wide range of risk modelling and decision making software. For the last ten years, the Institute has received the funding of multi-million pounds to conduct its high-level research and consequently, over 100 technical papers in relevant areas have been produced. The research applications have also been facilitated by the collaboration between LOOM and many industrial and regulatory organisations including Shell and UK HSE. The institute is the coordinator of one EU Marie Curie project, the workpackage leaders of two ongoing EU projects, and grant holders of many other UK research council projects.

Collaboration interests:


We are interested in collaborations with research partners in the following areas: (a) security in logistics and supply chains; (b) anti-piracy; (c) optimisation and simulation for restoring security and safety in case of crisis; (d) using virtual reality/gaming/3D simulation technologies for the development of decision support tools for Health services and (e) Improving security systems integration, interconnectivity and interoperability.

LOOM can contribute to the following:

·         First main topic: Topic SEC-2013.2.4-1 Phase II demonstration programme on logistics and supply chain security.

·         Second main topic: Topic SEC-2013.2.4-2 Non-military protection measures for merchant shipping against piracy – Capability Project or Coordination and Support Action (Coordinating Action).

·         Third main topic: SEC-2013.4.1-3 Development of simulation models and tools for optimising the pre-deployment and deployment of resources and the supply chain in external emergency situations

·         Fourth main topic: SEC-2013.4.1-4 2013.4.1-4 - Development of decision support tools for improving preparedness and response of Health Services involved in emergency situations.

·         Workpackage leader/partner. We can write up a WP if assigned by the consortium leader. We can also contribute to project management.

·         Contact point to UK maritime sector. Can also introduce partners (industry or academia) from UK and the Far East to the consortium should it be needed.

·         Can also get access to a database of emergency situations occurred in non-EU regions, based on marine accidents reported by the IMO and Lloyds Registry, etc

Project ideas

============Project Idea 1: Logistics and supply chain security ============


Logistics and supply chain security:

LOOM has had about 10 years research experiences in logistics and supply chain security assessment, evidenced by three completed PhD research projects (“Risk analysis and decision making of container supply chains”, “the development of safety and security assessment techniques and their application to port operations”, and “enabling security and risk-based operation of container line supply chains under high uncertainties” ).Many security modelling and decision making models have been developed, including the following:

·         A container security score model addressing 10+2 elements.

·         A port security level model.

·         A seafarers reliability model.

·         Formal safety/security assessment of container supply chains.

·         Threat based assessment of container supply chains.

·         Terrorism modelling of container supply chains (e.g. Figure 1).

·         Multiple criteria modelling for security based decision making in container supply chain operations.

·         Quality assurance of port operations using 6-sigma.

·         Optimal operations of maritime/logistic systems in dynamic environments

·         Realistic 3D simulations of complex maritime and logistics systems

The above may be used to contribute to:

·         propose, towards end-to-end supply-chain security, a mechanism for transparent multi-hazard risk assessment.

·         increase the overall security of the supply chains.

·         possible solutions to new risks and threats required to secure supply chains in the future.

·         identify suspicious cargo (people), as early as possible, through the provision of reliable and sufficient data including “who” is shipping “what” to “whom”, “when” and “by which means”.

·         improve supply chain resilience using risk management principles, contingency planning and enhanced real-time reaction capabilities.

·         deliver collateral benefits, especially higher cost effectiveness for transportation and supply chain systems to stakeholders (incl. SME) as an important factor for ensuring broad acceptance.

·         predict possible under-attack scenarios and predict the behaviours of the supply chain when being under attack.

·         provide optimal solutions to deal with broken links in supply chains.



============Project Idea 2: Non-military protection measures for merchant shipping against piracy ============



LOOM has an on-going doctoral research project on maritime piracy modelling in collaboration with the IMO. The research has been conducted since Nov. 2009 and is expected to be completed soon. The project has developed a technical model for investigating how parameters such as ship size, season of the year, ship type, location of the ship, time of the day, visibility, freeboard, speed, good practices, etc. would influence the likelihood of a ship being attacked by pirates (e.g. see Figure 2 of the attached document). The model is also capable of looking at how naval support and available guards would influence the likelihood of the ship being hijacked.

The above work can be used for studying piracy root causes and piracy protection measures, helping protect EU merchant fleets and maritime supply lines from criminal abduction and harassment. Relevant civil stakeholders / end-users should be provided with an exhaustive practical guide on active and passive contemporary optimal measures to counter pirate threats and their legal, economic and societal implications. Advantages and disadvantages of these measures can be highlighted and realistic improvements proposed. Simulation can be used to validate the proposed measures under different realistic scenarios.

In particularly, LOOM research can be used to answer the following questions:

·         Given available data of a specific maritime area and a particular ship, what is the likelihood of the ship being attacked?

·         What would be the best level of support for ships?

·         What to do when being attacked?

·         What to do after being attacked? Best escape route? Best coordination strategy?



============Project Idea 3: Simulation/optimisation for resources and supply chains in emergency/crisis situations ============



Simulation/optimisation for resources/supply chains in external emergency situations:

LOOM has a strong research expertise in optimisation, simulation and security/safety for supply chains. The institution is the work-package leader in two major work-packages of optimisation/simulation in a recent €7m EU project, the work-package leader in another recent €9m EU project on logistics supply chain, and the grant holder of various EPSRC projects on security/safety of supply chains and maritime business processes. LOOM’s research in these areas has been published in top journals in Computer Science such as IEEE Transactions, European Journal of Operational Research and International Journal of Neural systems, etc. The institution also has the UK-only 360-degree ship simulator (see http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/lairdsidemaritimecentre/).

Optimisation, simulation and security/safety for supply chain research in LOOM have always been focused on real-world freight supply chain applications. Recent examples are:

Below are our research ideas:

Supporting freight supply chains to deal with unexpected changes and external emergency situations is an important challenge. Real-time responses may include rescheduling productions/ managements /purchases etc; changing the transport modes; re-allocating resources and rerouting the process flows. Crisis/emergency situations can also be prevented by understanding EU’s external interoperability logistics, anticipating the risks, implementing safety procedures, providing backup plans, and designing robust schedules /plans for the chains. Such responses and anticipations are especially important in multimodal logistics hubs, where goods are collected and distributed.

LOOM research ideas involve providing the above solutions to effectively help (a) anticipate crisis/emergency situations and (b) response to crisis/emergency situations. We focus on container supply chains, especially those connecting multimodal logistics hubs due to that 90% of world goods are containerized. We believe these go in line with the requirements from the EC. 3D simulations of the supply chains and emergency situations will be provided; robust solutions (schedules of activities; layout of facilities and allocation of resources) in anticipation of emergencies will be suggested, and dynamic optimisation solutions (rescheduling, replanning, rerouting, reallocating) in responses to emergencies will be offered.

============Project Idea 4: Using simulation/optimisation for the development of decision support tools for improving preparedness and response of Health services involved in emergency situations ============


LOOM has extensive expertise in developing virtual reality scenarios and 3D simulation of business processes, flows/arrivals/departures of goods/people/vehicles, all in combination with mathematical modelling and optimisation, as shown in our previous and current EU/EPSRC projects.

For this call, we can use virtual reality and 3D gaming technologies to simulate sudden emergency situations, such as disease outbreaks/pandemic/epidemic scenarios or terrorist attacks or war, and their impacts on the health care systems. For example, we can create the followings in virtual environment:

- the spread of the outbreaks

- the increase of patients

- patient flows and changes in patient flows according to the development of the outbreaks

- impacts on healthcare facilities, staffs, medicine stocks etc

From these scenarios, we can identify the possible bottle necks and weak links in the current health care system, and from that using optimisation tools to suggest:

- Optimal schedule

- Facility layout,

- Stocking plan


LOOM can do the implementation of the software, and provide the optimisation tools. For example, here is the 3D virtual simulation of a small emergency clinic in an outbreak situation:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuuwWh6NH6A .

We will need input from potential partners from the healthcare sectors.

Dr Trung Thanh Nguyen
Dr Trung Thanh Nguyen
LinkedIn logo Lecturer 

Marmara University Turkey

Organisation Type
Dr Nuran Akyurt
LinkedIn logo Asst. Prof. 
Area of Interest

Marmara University Turkey



French and English very good and fluent

EILTS degree 8.00.



Academic Degrees


  • M.D. 1988
  • Medical practitioner  in Sarıyer Community Medical center 1988-1989
  • Degree medical specialization (Family Medicine). (Resident) MoH Haydarpaşa Numune Training and Research Hospital. 1990- 1994.
  • Family Physician and teacher of  the family planning department in MoH Zeynep Kamil  Training and Research Hospital. 1994-1997
  • Family Physician and Family Practice Residency Program Vice-Coordinator of MoH Haydarpaşa Numune Training and Research Hospital.
  • Assistant Professor Dr. (Family Medicine) Marmara University Health Education faculty 1999-2007
  • Associate Professor Dr. (Family Medicine) Marmara University Faculty of Health Sciences 2007-current

  • Bachelor degree from Anadolu University Faculty of Economics. 2007.
  • Master Degree: Marmara University, Health Administration Msc 2002-2005

Doctoral degree: Marmara University, Hospital Administration Phd.2006-2010.

Career Goals and Professional Interests


Quantitative Methods in Health Care Management, Cost Utility And Minimization Calculation in Chronic Diseases. Health Economics, Qaly And Cost Benefit Calculation in Health Care Delivery, Biostatistics, Hospital Management, Health And Primary Care Administration. Primary Care Health Mangement, Health Economy, Population Health Problems In Turkey And Biostatistic Analyses. Measure Of Quality Outcomes, Identification Of Cost Effeciencies, Health System Regulation, Planning Preventive Measures In Primary Care, Payment And Innovation And Organisational Change In Family Practice,  Economic And Social Determinants Of Health And Quality Of Life, Productivity In Health 

Organisation Type
Professor Aysegul Kaptanoglu
Professor Aysegul Kaptanoglu
Assoc. Prof. 

Mersin Teknoloji Geliştir Turkey

Mrs Ozgur Durmaz
General Manager 

Ministry for European Union Affairs Turkey

Organisation Type
Mr Umut Azak
Jr. Expert