On this International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we celebrate the achievements and place of women in the science field. Women have led ground-breaking research into public health, vaccines, treatments and innovative technology, and been on the front lines of COVID-19 response as scientists, health care workers and more. In this context, we want to reflect on and highlight some achievements from the past year.
REHVA Student Competition 2020
For this 2020 edition, out of the 16 competitors of the Student Competition, 10 were women. This number is encouraging and shows the greater diversification and opening of scientific studies to women in the HVAC sector. A progress that must be highlighted and encouraged.
In addition, the first prize in the Student Competition was won by Maaike Leichsenring for her project on "Flow Visualization of Ammonia inside a Corrugated Plate Heat Exchanger Condenser" which won over the jury. She also won the Best Poster Award for the first edition of this prize.
REHVA Awards 2020
The year 2020 was also the occasion for REHVA to present the REHVA Fellows award to Tuba Bingöl Altiok for her long-term collaboration with our organization. As representative of TTMD since 2012, Tuba attended all committee meetings. She is a Core member of External Relations Committee and attend as a corresponding member of the rest of the committees of REHVA.
REHVA welcomes the greater openness of the scientific world and the HVAC community to women and looks forward to seeing this trend continue in the future.