Travel fellowship for PhD research

Gulsah Bilge with Professor Eckart Lange

Department of Landscape PhD student, Gulsah Bilge, who is supervised by Prof. Eckart Lange, has been awarded $1,000 travel grant from the American Geophysical Union to attend the 2017 JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting, 20-25 May in Chiba, Japan.

Gulsah attended the meeting of the Japan Geoscience Union to present Surveying preferences for an urban park and visualizations of potential scenarios. The conference was attended by over 8000 participants.

Gulsah said: “I was excited to travel Japan for the first time when I was accepted to present my work. I was so happy to get the news that I won the grant. I could not wait to share the news with my supervisor and family in Turkey.”

“The conference was a unique opportunity to present my research in an international context, get feedback and discuss my work with other colleagues and experienced. I am looking forward to expand my network as attending this conference will contribute to development of my research as well as my personal development.”

“As my government scholarship includes mandatory teaching in a Turkish university, I aim to use networking to establish the bases of potential exchange programs between Turkey and East-Asian universities. I believe that would be an asset for my university and improve the experience of students involved in future exchanges.”

Gulsah’s research is concerned with new participatory methods of representing and experiencing space in design proposals. It involves letting stakeholders sketch their suggestions on an iPad and experience the 3D models of future proposals through 3D mobile technology. It also examines how on-site and off-site participation by using mobile devices affect preferences, perception and understanding of participants in an urban design and planning context, and whether use of mobile devices enhance public engagement by testing residents.