Hacettepe University :: Faculty of Sport Sciences :: Türkçe Arabic
Invited Speakers

F. Hülya Aşçı
School of Physical Education and Sports, Marmara University, Turkey
F. Hülya Aşçı was born in Ankara, in 1969. She graduated from Physical Education and Sport Department of Middle East Technical University in 1991.  She received her Master of Science Degree in Sport Psychology and Ph.D. Degree in Guidance and Counseling in 1993 and 1998, respectively. She mainly studies physical self-perception and psychological effects of physical activity on psychological well being. She has 77 papers published in refereed international and national journals She presented over 100 papers in both international and national congresses. She is an Associate Editor of Psychology of Sport and Exercise Journal and she takes responsibility as a reviewer of some international refereed journals in the sport psychology area. Her international publications were cited over  200 times by different researchers. She received “Developing Scholar Award” which has been given by International Society of Sport Psychology to the scholar who makes great contribution to sport and exercise psychology. Currently, she is working at the School of Physical Education and Sports in Marmara University, Turkey.

Tansin Benn
Visiting Professor at the University of Plymouth, UK.
Tansin Benn’s main research interests are in the field of gender, ethnicity and religion in the UK and internationally in physical education, sport and dance fields. She is one of the major contributors to international declaration ‘Accept and Respect’, which urged sporting officials and bodies to listen to the voices and choices of Muslim girls and women in order to be more inclusive in their practices, especially regarding sporting dress codes. She is the former president of IAPESGW and she continues to support the Association as Chair of the Committee of Consultants on IAPESGW’s Executive Board.

Janice Crosswhite
Australian Women Sport and Recreation Association (AWRA).
Janice Crosswhite is president of AWRA which its vision is to build a strong and healthy Australian culture through increasing the active participation of women of alleges and abilities in sporting and recreational pursuits. Janice also has extensive experience in sports administration at state and national levels. Crosswhite has a long history of involvement in sport and physical education as a participant, teacher, adviser and lecturer. She worked for ACHPER (Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation), the Australian Sports Commission and the ACT Government and was former President (Life Member) of Women sport and Recreation New South Wales and the Manly Warringah Basketball Association (Life Member).

Rosa Lopez de D'Amico, IAPESGW President.
Coordinator of theResearch Center “Estudios en EducaciónFísica, Salud, Deporte, Recreación y Danza” (EDUFISADRED) at Universidad Pedagógica Experimental Libertador (UPEL) Pedagógico de Maracay, Venezuela.
Rosa Lopez de D'Amico received the CDCHT Award (National University Council for Scientific Development in Humanities, Technology and Science Award) the most distinguished Venezuelanhonour that recognizes the last five years of research production in the area of humanities in the country. This recognition, for the first time, has been given to a woman and to a Professor from the Pedagogical University, UPEL. She is also the first woman in the area of Physical Education and Sport who receives “UPEL National Award for Research Path”. Rosa Lopez de D'Amico is making great numbers of contributions to various associations at national and international level. She is currently working as General Director of the Aragua State Institute of Sport and she is the Editor of the Journal: Actividad Física y Ciencias. (www.actividadfisicayciencias.com)

Rosa Diketmüller
University of Vienna, Centre for Sports Sciences at the Department of Sports Pedagogy (AUT).
Rosa Diketmüller’s research interests are field of physical education and sport, gender-studies and health promotion. She is Vice-President of the Austrian Association of Sport Science. In 1997 she founded the Austrian platform ‘Women in Sport’ to give interested women from different organizations and in different functions in sport a voice and a platform for informal networking. She is an editorial board member for national and international journals. Since 2001, she is the editor of an annual published journal, ‘Girls in PE’, which offers examples of best practices for (female) PE teachers in their work with girls in PE.

Maria Beatriz Rocha Ferreira
Faculty of Physical Education at State University of Campinas, Brazil
Maria Beatriz Rocha Ferreira has a Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin (USA) and Master in Physical Education at the State University of São Paulo (Brazil). Her research interests are society and culture emphasizing figurations and power relations, gender, games / sports in indigenous populations and wheelchair dance for people with disabilities. For the last 25 years developed teaching activities and research in the Faculty of Physical Education at State University of Campinas – UNICAMP and is currently included in the program CAPES Visiting Professor Senior at the Federal University of Grande Dourados – Mato Grosso do Sul.

lknur Hacısoftaoğlu, Faculty of Sport Sciences at Gedik University
İlknur Hacısoftaoğlu is an assitant professor in Faculty of Sport Sciences at Gedik University. She earned her BS degree in sociology department at Middle East Technical University and her MS and PhD on Sport Science and Technology at Hacettepe Üniversity. Her main research areas are in the fields of women, masculinity and spectatorship in sport.

Deniz Hunuk
School of Sport Sciences and Technology in Pamukkale University in Denizli, Turkey
Deniz Hünük earned her BS and MS degree in School of Sports Science and Technology in Hacettepe University and completed her PhD in Physical Education and Sports Department in Middle East Technical University, Ankara. Her research interest is mainly focused on the professional development of physical education teachers and its’ impact on young people's learning in physical education. She has participated and presented many national and international conferences and has some articles in international and national journals. She is currently a research assistant in School of Sport Sciences and Technology in Pamukkale University in Denizli, Turkey.

Sema Kasapoğlu
Turkish Olympic Committee
Sema Kasapoğlu studied in German School of Istanbul. She graduated from Chemical Engineering of Boğaziçi University and she received her Master of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering. The International Olympic Committee awarded Kasapoğlu with the Trophy for Europe at the Women and Sport Awards, in 2011. Also she was awarded by International Fair Play Committee, for her leadership in national promotion campaign to encourage girls to practice sports. She is a former swimmer and current member of the Turkish NOC Executive Committee.

Maryam Koushkie Jahromi
Shiraz University, Physical Education and Sport Science Department, Iran.
Maryam Koushkie Jahromi is the head of Physical Education and Sport Science Department where she has been active in teaching and conducting researches and thesis. Her research interests are on exercise physiology and women’s health and sport, and Muslim women in sport. She has been the first best student in PhD entrance exam of exercise physiology at 1998 in Iran. She has been a scientific board member of several national and international sport science and physical education conferences in Iran.

Darlene Kluka
Barry University, Sport Management in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Miami Shores, Florida, USA.
Darlene Kluka has dedicated her life to sport, teaching and research, and has gained many honours for her inspirational work with young researchers and her developmental work in the area of women in sport and leadership. She was president of IAPESGW 2005 – 2009. She has also been President of the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS), the first Director of the ICHPERSD Girls and Women in Sport Commission, Deputy Delegate for AAHPERD to the United States Olympic Committee, Vice President of Member Relations and Human Resources in USA Volleyball, and a member of Women’s Sports Foundation International Committee.

Sukran Nazan Kosar
Hacettepe University, Faculty of Sport Sciences, Ankara, Turkey
Şükran Nazan Koşar is assistant professor in Faculty of Sport Sciences at Hacettepe University. Her research has focused on the role of physical activity and regular exercise in the prevention of chronic diseases and improving health. In this regard, her research interests are adaptations of organism, particular cardiac and skeletal muscle adaptations, to exercise and inactivity, age related muscle wasting and prevention strategies, and the female athlete triad.  

Karin Lofstrom
Executive Director for the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS), Canada
Karin Lofstrom has been the Executive Director of CAAWS since 2002.This entails working with Sport Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, National / Provincial and Territorial Sport Organizations and multi-sport and physical activity associations to assist them in developing and implementing gender equity initiatives within their organizations. Lofstorm has a long history of involvement in sports as coach, national team coordinator, chef du mission, administrator and manager across a range of sports and major international events. She currently serves on the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Equity and Equality committee and the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Women’s Committee.

Lale Orta
Okan University, Department of Sport Management, İstanbul, Turkey.
Lale Orta has master and Ph.D. degree in Sport Management at Marmara University. She is the first woman who has a Ph.D. on football with her thesis “Football Organizations in the World and in Turkey”. She is one of the founders and players of Dostlukspor, the first women’s football team in Turkey. She has a long history of involvement in sport field (football), as an athlete, coach, technical director, referee and commentator. She is a football referee since 1986 and has officiated more than 1,500 football matches in both professional and amateur level. She is the first women referee who officiated matches in Professional Football Leagues in Turkey and Europe. Orta is the first Turkish women referee who succeed to join the FIFA in 1995 and she refereed the 2005 UEFA Women’s Cup Final between Postdam and Djugarden/Alvsjö in Germany. Lale Orta was awarded to “2002 Women & Sport Trophy in Europe” by International Olympic Committee (IOC). Now, she is working as Ass. Prof. in Department of Sport Management at Okan University and continues to motivate and encourage girls and women to participate in sport in Turkey.

Yousra AL Sinani
Sultan Qaboos University, College of Education, Curriculum & Instruction. Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.
Yousra AL Sinani is assistant dean of the College of Education at Sultan Qaboos University for training and community service. She is the first Omani women to gain PhD in the subject of  physical education through her studies in England. In  July  2009, Yousra was awarded the Kluka Love Award for her presentation at IAPESGW World Congress in South Africa. She made an outstanding contribution to the management of IAPESGW international seminar hosted by her university which led to the ‘Accept and Respect’ Declaration. The principles of the declaration have underpinned much advocacy work in the filed around the world.

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