The REFLECT project is organising the webinar ‘Geothermal Energy in Turkey‘ on 18 May 2021 (14:00 – 16:00 CEST). Turkey has a high geothermal potential due to its geological and tectonic settings. The webinar will provide an overview of:

  • Geothermal energy and its application in Turkey
  • Scaling of geothermal systems in Turkey
  • The REFLECT project and its approaches to improve the efficiency of geothermal power plants

The host of the webinar will be REFLECT project manager Katrin Kieling. Project partners Alper Baba, Mustafa M. Demir (University of Izmir) and, REFLECT scientific coordinator Simona Regenspurg will be the speakers.

Please register for the free event here.


  • Dr Simona Regenspurg has been working as a research associate at Helmholtz Centre Potsdam German Research Centre for Geosciences in the Section Geoenergy since 2009. She is head of the working group “Geothermal Fluids”. The focus of her research is on the study of geochemical processes that take place during the operation of geothermal plants. These include reactions under increased pressure and temperature conditions, interactions between water and rock and their effects on the environment. Simona studied geology/hydrogeology at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany, and completed research stays in the USA (Colorado School of Mines, Golden), Sweden (Royal University of Technology (KTH), Stockholm) and Switzerland (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL). She habilitated and teaches at the Free University of Berlin.


  • Prof Dr Alper Baba (Turkey, 1970), holds a degree in geology and a doctorate in the field of hydrogeology from the Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir. He has 28 years’ experience in hydrogeological and environmental geology problems in different parts of the world. He has conducted research at the University of Toronto (Canada), Wayne State University (USA), United Nations University (Iceland), Economy University and Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University (Turkey). Since 2009 he has been a professor at Izmir Institute of Technology. He is teaching and conducting research in the field of environmental geology, groundwater contamination, geothermal energy, and hydrogeology. He has coordinated a variety of national and international R&D projects in co-operation with research institutes and companies; among them NATO funded projects. Dr. Baba was awarded the “Successful Young Scientists Award” of Turkish Academy of Science and the Turkish Geological Engineering Association “Gold Medal Award”. Dr. Baba is author of several peer-reviewed scientific publications and contributions to international conferences and is editor of the book “Groundwater and Ecosystems”, “Climate Change and its Effects on Water Resources, Issues of National and Global Security” (NATO Science Series, Springer), and “ Geothermal Systems and Energy: Turkey and Greece” (CRC Press).


  • Prof Dr Mustafa M. Demir received his BS from Chemistry Department of Boğaziçi University, Turkey in 1999. He did his MS and PhD studies in Materials Sciences and Engineering Programme at Sabancı University in 2001 and 2004, respectively. Later he moved to Max Planck Society Polymer Research Institute in Mainz, Germany as post-doc researcher under the supervision of Prof. Gerhard Wegner. Since 2007, he has a faculty position at Izmir Institute of Technology. He coordinates an interdisciplinary group working on synthesis and nanotechnologies on synthetic soft matter. He has been awarded the Young researcher Prize of Turkish Academy of Science in 2013. He is now the Dean of the Engineering Faculty of the Izmir Institute of Technology.