Rules for The Halil Kaya Gedik Award

Rules for The Halil Kaya Gedik Award

Presented for the first time in 2013, the Award honours the lifelong contributions of Turkish entrepreneur and philanthropist, Halil Kaya Gedik, one of the first welding engineers in Turkey. The founder/owner of Gedik Welding (1963), he also established Gedik Education and Social Benefits Foundation (GEV) which prioritizes welding education and training and Gedik University, where Welding Technology is a major subject on the curriculum.

During his lifetime, Mr Gedik received various accolades for his numerous charitable works, including the Outstanding Service Medal awarded by the Turkish Grand National Assembly. His enduring altruism included the construction of several public schools as “social responsibility projects,” the support of the Turkish Welding Technology Academy (TKTA) and the establishment of a non-profit welding training centre which has benefitted almost 40,000 people since 1994. Indeed, Mr Gedik was a pillar of the international materials joining community until his untimely passing in 2012.

The Halil Kaya Gedik Award is awarded annually by the International Institute of Welding, sponsored by the Turkish Delegation.

The Prize is awarded to a Scientist or Engineer who has made outstanding contributions to welding science and technology in one of the three following categories:

  • Category A - The development of consumables
  • Category B - The industrial implementation of arc welding
  • Category C - The training and education of young people


Nominations may be submitted by Members of the IIW Board of Directors and the Technical Management Board, Chairs of IIW Working Units, or by any IIW Member Society. Eligible nominations under Categories A and B may be in the form of papers, patents, theses or research reports which address either:

  • The development of welding consumables (electrodes, wires, fluxes...)
  • The novel application of welding technologies to large industrial projects

Eligible nominations under Category C must illustrate significant contributions to welding training/education of young people and must therefore be supported by the nominee’s detailed CV. No other documentation or material will be considered.

Individuals who are currently serving on the IIW Board of Directors and/or the TMB are not eligible for nomination for the Award.

The Award will not be granted posthumously.

The Award

The Halil Kaya Gedik Award consists of a trophy fashioned out of cast golden electrodes and a certificate, both presented by the Head of the Turkish Delegation or a representative of Gedik Education Foundation and Social Benefits Foundation (GEV) during the Opening Ceremony of the IIW Annual Assembly.

Halil Kaya Gedik Award Process

Nominations will be reviewed by a Panel of Judges, to be chaired by the Chair of the Technical Management Board. The Panel of Judges comprises Members of the Technical Management Board and a designated representative of the Responsible Member Society for Turkey, Gedik Education and Social Benefits Foundation (GEV). Voting is carried out based on a “Formula One” points system.

Application Requirements
Application form for the Halil Kaya Gedik Award must contain the following element:
  • 70-100 words maximum – About candidate’s academic background and professional career (*)
  • List of publications including theses, research reports, scientific and technical papers (*)
  • List of patentsFor Categorie C, the nominee’s detailed CV (*).
(*) mandatory

More information is available by contacting the IIW General Secretariat.