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Dr Ozlem Yilmaz

Research Fellow

Byrne House SF6

I am a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Research Fellow.

More info about my project Plant Phenome can be found here:


My research interests are in: Philosophy of Biology; Philosophy of Plant Biology; Plant Physiology; Ecology; Philosophy of Science; Plant Science; Bioethics; Biology-Films/Cinema.



Research interests

More info about my project can be found here:

Project name: Plant Phenome

01-12-2019 to 01-12-2021

European Commission

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No: 833353.


Recent Publications:

*Ö. Yilmaz (2022) Biyoloji Felsefesinde Organizma Kavramı. Kilikya Felsefe Dergisi. 1(1) 78-86. The Concept of Organism in Philosophy of Biology. Kilikya Journal of Philosophy.

Book reviews

*Ö. Yilmaz (2021) John N. Prebble, Searching for a Mechanism. A History of Cell Bioenergetics, New York: Oxford University Press, 2019, 276 pp., £55. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 43, 34.

Book chapters

Ö. Yilmaz (2021) More Plant Biology in Philosophy Education. In Thomas J.J. McCloughlin (Ed.) The Nature of Science in Biology: A Resource for Educators. Graphikon Teo, Dublin.

Ö. Yilmaz (2020) Stres Nedir? Bitki Fizyolojisi Araştırmaları Üzerinden Kavramsal Bir İnceleme. Türkiye’de STS:Bilim ve Teknoloji Çalışmalarına Giriş, Ed: Turanlı A., Aydınoğlu A.U., Şahinol M. (ISBN: 978-975-561-516-5) kitabı içinde; sayfa 131-140.

Publications in conference proceedings and presentations in conferences and workshops

* Ö. Yilmaz, Plant Phenomes and Climate Change. oral presentation at ISHPSSB (The International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology) Conference, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, virtual. (July 2021)

* Ö. Yilmaz and J. Dupré, Opening Talks -Plant Individuality: A Cognitive-Physiological Approach. at Philosophy of Plant Biology Workshop- Organisers: Özlem Yılmaz and John Dupré, University of Exeter. (May 2021)

* Ö. Yilmaz, Plant Individuality, Source-Sink Balance, Plant Parts. virtual poster forum of PSA (Philosophy of Science Association), 2020/2021

* O. Yilmaz, More Philosophy of Plant Biology in Philosophy Education. ISHPSSB Symposium: History, Philosophy and Sociology of School Biology, virtual workshop, DCU, Dublin Ireland (11-12 December 2020)

O. Yilmaz, Plant Physiology and Plant Cognition, oral presentation at the ECAP10 (10th European Congress of Analytic Philosophy), virtual conference, Utrecht, Netherlands (24-28 August 2020)

For the list of all my publications, please see: 



I hold BSc in Biology, MSc in Environmental Sciences and MSc in Biology Education. I have a PhD in Biology (2011) and a PhD in Philosophy (2020); both Ege University, İzmir, Turkey. During my Biology PhD, I visited Plant Energy Biology Lab, University of Sydney, Australia (2008-2009) and Plant Physiology Lab, Sabancı University, Turkey (2009-2011). I did three years post-doc research in Plant Physiology Lab. of Sabancı University (2013-2016); I have published research papers in plant science from my first PhD and post-doc. I received a European Philosophy of Science Association Fellowship for visiting Egenis, Exeter, for one month (2016). Later, I did two years post-doc in Humanities and Social Sciences Department of İstanbul Technical University, Turkey (2017-2019). In 2018, I was a Writing-up fellow for six months at the Konrad Lorenz Institute, Klosterneuburg, Austria.


I  worked as an actor in university theatre groups (2000-2003) and professionally (2003-2006). In addition, I did occasional dubbing for television cartoons (2002-2004). Note: ‘Özlem Yılmaz’ is a very common name in Turkey. There is a famous actor with the same name. She is not me!:) Also, there are several Özlem Yılmazs in biology too.


Society Memberships: East European Network for Philosophy of Science (EENPS); European Philosophy of Science Association (EPSA); International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB); Philosophy of Science Association (PSA); Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice (SPSP); Society for Women in Philosophy in Turkey (SWIP-TR); STS Turkey, Bilim ve Teknoloji Çalışmaları Türkiye Araştırma Ağı.


I am a steering committee member and co-founder of the East European Network for Philosophy of Science (EENPS).

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