Statement of the Science Academy about the Ban on Wikipedia in Turkey

Blocking access to an encyclopedia that is used as a reference material at every level of education, and thus severing a channel of access to information deprives our society from information and open debate. Such an approach seriously undermines Turkey’s image in the 21st century.

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The Science Academy’s Statement on the Ministry of Education’s Draft Curriculum

The Science Academy is working on a detailed study of the new education curriculum drafted by the Ministry of National Education. In this statement, we would like to draw attention to the main features of this curriculum. Please click to read the full statement.

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New Statement on the Academics Dismissed under State of Emergency (13.02.2017)

The Science Academy deems it necessary to underscore once again its “Statement on the Academics Dismissed from Public Service under State of Emergency” issued on October 3, 2016.

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New Members of the Science Academy (November 2016)

The following scientists were elected as Science Academy, Turkey  members at the General Assembly on  27.11.2016.

 

Honorary Member

Dan P. McKenzie, Geology, University of Cambridge

 

Members

Hüsnü Can Başer, Pharmacy, Near East University

Ayşe Çağlar, Anthropology, University of Vienna

Ömer İlday, Physics, Bilkent University

Nesrin Hasırcı, Chemistry, Middle East Technical University

M. Pınar Mengüç, Mechanical Engineering,Energy,  Özyeğin University

Marsel Meşulam, Neurology, Northwestern University

Ali Polat, Geology, University of Windsor

Yasemin Soysal, Sociology, University of Essex

Tarık Tihan, Pathology, University of California

Aslıhan Yener, Archeology, Koç University / University of Chicago

Kamil Yılmaz, …

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The Latest Intervention Against University Autonomy in Turkey

On October 29th, Day of the Republic, the Executive Decree no. 676 issued under conditions of State of Emergency has established a new system to designate university presidents. From now on, presidents of state universities will be appointed by the President of the Republic from among three candidates nominated by the Council of Higher Education (YÖK), and presidents of private foundation universities will be appointed again by the President of the Republic from among three candidates nominated by the board of trustees and approved by YÖK. Please click for the full text.

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Regarding The Suspension of the Archeological Excavations in Ephesus and Limyra

Please click to read the Science Academy’s statement regarding the suspension of the archeological excavations in Ephesus and Limyra.

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The Science Academy Report on ACADEMIC FREEDOMS – 2015-2016

The Science Academy released its latest report on academic freedoms in Turkey including important developments for University autonomy  in the period of 2015-2016.

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Statement on the Academics Dismissed from Public Service under State of Emergency Ruling

The Science Academy deems it necessary to share with the general public its opinion on the dismissal of academics from public service within the scope of the ongoing state of emergency. Click here  to read the statement.

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Science Academy’s Statement on Academic Freedoms, Reason, Science and Merit

The Science Academy has issued a statement on Academic Freedoms, Reason, Science and Merit. Please click to read the statement.

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Statement on the Attempted Coup of July 15 2016

We strongly condemn the attempted coup. In the light of reason and science the preservation and further development of democracy  is indispensable for the welfare of our people and country, and for the flourishing of science and civilization.

The Science Academy

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