Report on the Draft Law on the Establishment of Health Institutes Administration

“Draft Law on the Establishment  Health Institutes Administration and Amendments to Certain Laws and Executive Decrees” proposes the establishment of Health Institutes Directorate of Turkey (TÜSEB) and a health university, as well as a number of new regulations concerning the Council of Higher Education (YÖK) and universities.

Legal scholar Prof. Yeşim M. Atamer, a member of The Science Academy’s Commission on Ethics and Human Rights, has penned a report criticizing the draft law in terms of scientific principles, law, universities, research and the health system. Below are excerpts from the recently issued report:

“The report hereby was based on the …

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Statement on the Soma Mining Disaster

In the mining disaster which happened at the Soma Mining Company on May 13, 2014, although over 300 citizens were evacuated, close to 300 citizens lost their lives. Below are excerpts from the statement on the matter issued by The Science Academy:

“As we are deeply shocked by this dismal event which happened today, we need the guidance of science and reason in order to support those families who are trying to make ends meet under difficult conditions, and to ensure that …

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The Science Academy Board of Directors Statement on Plagiarism

The Science Academy  Statement on Plagiarism is as follows: “Council of State’s latest comment on plagiarism has drawn attention to this issue which constitutes a widespread and deep-rooted moral and scientific problem. According to this comment by the Council of State on applicable law and regulations, those who commit plagiarism will not be discharged of their position as faculty members.

Plagiarism means stealing elements and information from someone else’s  work, and presenting these as one’s own. In ethical terms, plagiarism is not different from theft or fraud for personal gain. Lack of sanctions against forgery concerning the accuracy, origin …

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The Science Academy Board of Directors Statement on the Gezi Park Events

The Science Academy  Statement on the Gezi Park Events is as follows:

“In the context of the protests which started at Gezi Park in Istanbul at the end of May to later spread across the country, The Science Academy sees serious problems in terms of freedoms of association, expression and acquiring information, and the implementation of decisions and policies based on information.

The government has insisted on taking action without regard for expert opinions and criticisms, in …

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The Science Academy Board of Directors Statement on the Theory of Evolution

Below are excerpts from the Science Academy Statement on the Theory of Evolution:

“With a reasoned decision dated June 13, 2013, The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) has refused to grant support to the ‘Mathematic Evolution Graduate Summer School’ project application which would be organized with the participation of prominent scientists from domestic and overseas universities.

“TÜBİTAK’s Department for Supporting Scientists has communicated to the applicants a Panel Report, indicating that ‘the concept of biological evolution is controversial in Turkey and the world’ and that there is no consensus on the matter as of yet, and that …

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