NATURE Editorial – Power of the Pen (24.03.2016)

Scientists must unite to stop Turkey from removing the right to freedom of expression.

When he labelled outspoken academics as terrorists, Turkey’s increasingly authoritarian President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was probably not thinking of Voltaire’s eighteenth-century philosophical maxim: “To hold a pen is to be at war”.

Erdoğan sent shivers down the spines of those who care about human rights by declaring on 14 March that those who support terrorists are as guilty as those “who pull the trigger”, and …

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Support From International Academies on Freedom of Speech

We have already shared The International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies (IHRNASS)  statement on freedom of speech in Turkey. (please click)

On January 21, 2016 ICSU (International Council of Scientific Unions)  shared their letter to President Tayyip Erdoğan regarding freedom of speech in Turkey. (please click)

On February 1, 2016 ALLEA (All European Academies) shared their support regarding freedom of speech issues in Turkey. (please click)

 

 

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Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Istanbul Conference Video

The Science Academy welcomed world-renowned astrophysicist Prof. Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, in the first ever of its recently launched Annual Lectures. At the conference held on 4 February 2016 at Boğaziçi University, Dame Jocelyn gave a lecture on pulsars, which she discovered in 1967, in the context of relativity and gravity.

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Jocelyn Bell Burnell in Istanbul (4.02.2016)

The Science Academy welcomed world-renowned astrophysicist Prof. Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, in the first ever of its recently launched Annual Lectures. At the conference held on 4 February 2016 at Boğaziçi University, Dame Jocelyn gave a lecture on pulsars, which she discovered in 1967, in the context of relativity and gravity.

Please click to read journalist Reyhan Oksay’s article.

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Ayhan Kaya’s Project Chosen by European Commission As Success Story

The Science Academy, Turkey member Ayhan Kaya’s project “European Politics of Interculturalism” was chosen by European Commission as success story. Please click for further details of the project.

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IHRNASS Statement on Turkey (19.01.2016)

The International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies (IHRNASS) has issued a statement regarding the Turkish academicians right to free speech. For the pdf file please click. Furthermore as of 25 January 30 Nobel Laureates have endorsed this statement (full list here)

January 19, 2016

The International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies (H.R. Network) supports and defends the right of fellow academics, anywhere in the world, to peacefully express their lawful opinions and concerns. We, the members of the H.R. Network’s Executive Committee, are alarmed by the increasingly repressive and inflammatory reaction by …

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Feryal Ozel on Blackholes: BBC News (8.1.2016)

The Science Academy member Feryal Ozel was interviewed on blackholes  by BBC News.

 

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