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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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Joint Statement by The British Academies on the Current Situation in Turkey

Please click to read the joint statement by the British Academy, Royal Society and the Royal Society of Edinburgh on the current situation in Turkey.

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ALLEA Statement on Recent Developments in Turkey

ALLEA – All European Federation of Academies issued a statement rejecting the attempted coup in Turkey. The statement also calls for respect for academic freedom and autonomy.

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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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New Honorary Members of the Science Academy

The 10th General Assembly of the Science Academy was held on May 7, 2016. Here are the Science Academy’s  five new Honorary Members.

Prof Dr. Orhan Altan

Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Prof Dr Martin Chalfie ( 2008 Nobel Prize, Chemistry)

Prof Dr Ayla Gürsoy 

Prof Dr John Polanyi ( 1986 Nobel Prize, Chemistry) 

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Namık Kemal Pak – Obituary

The Science Academy member Durmuş Ali Demir penned an obituary for Namık Kemal Pak, Science Academy member we lost in November 2015.

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İlhan Tekeli Awarded Jury Prize, Sakıp Sabancı International Research Awards

The Science Academy member İlhan Tekeli was awarded the Jury prize at Sakıp Sabancı International Research Awards 2016.

This year the awards main focus was “New Centers in Turkey: Economy, Education, Art and Peace in Cities”.

The Special Jury Prize was given to İlhan Tekeli  for his work on urban and regional planning, planning theory, macro-geography, migration geography and political behavior, history and theory of local administrations in Turkey, urbanization and urban policy, economic policy, the economic history of Turkey, and urban and community studies.

 

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German Mathematical Societies’ Joint Open Letter

German mathematical society (Deutsche Mathematiker-Vereinigung), the German geoscientific societies (Dachverband Geowissenschaften), and the German society for mathematical logic and philosophy of science (Deutsche Vereinigung für Mathematische Logik und für Grundlagenforschung der
Exakten Wissenschaften) have sent a joint open letter to the attention of the Prime Minister of Turkey, Ahmet Davutoğlu.

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The Science Academy Report on Freedom of Expression, Science and Social Development

A number of events which have taken place in 2016 in Turkey points to serious interferences with  freedom of expression & academic freedoms much needed by scientists.

In order to draw public attention to this matter, The Science Academy has issued  a report of Freedom of Expression, Science and social Development on April 18, 2016

Please click to read the report in English.

The Academy has previously made also two announcements on the state of freedem of expression in January  and in April.

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The Science Academy’s Second Declaration on Freedom of Expression

Freedom of Expression, Law, Democracy, Social Development and Power

 

In view of the fact that a group of academics (“Academics for Peace”) who signed a petition are facing pressures including dismissal and imprisonment, we would once again like to underscore citizens’ and academics’ freedom of expression, and right to express their opinions. These rights and freedoms constitute the sine qua non of democracy and the rule of law. The free sharing of opinions and information serves as a guarantee for social consensus and a healthy and democratic dialogue among all citizens. Academics, who are expected to produce and disseminate fresh information …

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