The Science Academy sees it necessary to publicly express once again its concerns on the growing restraints on freedom of science and on its sine qua non condition, the freedom of speech. We sadly observe that the problems we have previously pointed out regarding the freedom of speech are still present. The absence of any significant improvements, on the contrary, an increase in negative practices have turned the problem into a systematic issue.
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The following scientists were elected as Science Academy, Turkey members at the General Assembly on 2.12.2017.
The Science Academy endorses all value judgements and findings of ALLEA (All European Academies) regarding good research practices and violations of research integrity, as stated in its “European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity” in 2017.
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.
Please click to read the Science Academy’s statement about the ban on Wikipedia in Turkey.
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.
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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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.