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.
Please click to read the Science Academy’s statement regarding the suspension of the archeological excavations in Ephesus and Limyra.
The Science Academy released its latest report on academic freedoms in Turkey including important developments for University autonomy in the period of 2015-2016.
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.
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
The 10th General Assembly of the Science Academy was held on May 7, 2016. Here are the Science Academy’s five new Honorary Members.
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.
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 …
An unscientific disease treatment method: Homeopathy
Recently we have been worried to see certain universities, and even faculties of medicine, promote and host meetings on homeopathy in their campuses.
Although devoid of any active medical substance, homeopathic treatment is seen to replace medical methods in certain cases, putting the lives of patients at serious risk.
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The Science Academy’s Declaration on the Freedom of Expression
The Science Academy observes with immense concern and worry the developments that have followed the declaration of the text entitled “We will not be a party to this crime”, signed by over one thousand academics. Undoubtedly, political violence and terror constitute a fierce attack on all humanitarian values including human honor and right to life, as well as all the basic rights and freedoms. Violence, hatred and hostility should never be legitimized, defended, praised or encouraged in a democratic society. Both the Turkish constitution and the treaties on human rights signed by …