The Science Academy, Turkey – Bilim Akademisi member Prof. Erol Gelenbe has been awarded “Commandeur de l’Ordre National du Mérite” (Commander of the National Order of Merit of France) by decree of President Emanuel Macron, dated 29th May 2019, for services to higher education and research. Prof. Gelenbe is one of only two academics who were recognised with this honour in 2019. The Order of Merit of France is a distinct honour from the “Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur” that Erol received in 2014.
The 16th General Assembly of the Science Academy was held on April 6, 2019.
Prof. Zehra Sayers has been elected as Honorary Member.
Prof. Dr. Zehra Sayers is a molecular biophysicist working on structure-function relationships in biological molecules using synchrotron radiation X-rays. She is a founding member of the Genetics, Molecular Biology and Bioengineering programme at Sabanci University in Istanbul. She is also Director of the Foundations Development Programme at Sabanci University. Since 2002 Dr. Sayers has been the Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of SESAME.
Dr. Sayers obtained a BSc in Physics from Bogazici University in Istanbul and …
The European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities (ALLEA), the European University Association (EUA) and Science Europe issued a joint statement on the urgent need to back commitments to academic freedom and university autonomy with solid actions.
Economist Mariana Mazzucato is the recipient of the 2019 All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values, honouring her wide-ranging and stimulating work in the field of political economy and particularly her ground-breaking contributions to understanding the role of the state in innovation. Please click to read further..
In response to the latest actions taken by the Hungarian Ministry for Innovation and Technology concerning the allocation of funding to the research institutes of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, ALLEA reinforces its calls to protect the institutional autonomy and academic freedom of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
The Science Academy, Turkey endorses this ALLEA statement. To read the full statement, please click.
The following scientists were elected as Science Academy, Turkey members at the General Assembly on 1.12.2018.
Science Academy, Turkey honorary member Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell was awarded a special Breakthrough Prize for her discovery of pulsars in 1967 and her continued leadership in science.
Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell announced the money will be used to fund scholarships to help women, refugees and people from ethnic minority groups into the sciences.
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ALLEA Statement on the political infringement on academic freedom in Hungary:
ALLEA re-iterates its previous pleas to uphold and guarantee the autonomy of academic organisations and
institutions in order for the scientific community of Hungary to fulfil its tasks and mandates, and to contribute
to the country’s social and economic well–being, and development.
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