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GENERAL INFORMATION

FOUNDATION STAGES
TÜBA is a scholarly society founded in 1993, attached to the office of the Prime Minister with administrative and financial autonomy, and headquarters in Ankara. Although it has the capacity for generating its own resources and accepting donations from individuals or companies, it is presently funded to a great extent by the Government.

The first tangible step towards the establishment of the Turkish Academy of Sciences was the preparation of the document entitled "Turkish Science and Technology Policy: 1983-2003", which was the first of its kind in Turkey. In 1993, the Supreme Council for Science and Technology, established in accordance with the above-mentioned document, decided that the Turkish Academy of Sciences (Türkiye Bilimler Akademisi - TÜBA) be established. The Academy was established on 2 September 1993 by a governmental decree, published in the Official Gazette. After constituting its administrative organs, TÜBA initiated its activities with its first Academy Council meeting, convened on January 7, 1994. 

AIMS AND MISSION OF THE ACADEMY
The Turkish Academy of Sciences is an autonomous body which determines its organisational structure and activities on the principle of scientific merit. Its aims are to establish the criteria of scientific excellence in Turkey, to encourage and foster scientific endeavours, to ensure that scientific principles be applied in all spheres and to create an environment of debate so that basic social strategies may be defined in the light of scientific and technological data. The Academy strives to promote adoption of and strict adherence to scientific ethics both by its own members and by the whole of the Turkish scientific community; freedom of expression; culture of debate and the integration of the Turkish science with the international scientific community.

ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE

Organs of the Academy
The organs of the Academy are the General Assembly, the Academy Council, and the President of the Academy.

The General Assembly comprises all Academy members. The Academy has a total of 205 members, comprising 119 Principal, 62 Associate and 24 Honorary members/members emeriti. The General Assembly convenes twice a year and elects new members nominated by the Academy Council; discusses and approves the principal documents on science policy, the activity report, the balance sheet and the budget proposal prepared by the Academy Council.

The Academy Council consists of ten members and the President of the Academy, all elected by the General Assembly for four years. The Academy Council convenes at least once a month to organise and implement the activities of the Academy; it also sets up working committees for counselling and research purposes, and prepares the budget proposal. The President is responsible for the functioning of the Academy in line with its aims and acts as the executive authority.

Present Management

 

The Academy Council

Prof. Dr. Ahmet Cevat ACAR (Chairman)

Prof. Dr. Meral BEKSAÇ

Prof. Dr. Adil DENİZLİ

Prof. Dr. Ahmet GÜL

Prof. Dr. Aydın GÜLAN

Prof. Dr. Fahrettin KELEŞTİMUR

Prof. Dr. H. Tayfun ÖZÇELİK

Prof. Dr. Saim ÖZKAR

Prof. Dr. Hüseyin SARIOĞLU

Prof. Dr. Muzaffer ŞEKER

Prof. Dr. Ahmet Nuri YURDUSEV

 

The President of The Academy

Prof.Dr. Ahmet Cevat ACAR
 

ACADEMY ACTIVITIES
The activities of the Academy are carried out in two main categories. The first category comprises incentive programmes which have the objective of encouraging scientific pursuit by donation of scholarships, bursaries, awards and varying degrees of support for enterprises deemed worthy. All of the above are aimed at promoting research, encouraging the youth towards scholarly pursuits, honouring dedicated scientists, and, above all, establishing norms of scientific excellence.

In the second category, the primary and most important endeavour is to create a scientific platform as a basis for communication and debate on public issues and to contribute to the development of national policies based on scientific principles; pinpointing problems in critical issues; and developing proposals for their solutions. For this purpose, conventions, conferences and meetings are organised and proceedings are published.

These activities are implemented by committees and working groups, made up primarily of Academy members, aided by the contributions of volunteers from the scientific community.

A Strategic Plan for the period 2008-2012 has been prepared regarding the prospective activities of the Academy.

Scholarships, Financial Support and Award Programmes
- Young Scientists Award Programme (GEBİP)

- Bursaries (Fellowships) Programmes in Social Sciences and Humanities have been extended to cover all scientific fields:

- Doctoral Fellowship Programme is applied in two complementary but independent stages:
- Preparatory Programme for Doctoral Studies: A Ph.D student is supported for a maximum of three years prior to the qualification examination.
- Integrated Doctoral Research Fellowship Programme: A Ph.D candidate and his/her academic advisor and department are supported for a maximum of three years, half of this period may be spent in a respectable academic institution abroad.

- Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship Programme: A two-year support programme (second year abroad) is envisaged for promising researchers in their post-doctoral stage, before they assume academic staff responsibilities.

- Promoting International Publications in Social Sciences

- Science Award

Programmes Carried out by Academy Committees and Working Groups
- Dictionary of Turkish Scientific Terminology
- Foresight Studies for Scientific Policies in Turkey
- Turkey's Cultural Inventory
- Population and Development Strategies (completed)
- Environmental Studies
- Human Rights in the School Curriculum (completed)
- Science Ethics
- Science Education
- Policies in Cancer Research
- Policies in Stem Cell Research
- National Open Courseware Project
- Evaluation for Science (Following up and assessment of science and technology support programmes)
- Translation/Publication of University Textbooks

International Relations
As one of Turkey's principal representatives in the international scientific community, the Turkish Academy of Sciences maintains bilateral relations with foreign academies and multilateral relations with international organisations.

These international relations are facilitated by framework agreements which specify the basic elements of scientific co-operation with other science academies and implementation protocols which specify the conditions under which these agreements will be executed. In the initial stage of bilateral relations, co-operation is ensured by a memorandum of understanding signed by the academies in question.

On the level of multilateral relations, the Academy represents Turkey as a member of international and/or inter-academy organisations, through its position on some of their executive boards and by participating in their various activities.

These organisations are:
- The InterAcademy Panel on International Issues (IAP)
- The InterAcademy Council (IAC)
- The InterAcademy Medical Panel (IAMP)
- All European Academies (ALLEA)
- International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies
- Association of Academies of Sciences in Asia (AASA)
- Inter-Academy Council for Southeast Europe (IAC-SEE)
- Council of the Presidents of the National Academies of Science of the BSEC (Black Sea Economic Co-operation) Member States (CoPNAS)
- Conference of Representatives of the National Academies of Sciences of the BSEC Member States
- International Social Sciences Council (ISSC)
- The Third World Network of Scientific Organisations (TWNSO)
- International Union of Academies (IUA)

Scientific Lectures, Conferences, Meetings
- Academy Lectures: Lectures given by prominent scientists, intellectuals, academics, artists and politicians with the aim to establish a platform for the debate of social issues and to encourage public awareness of science.

- University Lectures: Lectures given in the framework of visits of the academy members to universities with the ultimate aim of creating an atmosphere of close co-operation between the Academy and universities.

- Scholarly Meetings: National and international meetings, conferences are held with the participation of scientists from a variety of disciplines in order to elaborate different scientific issues in depth.

Publications
- Turkish Academy of Sciences monographs;
- Academy Forum: Transcripts of Academy Lectures published for the edification of the general public
- Proceedings of scientific conferences and meetings 
- Reports
- Biographies
- Cultural Inventory Project Publications: Publications documenting Turkey's cultural heritage to serve as databases for pilot areas
- TÜBA Günce Diary: Journal of the Academy, published bi-monthly
- The Turkish Academy of Sciences Journal of Archaeology (TÜBA-AR): Published annually; first issue published in 1998
- The Turkish Academy of Sciences Journal of Cultural Inventory: First issue published in June, 2003.

Between 2001-2007 TÜBA has issued 145 publications including periodicals.
 

 governmental decree (pdf)

 


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