Dear professor Nuket Yetis!
Your Excellency minister Nihat Ergun!
I am sending you this letter, trying to attract your attention to the situation with Feza Gursey Institute. Nowadays, when many Mathematical institutes around the world are being closed due to financial crisis, Turkey has a good opportunity to take one of the leading positions in this sphere and create a new center of gravitation of the Mathematical society. However, it seems that many people underestimate the importance of pure sciences and the role, played by them in the promotion of technical progress now and in future. Being a part of the Mathematical society, I feel obliged to sign the petition, attached below, and I hope, that it can push you to a more balanced attitude towards the destiny of Feza Gursey Institute.
Associate professor of Mathematics,
Moscow State (Lomonosov) University
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To the director of TUBITAK,
For reasons that we fail to understand, TUBITAK did not renew the protocol with the Bogazici University in 2008. Since then, a steady attrition of the staff followed as the contracts of part-time participants were not renewed and no post-doc positions were opened. In spite of this, seminars and workshops continue to be organised at the Institute.
This week it was announced to the institute that it would be attached to the Informatics and Information Safety Research Center at the Gebze campus of TUBITAK as of July 15, 2011. This effectively means the closing of the Institute.
Apparently TUBITAK is not convinced of the value of fundamental research in theoretical physics and pure mathematics. In spite of the total number of visitors, conferences and national and international summer schools with participants from all over Turkey and abroad, TUBITAK does not see a value to keep Feza Gursey Institute operational.
We request TUBITAK to reverse its decision to dissolve the institute. We strongly believe that dissolving the one and only institute of its kind in Istanbul would cause irreversible damage to the progress of theoretical physics and pure mathematics in Turkey.