Henk Spruit

MAX-PLANCK-INSTITUT FÜR ASTROPHYSIK

Postfach 1317 D-85741 Garching bei München Telefon 089 30000–0
_____________________________________________________________________________________

Prof. Nüket Yetiş
Turkish Science & Technology Research Council

Prof. H.C. Spruit
henk@mpa-garching.mpg.de
(089) 30000–2220

20th July, 2011

Dear Dr. Yetis

Allow me to comment on the recent decisions of the Turkish Science & Technology Research Council regarding the Feza Gürsey Institute (FGI), where I presented a lecture course in 2001.

I strongly feel that a high-profile institute in fundamental science like the FGI is incom-
parable value for money, through the indispensable roles it can play:

– as a national role model for scientific achievement and motivating force for young sci-
entists,

– as a reference point for standards of excellence in science,

– as a natural focus for national and international collaboration and exchange of scientific
expertise.

Examples of institutions recognized as playing such key roles elsewhere in the world are
the Princeton Institute for Advance Study in the USA, the Isaac Newton Institute in
the UK, the Kavli Institutes in the US and China, and many others.

In order to play this role the FGI needs the funding required to function at high na-
tional visibility through its scientific achievements, and to maintain an active network
of contacts with the universities.

A functioning institution with this mandate is still very cheap compared with govern-
ment investment in any area of technological development.

I hope you will be able to reverse the decline of funding of the FGI, and put it on a firm
footing as a role model in Turkish science.

Yours sincerely,

Henk Spruit

Senior Scientist
Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Germany,
Professor of Astrophysics
University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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MAX-PLANCK-INSTITUT FÜR ASTROPHYSIK

Postfach 1317 D-85741 Garching bei München Telefon 089 30000–0
_____________________________________________________________________________________

His excellency Nihat Ergün,
minister of Science, Industry
and Technology

Prof. H.C. Spruit
henk@mpa-garching.mpg.de
(089) 30000–2220

20th July, 2011

Dear Mr. Ergün, your excellency:

Allow me to comment on the recent decisions of the Turkish Science & Technology
Research Council regarding the Feza Gürsey Institute (FGI), where I presented a lecture
course in 2001.

I strongly feel that a high-profile institute in fundamental science like the FGI is incom-
parable value for money, through the indispensable roles it can play:

– as a national role model for scientific achievement and motivating force for young sci-
entists,

– as a reference point for standards of excellence in science,

– as a natural focus for national and international collaboration and exchange of scientific
expertise.

Examples of institutions recognized as playing such key roles elsewhere in the world are
the Princeton Institute for Advance Study in the USA, the Isaac Newton Institute in
the UK, the Kavli Institutes in the US and China, and many others.

In order to play this role the FGI needs the funding required to function at high na-
tional visibility through its scientific achievements, and to maintain an active network
of contacts with the universities.

A functioning institution with this mandate is still very cheap compared with govern-
ment investment in any area of technological development.

I hope you will be able to reverse the decline of funding of the FGI, and put it on a firm
footing as a role model in Turkish science.

Yours sincerely,

Henk Spruit

Senior Scientist
Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Germany,
Professor of Astrophysics
University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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