Laiachi El Kaoutit Zerri

His excellency, Minister NIHAT ERGUN,

On behalf of Granada’s algebra department members, we ask you please to
consider the request below.

Let me please tell you, Mr. Minister, that apparently the fundamental
sciences, are today indulging a trip out of place from the socio-economic
point of view. However, what it is true, Mr. Minister, is that these
sciences are in big part a contribution in the development of human
thought, and this is why they form a cornerstone in the socio-cultural
development partner. We thus think that the closure of the FEZA GURSEY
INSTITUTE is a direct attack on the scientific morality of the Turkish

We hope, Mr. Minister, you reconsider such a drastic decision.


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.

Laiachi El Kaoutit Zerri
Universidad de Granada
Facultad de Educación y Humanidades
Departamento de Álgebra
EL GRECO, Nº 10.
Tel: +34 956526161
Fax: +34 956526117


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