This is the public declaration sent by TUBITAK’s Information Office to savefezagursey to be published !
Regarding the misleading and inaccurate information that has been spread about the restructuring of the Basic Sciences Research Institute-TBAE (also known as the Feza Gürsey Institute) of The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK), we would like to clarify the grounds for the institutional restructuring decision.
First of all, the institute has not been closed down but by the decree of TÜBİTAK’s Science Board, it will continue to operate as an institute within the TUBİTAK Centre of Research for Advanced Technologies of Informatics and Information Security (TÜBİTAK BİLGEM) at TÜBİTAK’s Gebze Campus.
Incorporation of the institute to TÜBİTAK BİLGEM was a necessary restructuring in order to foster the institute’s substantial scientific potential. As of June 2011, TÜBİTAK BİLGEM has 1333 total staff, 1151 of them are researchers. 125 scientists have Ph.D. degrees, 20% of them from mathematics and physics. With this new structure, in addition to the training of scientists for sustainability of the recent R&D acceleration in Turkey, the creation of a synergy and critical cooperation between basic sciences and applied science and engineering is aimed.
The institutes relocation to Gebze, a city located about 30 miles from Istanbul and currently one of the most significant centres of excellence in scientific and technological research in Turkey, will enhance the institute’s area of activities including the quantity and scientific quality and the attendance of the workshops organised by the institute. Already, hundreds of scientific meetings have been organised every year by TÜBİTAK all around Turkey as well as abroad.
With its new structure, the institute will continue its training activities towards the development of human resources in basic sciences, in cooperation with national universities and training institutions; additionally it will fulfil its founding mission of conducting research and knowledge generation more efficiently by “determining the basic and applied research challenges of basic sciences, and to resolve or contribute to the solution of these challenges”.
Hereby announced to public with our kindest regards.