Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7
Bâtiment Condorcet, Case 7020
75205 Paris Cedex 13, FRANCE
Prof. Nüket Yetiş
President of TUBITAK
cc. Prof. Kayhan Ulker
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2 August 2011
Dear Prof. Nüket Yetiş
I am told that the Feza Gursey Institute has been effectively closed down recently.
As I had the chance to see from close by the Institute during my visit to Istanbul this
spring, I was negatively surprised.
It seems to me that Turkey is in the ascend and striving to come on par with European
science. Centers like the Feza Gursey Institute are key parts into this effort, provided
they are properly organized, given the appropriate means, and evaluated occasionally
by independent scientists from abroad.
It is clear that Turkey must not only encourage and cultivate sciences that are
fashionable today but also directions in basic science where there are high-quality
Turkish scientists both in Turkey and abroad.
This is the case with the sciences represented in the Feza Gursey institute.
There are two important tasks for such an institute
1) Coordinate the contact of Turkish scientists with world science.
2) Implicate in an important way prominent Turkish scientists abroad.
3) Try to attract young bright and promising young Turks from abroad like
Umut Gursoy (CERN), Mithat Unsal (Stanford), Can Koczaz (CERN).
I think that in this way in the end, it is Turkish science that will be the winner.
Directeur de Recherche au CNRS, France
Professor of Physics,
University of Crete, GREECE