It is disheartening that, just at a time when Turkey is aspiring to become a full member of CERN (a development strongly supported by the European scientific community), TUBITAK decides essentially to cancel the only international research center devoted to problems of direct relevance to the CERN research areas. The move to Gebze is most inappropriate, as it is a restricted access institution where international visitors will have difficulty entering. It should also be added that the difficulties of the Feza Gursey Center date back several years, with a progressive reduction in staff, rendering it essentially unable to carry out its scientific mission.
Professor of Physics
Imperial College London