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Jul 23 2013

Turkish Scientists Abroad 2013 Assembly

YTBIK 2013

End of the meeting

 

I was invited by TUBITAK to Turkish Scientists Abroad 2013 Assembly (Yurt Dışındaki Türk Bilim İnsanları 2. Kurultayı) on 4-5 July. There were about 100 brilliant scientists, the majority of which were from academia, working in highly respected institutions. There were also R&D scientists from some companies, but less in number. Finally, there were professors and rectors from Turkish institutions, representatives of Turkish companies and members of TUBITAK. It was an amazing opportunity to be introduced to such people, especially in a relaxed environment.

invited by TUBITAK to Turkish Scientists Abroad 2013 Assembly (Yurt Dışındaki Türk Bilim İnsanları 2. Kurultayı) on 4-5 July. There were about 100 brilliant scientists from abroad, the majority of which work in highly respected academic institutions. There were also R&D scientists from large companies, but less in number. Finally, there were professors and rectors from Turkish institutions, representatives of Turkish companies and members of TUBITAK. It was an amazing opportunity to be introduced to such people, especially in a relaxed environment.

The meeting was designed to discuss 4 priority topics that TUBITAK wants to improve in Turkey: education, health care technologies, technology transfer (from academia to industry) and energy. I was in the education section perhaps because of a mistake. Though I did not mind as the minister of education joined the first session. In the presence of the minister Nabi Avci, I brought up the problems some Turkish PhD students including myself face with the compulsory military service. I also tried to draw attention to some problems in higher education system from a (relatively) fresh graduates’ viewpoint during other sessions.

The meeting was formally closed by a half an hour speech by the prime minister Erdogan. He briefly thanked the attendees and asked to “pay back” to the motherland. Then he spent most of his time about the coup staged in Egypt, giving examples from the Turkish democracy experience under military coups.

The cherry on the top was the Bosphorus boat tour at night with great food, Turkish music and dance.

Talha Gokmen ytbik 2013

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