EDITORIAL

Turkey and Science Academies

Science  30 Sep 2011:
Vol. 333, Issue 6051, pp. 1801
DOI: 10.1126/science.1214294

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Summary

The government of Turkey recently announced that it will henceforth appoint the president of the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA) and also, directly or indirectly, appoint the majority of academy members. In response, TÜBA's members have threatened to resign and establish a new academy that is independent of the government. What happens next could dramatically affect Turkey's future, both because strong merit-based research in science and technology is a critical driver of modern economies, and because Turkey—like all other nations—will need to support and retain its native talent in order to prosper in the highly competitive world of the 21st century.