In the scope of second Executive Committee Meeting of the World Academy of Sciences Youth Affiliates Network (TYAN), organized by the Yunus Emre Institute, TYAN delegation visited TUBITAK. 9 representatives from TYAN, Tayfun Kalkan, Director of Turcology at Yunus Emre Institute and representatives of the Chinese Academy of Sciences attended the meeting which was chaired by President of TÜBİTAK Prof. Hasan MANDAL.
During the meeting, TÜBİTAK-TWAS collaboration were discussed after the presentation of TÜBİTAK activities. Prof. Hasan MANDAL expressed his pleasure regarding the recent developments between TÜBİTAK and TWAS, and stressed that researchers in TWAS member countries can continue their research with "2216 - Research Scholarship Program for International Researchers" run by TÜBITAK. In addition, as an output of this meeting, he noted that the program could allocate a special quota for applications from TWAS members.
The director of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)-TWAS Centre of Excellence for Biotechnology Yin LI noted that CAS and TUBITAK had similar activities and shared common interests in science and technology, and proposed to collaborate on scientific capacity building. Prof. Yin Li mentioned that many successful cooperation activities are carried out between researchers in China and Turkey and this is observed in the number of joint publications. Prof. Hasan MANDAL expressed his pleasure for the cooperation and communication between Turkish and Chinese researchers and stated that there is already an existing cooperation initiative in the field of science and technology between TÜBITAK and CAS which we are open to further the initiative.
Prof. MANDAL, also added that the International Technology Bank, a science, technology and innovation supporting mechanism dedicated to least developed countries and hosted by Turkey, will start its activities in TÜBITAK Gebze Campus from June and in this context we can also cooperated with TWAS.
In this regard, Dr. Max PAOLI, the Executive Committee Member of TYAN, expressed it is found admirable that the importance given to the UN Sustainable Development Goals in the programs carried out by Turkey.
It was highlighted at the meeting that in addition to cooperation with China, the scientific and technological cooperation with South Africa, Brazil and Malaysia will gain momentum in the coming period, and TÜBİTAK is open to initiatives in the field of STI with countries emphasized.
About The World Academy of Sciences Young Affiliates Network (TWAS-TYAN)
In the scope of the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) studies, the Young Affiliates Network (TYAN), which accepts 25 young scientists, under 40 years of age, from all over the world as “young members” each year, was established in 2016 with the initiative of young members and the approval of the Governing Board of TWAS, and the first Committee was elected. The first General Assembly was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August and the first meeting of the Executive Committee of the network held in Beijing in June 2017, hosted by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. At the second Executive Committee Meeting held in Istanbul hosted by Yunus Emre Institute on 11-12 April 2018, Prof. Yusuf Baran chaired.
About The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)
The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) was founded in 1983 under the leadership of distinguished scientists from the developing countries of the world, led by a Pakistani physicist and Nobel laureate Abdus Salam. The aims of the Academy are:
- To support scientific activities in developing countries,
- To respond to the needs of young scientists in developing countries,
- To increase South-South / South-North cooperation in the field of science, technology and innovation,
- To promote scientific research and sharing of experience in the solution of the major problems facing developing countries.
TÜBİTAK - TWAS Relations
The TÜBİTAK-TWAS Encouragement Award, given in accordance with a cooperation agreement signed with TWAS in 1992, is given within the scope of a cooperation agreement signed in 2012 as of today. The prize is awarded to young scientists (who have not passed the age of 40 in the first day of the year in which they were awarded) who are contributing universally to their knowledge through scientific research and who are hopeful that this contribution will continue to increase. Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology fields are given alternately in years. Applicants to TÜBİTAK-TWAS Incentive Award are evaluated by a commission established by TÜBİTAK and shared with TWAS. TWAS will determine the winner of the prize and the prize of 2000 USD is awarded by TWAS.