The 2014 Turkish-German Year of Science was declared with the participation of the Minister of Science, Industry and Technology, Fikri Işık, and the Federal Minister of Education and Research, Johanna Wanka, in Berlin on the 23rd of January.
Turkish Ambassador Hüseyin Avni Karslıoğlu, German Ambassador Ebehard Pohl and many businessmen and scientists participated to the Opening Event along with the two ministers.
At the ceremony, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the two ministers that aims to encourage cooperation in the fields of Science, Technology and Education between the two countries. In addition, two more agreements were signed between The Scientific and Technological Research Foundation of Turkey and the German Research Foundation and between the Higher Education Council of Turkey and the German Academic Exchange Service to increase the scientific and educational cooperation between the institutions.
At the press conference, Minister Işık expressed the importance of the strong historical bonds, which forms the basis of the relations between the two countries. Işık said that “The strong relations will bring significant advantages and significant connections. Therefore, the Year of Science is of utmost important to us. The advantages of the Year of Science will not only be beneficial to Turkey and Germany, but also to the region and the world.”
The Turkish-German University will be opened
Minister Işık stated that the Turkish Ministry will act on the issue of a Turkish-German University with Germany in every step. He also stated that these activities will result in many student exchange programs and more opportunities for scientists and researchers to cooperate. He continued by saying that the universities will work closer together and the research centers will be involved in more joint activities and joint research projects.
Minister Işık pointed out that the Turkish-German University will be opened in June of this year, which is expected to be a very fruitful year for Turkey and Germany. The strong diplomatic relations between Turkey and Germany will reflect to such fields as science and technology. He also added that Germany is one of the first countries that Turkey will appoint a Science Attaché. Therefore, the collaboration in the fields of science, technology and innovation between the two countries will be much more strong and healthy.
Turkish-German Year of Science
The main purpose of the Science Year is to encourage and increase the level of joint activities in the thematic fields of Key Technologies, Global Change, and Social Sciences and Humanities. The activities related to the Science Year are being coordinated by the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology in Turkey and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany. Within the framework of the Science Year, the collaboration on research between the research institutions, evaluation of the potential innovation areas, increasing the cooperation on applied research and supporting young researchers to take part in the scientific activities are the expected results by both countries.