Minister of Industry and Technology Kacır attended the “Event for Women and Girls in Science and the Opening Program of Altındağ Alev Alatlı Science Center” held on the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 11 in the presence of President’s Wife Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Emine Erdoğan.

In his speech here, Minister Kacır remembered the thinker and writer Alev Alatlı, who passed away last week.

Emphasizing that Alatlı stands on the side of justice and truth, Kacır said: “I believe that the Science Center project will live on with the name of our valuable author who worked until his last breath to pass on his ideas to the next generations “We have a strong cultural memory and an important legacy of ideas and will be relevant for future generations,” he said.

Pointing out that the basis of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s journey to the national technology movement is scientific studies, Kacır said that they have made great progress in science and technology in the past 22 years.

Emphasizing that they have built a strong Turkey in a rich climate of thought with the contributions of pioneering scientists in science, research and technology to bring humanity back together with justice and mercy, Kacır concluded:

“We are opening the doors of scientific travel that some people only want to open to elites to every individual in our nation. While in 2002 we had 76 universities in 40 cities, today we provide higher education to millions of young people at 208 universities in 81 cities.”

Pointing out that the number of scientific publications in the country has increased during the same period, Kacır stated that they have significantly improved scientific production not only in quantity but also in quality.


“We have increased our R&D spending tenfold in 22 years”

Kacır stated that researchers are now nine times more involved in international collaborative publications:

“While we have increased our research and development spending tenfold to $12 billion in 22 years, we have increased the number of patent applications from 414 to 8,663. TÜBİTAK supported 57,000 scientists and students last year. These numbers are not a coincidence. Behind this enormous development is the country’s goal. There is a strong will against being condemned to mediocrity for decades and paving the way for this country’s children to undertake the best science and technology projects in the world. Behind this progress, which is watched with envy by the world, there is a strong will that makes no distinction between the children of its nation, men and women, Easterners and Westerners. “There is strong leadership that holds the hand of anyone who puts their sweat in their minds.”

Kacır stated that they continue to encourage every member of the nation to participate in the scientific and technological journey without leaving anyone behind.

Emphasizing that the role of women in science will be the key to the development path, Kacır said:

“Throughout history, many women scientists have contributed to humanity through their scientific studies and inventions, despite all the obstacles they have faced. We have women scientists to thank for many developments, from life-saving medicines to newly discovered elements. As Türkiye, we know that.” “We go with them. Our women are more represented and achieve more success in science and technology than women in many European countries.”


Support for female scientists through TÜBİTAK

Kacır explained that women, with their hard work, played a large part in Turkey becoming a world leader in unmanned aerial vehicles, putting its domestic and national automobile at the service of the nation and raising the Turkish flag in Antarctica.

Emphasizing that they have paved the way for women’s talents and productivity in the world of science as in all walks of life, Kacır said: “Over the past 22 years, we have supported 143,000 women researchers with 15.7 billion liras as part of our research funding programs by TÜBİTAK. We have supported 18,000 women researchers in our academic and public programs. We supported it,” said.

Explaining that the strong position of women in the TEKNOFEST generation makes her hopeful for the future, Kacır explained that the proportion of female participants, which was only 17 percent in 2018, the first year they organized TEKNOFEST, in will have reached 40 percent by 2023.


“We hope for more than 10 million children in our science centers”

Stating that they will continue to support the unhindered efforts of girls in Turkey in science and technology and their dreams that go beyond borders today and now, without waiting for tomorrow, Kacır stated that they will continue to work with young people in the National Technology Move will be together as the country develops into a global manufacturing base.

Kacır also touched on the space studies and said:

“Apart from the contributions to scientific endeavors of our ‘space exploration mission’ carried out by Turkey’s first astronaut Alper Gezeravcı, its most valuable influence is the confidence it has given to our youth and children who see our crescent moon and starry flag.” The Turkish astronaut on the International Space Station. Turkish children now say: “Only other nations can do that.” “There is no dream that they stop dreaming. We are hopeful for the more than 10 million children we host in our science centers to learn about science and explore. We have great expectations of our young people who make us who we are.” proud of the medals they have received at the Science Olympiads and the degrees they have achieved in international project competitions. The center is a center where the children of Ankara encounter science. The center we founded is based on Alatlı’s words: “Don’t forget that Turkey can’t do this.” It can be understood with a clear mind, it cannot be measured with a compass, it has its own identity. It will not sink, if it sinks, the oceans will overflow.” “It will be the meeting point of science on the journey of many Alevs who will understand the mystery of their words and give them meaning. Our students will open the doors to the world of science with our space, aviation and astronomy, technology and mathematics, design, science and TEKNOFEST workshops.”

Kacır added that they will achieve the goal of the Turkey Century with young people and build the Turkey of the future with the TEKNOFEST generation.


The science center will consist of 5 workshops

TÜBİTAK President Prof. Dr. Hasan Mandal also stated that Altındağ Alev Alatlı Science Center is one of the institution’s 39 science centers.

Mandal shared that the science center consists of five workshops, “These workshops will include astronomy, space, aviation, mathematics, science, design and technology. It is very valuable that our center is opened in our capital Ankara National Garden,” said.

After the speeches, Minister Kacır presented a gift to First Lady Erdoğan.

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