Turkish Academy of Sciences

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The Turkish Academy of Sciences (Turkish: Türkiye Bilimler Akademisi - TÜBA) is an autonomous scholarly association aimed at promoting scientific activities in Turkey. Although it is attached to the office of the Prime Minister and is largely funded by the government, it maintains financial and administrative autonomy. The academy is headquartered in Ankara.

In addition to conferring awards and fellowships to distinguished scientists, the academy is also responsible with determining scientific priority areas and proposing policies and needed changes in legislation to the government. The implementation and management of actual research programmes is carried out by The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK).

Traditionally, the academy elected its own members, but beginning in November 2011 the Turkish government headed by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced that it would make new appointments,[citation needed] and appointed 100 new members. As a result, over 60 of the existing members of the academy resigned.[citation needed] Its current president is Ahmet Cevat ACAR who is prestigious professor in business academics and the former vice rector of the Istanbul University.

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