TÜBİTAK President Prof. Dr. Hasan Mandal’s message on April 23 National Sovereignty and Children’s Day

Today we are proud and happy to celebrate the 102nd anniversary of the establishment of our Turkish Grand National Assembly, a symbol of our national sovereignty, and our April 23 National Sovereignty and Children’s Day, which was offered by Gazi Mustafa Kemal Ataturk to all the children in the world.

We are aware of the importance of our children and young people in achieving our country’s 2023, 2053 and 2071 goals, with our innovative, guiding, participatory and sharing vision that we have adopted in the fields of science and technology, which serves to increase the quality of life of our society and the sustainable development of our country. With this awareness, we aim to prepare our children and young people for a future equipped with information and technology. We stand with all our children who say, “I am here for our country to develop its own technology independently”, and we continue to encourage them in all areas and at all stages.

Since March 16, 2020, we have opened TÜBİTAK popular science journal archives to everyone, free of charge, to inspire children and young people to research, ask questions, be curious and read. To date, more than 17 million (17,200,000) magazine contents have been downloaded for free. Interest in our archives has made our scientific publications more valuable.

We continue to raise science literate generations with our popular science journals TÜBİTAK and our popular science books TÜBİTAK, which rank high among Turkey’s most widely read periodicals. For Bilim ve Teknik, Bilim Çocuk and Meraklı Minik magazines, approximately 195,000 magazine subscribers, 3.5 million circulations and up to 3 million sales were achieved.

27 new books were released under TÜBİTAK Popular Science Books; 78 books were reprinted; A total of 975,000 book printings were achieved. In addition, a four-volume social science encyclopedia with 20 subject areas was published.

TÜBİTAK Science Young magazine reached 2.6 million users and 5.6 million page views. Additionally, with 35 Science Talks held online, approximately 150,000 views were achieved.

Last year, science centers supported by TÜBİTAK were visited by about 640,852 people and 45,432 people attended training workshops in science centers. In our science centers, we offer our children the opportunity to personally experience scientific facts, we make them love science and we will continue to work so that this love grows and lasts.

With the support of TÜBİTAK Science Fair, where we aim to provide the opportunity to conduct scientific studies and prepare projects in our schools affiliated with the Ministry of National Education, 5,339 projects in 81 provinces have been granted the right to be supported. After the support decision, we supported 4,905 projects which were implemented through the signing of contracts, with an endowment of TL 27.7 million.

9,180 students continue to receive training in 66 experimental technology workshops in 55 provinces.

As part of Science Talks, which aims to ignite students’ interest in scientific phenomena and increase science communication and science awareness in our society, by connecting elementary, middle and high school students with scientists lecturers or lecturers who have completed their PhDs in universities in Turkey, the date is May 31, 2022. 839 Science Talks events are planned in 72 provinces.

The world’s largest aviation, space and technology festival “TEKNOFEST 2021”, where the technology stars of the future are trained, was held from September 21 to 26 at Atatürk Airport in Istanbul. Istanbul with great interest and enthusiasm. TUBITAK has organized 12 competitions in 36 different categories.

In the fifth year of TEKNOFEST, which will be held in Azerbaijan from May 26 to 29 and in Samsun from August 30 to September 4, 2022 this year, TÜBİTAK undertakes the management of colorful and exciting competitions.

TÜBİTAK, International Efficiency Challenge Electric Vehicle Competition, High School Efficiency Challenge Electric Vehicle Competition, International Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Competition, High School Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Competition, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Competition self-service, Robotaxi Passenger Autonomous Competition, Artificial Intelligence in Transportation Competition, Biotechnology and Innovation Competition, High School Student Pole Research Project Competition, University Student Research Project Competition, Capture and PARDUS 21 Error Suggestion Competition, as well as High School Student Climate Change Research Project Competition, Chip Design Competition, Vertical Landing Rocket Competition and Hyperloop Development for the first time this year and is also hosting the competition .

As TÜBİTAK, we pursue our scientific research and development programs precisely in accordance with our goals, and diligently implement support and incentive programs that will contribute to the national technology movement initiated under the leadership of our Ministry of Industry and Technology in order to train the technological stars of our future and provide our country with advanced technologies.

Other global challenges that we will face in the years to come, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, have shown us this once again; Science and technology are the most important elements in leaving a world worth living for our children. The awareness that we must educate our children in science and technology in order to leave them a healthy and beautiful future, and the greatness of our expectations vis-à-vis young people impose a corporate responsibility on us.

We believe that; our children and young people will combine their ideas with the knowledge required by the age, make the most of the opportunities offered to them and build a great Turkey by achieving great successes with the self-confidence they derive from their history.

On this significant day when the importance of national will and sovereignty is emphasized, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey and the Turkish Grand National Assembly, and his fellow fighters, have mercy on our martyrs, veterans and heroes who sacrificed their lives for our nation, our state and our values, and our scientists who passed into eternity, I commemorate it with gratitude and gratitude, and I sincerely congratulate our “April 23 National Sovereignty Day and children”.

teacher. Dr.Hassan Mandal
President of TUBITAK

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