In September Chemistry World reported that the Turkish science academy was fighting government interference in the appointment of its membership. Since then the Turkish government has pressed ahead with its plan to expand the number of academy members at TÜBA and appoint them itself, albeit through a committee that the government would hand pick.

As a result, 58 of the 138 academy members have resigned. Namik Aras, a US-trained nuclear chemist who is an honorary member of TÜBA, says that the members who resigned are now working to set up another academy free from government interference. They will meet again in a couple of weeks to assess the situation and decide how to proceed and how to fund the new academy.

Patrick Walter

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