The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) is the leading agency for management, funding and conduct of research in Turkey. It was established in 1963 with a mission to advance science and technology, conduct research and support Turkish researchers.
TÜBİTAK is responsible for promoting, developing, organizing, conducting and coordinating research and development in line with national targets and priorities.
TÜBİTAK acts as an advisory agency to the Turkish Government on science and research issues, and is the secretariat of the Supreme Council for Science and Technology (SCST), the highest S&T policy making body in Turkey.
Setting its vision as to be an innovative, guiding, participating and cooperating institution in the fields of science and technology, which serves for improvement of the life standards of our society and sustainable development of our country, TÜBİTAK not only supports innovation, academic and industrial R&D studies but also in line with national priorities develops scientific and technological policies and manages R&D institutes, carrying on research, technology and development studies. Furthermore, TÜBİTAK funds research projects carried out in universities and other public and private organizations, conduct research on strategic areas, develops support programs for public and private sectors, publishes scientific journals, popular science magazines and books, organizes science and society activities, and supports undergraduate and graduate students through scholarships.
More than 1,500 researchers work in 15 different research institutes of TÜBİTAK where contract research as well as targeted and nation-wide research is conducted.
Science and Society Division
One of the main missions of TÜBİTAK is to promote scientific literacy among the public, to raise awareness of science, and eventually to instill a culture of science, technology, and innovation. To this end, activities are coordinated by the Science and Society Division of TÜBİTAK. The division aims to contribute towards the adoption of a scientific approach in society, development and dissemination of scientific culture, and Turkey’s becoming a science-oriented society. Among the actions taken to serve this mission are organizing and supporting activities that will engage public with science. The division organizes popular science activities itself, in order to pioneer other projects by governmental institutions and universities.
TÜBİTAK’s Project Funding Program for Science and Society projects provides support for them to design and accomplish such projects, which contributes to the establishment of a “science and society” culture in Turkey.
The other activity field of Science and Society Division is the popular science publications with the aim of disseminating science and making it accessible to a broad range of the population. In this sense, Popular Science Books and Popular Science Magazines are published. Popular Science Magazines include Bilim ve Teknik (Science and Technology), Bilim Çocuk (Science for Children) for ages 7-12, and Meraklı Minik (Curious Kid) which is for preschool children.