Atatürk Supreme Council held the Scientific Advisory Board Workshop

On November 26, 2023, the Scientific Advisory Board Workshop was organized at the Presidential Library with the participation of the President of Atatürk Supreme Council for Culture, Language and History, H.E Prof. Dr. Derya Örs, Vice President of the Atatürk Supreme Council, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ahmet Kılınç, President of the Turkish Historical Society, Prof. Dr. Yüksel Özgen, President of the Turkish Language Association, Prof. Dr. Osman Mert, President of Atatürk Culture Center, Dr. Zeki Eraslan, President of Atatürk Research Center, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Güner Doğan, and Members of the Scientific Board of Affiliated Institutions.

The ceremony began with a moment of silence, the singing of the National Anthem, and a video presentation highlighting the activities carried out by our institution within the scope of the Republic’s 100th anniversary.

H.E Prof. Dr. Derya Örs delivered the opening speech of the ceremony.

Beginning his speech by greeting all members of the Scientific Board of Affiliated Institutions, Örs expressed great excitement, joy, and pride in celebrating the 100th anniversary of our Republic. He extended his respect, gratitude, and remembrance to the Founder of our Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, along with his brother-in-arms and the martyrs who left their mark on the history of democracy.

Mr. Örs congratulated the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Atatürk Supreme Council, and he offered condolences to those who lost their lives in the earthquake disaster on February 6, wishing mercy for the departed, swift recovery for the survivors and long lives for all.

Örs emphasized that the Scientific Boards are composed of esteemed scientists whose contributions have been evident in the work carried out by our institutions throughout the year. He expressed gratitude to all the valuable newly elected and re-elected members of the Scientific Boards. Örs mentioned some expectations from the members of the Scientific Boards, stating that they will play a significant role in all the activities that the Atatürk Supreme Council and its affiliated institutions will undertake in 2024.

Örs highlighted the diversification and appropriate identification of members when selecting Scientific Board members for our institutions, especially those engaged in various fields of social sciences in Turkey. He also mentioned the expectation of scholarly contributions such as peer-reviewing and article submissions from the Scientific Board members.

Regarding financial limits on event support, Örs mentioned certain budgetary constraints. He emphasized the need for universities to prioritize activities in the field of social sciences more.

In 2024, Örs expressed that the important relationships and work in the necessary areas produced by the valuable members of the Scientific Boards will be given priority and considered.

Örs emphasized that priority will be given to the tasks that our institution needs to undertake, and activities will be carried out in the field of publications, including the necessary translation studies. Stressing the importance of valuable Scientific Board members participating in translation activities both as editors and translators, Örs mentioned that leveraging the benefits of the digital age could enable reaching a broader audience.

Örs highlighted that the ‘Masal Masal Türkiye’ (Turkish Fairy Tales) app, which the Atatürk Culture Center developed, presents wonderfully crafted and impactful stories selected from thousands of Turkish tales. Moreover, these stories are read in various Anatolian dialects and accents, creating a wonderful impact.

Addressing publication activities, Örs said, “I believe everyone should appreciate the scientific value and contribution that the publications of the Turkish Historical Society, Turkish Language Association, Atatürk Culture Center, and Atatürk Research Center have brought to our country from the beginning until today.”

Örs announced that the new building for our institutions will be inaugurated in 2024, describing it as a cultural institution of a size befitting Ankara and perhaps unparalleled.

Highlighting the importance of Scientific Board meetings for members to come together and get to know each other, Örs expressed his gratitude to the Scientific Board members and institution employees.

Following the opening session, Scientific Board meetings of the Turkish Historical Society, Turkish Language Association, Atatürk Culture Center, and Atatürk Research Center were conducted. Prof. Dr. Derya Örs attended the Scientific Board meetings of the affiliated institutions.