Position statement—Australian Academy of Science and the current situation in Turkey

The Australian Academy of Science holds that all scientists should be free to go about their work, promote their research in appropriate fora, and travel without restrictions and without fear of intimidation or violence from individuals, groups or governments. 

The Academy strongly supports the International Council for Science (ICSU) Statute 5 on the Principle of Universality (freedom and responsibility) of science which states:

The free and responsible practice of science is fundamental to scientific advancement and human and environmental well-being. Such practice, in all its aspects, requires freedom of movement, association, expression and communication for scientists, as well as equitable access to data, information, and other resources for research. It requires responsibility at all levels to carry out and communicate scientific work with integrity, respect, fairness, trustworthiness, and transparency, recognising its benefits and possible harms.

The Academy joins ICSU and the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) in expressing its concern at recent developments in Turkey where many scientists and academics have been dismissed or suspended in haste. It urges Turkey to exercise restraint and apply the rule of law in the aftermath of the recent coup attempt.

The Academy conveys its support to the scientific and academic community of Turkey.


The Australian Academy of Science was established by Royal Charter in 1954 and has an elected Fellowship of over 500 leading Australian scientists. The Academy celebrates and supports excellence in Australian science, promotes international scientific engagement, builds public awareness and understanding of science and provides independent, authoritative and influential scientific advice.

© 2017 Australian Academy of Science

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