Dear Esteemed Scientists,
The relationship between humanity and science has been greatly transformed in the 21st century. The rapid development of science and technology has made life easier for people and made the world a smaller place. Science and technology have revolutionized fields such as medicine, energy, transportation, communication, and many more. People can now travel long distances much faster and at a lower cost. The internet allows anyone to access the world’s pool of knowledge from anywhere at any time. These advances have extended people’s lives while improving their quality of life. Thanks to discoveries in the medical field, many diseases have become treatable. In the field of energy, efforts are being made towards a more sustainable future by utilizing renewable energy sources.
However, along with these developments, some concerning issues have also arisen. Climate change, environmental pollution, and other environmental problems are some of the major challenges that humanity faces. In addition, there are also social problems brought about by the digital age, particularly issues related to privacy, security, and cybercrime. The opportunities and challenges brought about by the 21st century for humanity and science cannot be considered separately. People must address these challenges while taking advantage of these opportunities. Efforts to make the development of science and technology more balanced and sustainable are also important.
The realization of such efforts ultimately depends on the efforts and discipline of scientists. The Turkish people have always attached great importance to science, logic, knowledge, and technology since the beginning of human history. This is evidenced by the words of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder and first president of the Republic of Türkiye, who pointed out that “the light beams shining on the foreheads of Turkish engineers illuminate the future of the Republic.” Atatürk played a significant role in building modern Türkiye, leading efforts to modernize and Westernize Türkiye in order to achieve a respectable place for the Turkish people in the contemporary world. Atatürk was a leader who fought for Türkiye’s independence and unity, and he carried out a series of reforms to change the country’s political, social, cultural, and economic structure. Among these reforms were granting political and social rights to women, replacing the Turkish alphabet with Latin letters, opening modern educational institutions, modernizing the education system, and developing the industrial sector.
The year 2023 marks the centennial of the founding of the Republic of Türkiye, and this important milestone holds great significance for all Turkish people. The celebrations and events planned for the centennial of the Republic of Türkiye will emphasize the importance of the founding of the Republic of Türkiye and Atatürk’s significant contributions to the Turkish people. It will also be an opportunity to continue and develop Atatürk’s legacy in order to achieve Türkiye’s future goals. We are organizing this congress in memory of the 100th anniversary of our Republic.
The International Turkish World Engineering and Science Congress emerged as a reflection of efforts to extend the social and cultural cooperation of the Turkish world countries, most of which are developing countries, to the fields of engineering and science. Such congresses and events are important for the countries and communities that make up the Turkish world to share knowledge that constitutes science and technology. Joint scientific congresses and events that will be held in many fields, especially engineering and science, will provide great contributions to communication and cohesion processes within the Turkish world. It is clear that joint scientific activities will strengthen cultural-based bridges.
The earthquakes that occurred in Kahramanmaraş province on February 6, 2023, and affected a total of 11 provinces have deeply affected us all. The earthquakes resulted in the loss of thousands of lives and injuries to our citizens in Adana, Adıyaman, Diyarbakır, Elazığ, Gaziantep, Hatay, Kahramanmaraş, Kilis, Malatya, Osmaniye, and Şanlıurfa provinces located in the eastern and southeastern parts of Türkiye, and caused significant damage to our buildings and infrastructure. We express our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of our citizens who lost their lives in the earthquakes, and we wish a speedy recovery to the injured survivors. This earthquake will change many predictions and approaches both in our country and in the scientific community around the world. Scientific studies will be conducted in areas such as new calculation and analysis methods, lifestyles, building construction, infrastructure developments, earthquake emergency response planning, urbanization, and raising awareness of communities to achieve a more livable world goal. Special sections and workshops will be organized in our congress, especially in the field of earthquakes.
As Türk Eğitim-Sen and UAESEB, we started organizing international congresses for the Turkic World by organizing the International Turkic World Education and Social Sciences Congress on December 1-4, 2016, due to the declaration of 2016 as the Hoca Ahmet Yesevi Year by UNESCO. We organized the International Turkic World Engineering and Science Congress on December 7-10, 2017, and the 2nd International Turkic World Education and Social Sciences Congress on December 6-9, 2018, and the 2nd International Turkic World Engineering and Science Congress on November 7-10, 2019, as we did in previous years, with competent scientists working in different fields.
Unfortunately, we had to hold the 3rd International Turkic World Education and Social Sciences Congress “In Memory of Bilge Tonyukuk” in 2020 and the 3rd International Turkic World Engineering and Science Congress on October 22-24, 2021, on online platforms due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The general attendance of more than 1000 academics, researchers, and education professionals every year, the presentation of over 500 papers on average, and the publication of volumes of publications, and the coming together of Nobel Prize-winning researchers with Turkic World researchers to exchange new projects and ideas, were clear indications of the interest shown.
The national struggle that began on May 19, 1919, was concluded with the “Great Victory” on September 9, 1922. As 2022 was the 100th anniversary of the Great Victory, we organized the 4th International Turkic World Education and Social Sciences Congress in memory of the Great Victory. In 2023, which is the 100th anniversary of the Republic, we will organize the 4th International Turkic World Engineering and Science Congress.