Head of The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey Prof. Dr. Mandal Gave a Conference at AHSU

Head of The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey Prof. Dr. Hasan Mandal gave a conference titled “Situation Assessment in Science, Technology and Innovation Ecosystem and The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey Focused New Processes”.

After the conference, gifts were presented to the top 5 faculty members in the Academic Encouragement Score list among AFSU faculty members in 2019.

Afyonkarahisar Governor Mustafa Tutulmaz, Rector of Afyonkarahisar Kocatepe University Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karakaş, Science, Industry and Technology Provincial Director Akın Yıldırım, Provincial Health Director Uzm. Dr. Serhat Korkmaz, Provincial Director of National Education Metin Yalçın, Vice Rectors Prof. Dr. Adem Aslan and Prof. Dr. Ümit Dündar, deans of faculties and schools, academic and administrative staff and students attended.

Prof. Dr. Okumuş: “, A prerequisite of good quality, effective and common health services, to increase national income per capita in Turkey.”

In the program, which started with a moment of silence and the reading of the Turkish National Anthem, AFSU Rector Prof. Dr. Nurullah Okumuş said, ” I am very pleased to host Prof.Dr. Hasan Mandal who is the head of Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey. Stating that it determines our country’s science and technology policies in line with national priorities, Prof.Dr. Nurullah Okumuş pointed out that Scientific and Technological Research Council, which was founded in 1963, is one of the most prominent institutions of our country. He underlined that the council, which supports the academic activities of scientists in Turkey and abroad with scholarships and awards, has increased the competitiveness of our country by funding the projects of our universities as well as our public institutions and industry. He said “I would like to thank our teacher Prof. Dr. Hasan Mandal for these activities of  Scientific and Technological Research Council on behalf of both our university and our nation. ” Prof. Dr. Okumuş said: “As everyone in this room knows, proper, correct and effective provision of quality healthcare services has an extremely high cost. The unsustainability of meeting this cost from the central budget puts our health system in an impasse. For this, the income and expenditures of institutions that provide inpatient health services should be placed in a realistic and balanced framework. I cannot pass without stating that we have difficulty in maintaining this balance under the current conditions. A prerequisite of good quality, effective and common health services, to increase national income per capita in Turkey.

One of the indicators that highlight countries in the world ranking is undoubtedly the per capita national income level. What determines this indicator is not only how much we consume, but also how much we produce, how much of our production we export and what is the unit price of the exported products.

In the Vision 2023 study of Scientific and Technological Research Council, our country’s transition from medium-low and low technology product production to medium-high and high technology product production was determined as the target. As AFSU, we have taken concrete steps to carry out R&D activities on medium-high and high technology products, especially in fields such as medicinal and aromatic plants and domestic pharmaceutical production. Hopefully, we plan to manufacture, use and market at least some of the products we need, from medicine to medical devices and equipment in the field of health. Our goal is to contribute primarily to reducing our country’s imports in these areas and then, hopefully, to provide foreign currency inflow to our country. Of course, one point I would like to emphasize here is that the products we have developed and produced should be used to protect the health of our citizens and to regain their health.

The realization of this production target will undoubtedly be possible with the efforts of you valuable scientists and researchers.

I would like to state that The Head of Scientific and Technological Research Council , Prof. Dr. Hasan Mandal will inform us about the institutional supports on this issue.

“AFSU is aware of its function of being the locomotive institution.”

Today, differentiation in the competition between countries, regions and provinces and creating a production structure that activates potentials and  based on innovation has gained priority. Which is expected to develop a special effort with a scientific understanding in order to increase its competitive power and social welfare; the institutions that are the locomotive of the region with a structural and fundamental strategy are undoubtedly universities.

To contribute to the health service provision of our country by training qualified health personnel, carrying out scientific studies in the field of health; AFSU, operating as a health-themed university in order to contribute to health technology, drug development and production, carries out studies with the awareness of its function of being the locomotive institution. The vitality of the organizations that have the potential to cooperate and the climate and services that support innovation is important for the improvement of social welfare.

In this context, we invite businesses, educational institutions, public institutions and private sector organizations in our city and region to communicate, interact and collaborate with AFSU.

I would like to express here once again that we, as AFSU, are ready to contribute to all kinds of projects that will provide an advantage in the development of our city and region and therefore our country.

I would like to thank once again Professor Hasan Mandal who responded to our invitation by not breaking us. I hope it will be a useful conference for all of us.

Again, I greet our dear president and you, our esteemed academicians, with respect. “

Governor Tutulmaz: “Our age is the age of production, but while producing, we need to produce with quality”

Governor Tutulmaz, who made a greeting before the conference, said, “In our age, the development of the day is getting old compared to the next day.This means that we live in an extremely fast world.  We need to keep pace with rapid developments in Turkey. When we cannot keep up with this, the problems we will encounter will not be different from those we see in neighboring countries. “

Governor Tutulmaz said: “I would like to specifically mention this: Our age is the age of production, but while producing, we need to produce qualified.

We have to produce with high technology.

Sometimes we say catching up with the age, but in fact, we must get ahead the age. Bunların hepsi kendiliğinden olacak şeyler değil. Labor needs to be given. Science needs to be produced. Knowledge needs to be produced. This requires great effort. Of course, structures to ensure this are also required.

 Scientific and Technological Research Council is not a new institution, it has undertaken important works for years. In addition, there are companies affiliated with our state, supported by our state. Their work in recent years has been a source of pride for us. If we ask if it is enough; of course not. We now have to be ahead in every field. Because of our geographical location and our being the avenger of the Islamic world, we need to make qualified production.

Today, our esteemed teacher will share with us the last point reached. I would like to state that I believe that better days are waiting for us, considering that if we benefit from these on our behalf and that our future will be established by you, our esteemed young people. I would like to thank everyone in our city who contributed to the organization and realization of this program, which I believe will be productive. “

Prof. Dr. Mandal: “We aim to create the necessary ecosystem in terms of qualified human resources and legislation.”

 Prof. Dr. Hasan Mandal started his speech by expressing his great pleasure to be in a campus where he had given lectures before and in Afyonkarahisar.

Noting that Afyonkarahisar University of Health Sciences has an extremely important function as a university with a health sciences theme, Prof. Dr. Mandal focused on topics such as possibilities and ecosystem expectations that shape the world of science, transformation in R&D and innovation processes, and the need for increasing solution-orientation. Prof. Dr. Mandal said, “It is on the agenda to foresee the potential outputs and impacts of emerging technology trends by directly addressing the application areas that are expected to provide solutions.”

Emphasizing the importance of R&D and innovation within the scope of the Eleventh Development Plan (2019-2023), Prof. Dr. Mandala, made explanations about the function undertaken by The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey. Noting that it is aimed to create the necessary ecosystem in R&D, production, qualified human resources and legislation, especially in areas requiring high technology such as biotechnological drugs. Prof.Dr. Mandal stated that the pool of new generation health entrepreneurs in the field of pharmaceuticals and medical devices and support programs for the domestic production of drugs and medical devices are on the agenda.

Emphasizing Turkey’s targeting significant increases in the scope of science, technology and innovation, Prof. Dr. Mandal said that the ratio of R&D expenditures to GDP and the number of R&D personnel is projected to increase by 75% in 2023.

Providing information about  The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey Health Area 2020 Target-Oriented Call Schedule, Prof. Dr. Mandal noted that there are a total of 22 calls in the fields of digital technologies in health, medicine, biomedical equipment technologies, bionanotechnology and biomaterials, clinical research, vaccines and diagnostics.

The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey’s Support in the Field of Health Sciences

Stating that The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey supports the finding of original molecules for the purpose of developing domestic and national drugs, determination of their activities in the laboratory and obtaining new molecules with high added value under the title of Innovative / Reference Drugs: New Molecule Discovery, Prof. Dr. Mandal stated that academic projects, preferably with private sector partnership, are expected.

Prof. Dr. Mandal stated that under the title of Biotechnological and Biosimilar Drugs, first of all, support will be given for the development of biosimilars and original biotechnological drugs for the drugs whose patent term has expired and are not produced locally in our country.

Stating that support will be provided for Native title vaccines and immunological products commonly used in Turkey but has no domestic production and  the development of vaccines and immunological products critical to national security, Prof. Dr. Mandal stated that under the title of Artificial Intelligence Technologies in Health, there will be support for the use of artificial intelligence-based technologies in the health sector. He stated that the biggest share of council’s R&D expenditures belongs to the private sector with 56.9% and they expect this to reach 65% in the coming years. Prof. Dr. Mandal said that support for artificial intelligence and its sub-branches will be increased in the upcoming period. Prof. Dr. Hasan Mandal emphasized that their basic strategy is to train qualified knowledge and qualified people in research, technology development and innovation ecosystem. Noting that researchers are increasingly inclined to provide resources through different mechanisms, Prof. Dr. Mandal underlined that the expectations from The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey are to receive more financial support, on the other hand, the support provided by The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey is provided at the point of solving a problem. Expressing that managing R&D processes within the scope of target-oriented approaches is more important than doing R&D, Prof. Dr. Mandal said, “In the past, the point of doing research was at the forefront, but this type of funding mechanism is gradually decreasing. He said,Projects aimed at solving more problems are now considered. In addition, it is a very important criterion that your research can be used by others. “

After the conference, which ended with the question and answer session, Governor Mustafa Tutulmaz, presented a gift to Prof. Dr.  Mandal.

Prof. Dr. Mandal and AFSU Rector Prof. Dr. Okumuş and Rector of Kocatepe University Prof. Dr. Karakaş presented gifts to faculty members who ranked in the top 5 among AFSU faculty members in 2019 Academic Incentive Score, Assoc. Dr. Nuran Doğan, Assoc. Dr. Cengiz Sarıkürkcü, Prof. Dr. İsmet Doğan, Dr. Lecturer Çiğdem Özer Gökaslan and Dr. Lecturer İbrahim Eker.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 29 March 2021