New Strategic Approach of TUBITAK Based on Co-Creation for COVID-19 and Beyond

New Strategic Approach of TUBITAK Based on Co-Creation for COVID-19

10 Sep 20

On Wednesday, September 9, THO hosted a webinar on New Strategic Approach of TUBITAK Based on Co-Creation for COVID-19 and Beyond featuring Professor Hassan Mandal, the head of TUBITAK.

On Wednesday, September 9, THO hosted a webinar on New Strategic Approach of TUBITAK Based on Co-Creation for COVID-19 and Beyond featuring Professor Hasan Mandal, the head of TUBITAK. TUBITAK is Turkey's leading agency for the management, funding, and conduct of research. This conversation was moderated by THO's Executive Director, Savannah Lane. 

THO was honored to host Professor Mandal for this presentation and conversation on TUBITAK's role in co-creation surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic.

Professor's Mandal contextualized TUBITAK's work in an international environment, highlighting TUBITAK's cooperation with 84 institutions in 60 countries and a vibrant international research fellowship program that has allowed TUBITAK to take part in groundbreaking research. Professor Mandal also spoke about TUBITAK's role in supporting Turkish efforts at developing a safe, high quality vaccine for Covid-19, as well as its participation in international efforts to do the same.

Later, Professor Mandal would go on to explain how TUBITAK has shifted its focus in light of the pandemic, to prioritize five key areas of research to prepare for future global health challenges. Those five areas are food supply security, biosecurity, cybersecurity, medical equipment, and drugs and vaccines. 

This conversation aimed to discuss the ways in which TUBITAK is helping to guide research in Turkey towards addressing and alleviating the Covid-19 pandemic. Turkish research contributions are an essential part of the international cooperation efforts that have rapidly improved our knowledge about Covid-19.