Turkey’s Science, Industry and Technology Minister, Nihat Ergun has said that Turkey will open science centres in every province by the year 2013.
Ergun said during a visit to the United States: “Technology firms will directly finance some sections of these science centres.” Ergun was in the US for an official visit to the Exploratorium Science Centre in San Francisco. The Exploratorium currently employs over 300 people and has an annual budget of $33 million.Ergun said that there are currently 380 science centres in the US alone. There is also 250 in Europe and 300 in China. Turkey wants to increase the number of science centres in Turkey in order to compete with these nations and regions.