Institute Manager Cemil SAĞIROĞLU and Deputy Director Ömer ÖZKAN from TÜBİTAK-BİLGEM Software Technologies Research Institute (YTE) visited Turkish Research and Business Organisations a.i.s.b.l. (TuR&Bo) in Brussels, Belgium. Information on EU research and innovation programs, also experiences from projects and activities of YTE were shared during the visit.
The Turkish Research and Business Organisations a.i.s.b.l. (TuR&Bo), is an international non-profit association (a.i.s.b.l.) that has been set up in Brussels on March 2004 by four prominent public and private sector Turkish institutions that represent the research and business domains, i.e. TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey), TOBB (The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey), KOSGEB (Small and Medium Industry Development Organisation) and TESK (The Confederation of Tradesmen and Craftsmen of Turkey). The founding philosophy and aims of TuR&Bo are based on the principle of public-private partnership.
The organisation provides information, communication, consultancy and training services involving target-oriented networks. It also carries out lobbying activities on behalf of Turkish participants in HORIZON2020 and COSME, including the public research institutions and the small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). TuR&Bo also provides support to the National Contact Points (NCPs), relaying information on events and issues which are at the heart of the EU research policy and in facilitating and hosting meetings between the Turkish NCPs and their counterparts from other countries.