László Székelyhidi wins Leibniz Prize

László Székelyhidi wins Leibniz Prize

The prize, often called the ‘German Nobel Prize’, is coupled with a 2.5-million euro cash award. Besides the Leipzig-based Hungarian mathematician, ten other scientists of various fields, from American studies through immunology to experimental Solid-state physics were also awarded this year.

The larger the seed, the smaller the range?

The larger the seed, the smaller the range?

Researchers from the Momentum Functional and Restoration Ecological Research Group have demonstrated that the larger the seed of a plant species, the more restricted its distribution is likely to be. The results were published in the journal Ecology and Evolution and could be instrumental towards a better understanding of biogeographical processes related to phytogeography as well as determining priorities in environmental conservation.

MTA PREMIUM POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH PROGRAM MTA PREMIUM POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH PROGRAM

MTA PREMIUM POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH PROGRAM

The Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA) launches a call for applications to gain premium postdoctoral researcher fellowship in MTA’s research network and Hungarian universities between 1st September 2018 and 31st August 2021

Waterbirds prefer effective governance Waterbirds prefer effective governance

Waterbirds prefer effective governance

What factors could indicate the prospects of wildlife within the confines of a country’s borders? GDP growth, the effects of climate change, population growth or the distribution of nature reserves? According to an article recently published in Nature, a well-functioning state far exceeds all of the aforementioned considerations.

EASAC report: Europe needs to change its eating habits EASAC report: Europe needs to change its eating habits

EASAC report: Europe needs to change its eating habits

According to the latest report issued by the European Science Academies urgent steps need to be taken in food and nutrition safety. Europe has to alter its eating habits if it hopes to tackle climate change and the public health challenges it presents. The document focuses on Europe and is the first in a series of global reports drafted with the participation of 130 science academies.

Three Academy researchers awarded ERC Consolidator Grant Three Academy researchers awarded ERC Consolidator Grant

Three Academy researchers awarded ERC Consolidator Grant

Two neuroscientists, Judit Makara and János Szabadics, from the Institute of Experimental Medicine (MTA KOKI), Gábor Pete, from the MTA Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics, and Gábor Egry, from the Institute of Political History, submitted a successful application for the Consolidator Grant of the European Research Council (ERC), which is awarded to excellent scientists with their own research group. The winners can launch a five-year-long research program not exceeding the two million euro budget.

”Alternative facts are lies” – the World Science Forum is not exclusively about science policy issues ”Alternative facts are lies” – the World Science Forum is not exclusively about science policy issues

”Alternative facts are lies” – the World Science Forum is not exclusively about science policy issues

“The spread of fake news had already presented a serious danger back in the first decades of the Academy’s existence and this is still true if not more so today,” said Mr. László Lovász in Jordan, during the 8th World Science Forum’s thematic session on science-based advice. Éva Kondorosi, Vice President of the ERC (European Research Council), spoke about disadvantages female researchers may encounter at their workplaces.

Information bubbles must be popped – World Science Forum ends Information bubbles must be popped – World Science Forum ends

Information bubbles must be popped – World Science Forum ends

This year’s World Science Forum in Jordan which ended characteristically with the adoption of a declaration was the eighth time that the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA) together with seven international partners, including UNESCO, arranged this forum for scientists, academicians, science policy makers, politicians and businessmen. Following is an assessment of the event by László Lovász, President of the Academy.

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