Public lecture by Professor Xiao-Li Meng

Public lecture by Professor Xiao-Li Meng

Modularizing, magnetizing and multi layering: towards more effective science general education – Public lecture by Professor Xiao-Li Meng, Dean of Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in June of this year.

First Hungarian fellow partner elected to the largest European ceramics research organisation

First Hungarian fellow partner elected to the largest European ceramics research organisation

Csaba Balázsi, Scientific Consultant for the MTA Centre for Energy Research, a Doctor of the Academy and holder of a Bolyai Prize, is the first Hungarian scientist to be elected as a fellow member of the European Ceramic Society, a scientific organisation founded in 1987. Csaba Balázi’s research focuses on the development of carbon nanotube and graphene reinforced silicon nitride technical ceramics.

What should we protect and where? Critical fresh water drainage basins in Europe

What should we protect and where? Critical fresh water drainage basins in Europe

Approximately half of the drainage basins or catchment areas in Europe harbour at least one endangered or limited range species as well as various indigenous species. This is one of the most important findings made by the research programme tasked with providing basic information regarding the protection of fresh water ecosystems.

Astrocytes illuminate the night Astrocytes illuminate the night

Astrocytes illuminate the night

Researchers at the MTA Research Centre for Natural Sciences have made a breakthrough discovery on how the nervous system functions. Their results could help us in the better understanding and treatment of cognitive disorders.

"The entwining traditions of music and music education are immense resources," Interview with educational researcher, Damien Sagrillo

Linked to the Academy’s research program, and organised by the MTA-ELTE Visual Culture Research Group, a scientific conference with an evaluation system and an English-language series of workshops were held between 22-24 June 2017 for the educators, researchers and teacher training specialists of the four arts disciplines (drama, dance, visual arts and music) and of children’s and youth culture. One of the lecturers of the conference was Professor Damien Sagrillo, Head of the Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education at the University of Luxembourg.

Flow of material observed for the first time around a young eruptive star Flow of material observed for the first time around a young eruptive star

Flow of material observed for the first time around a young eruptive star

Every year, about two Earth masses of material flows to the disk of the young star V346 Nor from its surroundings, to eventually end up on the star causing a brightening. The hard-to-see phenomenon was captured by a Hungarian-led research group using ALMA, the largest astronomical telescope on Earth. The observation helps in the understanding of a key phenomenon: how circumstellar disks evolve and ultimately form planets.

Hungarian research achievement to support largest space telescope Hungarian research achievement to support largest space telescope

Hungarian research achievement to support largest space telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope, to be launched in late 2018, will be examining infrared radiation from distant stars, planetary systems and galaxies. The spectral database, newly created by researchers from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the ELTE Gothard Astrophysical Observatory, will make it possible to define the physical characteristics and chemical composition of stars.

Hungary could be scientific centre of the region – President of the Academy and Prime Minister hold talks Hungary could be scientific centre of the region – President of the Academy and Prime Minister hold talks

Hungary could be scientific centre of the region – President of the Academy and Prime Minister hold talks

Hungary, or rather Budapest, should be the scientific and innovation centre of the Eastern Central European Region. This was one of the main topics at the meeting with László Lovász, President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister, on 15 June. The President of the Academy proposed several specific measures to be taken to strengthen the academic research network and universities in Hungary.

2016 was the year of successful grant applications – Secretary General Ádám Török’s report 2016 was the year of successful grant applications – Secretary General Ádám Török’s report

2016 was the year of successful grant applications – Secretary General Ádám Török’s report

In his report on the work of academic research units in 2016, the Secretary General of the MTA provided information on the general data of the institution network, scientific achievements, publication and citation indexes, and the developments aimed at improving research conditions. He said that the number of workers in all the institutions of the MTA chapter grew slightly in 2016, and the budget conditions were similar to those of the previous year. He highlighted that participation in both domestic and international calls for tenders brought outstanding success for the Academy’s institutions.

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