Aims, programs, possibilities – Water Summit returns to Budapest

Aims, programs, possibilities – Water Summit returns to Budapest

The speakers on the first day of the Budapest Water Summit highlighted the importance of sustainable water management and enumerated the dangers of climate change affecting water supplies. László Lovász, President of the MTA emphasised that the scientific community has a responsibility in ensuring that clean water not be a rare treasure but a natural resource for our children and grandchildren.

How to bridge the innovation gap between EU countries?

How to bridge the innovation gap between EU countries?

The effectiveness of science sponsoring programs and the success of the European Union in the global competition for scientific and innovation results depends partially on a more balanced participation of EU members. During a conference held in Brussels titled “Spreading Excellence and Crossing Innovation Divide” participants negotiated for a more balanced European science sponsoring strategy. During this prestigious event organized within the Slovak EU Presidency program, delegates did not merely discuss the nature and causes of the differing innovative capacity of developed and low R&I performing EU countries but were also provided a platform for submitting concrete proposals.

Antimatter factory at CERN: a breakthrough with a Hungarian contribution

Antimatter factory at CERN: a breakthrough with a Hungarian contribution

A new, innovative cooling technique was used to increase the measurement precision of the antiproton mass at CERN. Within the framework of the ASACUSA cooperation, physicists defined the mass of the antiproton relative to that of the electron. The results of the experiment conducted with the contribution of Hungarian researchers have been published in Science.

Advanced ’microchip’ in the brain Advanced ’microchip’ in the brain

Advanced ’microchip’ in the brain

Latest findings by Szeged researchers: intelligence could be determined by human-specific brain characteristics and, in turn, as the Achilles heels of the brain these could also be responsible for the development of certain brain disorders.

Factors, directions and prospects of the escalating migration towards Europe in 2015 Factors, directions and prospects of the escalating migration towards Europe in 2015

Factors, directions and prospects of the escalating migration towards Europe in 2015

The flow of refugees into Europe is not likely to stop, or even decrease, in this century according to the important findings of the Academy research group set up at the request of the Ministry of Interior at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in the beginning of September to organise and carry out previously started research about migration processes.

The current state of the Hungarian legal system – book launch at the Academy The current state of the Hungarian legal system – book launch at the Academy

The current state of the Hungarian legal system – book launch at the Academy

The editors focused on reviewing the current state of the Hungarian legal system, using interdisciplinary methods with high scientific standards. At the same time, they also examined the social environment, probable effects and the aims of rules and regulations and their social acceptance. The book is to be presented at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Centre for Social Sciences Institute for Legal Studies on Thursday.

A better understanding of how brain systems interact could help in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease A better understanding of how brain systems interact could help in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease

A better understanding of how brain systems interact could help in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease

How do neuromodulatory subcortical systems interact in the course of learning? This is the question Balázs Hangya, the leader of the Lendület Laboratory of Systems Neuroscience in the Institute of Experimental Medicine of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA-KOKI) is attempting to answer. He has just been awarded a 1.5 million euro grant for his research project by the Starting Grant Program of the European Research Council (ERC). In the long run, his research can help in the understanding of the cognitive disorders characterising Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

A further step towards the understanding of the origin of chemical elements A further step towards the understanding of the origin of chemical elements

A further step towards the understanding of the origin of chemical elements

A much larger than previously estimated ratio of the low abundant isotope oxygen-17, formed in red giants, transforms into other isotopes during a nuclear reaction, which until recently was not widely known. The result may redefine present models about the origin of chemical elements and the inner workings of stars. The experiments have been conducted within the framework of the collaborative international LUNA project, with the participation of MTA Atomki researchers in the Gran Sasso Science Institute in Italy.

Inaugural lecture of Marlan O. Scully Inaugural lecture of Marlan O. Scully

Inaugural lecture of Marlan O. Scully

The inaugural lecture of Marlan O. Scully newly elected honorary member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences took place at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences on 10 October, 2016.

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