The Academy stands by its independence and the freedom of research

The Academy stands by its independence and the freedom of research

The Hungarian Academy of Sciences demands that the proposed amendment of the Law on the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Law on the 2019 state budget be withdrawn from voting in Parliament, since these amendments were prepared without prior consultation with the Academy – this was one of the resolutions unanimously accepted by the Presidium of the Academy during its extraordinary session on 15 June. The resolution was submitted to the Presidium (i.e. the main decision-making body of the Academy between two general assemblies) by President László Lovász. The session was also attended by the heads of the MTA research institutions.

Directed evolution of multiple genomic loci allows the prediction of antibiotic resistance

Directed evolution of multiple genomic loci allows the prediction of antibiotic resistance

Given the ever-increasing threat of antibiotic resistance, researchers of the Biological Research Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences have developed a method to rapidly test new antibiotic candidates for their potential to be hit by emerging resistance. The high-throughput mutagenesis method, dubbed DIvERGE, reveals probable resistance within days, making it a fast and cost-effective tool to guide antibiotic development. Moreover, DIvERGE has widespread biotechnological applications including the directed evolution of enzymes and biosynthetic pathways.

Guided English language tour of the Academy on 23 June

Guided English language tour of the Academy on 23 June

The characteristic first floor of the Palace of the Academy will once again be open to the public during the so called Night of Museums event-series on 23 June. In addition to the Ceremonial Hall and the Reading Room, the Picture Room and the Presidential Council Chamber shall also be open.

The Academy stands up for the scientific method – President László Lovász’s report The Academy stands up for the scientific method – President László Lovász’s report

The Academy stands up for the scientific method – President László Lovász’s report

László Lovász, President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, spoke of the situation of science and the tasks of researchers in his speech delivered at the 189th General Assembly of MTA. The President of the Academy emphasised that answers to scientific questions that interest the general public can only be provided with scientific methods which conform to international standards. László Lovász’s report on mta.hu.

An invisible infant, friendly head lice and exciting scents — Famelab Hungarian final takes place at the Academy An invisible infant, friendly head lice and exciting scents — Famelab Hungarian final takes place at the Academy

An invisible infant, friendly head lice and exciting scents — Famelab Hungarian final takes place at the Academy

Ágnes Kis-Tóth was the winner of the first Famelab event in Hungary with her presentation on black holes and will be representing Hungary at the finals of the Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK. The event took place in the Ceremonial Hall of the Academy on 14 May. The runner up was Lajos Rózsa who demonstrated the surprising evolutionary role of head lice while the audience choice award went to chemist, Béla Fiser.

MTA American-Hungarian Committee established MTA American-Hungarian Committee established

MTA American-Hungarian Committee established

With the participation of four United States-based Hungarian scientific organisations and with support from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, a new trans-border academic body has been established. The related agreement was signed at the Embassy of Hungary in Washington, D.C., on 6 April, where the Academy was represented by President László Lovász.

Three minutes of science – FameLab at the Academy Three minutes of science – FameLab at the Academy

Three minutes of science – FameLab at the Academy

Why is it easy for a penguin to become a parent, and why is it difficult for a seal? How can a “recovery” beer in the morning help one survive the consequences of a rough night out the previous day? Merging black holes, gravitational waves, a virtual walk among molecules and love in the time of syphilis. These are just some of the topics addressed during the semifinals of FameLab, the international science communication competition. which was held for the first time in Hungary.

New space technology test lab opened in MTA Centre for Energy Research New space technology test lab opened in MTA Centre for Energy Research

New space technology test lab opened in MTA Centre for Energy Research

When Hungary joined the European Space Agency, private space industry was already booming while an explosive development in the world of smallsats was also taking place. Hence a demand for an unprecedented number of space technology tests arose. To satisfy these growing demands, a new test laboratory was built in the MTA Centre for Energy Research, Budapest, Hungary, where most required tests and fitting tasks can be carried out. Besides testing their own devices, the laboratory will also accept orders from industrial partners.

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