The heritage of the Kodály Method

The heritage of the Kodály Method

Preservation of folk music based on the Kodály Method has been included in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list by the UN intergovernmental committee for the world’s cultural heritage. Why exactly is this method so unique and important? Our article is based on the proposition accepted by UNESCO. Pál Richter, head of Institute of Musicology at the MTA Research Centre for Humanities worked as an adviser during the preparation of the proposal.

Three MTA researchers win support from European Research Council

Three MTA researchers win support from European Research Council

Three researchers from the MTA’s network of research institutes, an astronomer, a neuroscientist and a mathematician, have become grantees of the Consolidator Grant, the European Research Council’s (ERC) call for researchers with an independent research group. Maria Lugaro, Ádám Dénes and Dániel Marx can launch a five-year research program, with a maximum support of 2 million euros.

Bubble-like nucleus discovered with the help of Hungarian researchers Bubble-like nucleus discovered with the help of Hungarian researchers

Bubble-like nucleus discovered with the help of Hungarian researchers

An international research group discovered a bubble like nucleus distribution in a silicon isotope with extra neutrons (34Si). In this isotope, the central proton density is almost half the proton density at the periphery of the nucleus, while neutron density is balanced. The experiment was conducted on a radioactive ion beam and researchers at the MTA Atomki, Debrecen were among the scientists who partook in the analyses of the data.

Hungary could lead the way in detecting meteors threatening Earth Hungary could lead the way in detecting meteors threatening Earth

Hungary could lead the way in detecting meteors threatening Earth

Having been granted almost 1 billion forints from the GINOP Program, the Hungarian research network is expected to have a pioneering role in exploring cosmic effects and risks. The new camera system on Piszkéstető Observatory and the ELTE Gothard Observatory can give us a distortion-free image of the meteorite activity above the Carpathian Basin for the first time. Additionally, the second largest astronomical telescope in Hungary will be assembled in Szombathely, which will assess the risks posed by large meteorites to both the Earth and to outer space.

Hungarian researchers discover key protein in stem cell differentiation Hungarian researchers discover key protein in stem cell differentiation

Hungarian researchers discover key protein in stem cell differentiation

The discovery could reveal new possibilities in the treatment of osteoporosis and diabetes. The biological stem cell functions of Tks4 were identified by László Buday’s research group in the Institute of Enzymology of the MTA Research Centre for Natural Sciences. The project was led by Virág Vas.

Monolithic source for generating high-power terahertz pulses Monolithic source for generating high-power terahertz pulses

Monolithic source for generating high-power terahertz pulses

New possibilities in material-testing and the development of terahertz particle accelerators to use in medical therapy could be provided by researchers participating in the High Field Terahertz Research Group of the MTA-PTE together with the Institute of Physics (University of Pécs). Their results were recently published in Optica.

8 billion HUF from EU to create new research centres 8 billion HUF from EU to create new research centres

8 billion HUF from EU to create new research centres

Two academic research centres are part of the two consortiums which have been granted 26 million euros, i.e. 8 billion forints to establish excellence centres in the highly prestigious “Teaming” program of EU Horizon 2020. Together with national resources and the contribution of participating institutes, a total sum of 22 billion forints can be used for two leading programs in the field of medicine and production informatics and logistics.

Academic cooperation between V4 for more balanced access to resources Academic cooperation between V4 for more balanced access to resources

Academic cooperation between V4 for more balanced access to resources

The Hungarian Academy of Sciences held the annual meeting of Visegrád science academies’ presidents in an unorthodox way this year. On 26 and 27 October, the representatives of V4 countries met Science Europe, the representative of European Research Funding Organizations (RFO) and Research Performing Organizations (RPO) in Brussels in order to ensure more success within the scientific framework program of the European Union. The delegates also discussed the academic initiatives in promoting the scientific career of women.

ERC Starting Grant awarded to head of Momentum Research Group ERC Starting Grant awarded to head of Momentum Research Group

ERC Starting Grant awarded to head of Momentum Research Group

The primary aim of Gergely Szöllősi, head of the MTA-ELTE Lendület (Momentum) Evolutionary Genomics Research Group is to formulate methods that can help establish a dated reconstruction of the “tree of life” based on genetic data for the very first time. The physicist was granted 1.45 million euros for a five year period beginning from the summer of 2017.

Lendület researchers: invasive predators invisible to prey species Lendület researchers: invasive predators invisible to prey species

Lendület researchers: invasive predators invisible to prey species

When invasive predators enter new territories, they are especially dangerous to the endemic species. According to research conducted by the Lendület (Momentum) Evolutionary Ecology Research Group at the Plant Protection Institute in the MTA Centre for Agricultural Research (MTA ATK NÖVI) these organisms are unable to recognize the threat that these newcomers pose to them.

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