A linguist-anthropologist and historian, a climatologist and a prominent expert of occupational medicine, an acknowledged researcher of Hungarian literature in Vojvodina, a representative of dialectology and sociolinguistics, a pharmaceutical researcher, a geologist and immunologist. These are the disciplines practiced by the Hungarian scientists living abroad who were awarded the János Arany Award and the János Arany Medal during the 187th General Assembly of the Academy.
No considerable changes have occurred in 2015 in the personal and financial conditions of the research network of the Academy. While indicators of scientific achievement such as the number of publications and impact factors show a slight decrease, several institutions have excelled in winning international grants.
An extended educational methodology program, agriculture and climate change, hydrology. The future direction of these research areas are all of national importance, hence these were the focus points of President László Lovász’s annual report.
Chemist and full member of the Academy, Mihály Beck received the Academy’s gold award during the open ceremonial session of the 187th General Assembly of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
During a closed session on Monday afternoon the Academy Assembly elected new full, corresponding, external and honorary members to the Academy. On the first day of the 187th General Assembly, President László Lovász announced three new largescale research programs. Namely, the educational methodology program, the agrarian innovation program and the hydrology program, all of which enjoy government support.
Let’s produce excellent researchers! – László Lovász’s speech during gala ceremony of 187th General Assembly
We live in an era in which we scientists are also responsible for the socio-economic processes of the country, regardless of the fact whether the political and economic elite queries us on these or not. We have initiated three large scale research programs which are from a social angle clearly fundamental and can only include methodological approaches which in the long-term combine basic research and their applied forms in order to be successful.
“The aim of the government is to make Hungary the most competitive country in Central Europe. Therefore, the government will spend 1200 billion forints on research, development and innovation. This amounts to 1.8 per cent of the GNP, which means we are approaching the 1.9 per cent average of the EU. In order to reach this goal we conferred with President Lovász and agreed that we shall also collaborate with the new programs of the Academy”, said the Prime Minister.
With the centenary of the Trianon Treaty of 1920 fast approaching what do we know and what do we not know about the Treaty? How do we use our main articulatory organ, our tongue, when speaking Hungarian? What forces shaped the universe into its present form? What does evolution teach us about carcinogenesis? Among other topics, these are the questions the 11 winners of this year's Lendület (Momentum) Program sought to answer. For the upcoming 5 years, the Academy will allocate 400 million forints for the funding of these projects.
Biological stress celebrates its 80th jubilee: lecture series at MTA dedicated to Hans Selye and his scientific achievements
It was the beginning of a new field within medical research and it was initiated through a surprising medium: a letter written by Hans Selye to Nature magazine back in 1936. The expression “general adaptation syndrome” (GAS), which Selye had conceived was based on an endocrinological experiment in which he injected mice with extracts from numerous organs. He later coined the expression “stress”, which has since entered the general lexicon of many other languages. Our lecture series on 5 May is dedicated to Mr. Selye and his scientific legacy.
László Lovász, president of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences met with Péter Agárdi, president of the supervising committee of the György Lukács Foundation. Mr. Lovász emphasised that the preservation of the Archives is essential. In this spirit all books and digitized and catalogued manuscripts will be taken to the Philosophy Institute of the MTA Research Centre for the Humanities.
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