Academy elects new leaders

Academy elects new leaders

The 188th General Assembly has elected the full-time leaders of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. For the upcoming three years, László Lovász will again serve as the President of the Academy, the Secretary-General will remain Ádám Török and the Deputy Secretary-General Beáta Barnabás. The three Vice Presidents during this term will be József Bokor, Tamás Freund and Lajos Vékás.

Lex CEU – negotiation attempt at the Academy’s headquarters

Lex CEU – negotiation attempt at the Academy’s headquarters

Shortly after the CEU case came to light, the President of the Academy, László Lovász, offered to help mediate between the two parties, namely the Hungarian government and the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest. Since then, the General Assembly of the Academy has passed a resolution supporting the uninterrupted work of the CEU and backing the President’s plan to mediate between the two sides as well. On 11 May 2017, President László Lovász met the participants of a round table discussion in the main building of the Academy, together with almost a hundred scientists and some invited journalists.

”Confession and Confessionalisation in Europe” – Wolfgang Reinhard’s lecture at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences ”Confession and Confessionalisation in Europe” – Wolfgang Reinhard’s lecture at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

”Confession and Confessionalisation in Europe” – Wolfgang Reinhard’s lecture at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

In parallel with the Protestant Reformation, the Catholic “Counter-Reformation” also contributed to the modernization of European society – states the many-decade-long research that Wolfgang Reinhard, the professor emeritus of the Albert-Ludwig University in Freiburg, discussed during the last scholarly event of the MTA-PPKE Momentum (Lendület) Church History Research Institute founded back in 2012.

Discovery of Hungarian and American astronomers tells about the past of the solar system Discovery of Hungarian and American astronomers tells about the past of the solar system

Discovery of Hungarian and American astronomers tells about the past of the solar system

Based on the data from Hubble and two other space telescopes, Csaba Kiss and his research group from the Konkoly Observatory, Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences have discovered that the third largest dwarf of the solar system has a moon. The recently published results can help in refining the theoretical models of moon formation and ultimately in the understanding our cosmic past.

Hungarians elected to the American National Academy of Sciences Hungarians elected to the American National Academy of Sciences

Hungarians elected to the American National Academy of Sciences

The 2017 General Assembly of the American National Academy of Sciences elected neuroscientist György Buzsáki as a full member and psychologist Gergely Csibra as a foreign associate. Hence the number of Hungarians or scientists related to Hungary has risen to eight within the organization.

World Science Forum at the UN World Science Forum at the UN

World Science Forum at the UN

László Lovász, President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, co-chair of the event in 2017, jointly presented this year’s programme of the World Science Forum (WSF) at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York. The event is a science diplomacy summit where some of the world’s most renowned scientists from the Academy and across the globe have a chance to come together. The conference was held in the presence of UN representatives and was opened by Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Hungary to the UN.

One of the world’s most prominent geophysicist receives plaque at the Academy Library One of the world’s most prominent geophysicist receives plaque at the Academy Library

One of the world’s most prominent geophysicist receives plaque at the Academy Library

Milutin Milanković, Serbian geophysicist was interned in Budapest during the First World War. However, thanks to the legendary director of the library at the time, namely mathematician Kálmán Szily, in the end he spent much of his time performing research. The work achieved during this time served as the foundation for his theory of climate change in an astronomical context. This episode of scientific history is now commemorated by a plaque in the reading room of the Academy Library.

Changes in temperate climate demonstrated on a laboratory table by MTA and ELTE physicists Changes in temperate climate demonstrated on a laboratory table by MTA and ELTE physicists

Changes in temperate climate demonstrated on a laboratory table by MTA and ELTE physicists

Although the climatic history of the Earth is a linear course of events, model experiments can reproduce this development multiple times. Scholars at the MTA-ELTE Theoretical Physics Research Group have explored the statistical properties of climate change from a physical perspective. The results show that numerous climate histories can result from almost identical sets of conditions.

Gravitational waves: European detector, Virgo joins research Gravitational waves: European detector, Virgo joins research

Gravitational waves: European detector, Virgo joins research

The development of the European gravitational wave detector, Virgo, has been completed, the European Gravitational Observatory (EGO) announced on 20 February 2017. Virgo is now ready to join the two LIGO detectors already in operation, thus opening new possibilities: in the case of three-in-one discoveries, the location of the event generating gravitational waves can be restricted to a fairly narrow section of the sky, and the detection of gravitational waves can be linked to other astronomical observations.

To protect bees, farming should be more ecologically intensive To protect bees, farming should be more ecologically intensive

To protect bees, farming should be more ecologically intensive

Humans depend on bees and other pollinators for 30-35% of their food production. However, the restructuring and exploitation of ecosystems for the promotion of intensive agriculture around the world is harmful for pollinators. What can be done to protect them? Experts provide an answer to this question in a study, one author of which is Anikó Kovács-Hostyánszki, a member of the MTA Centre for Ecological Research Lendület (Momentum) Ecosystem Services Research Group.

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