News and Views

  • A commemorative plaque with international bearing is now seen in the high school that Jenő Wigner had attended


    It has been put up on the premises to honour Nobel Prize laureate Jenő Wigner, a graduate of the "Fasori" Lutheran Secondary School. It was in 1920 when “the first nuclear engineer in the world” graduated from the famous grammar school that shaped his future career.

  • Science to Promote Co-operation in the Middle East


    In Amman leading scientists and high ranking decision makers were holding discussions about the role of diplomacy in science policies to manage crises, including any means of support using traditional diplomacy and the possible co-operation between the European Union the Middle East region. Professor László Lovász participated at the event as the President of MTA and as the Chairman of World Science Forum (WSF).

  • “Hungary has the potential to become one of the centres of attosecond science research in Europe”


    Professor of attosecond physics Joachim Burgdoerfer spends 6 months at MTA Institute for Nuclear Research under the Academy’s Visiting Scientist Programme. The researcher of a new field of science contributed to the work of Hungarian physicists, and hopes his visit should foster the close collaboration between Hungarian and Austrian ultrafast science communities.

  • East-West Divide Must Be Eliminated - ERC President On a Visit to MTA Concludes


    Having visited MTA, Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President of the European Research Council (ERC) said he had confidence in the power of the community of scientists and he would encourage researchers of the new member states of the European Union to move forward; he was also pleased with the outstanding performance of Hungarian scientists.

  • MTA International Bolyai Prize goes to Barry Simon


    US mathematician Barry Simon has been awarded the International János Bolyai Prize of Mathematics this year. Founded in 1902 and awarded every five years, the Prize is received by the author of the best monograph in mathematics in the previous 15 years and it is the only international award issued by MTA. Simon, a member of the American Mathematical Society, is the sixth medallist of this prestigious award.

  • Hungarian brain scientists publish their discovery in the most prestigious journal of neuroscience


    Technology in brain research develops so fast that if you do not jump on the bandwagon you may be left behind for good. It was this development that had made it possible for scientists working in sync under the leadership of MTA KOKI to discover a neural path that connects up to brain areas responsible for movement, focus, and awareness in a manner so far unknown.

  • A program that has lent fresh dynamism to science –Momentum at six years can be renewed


    In 6 years Momentum has become the motor of renewal for research at MTA’s institutes and at universities as proved by the work of close to 100 research groups, HUF 4 billion spent in support, and the fast rise of gifted young minds in the domestic science community.

  • Shale gas: more questions arise from Europe


    Shale gas is not a panacea to solve energy concerns in Europe. This is what a recently published document of EASAC (European Academies Science Advisory Council) maintains. The stand it took is congruent with what researchers here asked by believe, all of them warning about the uncertainties that may be caused by unprospected deposits, decrease in oil prices, and environmental concerns.

  • "I immerse myself in Hungarian language and culture"


    A winner of MTA Visiting Scientist Programme, generative linguist Marcel den Dikken spends 10 months at MTA's Research Institute for Linguistics. The internationally renowned scholar temporarily left the CUNY Graduate Center in New York in order to work with Hungarian fellow researchers.

  • Hungarians Play Main Parts on the Global Stage of Preserving Biodiversity


    Researchers assessing biodiversity in the future will be supported by a simple and new conceptual framework describing the interaction between nature and society. The system devised by IPBES with the GA of the UNO and 108 member states has drawn on a number of disciplines and term banks. As a result, it is likely to change our ways of thinking and it may lead to new discoveries.