News and Views

  • Financial Support for Research in Social Science


    The Japan Shipbuilding Industry Foundation and MTA signed an agreement in 1989 to establish SYLFF, the MTA Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund. They have so far funded 161 Hungarians’ research in social science. The scholarship is available for ten months as announced annually. On its 25th anniversary MTA-SYLFF secretariat organised a celebratory session within the Festival of Science in Hungary program.

  • New Milestone in QM


    Tamás Vértesi, a researcher of MTA Atomki and his colleague in Geneva found an answer to one of the most famous and open questions in Quantum Mechanics. Their findings published in Nature Communications may provoke researchers to meet novel challenges in information transmission using quantum optics and in the design of quantum computers.

  • Using novel nanotechnology procedure, Momentum researchers turn graphene into magnet


    A new characteristic of 2D graphene consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms has been discovered by researchers of MTA. The research team led by Levente Tapasztó, one of the winners this year of the MTA TTK MFA Momentum program demonstrated that graphene ribbons of nanometre width may be engineered with stable magnetism along the edges at room temperature.

  • Thinking Together about the Future


    During the Festival of Science in Hungary MTA Sections of the Life Sciences jointly organised an interdisciplinary conference on the ethical, legal and social aspects of innovations in biotechnology. Presenters covered new results in food safety, human reproduction, neuroscience and stem cell research discussing the issues in terms of benefits and hazards alike.

  • „Astronomic Research has a ROI in years and decades to come"


    Fundamental research in astronomy calls for solutions that will trickle down as technology to be applied in household gadgets in years or decades to come - so astronomer and academician László L. Kiss summed up his point at a public presentation in the main building of MTA. This year innovative research with perspectives is in the focus of the series of events „Far-sighted Science: responses will be held accountable in the future."

  • Leó Szilárd Commemorated at MTA


    Leó Szilárd (†1964), a pioneer in thermodynamics, particle physics and biophysics is credited for the design of the first nuclear reactor and for his activity for the peaceful utilisation of nuclear energy. The conference organised jointly by MTA the Section, Physical Sciences, the Section, Biological Sciences, and the Hungarian National Commission for UNESCO during the Festival of Science in Hungary remembered.

  • Comprehensive report in Nature magazine on research financing in the countries of Eastern and Central Europe


    On the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall in Berlin Nature publishes a comprehensive picture of how research is financed in the EACE countries. Outlining the practices in Poland, Estonia and Hungary, three possible models are identified that may be followed to create a competitive research environment.

  • The price we have to pay to preserve our living standards


    A session of presentations has been held at MTA by the Department of Earth Sciences entitled “The price we have to pay to preserve our living standards – natural and social resources amid challenges and risks of the future.” The topics covered included the depletion of natural resources, the impact of global warming on the Carpathian Basin, social aspects of climate change, and the consequences of the migration of labour.

  • "From Dream to Discovery"


    The chances of sustainable development were scrutinised a conference organised within the Festival of science in Hungary. The presenters from the MTA Agricultural Section were pressing for the examination of changes in natural resources, the tasks before plant production and animal husbandry as well as the launching of scientifically grounded programs and the widest possible distribution of the outcome.

  • MTA research to determine the future of industries


    How could research findings inspire technological development was the main issue to discuss for the CEOs at the conference "The Customers of Science.” At a premium program of The Festival of Sciences in Hungary business leaders spoke about the requirements for scientific research, the shared results achieved with MTA research units and they worded their visions with respect to the future roles of science.