News and Views

  • MTA President successfully defends basic research in Brussels


    Six highly dependable European scientists were invited to present their arguments for basic research on Wednesday. Members of the elite delegation included Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society, and László Lovász, President of HAS. The EU commissioner responsible for research pledged that financing basic research would be least affected by EFSI, the new strategic investment scheme of the EU.

  • Hungarian researchers participate in global paleontological data analysis


    Staff members of the MTA-MTM-ELTE Research Group for Paleontology have coauthored two recently published scientific papers appearing in Paleobiology, a leading international journal of this field of research. The studies are aimed at revealing changes of biodiversity over the Earth's history through analyses of the Paleobiology Database which has been developed by a broad consortium of the international paleontological community.

  • How can you take a snapshot of the fastest motion in nature?


    Ferenc Krausz and his team are the first to have generated and measured light impulses in the attosecond range and map the movement of electrons inside a nucleus. An external member of MTA and director of Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, Krausz held the scientific lecture that accompanied the 186th General Assembly of HAS with the title ‘Light of a thousand faces: the supermicroscope of the 21st century’.

  • What is to come in 20 years’ time? HAS to audit the inventory of major social issues


    Urban reconstruction, sustainable public health care services, and college level education: just a few of the problems affecting society, problems to be put on the agenda of conferences and workshops to be organised by MTA in the coming years. However, the stand that MTA occasionally takes never lines up with a single selected opinion, President László Lovász said at the 186th general assembly.

  • Freedom in practising science obliges – László Lovász’ presidential address


    How can we fit into the scientific infrastructure of nations that are bigger and richer than we are, how can one remove enmity and stupidity from the arena of science, and what are researchers of the early 21st century responsible for? MTA’s 186th General Assembly opens with those questions.

  • 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.