Prerequisites for healthcare in our age

Prerequisites for healthcare in our age

The exceptionally intensive expansion of information in science and technology and the explosive development of medical technology, which play a decisive role in the growing success rate of medical treatments, have led in many disciplines to incredible results. This success has been carried out at the expense of ever increasing resources from the budget utilized in treatment and prevention. However, the expansion of possibilities more and more exceeds the limits of sensible needs, and also the expectations are out of proportion to the available resources.

MTA General Assembly: the research network should remain within the Academy, under a new management system

MTA General Assembly: the research network should remain within the Academy, under a new management system

In harmony with the opinions of the Academy and research institution leaders as well as Academy researchers and staff, the General Assembly has made its final conclusion regarding the Academy’s research institutions: the institutions should remain within the capacity of the Academy since this is in the best interest for science, innovation and ultimately Hungary as a whole. The General Assembly has also decided on the renewal of the leadership of the research network, which would delegate substantially more power to the government than at present. Should the government accept this proposal, the Academy and the government could begin a process to increase the potential of Hungary’s research and development and innovation capabilities hand in hand.

Statements of support

Statements of support

During the last couple of days, a myriad of letters from individuals and institutions were sent to the Secretariat of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Below is a list of these, which we will keep updating continuously.

Academy of Young Researchers established Academy of Young Researchers established

Academy of Young Researchers established

The first meeting of the Academy of Young Researchers (FKA) – a scientific body organized from below, which works in line with the MTA’s public tasks – took place on 7 May 2019. The FKA’s primary objectives are to work in cooperation with the Academy’s bodies and to represent young Hungarian researchers both in Hungary and at the international level. The new organization wishes to promote young researcher’s professional development and strengthen the links between scientists and society.

Report on the Eötvös 100 Exhibition held at the Assembly of the European Geoscience Union (EGU), Vienna, 8-12 April 2019
Report on the Eötvös 100 Exhibition held at the Assembly of the European Geoscience Union (EGU), Vienna, 8-12 April 2019

Report on the Eötvös 100 Exhibition held at the Assembly of the European Geoscience Union (EGU), Vienna, 8-12 April 2019

The EGU General Assembly was held between the 4th and 8th of April 2019 in Vienna, where a commemorative exhibition was displayed on the occasion of the Eötvös anniversary. At the exhibition booth posters were shown about the life and works of Loránd Eötvös, illustrated by a selection of the greatest stereoscopic photographs made by Eötvös. The highlight of the exhibition was undoubtedly the original double torsion balance that was transported to the venue from the Geodetic and Geophysical Institute, Sopron.

Report on negotiations between the MTA and the ITM Report on negotiations between the MTA and the ITM

Report on negotiations between the MTA and the ITM

Delegations from the MTA and the ITM last convened on 12 April 2019. As a result of detailed discussions starting on 1 April, a proposal package was completed. This package was discussed by the Presidium of the Academy on 16 April.

Preliminary talks end between MTA and ITM delegations Preliminary talks end between MTA and ITM delegations

Preliminary talks end between MTA and ITM delegations

The delegations of the MTA and the ITM met on 12 April 2019 for the last time. As a result of detailed discussions starting on 1 April, a proposal package was completed. This package will be discussed by the Presidium of the Academy, and the General Assembly will decide on it on 6 May 2019.

Performance report on MTA research network institutes concluded Performance report on MTA research network institutes concluded

Performance report on MTA research network institutes concluded

MTA’s research institute network ranks as one of the best in Europe. The performance of the network is excellent and includes several research institutes that are on the cutting edge of science and should be regarded as national treasures. There is no need for a fundamental restructuring of the research network, but as is the case for every system, there are opportunities for development, for example, by including young researchers more intensively. These are the most important conclusions drawn from a professional comprehensive audit carried out by Hungarian and international experts delegated by the MTA and the Ministry for Innovation and Technology (ITM) along international standards. The Academy ordered this audit at the request of the ITM.

No sword bites so fiercly as an evil tongue? Gossip wrecks reputation, but enhances cooperation No sword bites so fiercly as an evil tongue? Gossip wrecks reputation, but enhances cooperation

No sword bites so fiercly as an evil tongue? Gossip wrecks reputation, but enhances cooperation

Social norms in general, and norms of cooperation in particular, are the cement of all human societies. For the difficult problems of the maintenance and enforcement of social norms and of cooperation, humans have developed surprisingly complex solutions. Reputation mechanisms and gossip are certainly among the compound informal solutions. According to common wisdom, gossip channels mainly negative and often fictitious information.

Resident resistance to overtourism in Budapest
Resident resistance to overtourism in Budapest

Resident resistance to overtourism in Budapest

One of the most debated subjects in city development in Budapest right now is the problem of so-called ’overtourism’ in the central districts VI and VII. Overtourism was defined by the Responsible Tourism Partnership (2018) as “destinations where hosts or guests, locals or visitors, feel that there are too many visitors and that the quality of life in the area or the quality of the experience has deteriorated unacceptably”. A Daily News Hungary report (2015) suggested that tourism is growing year on year in Budapest (e.g. 5.2% growth from 2013-2014) but that tourists spend significantly less than in Prague. The low spending is attributed to the popularity of “low-budget party tourism” based on the “age of ruin pubs” and a “flourishing” Airbnb market.

Mushrooms unaffected by event which led to extinction of dinosaurs Mushrooms unaffected by event which led to extinction of dinosaurs

Mushrooms unaffected by event which led to extinction of dinosaurs

Mushroom-forming fungi have the greatest morphological diversity and complexity of any group of fungi. They have radiated into most niches and fulfil diverse roles in the ecosystem, including wood decomposers, pathogens or mycorrhizal mutualists. Despite the importance of mushroom-forming fungi, large-scale patterns of their evolutionary history are poorly known, in part due to the lack of a comprehensive and dated molecular phylogeny.

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