In a letter to the PM, German scientific organizations have distanced themselves from Mr. Palkovics

In a letter to the PM, German scientific organizations have distanced themselves from Mr. Palkovics

"...the assertion, that the Academy’s new structure would be built upon the model of the Max Planck Society is factually inaccurate." This is just one of the key statements of the letter drafted by ten German scientific organizations and sent to the Hungarian PM on 1 July. They also drew the PM's attention to the fact that Mr. Palkovics's assertion that the restructuring of the Academy is based on German principles is “inappropriate”.

Access to ScienceDirect, Scopus and SciVal open for the Hungarian research community, as EISZ and Elsevier work towards an Open Access pilot agreement Access to ScienceDirect, Scopus and SciVal open for the Hungarian research community, as EISZ and Elsevier work towards an Open Access pilot agreement

Access to ScienceDirect, Scopus and SciVal open for the Hungarian research community, as EISZ and Elsevier work towards an Open Access pilot agreement

The Hungarian Electronic Information Service National Programme (EISZ) and Elsevier, a global information analytics business specializing in science and health, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding and Letter of Intent, as they move towards finalizing a new innovative pilot agreement for research access and Open Access publishing in Hungary.

Four British scientific institutions also offer their support Four British scientific institutions also offer their support

Four British scientific institutions also offer their support

During the last couple of weeks, a myriad of support letters from individuals and institutions were delivered to the Secretariat of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Below is a list of these, which we will keep updating continuously. The Royal Society, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Learned Society of Wales are the latest institutions to offer their support.

The Coral of Life The Coral of Life

The Coral of Life

The Tree of Life (ToL) has been of central importance in the biological sciences, usually understood as a model or a metaphor, and portrayed in various graphical forms to summarize the history of life as a single diagram. If it is seen as a mathematical construct—a rooted graph theoretical tree or, as more recently viewed, a directed network [Network of Life (NoL)]—then its proper visualization is not feasible, for both epistemological and technical reasons.

Observations of a pre-merger shock in colliding clusters of galaxies Observations of a pre-merger shock in colliding clusters of galaxies

Observations of a pre-merger shock in colliding clusters of galaxies

François Mernier: "We were extremely lucky to have found these two galaxy clusters at this very rare stage of collision. It is also surprising to see such a beautiful agreement with the predictions of our computer simulations. However, we definitely need to find more clusters in similar pre-merging phases to better understand how the largest structures of the Universe have grown."

Parliament has passed the bill concerning the Academy Parliament has passed the bill concerning the Academy

Parliament has passed the bill concerning the Academy

Members of parliament have voted in favour of the motion titled “The modification of particular laws necessary for the transformation of the institutional system and financing of the research, development and innovation system”. Consequently, the research network will be separated from the Academy. 131 MPs voted in favour, 53 against and 3 abstained.

Professors of two other universities also sign solidarity statement Professors of two other universities also sign solidarity statement

Professors of two other universities also sign solidarity statement

58 professors from the Debrecen University and 30 professors from the Faculty of Science, at ELTE, Budapest have joined the solidarity statement published by the Szeged University earlier concerning the restructuring of the MTA. On Wednesday, 90 professors from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics urged the Parliament not to pass the bill concerning the Academy.

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