MTA’s Strategic proposal regarding the role of science in the revision of the Hungarian innovation system

MTA’s Strategic proposal regarding the role of science in the revision of the Hungarian innovation system

True to its traditions, national mission, values and achievements, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA) is committed to devoting its potential and productivity to the creation and implementation of a new science policy that will result in a flourishing era for Hungarian science. In order to support this process and facilitate an agreement between ITM and MTA, the Academy has drawn up its own strategy, taking into account the working paper prepared by ITM.

Overwhelming majority of the Academy’s General Assembly stood up for the president, and demanded the money for the research network from the minister – key resolutions of the General Assembly

Overwhelming majority of the Academy’s General Assembly stood up for the president, and demanded the money for the research network from the minister – key resolutions of the General Assembly

Several resolutions concerning the future of the research network of the Academy passed with an overwhelming majority (approximately 90 percent) during the extraordinary General Assembly on 6 December. The main decision making body of the Academy also declared its unconditional support for president Lovász. Furthermore, they requested the Minister of Innovation and Technology to put the budget of the research network for the first quarter of 2019 at the Academy’s disposal.

An immediate agreement and clear policy is demanded from ITM by MTA An immediate agreement and clear policy is demanded from ITM by MTA

An immediate agreement and clear policy is demanded from ITM by MTA

The General Assembly stood up for the freedom of science, the independence of the Academy, the values represented by the Academy, and the preservation of the MTA’s research network. The main decision-making body of the Academy also spoke up for its president: the most important resolutions were passed with approximately 90 percent support. The members declared their unconditional support for the president and requested that the Minister of Innovation and Technology put the full budget of the research network for the first quarter of 2019 at the Academy’s disposal.

Famine – crops are under threat. How could global nutrition problems be solved? Famine – crops are under threat. How could global nutrition problems be solved?

Famine – crops are under threat. How could global nutrition problems be solved?

Global agriculture and food industry seems to serve the needs of humanity less and less. What is more, these fields contribute to the strengthening of global climate change. In their joint report, the academies of 130 countries urge that agriculture should be restructured, food wasting should be reduced, obesity, malnutrition and famine should be treated and measures should be taken to protect global climate. The European section of the report of InterAcademy Partnership was prepared by the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC).

Phase-field modelling and biomineralization: where materials science meets biology Phase-field modelling and biomineralization: where materials science meets biology

Phase-field modelling and biomineralization: where materials science meets biology

Széchenyi Award winning László Gránásy who is a researcher at the Wigner Research Centre for Physics, of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest and his computational materials science team in cooperation with the German scientists (Igor Zlotnikov’s team at the Center for Molecular Bioengineering of the Technische Universität Dresden) investigate how far the mathematical methods developed in materials science can be applied for modelling solidification processes in biological systems.

Hungarian network scientists at Europe’s forefront: László Lovász and Albert-László Barabási winners of most prestigious grant in exploratory research Hungarian network scientists at Europe’s forefront: László Lovász and Albert-László Barabási winners of most prestigious grant in exploratory research

Hungarian network scientists at Europe’s forefront: László Lovász and Albert-László Barabási winners of most prestigious grant in exploratory research

A momentous international success for the Hungarian scientific community: László Lovász, Albert-László Barabási and Czech scientist Jaroslav Nešetřil have jointly won a 6 year research programme grant worth almost 10 million euros in order to gain a better understanding of the networks surrounding our everyday lives. The MTA Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics, the Central European University and the Charles University of Prague will provide the insitutional background for the project.

Stability is crucial – pioneering survey about researchers under 45 in Hungary Stability is crucial – pioneering survey about researchers under 45 in Hungary

Stability is crucial – pioneering survey about researchers under 45 in Hungary

Devotion to and the excitement of discovery launch young people on scientific careers. However, young researchers under 35 consider their futures to be the most unsafe. These are the most important findings of a recent survey initiated by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, which addressed the whole of the Hungarian scientific community.

Interview with Ádám Török in HVG on 20 July 2018 – A summary Interview with Ádám Török in HVG on 20 July 2018 – A summary

Interview with Ádám Török in HVG on 20 July 2018 – A summary

On 17 July Hungary’s parliament approved an amendment ensuring that the Academy’s 28 billion HUF budget for research will be put under direct control of the Ministry of Innovation and Technology (ITM) headed by László Palkovics. The exact details of this budget transfer had not been defined, and the Government’s objectives had not been revealed either.

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