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Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics

The Institute was founded in 1950 and named after its first director, Alfréd Rényi, who led the Institute for 20 years until his death in 1970. In 2001, the Rényi Institute was awarded the title of EU Centre of Excellence. Its core activities extend to carrying out planned...

Balaton Limnological Research Institute

Based in Tihany, the Balaton Limnological Research Institute (BLKI) is Hungary’s biological research institute boasting the longest history. Its main tasks include freshwater research, the exploration of the biota of Lake Balaton and its catchment area, study of the spatial and temporal variation changes, life processes and materiality...

Biological Research Centre

The internationally recognized Biological Research Centre in Szeged is a prominent Hungarian life science research facility. The four institutes of the Centre founded in 1973, the Institutes of Biophysics, Biochemistry, Genetics and Plant Biology, employ some 260 researchers, whose work is hallmarked by high-ranking international scientific publications and...

Centre for Agricultural Research

The Centre for Agricultural Research (ATK) was established in 2012 through the merger of storied research institutes. Its research portfolio covers a wide range of fields in agricultural science, environmental management and environmental protection. In its comprehensive scientific program, ATK seeks to create an organic unity between exploratory,...

Centre for Ecological Research

The main task of the Centre for Ecological Research is to conduct high-level research on biodiversity and ecosystems, including both the freshwater and the terrestrial habitats and the cultivation of evolutionary basic and applied research at all relevant levels of the organization. The Institute mainly hosts ecological and...

Centre for Energy Research

The mission of the Centre for Energy Research is to pursue international scientific research in the field of materials science in order to continuously further Hungarian nuclear safety expertise in the following areas: Technical and scientific support for the safe operation of nuclear power plant units in Hungary:...

Centre for Social Sciences

The Centre for Social Sciences, as part of the only publicly funded research network in Hungary, conducts basic research in political science, sociology, minority studies and legal studies. Its goal is to reach scientific achievements based on original discovery research, to collect, analyze and publish up-to-date information and...

Hungarian Research Centre for Linguistics

The mission of the Hungarian Research Centre for Linguistics (NYTK) is to cultivate all areas of Hungarian linguistics and to conduct general, experimental and applied linguistic research. NYTK’s core research activity focuses on the following areas and research objectives: basic research in language theory and experimental and Hungarian...

Institute for Computer Science and Control

The Institute for Computer Science and Control (SZTAKI) is the largest and most successful research institute in Hungary in the field of information science. SZTAKI is an information science workshop in the broad sense, a national research base for IT, computer science and related fields. It primarily focuses...

Institute for Nuclear Research

The Institute for Nuclear Research (ATOMKI) was founded in Debrecen in 1954. The founding director was Sándor Szalay, who even at that time stressed the importance of interdisciplinary research. Consequently, from the very beginning the Institute has not only dealt with physics (nuclear, atomic, particle, vacuum, surface and...

Institute of Earth Physics and Space Science

The geodetic and geophysical basic research at the Institute extends to the observation, modeling and interpretation of the physical status and processes of the Earth’s system; the development of related theoretical (mathematical and physics-related) and experimental methods and test instruments. The responsibilities covered by the Institute’s basic activity...

Institute of Experimental Medicine

KOKI focuses on basic research in the field of neuroscience: neurotransmission, learning and memory, behavior, brain damage related to aging and epilepsy, and the regulation of hormone secretion by the central and the peripheral nervous system. The research groups take a multidisciplinary approach to problems, integrating traditional, well-founded...

Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences

The basic task of the Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences includes research on astronomy and Earth sciences (geography, geology, geochemistry, geophysics), conducting basic (exploratory) research, the preparation and publication of research results for application, conducting the theoretical investigations, carrying out the observatory, laboratory and field measurements...

Research Centre for Economic & Regional Studies

The Research Centre for Economic & Regional Studies is a leading scientific institute for 21st century Hungarian economics and regional research. The Centre coordinates the work of three institutes conducting theoretical and empiric research in the fields of economics, the world economy, spatial processes and social sciences. Institutes...

Research Centre for Natural Sciences

The Research Centre for Natural Sciences conducts multidisciplinary research in the field of natural sciences with a special focus on organic chemistry, materials and environmental chemistry, enzymology, and cognitive neuroscience and psychology. Research into the development of solutions targeting the reduction of environmental damage is also of special...

Research Centre for the Humanities

The Research Centre for the Humanities (BTK) conducts internationally embedded basic research that meets international standards in the following fields: archaeogenomics, philosophy, classical philology, literary studies, art history, ethnography, archeology, history, and musicology. The nine institutes constituting the BTK are involved in researching and interpreting the whole of...

Veterinary Medical Research Institute

The Veterinary Medical Research Institute (ÁTKI) is the sole research facility in Hungary with primary dedication to veterinary science, and is a cornerstone of molecular microbiology research in the field. Its fundamental purpose is conducting basic research with the aim to providing greater insight into pathogens (viruses, bacteria,...

Wigner Research Centre for Physics

The Wigner Research Centre for Physics is one of the most highly staffed research centers of the ELKH. Its mission is to conduct exploratory research in various fields of physics in Hungarian laboratories, at research sites located both in Hungary and abroad, and to coordinate Hungarian efforts in...

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