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Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics

The Institute was founded in 1950 and was later named after its first director, Alfréd Rényi, who led the Institute for 20 years until his death in 1970. The number of researchers at the Institute is around 120, but many of them work for periods abroad, and the...

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 goal of the Centre for Agricultural Research (ATK) is to maintain its leading position among Hungarian agricultural research institutions. This position is due to the Centre’s special profile of performing strong basic research and creating varieties and patents that can be used directly in practice to ensure...

Centre for Ecological Research

The Centre for Ecological Research was established in 2012 with the merger of the Balaton Limnological Institute, the Danube Research Institute, and the Institute of Ecology and Botany. In the summer of 2019, the Institute of Evolution was founded and became a member of the Centre. The Centre’s...

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...

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 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 includes research on astronomy and earth sciences (geography, geology, geochemistry, geodesy, geophysics), the operation of the Hungarian National Seismological Network, conducting basic (exploratory) research, the preparation and publication of research results for application, conducting the theoretical investigations, and carrying out the...

Research Centre for Economic and Regional Studies

The Research Centre for Economic and Regional Studies coordinates the work of three institutes: the Institute of Economics, the Institute for Regional Studies and the Institute of World Economics. The Centre conducts theoretical and practical research in the following topics: economy, world economy, spatial processes, social sciences. Institutes...

Research Centre for Natural Sciences

The Research Centre for Natural Sciences conducts multidisciplinary research in the field of natural sciences. The Research Centre and its institutes carry out the tasks determined in its statutes with the Centre focusing on basic research tasks, especially including Organic chemistry Materials and environmental chemistry Enzymology Cognitive neuroscience...

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: philosophy, literary studies, art history, ethnography, archeology, history, and musicology. The seven institutes constituting the BTK are involved in researching and interpreting the whole of the Hungarian past,...

Research Institute for Linguistics

The basic task of the Research Institute for Linguistics is to conduct research at international standards in the following fields: Hungarian, Uralic, general and applied linguistics, historical linguistics, phonetics and pragmatics, to compile a Comprehensive Dictionary of Hungarian and maintain its archived materials, to investigate Hungarian dialects and...

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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