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 staff work hard at integrating the institutes and scientific fields, as it is difficult to address complex environmental challenges in isolation. The researchers do not only conduct research, but they are also devoted to building bridges between science and society, and, in doing so, take part in the elaborating policy both at the EU and global levels.

The main task of the Ecological Centre is to conduct high-level research on biodiversity and ecosystems, including forest, grassland, lake and river ecosystems. The Centre focuses on ecological research, but a lot of its work is related to the effects of agriculture and forestry on biodiversity, to traditional knowledge of ecology, and to interdisciplinary topics.

As the Ecological Centre is the largest Hungarian institution dealing with ecology, its feels responsible for the task of advising the nation on questions related to biodiversity and nature, and for supporting the development of Hungarian ecology.


  • Balaton Limnological Institute
  • Institute of Ecology and Botany
  • Institute of Evolution
  • Danube Research Institute


Director General: Prof. Eörs Szathmáry