Governing Body

The main decision-making body of the Secretariat is the 13-member Governing Body, the members of which are appointed by the Prime Minister. The task of the body is to formulate the strategic principles of ELKH, to identify and supervise the topics and objectives of research, and to allocate grants.

The consultative body preparing the Governing Body’s decisions is the Presidency. The Presidency consists of the President and the two Vice-Presidents of the Governing Body. The President of the Governing Body is, at the same time, the head of the Presidency.  As part of its duties and responsibilities, the Presidency:

  • supports the preparation of the meetings of the Governing Body, the scheduling of its tasks, the formulation of its proposals and the preparation of its decisions,
  • proposes the meeting agenda and schedules the Governing Body’s meetings,
  • discusses issues arising between meetings of the Governing Body.

President

Maróth Miklós

Miklós Maróth

Miklós Maróth – President of the Governing Body of the Eötvös Loránd Research Network, Director General of the Avicenna Institute for Middle Eastern Studies, full member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, university professor.

His scientific career started out in the library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and he worked for the Center for Classical Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences for over 40 years. He started out as a lecturer at the Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Humanities in 1975, teaching as honorary university professor from 1989. In 1992, he founded the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of Péter Pázmány Catholic University and became its Dean, a position he held until 1999. Until 2013, he taught as university professor of Classical and Semitic philology (Arabic). He has been Director of the Avicenna Institute for Middle Eastern Studies since 2002.

He graduated in classical languages (Latin and Greek) and in Orientalism (Arabic) in 1967 from the Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Humanities; he received his PhD in 1970 and a degree in assyriology in 1972. He spent an academic year on scholarships at the University of Baghdad and another at the University of Vienna; he also worked for one semester each at Harvard and Cambridge Universities.

His scientific achievements and social works, spanning several decades, have been recognized by several prestigious prizes and awards, including the Károly Marót Prize of the Society of Classical Studies, the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary, Officer’s Cross, the Prize Medal of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the Széchenyi Prize, the Prima Primissima Award and the Corvin Chain.

He has served as executive officer in several scientific organizations and he is currently a member of various associations. Between 2007 and 2010 he was the President of the Union Académique Internationale, and from 2010 he has been the honorary president of this organization. He was Vice President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences between 2008 and 2014.

Miklós Maróth CV

Vice President

Bokor József

József Bokor

József Bokor – electrical engineer, Vice President for Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, university professor.

He received his degree from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Budapest University of Technology in 1972, specializing in automation. He defended his doctoral thesis in 1977 and in 1983 earned his Ph.D. in engineering sciences, going on to earn his D.Sc. in 1990. He was elected to corresponding member and full member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 1998 and 2001, respectively. He has been a member of the presidium of the Academy, and became a vice president in 2017. His main field of research is the theory and automation of linear and nonlinear, multivariable dynamic systems.

He started his scientific career as a research fellow at the Institute for Control Engineering and Information Technology of Csepel Works, Budapest, and he subsequently became the head of its Operations Research Division. He became the head of the Systems and Control Research Laboratory of the Computer and Automation Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 1987. He became Deputy Director and later Director for scientific activity in 1995 and 2008 at the institute.

He had several teaching positions at the Budapest University of Technology, serving from 1992 to 2018 as professor and Head of the Automation Department, Vehicle and Transportation Engineering. He is an honorary university professor of the Szent István University and Head of the Vehicle Research Center at Széchenyi István University, Győr. He held visiting research positions at the Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, UK, Delft University, NL, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, USA. He is now an adjunct research professor, University of Minnesota, Aerospace Department, MN, USA.

The results of his research are widely applied when designing vehicle structures and/or vehicular dynamic models. He was the leader of several national and international vehicular and air control research projects. He and his research group is credited with the real time signal processing system that was developed for the Paks Nuclear Power Plant, as well as the design and installation of the computerized monitoring system for primary circuit pressure control.

He has authored and co-authored more than 10 reference books and 500 research papers, with over several thousand citations. His scientific achievements have been recognized by several prizes and awards; the most notable being: the Academy Prize (1987), the Dénes Gábor Prize (1994), the Széchenyi Prize (2007), the Charles Simonyi Prize (2010), and the Middle Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary (2013).

Sótonyi Péter

Péter Sótonyi

Péter Sótonyi is Rector of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Budapest, professor and Head of Department, Ph.D. (CS.c.) of veterinary medicine, DS.c. of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

He received his M.Sc. from the University of Veterinary Medicine, Budapest in 1979. Since 2001 he is a professor and head of the Department of Anatomy and Histology, and he has been Rector of the university since 2017. He received his DS.c. degree from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 2013.

His main research fields include macroscopic anatomy, neurobiology and embryology. He developed the equestrian training part of the National Equestrian Program of Hungary. Drawing upon 40 years of experience related to university graduate and postgraduate training programs, he developed internationally acclaimed training programs in Hungarian, German, English and Japanese that provided a new foundation for teaching veterinary anatomy. Based on student feedback, he won the best professor award 44 times.

He is President of the Hungarian National Veterinary Association, and Vice President of the International Association of Hungarian Veterinarians and the Hungarian Equestrian Association. He is a guest professor of Yale University, and a member of the Szent István Academy of Sciences as well as of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He received honorary doctorates from the University of Kaposvár, Semmelweis University and Széchenyi University. He was elected as President of the Batthyány Circle of Professors in 2019.

His scientific achievements have been recognized by several prizes and awards, including: the Széchenyi Prize (2019), the Béla Plósz Prize (2018), the Agricultural Person of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award (2018), the Prima Primissima Award (2017), the Middle Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary (2015).

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Members

Veronika Ádám

Veronika Ádám is a full member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Professor Emeritus of Semmelweis University.

She served as Head of the Department of Medical Biochemistry, Semmelweis University for 24 years and as Vice Rector for scientific affairs of the university for nine years. Since 2014 she has been the Vice President of the Section of Medical Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

As a scientist, she described the ability of key metabolic enzymes in brain mitochondria to generate reactive oxygen species under pathological conditions damaging essential brain cell functions.

She was the first to identify the metabolic enzymes in the brain most vulnerable to oxidative stress, i.e. those that get damaged first. With coworkers she demonstrated that the disease-causing mutations of one of the most important metabolic enzymes (alpha-ketoglutarate dehydrogenase) generate oxidative stress, contributing to the clinical phenotype of severe metabolic disease caused by the enzyme defect. In recent years by examining protein structures, they determined the structure of the mutated enzyme, which is an important step towards targeted drug design.

She is author of 130 scientific papers, several summary studies and book chapters. Her works have received 5500 citations (H-index: 40).

She has been guest speaker at numerous international scientific congresses and serves as a member of the editorial boards of international scientific journals: Journal of Neurochemistry, Neurochemistry International, Developmental Neuroscience, Brain Research Bulletin, Frontier in Neuroenergetics. She is the editor of the textbook Medical Biochemistry, currently in its fourth edition.

She was the First Secretary of the European Society for Neurochemistry for two terms and board member of the International Society for Neurochemistry for eight years. Her scientific achievements have been recognized by several prestigious awards and prizes, including: the Prima Primissima Award (2019), the Ignác Semmelweis Memorial Award (2013), the Széchenyi Prize (2010), the Arnold Ipolyi Scientific Development Prize (2005), and the Golden Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary (2000).

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László Borhy

László Borhy – archaeologist and winner of  the Academy and Széchenyi Prizes, historian specializing in classical antiquity, professor at the Institute of Archaeological Sciences of Eötvös Loránd University (2006), full member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (2019).

He completed his university studies at Eötvös Loránd University (1982–1988) and at Heidelberg University (1986; 1988–1990), going on to start and continue his research career at these institutions. Between 2005 and 2017, he was Head of the Department of Classical Archaeology of Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Humanities; between 2014 and 2018 he was Director of the Institute of Archaeological Sciences, Loránd Eötvös University, Faculty of Humanities; between 2015 and 2017 he was Dean of Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Humanities, and has been Rector of the University since 2017. His fields of research include Roman provinces, specifically the history and archaeology of Pannonia, Roman military history, Latin epigraphy and Roman art history, with special emphasis on murals and glyptic art.

Balázs Borsos

Balázs Borsos is Deputy Director of Science of the Institute of Ethnology of the Research Centre for the Humanities (part of the Eötvös Loránd Research Network) and corresponding member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

He obtained his MA in geology and geomorphology at Eötvös Loránd University in 1987. He graduated as ethnographer from the same institution in 1988 and as a video editor in 1993. He earned a degree in short film directing at the Hungarian Academy of Drama and Film in the same year. He obtained his PhD (CSc) degree in 1994. He became a DSc of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 2010. He was elected as corresponding member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 2019. He has been working at the Institute of Ethnology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences since 1987. After a series of reorganizations and name changes, it is currently part of the Research Centre for the Humanities of the Eötvös Loránd Research Network. He obtained the status of scientific councilor (full professor) in 2010. He has been Deputy Director for science of the institute since 2002. His main research interests are visual and ecological anthropology, ethno-cartography and African ethnology.

He has made several documentary films in Hungary, Romania, Peru and Bolivia and has carried out ethnographical fieldwork in East Africa, Ukraine and Hungary. He is (co-)author of eight books and numerous research articles in Hungarian, English, German and other languages; additionally, he has translated several scientific papers and seven novels from English to Hungarian.

His achievements have been recognized by numerous prizes and awards, including: the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary, Officer’s Cross (2018), the Academic Award of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (2014), the István Györffy Commemorative Award of the Hungarian Ethnographical Society (2012), the János Jankó Award of the Hungarian Ethnographical Society (1995), the Youth Academic Award of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (1994). He is a member of numerous scientific organizations, including the Hungarian Ethnographical Society, the Ethnological Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Communication and Media Sciences Permanent Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Balázs Borsos CV

Péter Gáspár

Péter Gáspár is Head of the Systems and Control Theory Laboratory, Institute for Computer Science and Control of the Eötvös Loránd Research Network, professor and head of the Department of Control for Transportation and Vehicle Systems of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, and a corresponding member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Péter Gáspár received both his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Faculty of Transportation Engineering and Vehicle Engineering in 1985 and 1997, respectively. He received his D.Sc. degree from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA) in 2007.

Since 1990 he has been a senior research fellow at the Systems and Control Theory Laboratory of the Institute for Computer Science and Control, and has been a research professor since 2016. He is Head of the Vehicle Dynamics and Control Research Group at the laboratory. Since 2013 he has been a professor at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics and Head of the Department of Control for Transportation and Vehicle Systems.

His research is mostly focused on transportation and vehicular sciences. His specific areas of interest include system and control theory, linear and nonlinear systems, robust control, identification for systemic and control purposes, modeling of vehicle dynamics, control of vehicular components, cooperative control of vehicle convoys, integrated control of vehicles, decentralized control architectures and artificial intelligence methods. His industrial interests involve mechanical systems, vehicle structures and vehicle control.

He is a co-author of four reference books on control theory and vehicle control, and also a co-author of seven university textbooks. In 2014 he received the Academic Award of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Since 2016 he has been a corresponding member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

He is a member of several committees, including the Committee on Automation and Computer Science and the Committee on Transport Engineering of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He is also Chair of the IFAC (International Federation of Automatic Control) National Member Organization of Hungary, and a member of the Transportation Systems Committee. Additionally, he also serves as an editorial board member for various international journals.

Péter Gáspár CV

György Grüner

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Zita Horváth

Zita Horváth PhD has been a member of the Governing Board of the Eötvös Loránd Research Network since August 2019, and she has been the Rector of the University of Miskolc since August 2020.

She began her career as assistant archivist at the Zala County Archives in 1988. After graduating from university, she joined the University of Miskolc in 1999, where she spent two decades in various roles.

She started as a teaching assistant, then she worked as adjunct professor, was promoted to docent in 2009, and she has been teaching at the university as professor since September 1, 2019. In 2009, she assumed the role of the General Deputy Dean and Dean for Studies, and later was appointed to the position of Dean. Between 2013 and 2017, she worked as General Deputy Rector, while from 2016-2017 she was also the Director of the Institute of History of the Faculty of Arts, University of Miskolc. She held the position of Deputy Secretary of State responsible for higher education in Hungary from May 2017 – August 2020.

She graduated from the Faculty of Arts at the University of Miskolc in 1997 with an MA in history, and from 1997-2000 she attended the Doctoral School of Literary Studies of the University of Miskolc.  She earned her PhD in 2001 and habilitation in 2016. Zita Horváth speaks German at intermediate level, English at basic level and reads sources in Latin.

She is a member of the Public Body of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and of several professional and scientific organizations, including the Hungarian Historical Society and the Association of Hungarian Archivists.

Zita Horváth CV

László Hunyady

László Hunyady is Professor and Director of the Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, Semmelweis University, Regular Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Member of Academia Europaea. He received his Medical Degree at Semmelweis University in 1983. His main research interests are the signaling and regulation of G protein-coupled receptors, including the AT1 angiotensin receptor, which is a main target of hypertension therapy. He received postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, M.D., U.S.A.). He established his independent research group at the Department of Physiology with the help of an International Research Scholar Award of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in 1995. Currently, he is the leader of the MTA-SE Molecular Physiology research group. His publications have been cited more than 7,000 times (H-index: 48).

Since his graduation he regularly teaches medical physiology at the Department of Physiology. Professor Hunyady was Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of Semmelweis University between 2006 and 2012 and also was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine between 2013 and 2019. He was Vice-Rector for General Affairs for one academic year (2012/13). He is Vice-President of the Hungarian Accreditation Committee (HAC, 2018), President of the Medical and Health Sciences Committee of HAC (2018-) and the Expert Committee for University Professor Applications of HAC (2019-). He is the head of the External Advisory Committee of the Institute of Experimental Medicine.

His scientific and academic achievements were awarded with prestigious prizes, among others: the Tivadar Huzella Medal (2000), Outstanding Mentor of Research Students Award (2004), Master Professor Gold Medal (2005), Academy Award of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (2007), Genersich Antal Award (2017), Széchenyi Prize state award for outstanding contribution to academic life (2018).

László Hunyadi CV

Miklós Kellermayer Jr.

Miklós Kellermayer is the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Head of the Department of Biophysics and Radiation Biology at Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary. He is a researcher, with international research experience in single-molecule biophysics, and Professor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

He graduated from the University of Pécs as a general medical practitioner in 1988, and obtained his PhD in the field of theoretical medicine in 1988, and in 2008 he also obtained the DSc degree.

He currently focuses on biomolecular mechanics, cytoskeletal nanobiology, research into motor proteins, the mechanisms of muscle contraction and contraction regulation, as well as in vivo imaging. He supervises the Georg von Békésy Biophysics Research Center, which uses state-of-the-art instrumentation enabling imaging and single-molecule manipulation from the molecule level to the organ level of small animals.

His work has been recognized by numerous prestigious prizes and awards, including the following: the Semmelweis University Ödön Kerpel-Fronius Prize (2016) and the Tivadar Huzella Prize (2013), the Sanofi-Aventis/Chinoin Research Prize (2009), the Széchenyi Fellowship (2003–2005), the Hungarian National Eötvös Fellowship (2001), the HHMI International Research Fellowship (2001–2005), as well as the Award of Merit issued by the Faculty of Medicine of Semmelweis University, which he has won numerous times in the last few years.

He is a Howard Hughes Medical School International Alumnus, member of numerous scientific societies including the Academia Europaea and has authored more than one hundred and fifty original research papers. His cumulative impact factor exceeds 400.

Miklós Kellermayer CV

Ferenc Mezei

Ferenc Mezei is Professor Emeritus at the Wigner Research Center for Physics of the Eötvös Loránd Research Network, D.Sc. and full member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

He started his research career in 1965 at the Department of Experimental Physics of Eötvös Loránd University, and continued at the Central Research Institute for Physics at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and at the Institut Laue-Langevin in France. In 1984 he became professor at Technische Universität Berlin and Head of the Neutron Physics Institute at the Hahn-Meitner Institut (now Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin). Between 1997 and 2000, he worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (USA) as “distinguished scholar”. At present, he is Professor Emeritus at Wigner Research Center for Physics (Budapest) and technical coordinator of the European neutron source project at the European Spallation Source in Sweden.

He earned his degree in physics at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest in 1965. He obtained his Ph.D. (C.Sc.) in physics in 1976, and his D.Sc. degree in 1982 at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He became a corresponding member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 1982, and a full member in 1987.

He is credited with several notable inventions. These include the formulation of the neutron spin-echo principle, which provided a new foundation for experimental neutron and solid-state physics research; the development of the first spectrometer based on that principle; the formulation of the principles of the neutron supermirror and the long impulse spallation neutron source.

His scientific achievements have been recognized by several prizes and awards, including: the Széchenyi Prize (2014), the Walter Haelg Prize (1999), the Eugene Wigner Prize (1999), the Leó Szilárd Medal (1999), the Middle Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary (1995), the European Chair of Physics (1994), and the Hewlett-Packard Europhysics Prize (1986).

He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Debrecen in 2009, and in 2003, he became an honorary professor of the University of California in San Diego.

He is a member several prestigious professional organizations, including: the Hungarian Physical Society, the European Physical Society, the American Physical Society, the Academia Europaeana, the Scientific Committee of the Budapest Neutron Center, and the Scientific Committee of the Neutron Science Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (USA).

Ferenc Mezei CV

Péter Pál Pálfy

Péter Pál Pálfy is a mathematician and research professor at the Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics (part of the Eötvös Loránd Research Network), a professor at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), and a full member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

He earned his degree in mathematics from the Faculty of Science of ELTE in 1978. Since then (except for a short period) he has been a researcher at the Institute of Mathematics where between 2006 and 2018 he also held the position of Institute Director. He concurrently teaches at the Department of Algebra and Number Theory of ELTE. He has worked abroad at the Vanderbilt University, the University of Hawaii, and the Technical University of Darmstadt. He was elected as corresponding member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 2004, obtaining full membership in 2010. His area of research is algebra, specifically the representation theory of finite groups and universal algebra.

He has been Chairman of the Board of the János Bolyai Research Fellowship and of the Mathematics Section of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Currently he is President of the János Bolyai Mathematical Society.

His scientific achievements have been recognized by numerous prizes and awards, including: the Széchenyi Prize (2020), the Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic, Officer’s Cross (2012), the Szele Tibor Medal (János Bolyai Mathematical Society, 1999) and the Mathematics prize (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1993).

Péter Pál Pálfy CV