The 193rd General Assembly of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences has elected neurobiologist Tamás Freund, full member of the Academy, member of the Governing Board of the Eötvös Loránd Research Network, and director of the Institute of Experimental Medicine belonging to the Eötvös Loránd Research Network as the new President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
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Tamás Freund received 58.51% of the votes. He succeeds László Lovász, who resigned after six years, as the head of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences founded in 1825 by Count István Széchenyi. The position of Secretary General will be held by the civil engineer László Péter Kollár, while immunologist Anna Erdei will serve as Deputy Secretary General for the next three-year term. The General Assembly also decided on the appointment of two of the three vice presidents: Vanda Lamm will be Vice President for social sciences and Ferenc Hudecz Vice President for natural sciences. Another vote was announced for the third vice-president position with György Kosztolányi and Eörs Szathmáry, Director General of the ELKH Centre for Ecological Research as candidates. After their term of office has expired, the leaders of the Academy may be re-elected only once.
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