Due to political reasons, the latest special issue of the conservative social science journal Századvég on rent-seeking has been removed from the internet. Our research group is shocked by and deeply condemns the re-introduction of political censorship of academic publications. This should not happen in Hungary again. We express our solidarity with the editors and authors and are willing to distribute the special issue to anyone who is interested.
On the new website eviltongue.tk.mta.hu, you will find all relevant information about the EVILTONGUE project (PI: Károly Takács) founded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement no 648693).
RECENS is for the integrity of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and condemns political interventions
RECENS is a research group that operates solely on funding that is acquired in highly competitive calls. Our funding has been awarded based on quality and innovativeness of the proposals and scientific excellence of the researchers involved. Scientific excellence of our researchers has been judged by our previous research output, mainly by our international scientific publications. We do not receive any part of the head quota that is distributed to the host Research Institute. As such, we are an independent research unit that pursues fundamental research. We carry out our work without any political aim, not driven by any political interest. In this position, we can clearly express that we do not tolerate and we condemn any political attempt that tries to intervene in research activities or tries to determine research directions and results.
The „Lendület” Research Center for Educational and Network Studies (RECENS) at the HAS (Hungarian Academy of Sciences) offers an internship opportunity.
Duration of the internship program: October 2018 - December 2018
Working hours 6-8 hours/week
Candidates are welcome to send their application no later than September 21th by e-mail to: Rado.Marta@tk.mta.hu. Please mention „RECENS internship” in the subject of your email.
All content related to the EVILTONGUE project founded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement no 648693) will appear on a new webpage soon. Thank you very much for your patience.
Joint statement of Hungarian ERC grant winners regarding Government plans concerning the budgetary funding and operation of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Hungarian scientists awarded the „international scientific Olympic golden medal” declare that a decision changing the conditions of the funding and managing of a national institution with an almost 200-year-old history can only be successful if it is built on coordinated and meaningful prior consultations.
We are proud of our talented young researchers
On June 19, an article published in press showed five members of our research group
inaccurately and with incomplete information. The MTA TK “Lendület” Research Center for
Educational and Network Studies (RECENS) operates from external funding as part of the
Centre for Social Science of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. It hosts a research
supported by the ERC Consolidator Grant and a tenured Lendület research project supported
by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Principal Investigator: Károly Takács). RECENS is a
young research group. We were always searched for and were proud of having top talents
with us, who could be leading scientists in their field one day.
It is part of our mission to offer them opportunities at the start of their career by involving
them in innovative and cutting edge research. Some young scholars stay with us and
strengthen our research in the long run with helping us in our various fields of research areas
with operational tasks that are fundamental to later publication activities. Some of our other
young colleagues have been able to enter the most competitive universities and research
institutes in the world (only in the last few years: Oxford University, ETH Zürich, University
of Lugano, University of Ljubljana, University College London, University of Bologna,
Columbia University, Northwestern University, OECD) to continue their career in the hope of
Do not risk of losing them by hate speech. We need top talents who remain in their homeland
or return to Hungary in the social sciences just as in every disciplinary field of science.
If you are interested in our work, please visit also other parts of our website and check out our
list of publications (PDF).
We are proud of the recent publications of our young scientists!
Please find below the list of recent publications of our young scientists (download in PDF):
We are strongly concerned about the plans of the Hungarian government according to which the supervision and budgetary control over the research institutes of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA) is going to be taken over by the Ministry of Innovation and Technology from the MTA.
See below the proclamation of Hungarian Academy of Sciences:
Recent papers and publications
The article titled "Bullying and victimization among majority and minority students: The role of peers’ ethnic perceptions" is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socnet.2018.08.006
The article titled Discounting of Evolutionary Explanations in Sociology Textbooks and Curricula by Károly Takács has been published by Frontiers in Sociology and is freely available online at
An article by Dorottya Kisfalusi, Béla Janky and Károly Takács has been published by Journal of Early Adolescence
Kisfalusi, D., Janky, B., and Takács, K. 2018. Double Standards or Social Identity? The Role of Gender and Ethnicity in Ability Perceptions in the Classroom. Journal of Early Adolescence, https://doi.org/10.1177/0272431618791278.
The article titled Social Closure and the Evolution of Cooperation via Indirect Reciprocity by Simone Righi and Károly Takács has been published by Nature Scientific Reports and is freely available online at the link below:
Eszter Vit: Welfare regimes and trust: a cross-country analysis