An open letter was written by the awardees of the Momentum (Lendület) Program to prime minister Viktor Orbán. We are hereby publishing the letter verbatim.
The Hungarian government to suppress the independence of the Academy of Sciences
This is an English summary page of the Hungarian ADF website.
The ADF (HASF in English) is a civil initiative of the researchers from the research institute network at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS). The Hungarian government is introducing a new system of research financing, in a way which in itself contradicts the appropriate manners of policy making, and which, after implementation, will have disastrous effects on the autonomy of scientific research and scholarship in the entire country as well as our work and life altogether. Given that our voice has not been heard either in public or during the negotiations between the HAS and the government, this initiative is meant to express our opinions about the situation and the whole process.
Integration in emerging social networks explains academic failure and success
Christoph Stadtfeld, András Vörös, Timon Elmer, Zsófia Boda, and Isabel J. Raabe
PNAS published ahead of print December 24, 2018 https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1811388115
An article by László Lőrincz, Júlia Koltai, Anna Fruzsina Győr and Károly Takács is published online by Social Networks
The article "Collapse of an online social network: Burning social capital to create it?" by László Lőrincz, Júlia Koltai, Anna Fruzsina Győr and Károly Takács is published online by Social Networks.
An article by Zoltán Kmetty (co-author: Tatiana Kostadinova, University of Florida) is published in East European Journal of Politics and Society about corruption and political participation.
Corruption and Political Participation in Hungary: Testing Models of Civic Engagement
An article by Zoltán Kmetty (co-authors: Róbert Tardos, Fruzsina Albert and Beáta Dávid) is published online by Social Networks
Kmetty Zoltán, Tardos Róbert, Albert Fruzsina, Dávid Beáta: Mapping social milieus and cohesion patterns between 1997 and 2014.: Exploiting the potential of the occupational position generator. SOCIAL NETWORKS 55:(10) pp. 116-129. (2018)
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.
The Hungarian Academy of Sciences in defense of fundamental research
The news website on the main page of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences provides an overview about fundamental research and innovation in the network of its research institutes:
and brings the EVILTONGUE research supported by the European Research Council as an outstanding example.
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.