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Domus 25 – Program series of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in connection with the Science Festival in Komárom

Domus 25 - Program series of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in connection with the Science Festival in Komárom

The Domus Hungarica Scientiarum et Artium Scholarship Program was launched by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences 25 years ago, in 1997. The Presidential Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Abroad and the Board of Trustees of the Domus Scholarship Program celebrate a quarter of a century by organizing conferences in regions beyond borders and also in Budapest.

Moravian ElfThe Head of the Secretariat for Hungarians Across Borders at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences welcomed speakers and students from Komárom Station for the conference series organized on November 30 at the Csemadok headquarters. As he said, they arrived in Komárom after Csíkszereda, Žvidék and Budapest, and then he asked Miklós Kontra, chairman of the Domus board of trustees, to welcome him.

Tünde Morvai, Head of the Secretariat of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Photo: Erika Szalai / Felvidé

against Miklos The then President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Ferenc Glatz, said he founded the Domus Hungarian Scholarship Program 25 years ago. He explained that it was then decided that the academy would operate on a national cultural basis, which means that everyone who is a Hungarian scholar or those who are looking for Hungarian subjects can join the society. “It was finally formalized in 2000, when the CTA external public body membership was also established. Our mission is to integrate the world of Hungarian scholars as much as we can into the Carpathian Basin and beyond.” He noted that two-thirds of researchers applying for scholarships are humanities and social sciences scholars, and one-third are natural scientists, adding that only one billion forints have been used for scholarships over the past 25 years.

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In the first part of the conference Laszlo Szarka Historian and University lecturer János Sili recalled beginnings as a scholarship recipient, then historian Ildiko Bagcsi, linguist János Bäcko and philologist Katalin Messad were among the Domus scholarship recipients.

Historian Laszlo Szarka (Photo: Erika Szalai / Felvidé

In the second half of the event, a round table discussion took place, during which, in addition to the moderation of Miklós Kontra, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Domus, the participants – Melinda Nagy (Selye János University), Attila Lévai (Calvin J. Theological Academy) and Catalin Messad (Comnius University) Simon Attila (Forum Institute for Minority Research) and Fancho Ildiko (Constantine Philosophical University of Nitra) discussed the role of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Hungarian academic life in Slovakia.

Leaders of Hungarian scientific institutions and workshops in Slovakia engaged participants in a round table discussion created under the title Domus 25 with the aim of making the scholarship program, created a quarter of a century ago, better adapt to the needs of researchers through joint thinking.

(Photo: Erika Szalai / Felvidé

It was argued that the number of Hungarian applicants in Slovakia is extremely underrepresented compared to other regions (Transylvania, Transcarpathia, Vojvodina) and that researchers and research subjects from the humanities and social sciences are overrepresented in all regions. Based on the comments, many researchers do not know about the possibility, or they are not attracted to the research in Hungary, as it should be published in English. Linguists and historians are perhaps the most informed about the scholarship, and it can be argued that, given the nature of their research, the application is most appropriate for them.

Miklós Contra, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Domus (Photo: Erika Szalai / Felvidé

against MiklosThey are aware of the two main problems, said the chair of the Domus Board of Trustees, one is to support fewer applicants with a greater number or more applicants with a smaller amount. On the other hand, the economic and legal measures, according to which research periods are not calculated at the end of the year, are almost insoluble.

He said that the half-year period specified in the Domus group research program is too short, and the time devoted to the research itself is unfortunately insufficient in terms of depth and evaluation of results. He added that they are looking for solutions to this within the academy.

At the meeting, weighing the current sinometrics problems (publications in English and other foreign languages, as well as publishing in Q1-quality journals), calculating and determining the corresponding salary is a dead end, and universities and research institutes should not be. It operates only on an economic basis. In this regard, Tünde Morvai said that the Hungarian Academy of Sciences launched a category of applications supporting participation in the international conference and requested funding for the publication of an international publication to promote the international integration of researchers across borders.

(Photo: Erika Szalai / Felvidé

The interlocutors representing the current institutions (Melinda Nagy, Celle Janus University, Fano Ildiko, Nitrai University) said that since universities then receive state support, it is inevitable that they will be taken into account. Unfortunately, individual research institutes are held hostage to these rules, as Attila Simon has shown, the social obligations and moral duties of the researcher, which the scientist must first and foremost fulfill, because he writes and researches the specific society.

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The Domus Board of Trustees insists on supporting research/publications in Hungarian, as this is the only support fund that has been around for 25 years for many Hungarian disciplines and researchers across borders, but without losing sight of its original purpose, it is open to responding appropriately to newly emerging problems, and this It is for this reason that it has launched its new application category, called the Creative Grant (“Sabbatical”), which supports the creative activities of researchers with an amount of CHF 400,000 per month for a period of 1-6 months.

(Photo: Erika Szalai / Felvidé

Atlas of the Slovak Phonetic Language created by Poster Károly Presinszky and Ildikó Vančo titled Teaching the State Language to Minorities – Problems and Results were presented at the event.

(Erica Salai / Felvidé

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