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Public Trust in Hungarian Academy of Sciences Remains Unchanged, Says Chairman

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.05.03.

Surveys show that public trust in the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA) remains unchanged but the prestigious institution’s situation has thoroughly changed since it lost its network of research institutions, the academy’s chairman said on Monday.

Tamás Freund told the 194th general meeting, held online, that “we must work in this new field of force on developing the most suitable role for the academy, demonstrating our indispensableness”.

Freund said MTA must fulfil the role of “advisor to the nation” and promote a science-friendly approach in society, which he said required stronger participation as a public body.

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Creator Presents at Academy of Science
Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Creator Presents at Academy of Science

Famous Hungarian biochemist Katalin Karikó was crucial in the creation of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.Continue reading

Katalin Karikó, a biochemist who patented the technology for mRNA-based vaccines, and is a vice president at BioNTech and an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania, addressed the meeting after Freund’s welcome address. The celebratory meeting continued with the granting of awards recognising scientific achievements.

featured image: Tamás Freund; via Szilárd Koszticsák/MTI