Cooperation between science and politics is in Hungary's interest and communication should be two-way, Tamas Freund, the newly elected president of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA), said on Wednesday.
Tamas Freund, new head of Hungarian Academy of Sciences MTI photo by Szilard Koszticsak
Freund pledged at an online press conference to respect excellence in all fields of work regardless of political affiliation.
The MTA is a “national treasure”, Freund said. Mutually beneficial cooperation between science and politics is key to the country’s development, he said.
Answering a question, Freund said he aimed to re-integrate the Academy’s research network into the MTA, which was separated from the institution last year. His first task, however, he said was to build a “working relationship and mutual trust” with the government.
Freund was elected in a 24-hour online ballot at the Academy’s 193rd general meeting ending on Tuesday. He garnered 58.5 percent of the vote.