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On-site review of the HUN-REN Rényi Institute concludes with leading international researchers’ participation

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On 21-22 February 2024, the Assessment Committee including internationally highly recognised researchers relevant to the institute's profile, reviewed the scientific activities of the HUN-REN Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics (HUN-REN Rényi Institute), with the institute's Director and research group leaders participating. At the end of the visit, the committee provided on-site feedback on their initial impressions and key recommendations.


The members of the Assessment Committee evaluating HUN-REN Rényi Institute are:

Prof. Alexander J.B. Zehnder, Visiting Professor at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, Professor Emeritus at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, Chairman of the HUN-REN Advisory Board

Dr. István Szabó, PhD, Deputy CEO for Strategy and Innovation at HUN-REN Headquarters, former Vice President for Science and International Affairs at the Hungarian National Research, Development and Innovation Office, founder of the Innovation Section at the Hungarian Economic Association

Prof. Peter Török, DPhil, Professor at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Director of Imaging at the Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE), Director of the NTU Optical Bio-Imaging Centre (NOBIC), Interim Director of the Institute for Digital Molecular Analytics and Science (IDMxS) (Singapore)

Prof. Dr. habil. Hassan Charaf, PhD, Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics and Head of its Automation and Applied Informatics Department, member of the HUN-REN Governing Board

Prof. Andrew O. Parry, PhD, Professor of Mathematics, and Associate Head of Mathematics at Imperial College London, member of the International Scientific Advisory Committee of the University of Loughborough (UK)

Prof. Dr. Chih-Hao Luke Ong, PhD, Distinguished University Professor and Vice President of Research at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Chief Scientist for AI Singapore (Singapore)

Dr. Jana Kolar, Executive Director of the Central European Research Infrastructure Consortium (CERIC-ERIC), European Innovation Council (EIC) Ambassador, former Chair of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) (Slovenia)

Dr. Zsuzsa Márka, Research Scientist at the Columbia Astrophysics Laboratory of Columbia University in the City of New York, a co-discoverer of cosmic gravitational waves (USA)

The comprehensive assessment of HUN-REN's 49 research institutes was launched in January 2024, at the initiative of President Balázs Gulyás. The aim is to provide an unbiased and candid assessment of the standing of HUN-REN's research institutes in the global competition and identify potential breakthrough points. Building on the results of the evaluation, and by incorporating international best practices and examples, a new research strategy that supports the defined objectives will be developed in collaboration with the research institutions.