Young Hungarian Researchers Receive Prestigious Scopus Award

International honor for ten winners

Budapest, Hungary, 18 November 2008 – Elsevier, the world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services announced today that the Scopus Young Scientist Awards were awarded to the best young researchers under 30 years old, in ten scientific disciplinary areas.

The winners were based on the votes from the Board of Presidents of the Hungarian Rectors Conference and the awards were presented by Károly Molnár, Minister without portfolio for Research and Development, Imre Rudas, President of the Hungarian Rectors‘ Conference (HRC), and Mr. Eduard Cohen, Elsevier Managing Director of A&G International Markets at the awards ceremony held in Budapest.

Nominations for the awards were put forth by the rectors, deans, and department heads of higher education institutions. The ten winners were selected from over 100 nominees, based on a rigorous review by a panel of three judges delegated by the Board of Presidents of HRC, with the approval of President Imre Rudas using quantitative and qualitative criteria. The main prize, a scientific conference trip worth €2000 sponsored by Elsevier, was awarded to Dr. Imre Szilágyi.

The 2008 Scopus Award Winners in Hungary are:

Dr. Demeter Zoltán - Szent István Egyetem - veterinary surgeon
Dr. Papp Krisztián - ELTE - biologist
Dr. Szilágyi Imre - BME - chemist
Dr. Süle Zoltán - Pannon Egyetem - program designer mathematician
Dr. Obermayer-Kovács Nóra - Pannon Egyetem - technical manager
Dr. Horváth Krisztián - Pannon Egyetem - environment engineering
Szilágyi András - BME - physics
Kaposi Ambrus - SOTE - genetics
Novák Tamás - Károly Róbert Főiskola - physics
Veszelszki Ágnes - ELTE - linguist, social science

The purpose of the Scopus Young Scientist Awards is to put the younger generation of researchers in the spotlight, and to reward the efforts of young talent. The awards are also a means for promoting the fight against brain drain. Additionally, Dr. Molnár commented: “As part of this fight, and our aim to increase the global visibility and recognition of Hungarian scientific it is imperative to a maximum the number of scientific journals from our country in Scopus.”

The Hungarian Rectors’ Conference, together with Elsevier, aim to contribute to the development of the information society by promoting scientific thinking in higher education, and improving international visibility of Hungarian scientific achievements.

Eduard Cohen noted that: “A major cause of the brain drain can be contributed to a lack in access to a wide range of high quality scientific. We are proud to promote these young stars as Scopus can help them in their quest for knowledge discovery”.

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