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Hungarian researchers sceptical about academy network deal

A deal giving the Hungarian government some control over the Hungarian Academy of Sciences’ network of research centres has caused concern among some network members.

The academy will retain ownership of the network’s assets under the agreement, which was signed off by academy president László Lovász and research minister László Palkovics and announced on 8 March. However, the network will be governed by a new body made up of scientists proposed by the academy and the ministry, according to media reports.

The agreement says that the network of five institutions and 130 research groups will operate semi-independently from 2020 but will remain structurally unchanged, Reuters reported.

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