The Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA) said in its Tuesday bulletin that among the winners of one of the most important Hungarian scientific titles this year are 26 women, that is, a third of the new doctors in the Academy are female researchers. The Academy can award the title of Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences to those who have enriched the field of science with their original scientific results and have outstanding research work.
They write in their paper that each applicant’s thesis was categorized very meticulously by about 100 experts over a period of one and a half to two years—nationally, according to standard principles, but taking into account the specifics of each discipline, through several screening processes.
The evaluation of the applicant’s performance is based on the opinion of judges with an academic degree.
On the basis of all this, the PhD procedures of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences can be said to be one of the most important quality assurance mechanisms in Hungarian scientific life – a trademark of research excellence.
Tamas Freund, President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, confirmed at the academic ceremony.
But he also mentioned that the new members of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the so-called correspondent members, will be among the Academy’s doctors, who will become full members after an average of 6 years. They state that the 2016 academic election was outraged that no female correspondents were elected. As they write, the steps taken since then also play a role in the fact that the number of women elected as reporters this year and in 2019 is much more than before.
The number of academies is more than ten percent
With this year’s elections, the proportion of academies has risen to more than 10 percent (38 out of 364 female members). Six years ago, that rate was about 6 percent. According to the announcement, with this percentage, the MTA “primarily reached the 2020 performance of the British Royal Society, where the proportion of female academics was 11 per cent”. It was emphasized that the 10.4 percent in-country value is due to academic efforts in recent years, and in 2025 it will be reflected in the number of regular members.
Although there were 8 women among the 35 new honorary members, 3 women among the 23 newly elected external members, and 2 women among the 16 new honorary members, there were no women among the new regular members. In protest, social psychologist Anna Kennedy resigned from the Scientific Committee on Psychology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, MTI writes.
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