The Center of Astrophysics and Space Science was established by the Faculty of Science of Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) on 1 June 2021, and it aims to coordinate research in astrophysics, astronomy and space science.
According to the university’s website, the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Science of Eötvös Loránd University decided to establish the Centre of Astrophysics and Space Science as a non-independent interinstitutional centre at its meeting in February to coordinate the research work in the field of space science and astrophysics. Up until now, experiments related to astrophysics, astronomy and space research have been conducted in three different institutes: the ELTE Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, the ELTE Institute of Physics and the ELTE Institute of Chemistry.
The centre will enable scientists to conduct research in astrophysics, astronomy and astrochemistry, and it will also allow more effective astrophysical observations of space.
The members of the new space centre are full-time researchers working in different institutes of the faculty
and the administrative tasks are also performed by the staff of the participating institutes, explained Zsolt Frei, astrophysicist and the director of the space centre.
The development of research conditionality, the strengthening of research and innovation focus and the support of the joint research are mainly financed by the Astro- and Particle Physics Excellence Program.
The university’s Excellence Programs also qualify for the participation in research at an international level; for example, Hungarian researchers could participate in large international collaborations and the best astrophysics and particle physics programs in the world as part of the Materials Science Excellence Program and the Astro and Particle Physics Excellence Program.
The Excellence Programs provide opportunities for masters and doctoral students at Eötvös Loránd University that have so far only been given to students of American and Western European elite universities.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is also committed to supporting Hungarian physics training, especially in the case of the space industry, so that it will develop a university space science training together with the Ministry of Innovation and Technology and with the participation of 16 Hungarian universities, writes HellóMagyar.
Space science is related to many disciplines, and it has transformed numerous aspects of our everyday life, for example, in the field of communication and economy. It is therefore important to launch a complex university program that includes both social and natural sciences.