Dear Visitors,

welcome to the homepage of the Evolutionary Research Institute, Centre for Ecological Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA ÖK). By unifying excellence in research, authenticity in science, and a commitment to society, the institute network of the Academy is set to produce values for both national and international success in Hungarian and universal science. Building on our national research traditions, being part of the only full-time research institute network in Hungary, our primary aim is to play a fundamental role in promoting the common weal and in building the foundation for our future through valuable scientific achievements based on highly promising discovery research.

The main research topics of our centre are:

  • The origin of life; major transitions in evolution
    Milestones of the origin and development of life on Earth from the assembly of the first communities of chemical replicators to the evolution of human language.
    Team leader: Eörs Szathmáry
  • The evolution of cooperation and communication; evolutionary robotics
    Theoretical studies on the origin and the evolution of communication and human language using in silico models and embodied evolving robots; the latter approach (evolutionary robotics) is unique in Hungary
    Team leader: Tamás Czárán
  • Evolution and learning
    Research on the possible role of formal learning mechanisms in several types of biological evolution; using the reverse logic of the same mechanism, we also plan to study the contribution of different evolutionary dynamics to learning processes, with special emphasis on complex cognition).
    Team leader: Eörs Szathmáry
  • Emerging diseases; Darwinian medicine
    Studies on the dynamics, evolutionary background and societal effects of new ectopic diseases occurring due to climate change.
    Team leader: Gábor Földvári

Tamás Czárán
Com. Director