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New incubator house at Science Park Szeged inaugurated

The Incubator House of the University of Szeged was inaugurated on Tuesday as the first facility of the Science Park Szeged, located next to the ELI ALPS Laser Research Centre.

Minister of Innovation and Technology László Palkovics said at the ceremony that the government has set the goal for Hungary to become a major innovator by 2030. 

According to the minister, spending on research and development has increased to 1.6 percent of GDP, reaching nearly HUF 800 billion last year, of which HUF 251 billion was public funding. The government’s target is to reach 3 percent by 2030, the minister said. 

The government aimed to preserve high value-added jobs by providing HUF 30 billion in wage subsidies during COVID-19, which helped 1,500 companies retain their researchers. The number of researchers in Hungary rose from 31,000 in 2010 to 60,000 in 2021, Palkovics said. 

The minister stressed that The development of the skills of Hungarian professionals will be encouraged by supporting research careers and creating world-class infrastructure. A total of 14 science innovation parks are being built across the country, one of which is Szeged, he added.

As part of the ceremony, a cooperation agreement was signed between the Ministry of Innovation and Technology and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL).

László Palkovics said that Hungary has been a member of the EMBL network since 2017, and the government provides all conditions for Hungarian researchers to be part of the work of EMBL. Hungarian institutions are currently involved in 14 research programs of the network. The cooperation agreement seeks to enable Hungarian research teams to participate in more projects and at a more intense level.

They want to strengthen not only pure molecular biology research, but also areas such as data science, bioinformatics and biomedical engineering, as well as link national laboratories with the EMBL network, the minister said.

The next step in the development of the 85-hectare Science Park Szeged will be the construction of the Automotive Competence Centre. 

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