'Brain circulation' in Hungary

Despite a lack of support from the government, scientists are starting to return home

Jane Burgermeister(janebuegermeister@yahoo.co.uk)
Nov 25, 2004

VIENNA—Hungarian scientists are starting to return home from overseas, helping reverse years of brain drain, researchers told a meeting here last week. But they are finding that the welcome mat is not always out for them.

At Biotechnology International Review Conference, Andras Dinnyes, from the Agricultural Biotechnology Center in Godollo, said that the return of Hungarian scientists was essential for the future of science in the country.

"The great strength of Hungary is its human capital. Hungary has a very high number of Nobel Laureates for such a small population but all except one—Albert von Szent-Györgyi Nagyrapolt—received their Nobel Prize for work that they did abroad," he told The Scientist.

Accurate estimates of how many scientists left Hungary in the wake of the collapse of communism are hard to come by, but Pal Tamas, director of the Institute of Sociology at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences...

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