Ceremonial Senate Meeting for Honoris Causa Doctors and the opening of the Human well-being conference
Doctor Honoris Causa titles, Doctor et Professor Honoris Causa title, Professor Emeritus title and honorary professor title were conferred at the ceremonial meeting of the Senate of the University of Pécs held in the Dr. Halasy-Nagy József Aula on 16th November. The event was also the opening ceremony of the Human well-being conference.
According to the rules and regulations of the Doctorate Rules of the University, the Senate inaugurates those natives and those people from abroad who
- has persisted in studying their scientific fields for decades, - has gained international recognition, - has supported connection with the University of Pécs, - has provided great help and service towards the university, the Hungarian science and arts, - and whose inauguration by the Honoris Causa Doctor or the Doctor et professor Honoris Causa title enhances the reputation of the University of Pécs.
The Senate of the University of Pécs conferred the professor emeritus title and a gold badge bearing the crest of the university in recognition of his work as a recognized researcher in the fields of quantum optics, quantum information and the foundations of quantum mechanics, to
professor János Bergou.
The Senate of the University of Pécs conferred the honorary professor title and a silver badge bearing the crest of the university upon:
István Soós, Reader of the University of Sunderland.
We would like to congratulate our new honorary doctors and the honoured once again and we wish them to continue raising the reputation of the University of Pécs with their work.
Jubilee Agency Meeting at the University of Pécs - VIDEO
The University of Pécs hosted its international recruitment partners at a Jubilee Agency Meeting. The goal of the event was to depend the existing partnerships through a variety of programs in our city and find further ways of cooperation involving new academic fields.
XXIII General Assembly of the Compostela Group of Universities
More than 80 representatives of Higher Education Institutions from 20 countries attended the gathering at Pécs. During the academic sessions organised in the framework of the event, experts reflected about migrations and the changing roles of Universities in an interdependent world. The Compostela Group of Universities awarded the Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia to Marcelino Oreja Aguirre, driver of the designation of Saint James Way as the first cultural route of the Council of Europe, during the closing ceremony of its XXIII General Assembly, held in the Hungarian town of Pécs.
At the awarding ceremony, Almudena Hospido Quintana, vice-rector of Internationalization at the University of Santiago de Compostela, spoke on behalf of the members of the jury and pointed out that the words closing the Santiago Declaration "make great sense for those who want to build a solidarity and inclusion-focused society for their sons and daughters".
In his acceptance speech, Oreja Aguirre explained that his interest in this pilgrimage route arose at the university when she had to analyse the influence of the Camino de Santiago on diplomatic relations. He said that as a "public servant he would continue to work enthusiastically for the Way"and thanked the GCU for its important work in bringing it closer to the people.
After awarding the gold medal in shell shape to the prizewinner, the president of the Compostela Group of Universities, Marek Kręglewski, highlighted that "the shell is a symbol which unites Europe" and pointed out that the award will serve to remind Oreja Aguirre of his participation in European construction. Finally, he revealed that the economic contribution of the prize, 6.000 euros, will be allocated to Aldeas Infantiles SOS Galicia so that they could continue to support children, as they will be in charge of creating a better society based on the values of solidarity linked to Saint James’ Way.
In the discussion forums of the Compostela Dialogues in Higher Education and Compostela Café, experts addressed the different challenges faced by universities nowadays. At the roundtable of the IV Compostela Dialogues in Higher Education, they analysed the multiple of migrations and the role of universities across the globe. Besides, at the III Compostela Café they reflected about the incorporation of technology on the regional and university level, noting the relevance of adapting communications to younger generations.
These academic sessions, held at the University of Pécs, gathered more than 80 international representatives of Higher Education Institutions. The host university welcomed the XXIII General Assembly of the CGU in the framework of its of the 650th Jubilee Anniversary.
The General Assembly of Pécs was the venue for the first awards ceremony of the Research Pitches Contest of the Compostela Group of Universities, prizes that reward the three researchers from the member universities who knew best how to transmit the relevance and social contribution of their researchers through a video.
Compostela Group of Universities
The Compostela Group of Universities (GCU) is a non-profit international organisation that works for fostering cooperation and promoting dialogue in all areas of higher education. The GCU took its first steps in 1994 and since its creation, it has grown to unite more than 60 universities from all over the world. All the pilgrims of the Compostela Group of Universities share the values of cooperation and integration developed around Saint James’ Way.
Since 2013 the Sports’ Office has organized more than a hundred events in nearly 35 sports (Aerobic, track and field, table tennis, snooker, rattling ball, table football, go-kart, squash, fitness, floorball, futsal, handball, football (indoor and outdoor), basketball, streetball, swimming, volleyball, chess, tennis, hiking, etc.). In recent years, nearly sixteen thousand students have participated in these events.
Apart from the leisure activities, the Sports’ Office organizes competitions between the Faculties in different sports (outdoor football, volleyball, basketball, handball, futsal). These competitions run in a championship-scheme with more than a thousand students competing with each other.
On September 1. the University of Pécs celebrated the 650th anniversary of its foundation as the first university in Hungary. In October we warmly welcome you with several scientific and cultural events. Celebrate with us, visit our programmes!
The conference, which is joined by Design Week this year, aims to show the current position of the world-changing 3D printing technology. Visit our events and programmes including many lectures discussing technology from the basics and beyond. The programmes are free but reservation is necessary.
Similarly to recent years, venues managed by the city, university researchers, professors, and students, as well as more than 30 businesses cooperate to display the Design the South: fashion, glove industry, organ manufacturing, applied arts, jewellery making, architecture and interior design, 3D technologies and possibilities of their application, vehicle production, design, handicraft products, audio-visual technologies; film and video.
Celebrating the foundation jubilee of the ancient Pécs University, a two day long international conference is held discussing the most recent research findings of the PTE Library and Knowledge Centre and the PTE Faculty of Humanities, History Institute in the field of the Hungarian and European history of third-level education.
Archive records, postcards and recent photos made in the workshop of the University Archives Institute display probably the most important infrastructural background of the University and its predecessors: the buildings. The bilingual (English and Hungarian) publication’s target audience is not just the professionals, it also invites the alumni and current students of the University and the residents of the city for a time travel. The material of the publication and the exhibition was collected and prepared by István Lengvári and Judit Ruprech.
Fantastic? Scientifically engaging? - 3rd International Interdisciplinary 3D Conference
Fantastic? Scientifically engaging? You bet! Experience a glance through the window into the future during the upcoming two day event, the 3D Print Conference, hosted by the Medical School, University of Pécs’, October 2017!
The University of Pecs’ 3rd International Interdisciplinary 3D Conference presents contemporary use and techniques of 3D printing technology. This year’s conference is entitled, „Biomedical Use of 3D Printing,” originating from an interdisciplinary aspect.
Notably, the Faculty of Music and Visual Arts, chaired by Dr. György Fusz, has successfully planned the upcoming Design Week to coincide with the Annual 3D Print Conference. Honored guests include current 3D Print and Corporate representatives and attendee participation is naturally encouraged and welcomed with respect to the planned events, in which several interesting and motivating presentations describing the elementary basics of 3D Print Technology will be discussed. Our programs are considered unique since the admission is free, and only minor registration is required.
This year, the 3D Print Conference organizers expect an increase in foreign guests than compared with similar events of the past. One of our esteemed guests is the award-winner, Ms. Amy Karle (https://www.amykarle.com/about/)! Attendees can also meet the Accounting Manager from „Materialize!”, Mr. Simon Vanooteghem, and a radiologist from the respectable Basel based 3D Lab, Mr. Philipp Brantner.
One predominant characteristic of 3D Print Technology is the potential for revolutionary changes to spread throughout various scientific fields. The University of Pecs, clearly demonstrates this diversity remarkably well. During this year’s event, several notable and respected international and national presenters will demonstrate how today’s advances in 3D Print Technology is on the cusp of revolutionizing both industry and the fine arts. Today’s achievements, with respect to 3D Print Technology and its support to medical procedures, were deemed largely unimaginable just several years ago, yet today, researchers are finding it now entirely possible to generate ideal results utilizing 3D Print Technology.
What is DesignPécs? Pécs is a creative and livable city. A significant center of creative industry, its impact goes beyond the borders of the country and has international visibility. The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Pécs-Baranya, the Faculty of Music and Visual Arts University of Pécs, the Cultural Creative Industry Cluster and creative industry businesses have been cooperating, strengthening and helping each other for years. Traditionally the DesignPécs event will be held as part of their initiative and jointly organized by them in fall 2017.
DesignPécs – which is the official part of the Design Week Budapest event this year again – programs aim to familiarize the public with the region‘s outstanding creative industry sectors and the University of Pécs art and design workshop to introduce the local design resources and the multitude of opportunities.
In the past few years venues maintained by the city, university researchers and academics, students and more than 30 companies have come together to present the Design of the South: fashion, glove industry, organ production, applied art, jewelry, architecture and furnishing, 3D technologies and their possibilities, vehicle manufacturing and design, craft products, audiovisual technologies - film and video.
During DesignPécs Week technological, architectural, fine art design exhibitions, fashion shows, open design labs, seminars, trainings, workshops, design fairs, forums, roundtable discussions and concerts waiting for those interested.
The Regional FENS Meeting in Pécs will focus on the most recent discoveries in neuroscience from molecules to behavior, highlighting discoveries of translational potential. In addition to the wide range of scientific insights a special emphasis will be placed on cutting edge technologies. The conference will be held for four days and will include six plenary speaker sessions, eighteen symposia and three poster sessions.
Thomas SÜDHOF (Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine in 2013 for the “discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic, a major transport system in our cells”,Stanford University Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USA) “Towards a molecular logic of neural circuits"
Thomas C. Südhof is a German American neuroscientist who discovered key molecular components and mechanisms that form the basis of chemical signaling in neurons. His findings helped scientists to better understand the cellular mechanisms underlying neurological conditions such as autism, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer’s disease. For his breakthroughs, Südhof was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. In addition to the Nobel Prize, Südhof received the 2010 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience (with Rothman) and the 2013 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award. Throughout his career much of Südhof’s research focused on presynaptic neurons, which release neurotransmitters into the synapse between communicating cells. He elucidated the process by which synaptic vesicles, which are filled with neurotransmitters, fuse with neuronal membranes and undergo exocytosis, in which they release their neurotransmitters into the extracellular environment. He found that specific interactions between proteins, such as between Munc18-1 and SNARE proteins, as well as a molecular complex based on the proteins RIM and Munc13, are required for synaptic vesicle fusion.
Hannah MONYER (University of Heidelberg, Germany) ”Short- and long-range inhibitory neurones governing spatial representation and memory"
Hannah Monyer studied Medicine at the University of Heidelberg and obtained her MD degree in 1982. 1983–1986 she worked as a resident at the Dept. of Child Psychiatry of the University of Mannheim and at the Dept. of Pediatric Neurology at the University of Lübeck. She started her scientific career as a neurobiologist with Prof. Barry Tharp and Prof. Dennis Choi at Stanford University, California. In 1989 she returned to Heidelberg for a second postdoctoral period at the ZMBH with Prof. Peter Seeburg. She habilitated in Biochemistry in 1993. Since 1994 she has been an independent group leader, first as a junior professor and since 1999 heading the Department Clinical Neurobiology at Heidelberg University Hospital. In 2004 she was awarded the Leibniz Prize of the DFG. In 2009 she was appointed W3 Helmholtz Professor at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) Heidelberg. Her research group "Clinical Neurobiology" is a cooperational division of the Medical Faculty of the University and the DKFZ Heidelberg. Hannah Monyer's major scientific interests focus on mechanisms related to learning and memory. Her projects include investigations on the role of glutamate receptors in synaptic plasticity, the function of GABAergic interneurons underlying synchronous activity and memory and finally, the contribution of postnatally generated neurons for brain plasticity.
Anders BJÖRKLUND (Neuroscience Center, University of Lund, Sweden ) „Use of embryonic stem cells for dopamine cell replacement in Parkinson´s Disease"
Anders Björklund applied and was invited to join the medical school at the University of Lund, where he would stay for his entire career. Although to this day, Björklund remains interested in finding successful techniques for transplanting dopaminergic cells into Parkinson patients, he believes that there is promise for finding completely new – and perhaps more successful – therapies by investigating the usefulness of neurotrophic factors and better understanding the underlying cause of Parkinson disease. His research has been concerned with reparative and neuroprotective mechanisms in the CNS using cell replacement and gene transfer techniques. His group was early in the study of neural tissue transplants, and in the 1970’s they pioneered the development of methods for cell transplantation to the mammalian brain and spinal cord. Their most important contributions during this dynamic period included studies on the survival, integration and functional connectivity of fetal neuroblasts grafted to the CNS of adult rats, functional cell replacement in rodent models of Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease, and in animal models of hippocampal damage and cognitive decline. They have been one of the leading groups in the exploration of GDNF and its neuroprotective and regenerative properties in the nigro-striatal dopamine system and in the forefront of research aimed at developing recombinant AAV and lentiviral vectors for neuroprotective and restorative therapy in patients with Parkinson's disease.
Akihiro KUSUMI (Kyoto University, Japan) "Single-molecule view of the plasma membrane organization for signal transduction"
Akihiro Kusumi has studied in Kyoto, where he returned to work in 2005. He proposed an explanation for reduced diffusion speed of lipid and protein molecules in the cell membrane, based on a model of hop diffusion in which lipids are confined to a reduced space, created by a membrane-skeleton-induced compartments. These compartments allow the lipids or proteins freely in a limited region and limiting also the diffusion to other parts of the membrane. Getting to a new compartment is called "hop diffusion" while diffusion in the compartment is allowed by Brownian movement, the compartments of the cell are responsible of the reduced diffusion speed of the lipid or proteins when compared to artificial vesicles. His love of biological membranes, particularly in the neuronal network, was accidentally initiated when he, a senior majoring in physics at that time, entered a wrong lecture room where Prof. Shun-ichi Ohnishi of Kyoto University happened to be lecturing about the Singer-Nicolson’s fluid mosaic model in his membrane course in 1974. Prof. Ohnishi became his PhD advisor, with whom he studied the rotational diffusion of rhodopsin in reconstituted membranes. He did his first postdoc with Prof. Jim Hyde of the Medical College of Wisconsin, who is responsible for his experimental physics (nonlinear EPR of membranes, 1980-2). He did his second postdoc with Prof. Malcolm Steinberg (Princeton University, 1982-4), who is responsible for his cellular and developmental biology.
Attila LOSONCZY (Columbia University Medical Center, USA) "Imaging hippocampal circuits for navigation and memory"
Attila Losonczy received the MD degree from the Medical School, University of Pécs in 1999, and has been a member of the Kavli Institute for Brain Science since 2010. In 2011, Losonczy was named a Searle Scholar. In 2013, he was awarded the NARSAD Young Investigator Award. Losonczy was awarded the BRAIN Initiative Award by the National Institute of Health in two consecutive years, 2014 and 2015. Attila’s research program is aimed at understanding how mammalian cortical circuits mediate learning and formation of declarative memories – our repository of acquired information of people, places, objects and events. His laboratory uses functional imaging, electrophysiology, behavioral analysis, manipulation, and computational modeling to dissect the functional role of hippocampal excitatory, inhibitory and modulatory neural circuits in mnemonic functions. Subsequent work – combining in vivo functional imaging and perturbations of genetically-specified neurons during behavior – has redefined our understanding of hippocampal circuit function. For instance, they characterized the type of information carried by subcortical inputs to the hippocampus at a single synapse-level (Kaifosh et al., Nature Neuroscience, 2013), and they dissected the roles of hippocampal inhibitory circuits in navigation and learning (Lovett-Barron et al., Science, 2014, Lee et al. Neuron, 2014; Basu et al., Science 2016).
István MÓDY (UCLA BRAIN Research Institute, USA) "Interneurons in Alzheimer’s disease"
István Módy, Ph.D. is the Tony Coelho Distinguished Professor of Neurology and Distinguished Professor of Physiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and he also holds a part-time W3 Professorship in the Department of Epileptology, of the Bonn University Medical Center. He is a foreign member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the recipient of numerous international awards, including the Michael Prize for Epilepsy, the American Epilepsy Society’s Basic Scientist Award, the Hauptmann Prize, among others. Over the years, GABAergic inhibition in the brain has become the principal research focus of the Módy lab. He made some seminal discoveries in the field of epilepsy research including the demonstration that there are more synaptic GABAA receptors on epileptic neurons, but that the molecular composition of these receptors is different from those found in the non-epileptic brain. More recently, in a publication about the role of tonic inhibition following stroke, he demonstrated that an elevated level of this type of GABAergic tone hinders functional recovery after stroke in a mouse model of the disease. During the past few years, Prof. Módy’s lab has started addressing the hormonal control of neuronal excitability in females. His lab presently is working on alterations of GABAergic inhibition in mouse models of Alzheimer’s Disease, and reproductive depression models.
Programmes of the UP Sports Office for the Autumn of 2017
The University of Pécs is celebrating the 650th anniversary of the first Hungarian university this year. Honouring this jubilee, the university is giving place for various cultural, scientific or sport events in 2017.
20th September: International Day of University Sport
20th September has been designated as the International Day of University Sports by the UNESCO. The University of Pécs decided to join this programme: the Sports Office of the University is planning sport events on several locations. They expect that each faculty will represent itself with a team, which means that hundreds of university citizens will be mobilized. The students participating in the event will be exempted from going to classes on 20th September.
23rd September: 7th UP Dragon Boat Regatta
On the occasion of International Day of University Sport the UP Sport Office is planning to organize the Dragon Boat Regatta for the seventh time this autumn. The Dragon Boat Regatta will be organized for the seventh time this autumn. The purpose of the UP Sports Office is to go beyond the record number of applications of the Spring event of 2016, when 16 teams and more than 300 students applied. Rain day: 23rd September (Saturday)
30th September: UP “Rókaűzők” (Fox chasers)
In 2015 the University of Pécs decided to support a sports event that has been organized by the city of Kaposvár and Pécs for 20 years. This is the biggest long distance relay run in the autumn and from 2015 it is also part of the Hungarian University and College and Hungarian Relay Championship!
end of September- beginning of October
Naturally, the faculty championships organised by the Sports Office during the whole academic year will also be held and the Office also plans to organize the Futsal League, highly popular among male students, in both semesters.
1st October: UP 650 EHÖK Misina Peak Attack
The running race of Pécs City Council will be organized the fourth time this autumn. Here the best runners of UP can win 50 000 HUF in the university category.
18th October: 2nd UP Invisible Memorial Tour in Mecsek
Last year we celebrated the 60th anniversary of the 1956 Revolution. Mecsek Invisibles was the name of a small group of students, who continued to resist the Soviet forces after the revolution was crushed hiding in the Mecsek Mountains for months. The University of Pécs and the Sports Office paid tribute to their memory with an eight-kilometre tour in the Mecsek Mountains. The tour will consist of several stations where students can compete with each other. The Sport Office would like to continue this commemoration.
8th November: 6th UP Floorball Cup
The popular Floorball Cup will be organized for the sixth time this year. The purpose of this event is to guarantee that the mixed teams may take part in a fair contest having a good atmosphere.
22nd and 23rd November: 5th UP Night of Sports
The Night of Sports is an highlighted event of the UP Sports Office, which was first organized in the year when the Office was established in 2013. Since then it has been held each autumn. This sport event, mobilizing 12 teams in 12 sports during 12 hours, is extremely popular among students.
A Glimpse into the Future - 3D Print Conference at the University of Pécs
The University of Pecs’ 3D third annual Print Technology Conference welcomes everyone who is interested in the practical application of 3D printing technologies and visualizations. The event celebrates its third consecutive year and brings together notable experts and corporate entities in the developing field of 3D Print Technology.
Various segments of this year’s conference covers engineering, fine arts, biotechnology and dentistry including presentations by several international and national experts, who plan to demonstrate recent achievements through the use of complex exhibitions and interactive workshops.
The University of Pecs’ 3rd International Interdisciplinary 3D Conference will be held on 5-6th of October, at the Szentágothai János Research Center. This year’s conference organizers offer a stimulating agenda including the current state of 3D print technology. Additionally, several notable international and national guests will demonstrate how 3D print technology is revolutionizing sectors of manufacturing industry and the fine arts. Today’s achievements, with respect to 3D Print Technology and its support to medical procedures, were deemed largely unimaginable just several years ago, yet today, researchers are finding it now entirely possible to generate ideal results utilizing 3D Print Technology.
One predominant characteristic of 3D Print Technology is the potential for revolutionary changes to spread throughout various scientific fields. The University of Pecs, clearly demonstrates this diversity remarkably well. During this year’s event, several notable and respected international and national presenters will demonstrate current advances in 3D Print Technology and its positive effects on industry, the fine arts and medical sciences.
This year’s participating exhibitors plan to showcase equipment and device demonstrations, in which attendees will enjoy the opportunity to experience authentic 3D printers in action. Additionally, attendees will be invited to review, up close, a variety of 3D printed products. Following the demonstration exhibition, attendees will be invited to trace the development of 3D printed products originating from concept, onto computer design and eventually, the final 3D printed product.
Today, 3D Print Technology and visualization is a respected and highlighted field of research at the UOP. This year’s event presents the UOP’s professional levels of research and current achievements gained by members of the project including developmental 3D Print Technology and its various applications, and highlighting the generous support of nearly a two billion HUF EU sponsorship.
The technological breakthrough in 3D Print Technology is just now beginning and its effective impact is yet unpredictable. 3D Print Technology’s rapid development is spreading over fields of manufacturing industry, the fine arts and medical science. Recent advances in medical science demonstrate how quickly 3D Print Technology and innovation weaves its way into practical applications. In consideration of medical research, today’s 3D Print Technology’s developmental achievements include skull, vertebrae, joint components, throttle and, jaw prosthetics, all printed using refined construction materials, ideally suited to 3D Print Technology and fully customized to the client or patient. Additional benefits include cost-efficiency and rapid solutions when offering the patient various forms of treatment. This is the present, and the future regarding 3D Print Technology suggests even more breathtaking medical advances benefiting humankind.
According to several researchers, printing human organs in hopes of solving organ transplant shortage is not that far off. Meanwhile, others see the potential solution for health and well-being, contributing to longevity, in the operational use of 3D Print Technology.
Attendees to the UOP’s 3rd International Interdisciplinary 3D Conference in October will enjoy the opportunity to experience a glimpse into the future realm of 3D Print Technology.
Additional details, this year’s Conference highlights and program, and Conference registration are available at: http://conference.pte3d.hu/