Members of the Young Academy of Europe are in the centre of European scientific life and are even able to influence European Union policy decisions. Two recognized researchers of the University of Szeged, Csaba Janáky and Gergely Röst from the Faculty of Science and Informatics have been elected for members of YAE. The experts set out their position on open access publications, illustrating their point of view with a publication model from Szeged.
In the event of the joint conference of Academia Europaea and Young Academy of Europe, newly selected members were awarded with a certificate in Barcelona.
Gergely Röst, assistant professor at the Faculty of Science and Informatics and the Hungarian Academy of Science – University of Szeged Analysis research group, currently working in Oxfor, attended the event.
The European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities (ALLEA = All European Academies) pointed out the necessity of an international organization dedicated to young researchers in 2010-2011 – this is how YAE was created six years ago. The Academy consists of 200 members with eight Hungarians at the moment.
’I had a positive overall impression at the event. I have met youngsters committed to the promotion of European science, who are among the best in their respective research field. I learnt a lot from them’ said Gergely Röst.
According to Csaba Janáky, who has successfully taken part in the ERC Starting Grant tender of the Euoropean Research Council, the main mission and aim of YAE is to take a position in important debates. Members of the institution shair their enthusiasm regarding science and they are always ready to form an opinion on the future of science and they promote scientific awareness-raising. The Hungarian Academy of Science is also planning to launch an institution dedicated to young researchers.
’YAE membership does not involve special privileges, apart from the recognition of being elected as a member of a prestigious international organization; it can be considered as a possibility to project young researchers’ views in scientific management on a European level’ said Gergely Röst. ’As for me, discussion with EU-delegate Robert-Jan Smith was the most prominent event. Mr Smith is responsible for modeling the open access publication within the framework of the so-called Plan S. This might bring changes on a large scale in scientific publishing. An example in the Bolyai Institute of the University of Szeged can be highlighted: open accessed ’diamond’ publications are available without having to pay. This journal is called EJQTDE (Electronic Journal of Qualitative Theory of Differential Equations).’
Gergely Röst presented the journal ranked and recognized by international lists and the necessary financial resources in Barcelona. ’Robert-Jan Smith appreciated our effort, therefore I truly hope our presentation can affect Plan S in the future’ he added.