FuturICT Hungarian Kick Off Meeting
The project kick-off meeting at Szeged University (SZTE) took place on 7 December 2012. The project is sponsored by the Hungarian Government and started on December 1 for 24 month, with a budget of 1,6 billion HuF (ca 5.5 million Euro). The consortium is led by Mark Jelasity for SZTE, and the subproject leaders include Janos Kertesz (CEU) and George Kampis (Eötvös).
The goal of sciences has always been twofold: understand the world around us and contribute to the development of mankind, improve the quality of the life. As human society is getting more and more complex, new problems and opportunities are arising as consequences of globalization, technological, demographic and environmental changes. To combat these challenges we have to unite the forces of many disciplines and reach new scientific breakthroughs, address the techno-socio-economic challenges in a common multidisciplinary framework. Hungary has a long tradition of excellence in various fields of sciences and a strong commitment to participate in the FuturICT effort.