Prof. József Pálinkás
President, National Research, Development and Innovation Office, Hungary
Professor József Pálinkás is the President of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office of Hungary. As an atomic physicist he is author or coauthor of more than 1100 scientific publications, with over 18 000 citations. He is ordinary member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA) and of Academia Europaea. In addition to his previous appointments as Research Professor, and Director of the MTA Institute for Nuclear Physics (ATOMKI), Research Fellow in the US and Sweden, Director of the Institute of Physics at the University of Debrecen (UD), and President of the UD, he also served as Minister of Education (2001–2002), Member of Parliament (2006–2008) and President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (2008–2014).
His past and present international commitments include presidency of the World Science Forum (2008–2014), vice-presidency of the European Academies Science Advisory Council (2011–2016), and membership of the Science Europe Governing Board (2012–2014). Upon completing his mandate as Government Commissioner for Research, Development and Innovation, he was appointed President of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office of Hungary on 1 January 2015.