About Us

About Us






Prof. Dr. Gábor Szabó

Managing Director

As of January 1, 2020, Prof. Dr. Gábor Szabó physicist, university professor and member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences has been assigned as Managing Director of ELI-ALPS Research Institute.

From 2006-2010 Professor Szabó played a key role in developing the scientific proposal that resulted in ELI-ALPS Laser Research Institute being established in Szeged, Hungary. As a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of ELI-ALPS since 2010, Professor Szabó has been actively involved in developing the scientific strategy and laser infrastructure of our institute. His scientific expertise includes generation of ultrashort light-pulses, ultra-fast laser spectroscopy, nonlinear optics, photoacoustic spectroscopy, and the medical applications of lasers amongst others.

Prof. Dr. Gábor Szabó was the Rector of the University of Szeged from 2010-2018.

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Prof. Katalin Varjú

Science Director


Prof. Katalin Varjú was appointed Science Director (covering the Research Technology Director position as well), effective 1st October 2019.




Prof. Dimitris Charalambidis

Chief Scientific Advisor

Dimitris Charalambidis is a physicist, have participated in ELI project since the very beginning.

He is a full professor at the Physics Department of University of Crete, Heraklion, Greece and collaborating university professor of FORTH-IESL. 

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