In 2007, the founders of the Prima Primissima Award decided to launch a separate award in support of the young generation. Being a co-founder, The Hungarian Development Bank (MFB) has been sponsoring the “Hungarian Science” category from the beginnings to make the awardees role models for the new generations year after year. Similarly to the former years, the winners were selected by a professional jury set up at MFB’s request, while scientists, researchers and institution heads could nominate young talents (students, young colleagues) they found worthy of this prestigious prize. In 2021, physicist Dr. Zsuzsanna Pápa, an employee at our research institute has also won this award.
What tells most about Zsuzsanna’s research qualities is that she has been able to publish significant results in two diverse research areas of modern optics, ellipsometry and nanooptics. She is currently working on the combined application of these areas, and her first results in the field have already attracted great interest in the international scientific community.
During her research career, Dr. Zsuzsanna Pápa has been independently looking for new topics in fundamental and applied science that she finds socially useful. The young scientist has a long-term commitment to the cause of Hungarian science: she is intensely involved in the large-scale research programmes of ELI ALPS and Wigner Research Centre for Physics. Dr. Zsuzsanna Pápa is one of the most eminent young Hungarian experimental physicists, a role model for the next generation. We take this opportunity to send her our warmest congratulations on her achievement!
“Being the best is not the privilege of someone who has accumulated work achievements and experience throughout a lifetime. With special talent one can stand out early on, and if this talent is diligently nurtured and knowledge is developed, the gift wisely utilized can mature into future-shaping power.”