Inauguration of the first facility of Science Park Szeged – the event was hosted by ELI ALPS

The Incubator House of the University of Szeged, the first facility of the Science Park located next to ELI ALPS, was officially opened on 11 January 2022.

Inauguration of the first facility of Science Park Szeged  – the event was hosted by ELI ALPS


As the Minister for Innovation and Technology said during the ceremony, the Government intends to make Hungary one of the major innovators by 2030, and encourages Hungarian professionals to exploit their abilities by supporting a research career advancement system and by setting up state-of-the-art infrastructure. “Across the country, we will establish 14 scientific innovation parks, including the one in Szeged, to facilitate the transfer of knowledge generated in the academia to the enterprises,” Prof. László Palkovics announced.



The building engineering, as well as the heavy and weak current systems of the newly inaugurated Incubator House with a useful floor area of 3,300 square metres have been refurbished by FERROÉP Zrt. The facility, which has been fitted with laboratories and offices, will be home to the headquarters of the Hungarian Centre of Excellence for Molecular Medicine (HCEMM). The next stage of development in Science Park Szeged covering an area of 0.85 square kilometres will be the construction of the building of the Automotive Competence Centre. The plans to be implemented in the near future include the erection of a visitor and conference centre, as well as the construction of a campus building that would provide modern dwelling units for students and researchers alike. A further element of restructuring engineering education at the University of Szeged and the development of research infrastructure is the construction of the building complex of the technical/technological and innovation centre, which will accommodate test laboratories, classrooms, spaces for practical work, as well as a conference room.


During the opening ceremony, the Ministry for Innovation and Technology and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), represented by Director General Prof. Edith Heard, signed a cooperation agreement. “Hungary has been member of the EMBL network since 2017, and to date, Hungarian institutes have joined 14 research programmes of this network. The purpose of this cooperation agreement is to enable Hungarian research groups to participate in more projects much more intensely. Our aim is to strengthen research not only in molecular biology, but also in boundary areas such as attosciences, bioinformatics, biomedicine,” Prof. László Palkovics said.


Photo: ITM


After the inauguration of the Incubator House, Prof. Gábor Szabó, Managing Director of ELI ALPS, Prof. Katalin Varjú, Science Director of ELI ALPS and Prof. Károly Osvay Leader of the Transmutation Project showed the guests the experimental equipment of the Laser Transmutation Laboratory at our institute.




Image source of header and 2. photo: ITM


Header image from left to right::

Dr. Christoph W. Sensen, Director General, Hungarian Centre of Excellence for Molecular Medicine

Pál Gábor Nemesi, Director General, FERROÉP Zrt. 

Prof. László Rovó, Rector, University of Szeged

Prof. Edith Heard, Director General, European Molecular Biology Laboratory

Prof. László Palkovics, Minister, Ministry for Innovation and Technology

Dr. István Szabó, Vice President, National Research, Development and Innovation Office

Dr. Judit Fendler, Chancellor, University of Szeged

Prof. Gábor Szabó, Chairman, Foundation for the University of Szeged and Director General of ELI ALPS