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Collegium Budapest, an Institute for Advanced Study and a Centre of Excellence

Collegium Budapest has been operating for 18 years now. The purpose of Collegium Budapest is to promote culture and the sciences by giving internationally recognized academics and young researchers an opportunity to pursue research of their choice in an international, intellectually stimulating environment. Following the model of the pioneering Princeton Institute for Advanced Study, the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in Wassenaar (NIAS), the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences in Uppsala (SCASSS) and other similar institutions (see list of related institutions on the Networking page), Collegium Budapest is the first IAS-type institute in the post-communist region.

By inviting outstanding Western and Eastern scholars to Budapest and offering them a common temporary workplace in the intimate medieval Castle district, the institute strove to rebuild – after 50-year-long isolation – the international contacts of scholars and academic institutions in the CEE region. In the course of these 18 years, Collegium Budapest has emerged as a major international academic centre and a model for new forms of academic co-operation, where such core research and fundamental scholarship are fostered that enable the institute to significantly contribute to the stemming of brain drain still prevailing in the region. It has given birth to many innovative, individual and institutional joint projects conducted by scholars from the West and CEE.

Science publishes 'Spontaneous Cortical Activity Reveals Hallmarks of an Optimal Internal Model of the Environment'. (January 2011)

by Pietro Berkes† and former Collegium Budapest Fellows József Fiser, Máté Lengyel and Gergő Orbán.

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