Professional Committees

Professional Committees

Professional Committees

Agricultural Science Section

As early as the first National Conference in 1955, there were papers presented on agricultural research. An individual Agricultural Science Section was first organised in the course of the third National Conference in 1959. Over the following years, the section became central to the National Conference and has remained so ever since. Not everything has remained the same, however: structural changes in agriculture have naturally influenced higher education and SRS as well; in addition, the number of participating institutions has increased.

Today, the Agricultural Science Section encompasses a wide spectrum: apart from traditional agricultural topics such as forestry, horticulture, agricultural technology, animal sciences and food science, new research topics have emerged in agricultural economics, biotechnology and nature conservation.

Legal and Political Science Section

Before the establishment of the Legal and Political Science Section, there was an independent conference series for students of legal science. Law students joined the nationwide system of SRS for the first time at the 7thNational Conference, in 1965. At that time, approximately 26-29 papers were put forward in the section; however, in recent National Conferences, the number has verged on 300 submissions.

The section has a strong link with current legal issues and law-making. When a particular fundamental legal code is accepted, the number of papers discussing that particular body of law multiplies. Therefore, the sessions and the topics of the papers are representative of not only current research trends in higher education, but also of law-making and state structure.

Compared to other sections, the Legal and Political Science Section has various distinctive characteristic features. On the one hand, the number of papers to be submitted is limited (by an institutional quota system) and on the other, every paper has – besides the usual two expert reviewers – a student opponent, as well.

Biological Sciences Section

This section is a relatively new addition to the National Conference system. It was established in 2001 following the division of the former Natural Science Section (the other newly-formed section is the Earth Science, Physics and Mathematics Section). The first conference was held in Eötvös Lóránd University and was followed by two conferences organised at the University of Szeged and Pécs, respectively. Alongside the permanent sessions of plant physiology, plant structure, genetics, hydrobiology, microbiology and conservation biology, other, more specialised areas have also been covered, such as virology, taxonomy and synzoology. This section focuses on the diversity of biological research, reflecting the development of biology and topics in vogue among students.

Earth Science, Physics and Mathematics Section

This section came into being with the division of the Natural Sciences section into two, separate sections. Its first Conference was held at the University of Pécs in 2001. As the name suggests, the section is a very diverse one, because there are significant differences between the three sub-sections. The section is pioneering in many respects: in order to avoid a conflict of interests in the committees assessing student presentations, most stringent regulations of all the sections are in place, i.e. no member of the committee in a given session can be affiliated with any of the institutions represented by the student speakers. In addition, it is in this section that the strictest rules are applied to the work of the committee members, who, as a rule, are also the blind reviewers of the student papers presented in their session.(in most other sections such correspondence is only incidental).

Students from Hungarian-speaking areas of the neighbouring countries have long been represented in large numbers in this section. This surely contributed to the fact that the 2015 Conference was hosted by Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The lengthy preparation process of the first Conference abroad was initiated and managed by Dr. Tamás Weiszburg associate professor, former President of the Earth Science, Physics and Mathematics Professional Committee and current Vice-President of the Council. Babes-Bolyai University co-organized the event with Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania (scholarly responsibilities) and the Hungarian Student Society of Cluj-Napoca (operational tasks).

Military Science and Law Enforcement Section

Students of military colleges and the Police Academy were first permitted introduce their research in 1977 at the 13rdNational Conference, and have been participating at the Conference ever since. A separate Military Science Section was established in 1989 at the 19thNational Conference organised by Zalka Máté Military Technical College. Its name, however, was changed to the Military Science and Law Enforcement Section at the 29thNational Conference in response to the increasing number of papers submitted on law enforcement.

There have long been regular sessions in the section; however, in recent conferences many new areas were introduced such as Civil-Military Co-operation (CIMIC), infocommunications, road and object security, international security and law enforcement sociology.

Humanities Section

Papers in humanities have played a crucial role in the National Conference series from the very beginning. In the first couple of years, all branches of the social sciences organised a conference together, which was later followed by the division of the different fields. The Humanities Section emerged in this process and has been represented as a separate section ever since.

Following the general trend of the Conferences, the Humanities Sections have also become significantly larger in the course of their history: in the 2000s, Humanities was the biggest section with approximately 300-400 papers presented (the first section to outnumber Humanities was Economic Science at the 30thNational Conference, in 2011). Notwithstanding the great number of participants in the section, the number of institutions/faculties represented is not significantly higher compared to the other sections (20-24). This can be attributed to the fact that in each institution or faculty many fields of humanities are represented, and it is in humanities that SRS are the most deeply rooted and well-established. Therefore, relatively few institutions can qualify a proportionately larger number of students to the finals.

Informatics Section

A section in the field of informatics was organised for the first time at the 11thNational Conference, with the name Information Technology and Automation. It was renamed as the Informatics Section in 1991 at the 20thNational Conference Not only is informatics a rapidly developing field of science, but it also has probably the most significant influence on other areas, as well. Therefore, papers in this section are extremely exciting because on many occasions they are nothing but glimpses into the future.

Chemistry and Chemical Industry Section

Originally, chemists participated in the Natural Sciences Section of the National Conference, only later to be transferred into the Technical and Chemistry Section. The first separate Chemistry Section was organised at the 10thNational Conference in 1971, in 1985 it became the Chemistry and Chemical Industry Section. The section has had a relatively stable history in terms of submissions. In the middle of the 2000s, there was a decrease in the number of papers presented, but as statistics from the previous two National Conferences show, this tendency is being reversed with an average of 200 papers being submitted per Conference. The decrease in the middle of the previous decade was the result of a number of factors: the transformation of the industrial structure, the introduction of the Bologna process and the fact that most secondary school students now stop learning chemistry at the age of 16.

Whatever the reasons, there was most a welcome increase in the number of presentations at the previous two National Conferences despite the decrease in the number of participating institutions/faculties from 10-12 to 8-9.

Economic Science Section

Papers on economics were first submitted in the Social and Natural Sciences Section because a distinct Economic Science Section was only established in the 11thNational Conference. After the 25thNational Conference, the number of papers increased dramatically and as a result, the Economic Science Section became the most represented of all the sections in the 30thand 31stNational Conferences (in 2011, 494 papers were submitted, which increased to 570 by 2013). In addition to the large number of papers, the number of institutions/faculties represented is also very high, with 40-50 in total.

Due to the large number of very diverse papers, the section had 57 sessions in the last National Conference, including multiple sessions in some topic areas highly popular with students, such as regional economy, accounting and control, regional development, regional management and regional organisation.

Technological Sciences Section

Technological sciences and chemistry had a joint section in the National Conference for a long time, but at the 10thConference the two were divided. Since then – for more than 40 years – both have had an individual section at the biennial National Conference.

The Technological Sciences Section, just like Economic Science, had a steady number of submissions over a long period, with a similar sudden and significant increase in the 2010s. While 280 papers were presented at the 29thNational Conference in 2009, two years later this number increased to 381, to reach 487 by the time of the 31stConference. Nevertheless, there was no dramatic change in the number of participating institutions/faculties, a clear indication that it is the same institutions involved in technical research at student level but that they have managed to encourage increasing student participation. In other words, this tendency shows that more and more students join the SRS, a sign of the outstanding importance they attach to acquiring scientific knowledge and conducting scientific research. We hope that this tendency will continue and, as before, quality will be as important for institutions as quantity.

Arts and Art Theory Section

Arts and Art Theory is the youngest of all the sections of the Conference. Though artworks were presented as early as the first National Conference, a separate section only emerged in 2003, it was first hosted by the Hungarian University of Arts and Design (currently known as Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design). The new section immediately became a huge success and has been a most welcome addition to the diversity of the National Conference ever since.

The Arts and Art Theory Section traditionally includes visual and applied arts, design, and music, but in the latest Conferences new sessions devoted to installation, intermedia, motion picture, theatre, dance and action art have also made an appearance.

Throughout the years, more and more Hungarian art institutions have joined the work of the Arts and Art Theory Section and today nearly all of them are represented at the National Conference. As a result, the section has become so large and diverse – besides presentations, there are also exhibitions, concerts, installations, and shows – that its organisation presents extraordinary demands on the hosting institution.

Medical and Health Sciences Section

Similarly to the Legal and Political Science Section, the number of presentations is also restricted here. Institutional quotas were raised significantly on two occasions, however: before the 31stand 32ndNational Conferences. Therefore, the size of the section has doubled and, parallel with that, the number of sessions increased from 18 (2011) to 66 (2013). These changes were necessitated by the fact that the number of participants in the annual institutional qualifying conferences has varied from 300 to 400, which means twice as many potential speakers in the finals. Since currently about 500 papers can be presented at the National Conference, the role of the institutional filter is more important than ever.

For a long time, the Conference in this field was held under the name of Medical Sciences Section, which was changed to Medical and Health Sciences Section at the 29thNational Conference, in 2009. At the same time, new health science sessions were introduced, which made conference topics more varied.

Library Science, Pedagogy, Psychology and Andragogy Section

The Library Science, Pedagogy, Psychology and Andragogy Section includes four scientific fields in which there are diverse study programmes offered by a significant number of institutions. Consequently, although it is essentially an average-sized section as far as the number of submitted papers is concerned, the number of institutions represented is relatively high.

The former name of the section was Library Science, Pedagogy, Psychology and Public Education Section, but it was changed to its current name at the 30thNational Conference.

The section has a large number of traditional topic areas, which include pedagogy, history of education, general psychology, personality psychology, social psychology, pedagogical issues in andragogy and library science. At the latest two Conferences, however, several new topics have emerged, such as social disadvantage and child protection; adult education; management theory; cultural mediation, transmission of culture and education; and psychological, pedagogical and sociological issues of library work.

Learning and Teaching Methodology and Knowledge Technology Section

The Learning and Teaching Methodology and Knowledge Technology Section continues the legacy of its predecessor, the Education Technology Section, which was established at the 12thNational Conference, in 1975. The majority of its participants were students of teacher training colleges and kindergarten teacher training institutions. Later, the section was renamed as the Subject Pedagogy and Education Technology Section, which was changed to its current name at the 30thNational Conference. The section functions as a forum for students whose research concentrates on learning and teaching methodology.

Social Sciences Section

At the beginning of the history of SRS, the Social Sciences Section incorporated several disciplines: among others, students in humanities and economics also had the opportunity to present their papers here. The direct predecessor of today's Social Sciences Section, however, was the so-called Marxism-Leninism Section. It was organised for the first time in 1969, and continued to work as such up until 1987 (let us disregard here that at three consecutive National Conferences it featured as the Marxism-Leninism and Economics Section). The original name of the section re-emerged again in the year of the change in the political regime in Hungary, at the 1989 Conference.

There are fairly regular topics in the section and the list of its sessions has not changed significantly in the latest three Conferences. Multiple sessions on a topic area clearly indicate its popularity: it is not unusual to see 2 to 4 sessions of 6 to 15 papers on philosophy, cultural and social anthropology, media, communication, international and political studies, social work, social policy and sociology.

Sports Science and Physical Education Section

The Sports Science and Physical Education Section has been present in the system of biennial National Conferences since its establishment in 1991. Though the section is a relatively small one (there are approximately 100 papers presented at each Conference), a wide range of institutions is represented in the section. At the 31stNational Conference, participants came from 12 institutions in Hungary and from 2 universities in neighbouring countries. The sessions reflect the diversity of students' approach to physical education and sports science: for example, at the 31stNational Conference there were separate sessions for papers on the social and psychological aspects of physical education and sports, while there were also many presentations on kinesiology and sports biology

utolsó frissítés dátuma: 2019.7.30