The Foundation for National Priority Programs in Social Sciences and the Humanities Foundation (NPPSSH) has recently held its third conference designed to convey some of its research results to a wider professional public. For all its shrinking resources over the past few years, the Foundation has functioned as an important tool, unique in many respects, of Hungarian science policy. Founded in 1992, it has re-assessed its research priorities no less than three times in flexible adjustment to emerging challenges to Hungarian society.
One of the most vital objectives of Foundation is to explore how Hungary can adjust to a vast set of conditions involved in its prospective EU membership. The comprehensive lectures read at the plenary session as well as the energetic debates heard at section meetings are all meant to render assistance to responsible officials in government while fulfilling all professional requirements in their arguments. Stressed among the many programs supported and financed by Foundation were not only issues of macro- and micro-economy with their international linkages, administration and regional development, education, family, social policies and security issues but also research relating to the exploration and publication of Hungarian cultural heritage, hungarology at large as well as present-day history.
Presided over by László Valki, the plenary session of the conference was held on 26 April, 2000 in the Main Building of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The section meetings took place on the following day. Herewith the slightly edited versions of the plenary lectures in the order they were read. Broken down into research priorities, section debates are published here in summary form.