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Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) was founded in 1635 by the archbishop and theologian Péter Pázmány. In 1950 the university was reorganized and adopted the name of one of its professors, the world-famous physicist, Loránd Eötvös. Now ELTE is one of the largest and most prestigious public higher education institutions in Hungary. ELTE has eight faculties: (1) Education and Psychology, (2) Humanities, (3) Informatics, (4) Law, (5) Primary and Pre-School Education, (6) Science, (7) Social Sciences and (8) the Bárczi Gusztáv Faculty of Special Needs Education. If you would like to read more about our university, you find informations here:

Our campus, the Lágymányosi Campus gives home not just for the Faculty of Science, but also for Faculty of Informatics and Faculty of Social Sciences. It was built in 2002 on the scenic banks of the Danube. This is the most modern campus in Hungary.

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The Faculty of Science ( is one of the largest faculties of ELTE. It has 44 departments, organized in eight institutes: (1) Institute of Biology, (2) Institute of Chemistry, (3) Institute of Environmental Studies, (4) Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, (5) Institute of Mathematics and (6) Institute of Physics.

One of the 13 departments at the Institute of Biology ( is the Department of Ethology ( The predecessor of our department was the Laboratory of Behavioral Genetics. In 1990, under the leadership of Professor Vilmos Csányi, the Laboratory of Behavioral Genetics became the Department of Ethology. In 1994, Vilmos Csányi, Ádám Miklósi, József Topál, Antal Dóka founded the Family Dog Project (, which is currently the most famous research group of the department. The group studies the behavioral and cognitive aspects of the dog-human relationship, and is one of the largest dog research groups in the world. The head of the department (and the Institute of Biology) is Dr. Ádám Miklósi.

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