The Height of Summer

And it’s HOT! [To be quite precise: we are in-between two heat waves over here in Hungary…]

And there’s so much to do in the Summer, wouldn’t you agree? For instance, one might choose to plunge deep into organising an IGeLU conference…

OR: have fun! 😉

Although Hungary has no seaside, we boast the largest freshwater lake in Central Europe: Lake Balaton , also home to one of Hungary’s 22 wine regions.

[For a concise introduction to Hungarian wine regions consult this downloadable brochure]

Talking of wine and heat: the Hungarian answer to fighting the latter by drinking the former is “fröccs” (aka “Spritzer”  in German-speaking regions) which is as much a Hungarian invention as soda water: we, Hungarians, firmly believe so 🙂

[As to carbonated water: it is a fact that Jedlik Ányos (also inventor of the electric motor *) constructed the first contraption he called “”apparatus acidularis”   to make large quantities of it in 1826. He published his findings in the “Zeitschrift für Physik und Mathematik” in 1830 under the title “Bereitung Künstlicher Säuerlinge”.]

Fröccs comes in endless varieties (with as many names), depending on wine/soda ratio. (For details consult the links above or google it.  🙂 )

[*For more on Hungarian inventions and inventors see our special timeline.]

Hot as it is, one sometimes gets hungry as well as thirsty…

What do Hungarians do if they get hungry on the beach? Buy some Hungarian fast food, of course! 🙂

Well, the most typical Hungarian fast food is “lángos”,  a sort of deep fried flat bread, topped with salt, garlic, sour cream, cheese, or all of the above.

Fortunately, you don’t have to come all the way to  Hungary to taste it: the New York City also has a Lángos Truck!


If, however, they would rather cook something (which is also quick & cheap),  it must be “lecsó” , a vegetable stew with only four basic ingredients: oil, onions, peppers (“paprika” – but not the ground variety!) and tomatoes, seasoned with salt (to taste) and a bit of sugar to accentuate flavors.

Whatever else you add is totally up to you!

Happy cooking!

[More Hungarian recipes here]

There’s No Accounting…

…for taste…

Formula-One Champion Lewis Hamilton  did fell prey to his preference for floral outfits this weekend when he was denied entrance to the Royal Box at Wimbledon.


One might wonder when he developed a liking to such conspicous attire – and one particular occasion instantly comes to mind: the 2011 Hungarian Grand Prix!

How’s that for butterfly-effect? 🙂

[Other celebrities spotted sporting “Kalocsai” ([ˈkɒloʧɒi] (a type of Hungarian folk embroidery) motifs: Nicole Kidman, Emma Watson and Suri Cruise.]

En avant, marche!

The official conference programme is available at last! (Subject only to minor changes.)

So now is the time to march into your boss’s office and and demand that you are allowed to go! 🙂

To put you in the mood, here’s some help from us: the “Rákóczi induló”, a march dating back (at least) to the 18th century, named after II. Rákóczi Ferenc, Prince of Transylvania and  leader of a (failed…) uprising (1703-1711) against the Habsburgs. (See our historical timeline for details.)

The tune has been popular ever since, none more so than during the 19th century, when it caught the fancy of both  Hector Berlioz   and Liszt Ferenc.
It also used to serve as the national anthem for Hungary until the current  one was written (1844).

The “Marche Hongroise” from Berlioz’s “La damnation de Faust” (1866). (Please note how, at 1:16,  Herr Schwarzenegger is helping out the Zubin Mehta, the conductor. 🙂 )

For your convenience, here is the direct link to the registration page.



Success, Success, Success

We, Hungarians generally consider ourselves a rather pessimistic people, but there is simply no denying that during the past couple of weeks we did have a taste of success.

1st News

Dear Colleagues,

we are setting up this new section to share bits and bobs of info that might either be useful or (hopefully) interesting so that you can make the most of your stay in Budapest, Hungary.

We are also hoping that those still on the fence whether they should come will be encouraged to do so.

The first piece of news we are happy to announce is that the „Introduction to Hungary and Budapest” section has been updated, which now also includes a timeline.

Questions and feedback are always welcome at this e-mail address.


Looking forward to meeting you in person,

The Organising Committee


PS: Do not forget to check back from time to time 🙂