CER Institute of Evolution (IE)


The Institute of Evolution is currently pursuing the following broad research topics:

  • The origin of life; Major transitions in evolution (team leader: Eörs Szathmáry).
    Research on the landmark events of the origin and evolution of life from the first communities of chemical replicators to the occurrence of human language.
  • The coevolution of cooperation and communication; Evolutionary robotics (team leader: Tamás Czárán)
    Research on the origin and evolution of cooperation, communication and language in human communities, using in silico models and an approach unique to Hungary: evolutionary robotics.
  • Evolution and learning (team leader: Eörs Szathmáry)
    The possible role of (formal) learning mechanisms in diverse kinds of evolutionary processes is being studied, as well as the reverse mechanisms of the potential contribution of evolutionary dynamics to learning, with special emphasis on complex cognition.
  • Emerging diseases; Darwinian medicine (team leader: Gábor Földvári).
    Research on the dynamics, evolutionary background and societal impacts of new diseases occurring at localities not affected before.

Czárán Tamás, DSc


+36 1 279 3100


1121 Budapest, Konkoly-Thege Miklós út 29-33.