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University Professors Receive Award

The city of Debrecen acknowledged the achievements of two professors employed by the University of Debrecen on the occasion of October 23 by presenting them with Hatvani Awards.
Every year, on the occasion of October 23, the General Assembly of the City of Debrecen traditionally recognizes the accomplishments of those of its citizens who have obtained an outstanding result in the fields of science, arts, health care, social activities, sports, or architecture.
University Professors Receive Award 
The prestigious Hatvani Awards of the City of Debrecen are conventionally conferred by the General Assembly upon those individuals who have done something exceptional and/or impressive to promote the domestic and international recognition of the city while working in the sphere of natural sciences, economy, health care, social work, tourism, or protection of the environment.
This year, the General Assembly decided that the Hatvani Award of the City of Debrecen would go to Béla Kovács, Professor and Institute Head of Debreceni Egyetem Mezőgazdaság-, Élelmiszertudományi és Környezetgazdálkodási Kar Élelmiszertudományi Intézete [Institute of Food Science of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and Environmental Management at the University of Debrecen], and to Zoltán Trócsányi, Academician and Department Head at Debreceni Egyetem Természettudományi és Technológiai Kara [Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Debrecen].
Béla Kovács graduated from Kossuth Lajos Tudományegyetem as a chemist. He is currently Professor and Institute Head of Food Science of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and Environmental Management at the University of Debrecen. In 1993, he received a certificate of English-Hungarian translator specialized in the field of chemistry and also earned his PhD degree. In 2002, the title of habilitált doktor [Dr. habil.] was conferred upon him in the field of crop production and horticulture. He is a member of the English Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health. He works as a senior professor in undergraduate programs on food engineering, graduate programs on food safety and quality, and in their English-language varieties as well as in the relevant doctoral programs.  During the course of his extensive international academic activities and field trips, he has signed several cooperation agreements with universities and professional institutions in India, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Japan, Austria, and Australia. Apart from his work as a researcher, he is also very active and efficient in preparing his students to participate in competitive academic activities, including contests like Országos Tudományos Diákköri Konferencia [National Scientific Students’ Association Conference] and Országos Magyar Élelmiszer-tudományi és Technológiai Egyesület Tudományos Diákköri Konferencia [National Hungarian Food Science and Technology Association Scientific Students’ Associations Conference].
Zoltán Trócsányi also graduated from Kossuth Lajos Tudományegyetem, but as a physicist in 1985. From 1987 to 1990, he was a PhD student at Virginia State University, from where he earned his doctoral degree in mathematics and physics. Between 1990 and 1993, he went to a variety of schools in the State of Colorado, Austria, and Italy. At present, he acts as a professor and department head at the Faculty of Science and Technology, the University of Debrecen. An active participant in Debrecen’s academic life, he endeavors to facilitate the popularization of physics and natural sciences in the city and at the university. He has published more than a thousand scholarly articles so far. In 2007, he received the award Marx György Fizikai Szemle Nívódíja, and he has been a regular member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences since 2013. Owing to his efforts and achievements in science and social life, the city of Debrecen is now recognized as one of the preeminent research locations in the field of physics in the world.
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