About Us


Organised on 8-10 March 2016 in Budapest by the Antall József Knowledge Centre in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary and the International Visegrad Fund, think.BDPST is a strategic conference focusing on regional development and the perspectives of research, innovation and future technologies.

The main objective of the conference, think.BDPST, is to provide a regional platform for high-level representatives of the governmental, academic, and business sectors to initiate dialogue about the different approaches to innovation and new technologies, including the security, economic, and social dimensions. think.BDPST also offers an opportunity for policymakers to discuss possibilities of fostering smart growth solutions, exchanging experiences and best practices, as well as drafting joint action plans.

With initiating such dialogues, the conference aims to foster cooperation, promote the implementation of joint activities, as well as facilitate the formation of strategic partnerships in the Central European region, with specific regard to the V4 countries. The conference could greatly contribute to the establishment of a common regional development framework.

As part of the eleven panels of the three-day think.BDPST conference, the following topics will be discussed in greater detail: perspectives and possibilities for an R+D friendly environment; the social dimensions of innovation, with special regard to the impact of innovation on education, the ways in which innovation transforms the structure of the labour market, a new dimension of content consumption; social entrepreneurship including the possibility of changing public services to new providers, the role of innovation in urban planning and new technologies in urban infrastructure; genetic engineering and its risks; as well as security challenges in the age of new technologies.


Antall József Knowledge Centre

The Antall József Knowledge Centre (AJKC) came into being in the form of a foundation in cooperation with the Corvinus University of Budapest. The institution is named after Dr József Antall (1932–1993), the first freely elected Prime Minister of Hungary, who served from 1990 to 1993.

The Knowledge Centre is an organisation independent of parties, ideologies and current politics. Its primary objectives are to foster the Antall tradition and promote the spread of knowledge.

Our main mission is to launch programmes which, beyond the theoretical education provided by universities, equip students with wide-ranging practical knowledge via conferences, lecture series, trainings and roundtable conversations. The profile of the Knowledge Centre is also characterised by research activities and publications in the field of political and social sciences.

In Cooperation with:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary

International Visegrad Fund

The International Visegrad Fund is an international organization based in Bratislava founded by the governments of the Visegrad Group (V4) countries - the Czech Republic, Hungary, the Republic of Poland, and the Slovak Republic - in 2000.

The purpose of the fund is to facilitate and promote the development of closer cooperation among citizens and institutions in the region as well as between the V4 region and other countries, especially in the Western Balkan and Eastern Partnership regions. The fund operates several grant programs, and also awards individual scholarships, fellowships and artist residencies. Grant support is given to original projects namely in the areas of culture, science and research, youth exchanges, cross-border cooperation  and tourism promotion, as well as in other priority areas defined in calls for proposals published on the fund’s website.


István Tarlós

Advisory Board

Kristóf Altusz
H.E. Zoltán Cséfalvay
Róbert Ésik
György Fekete
Dr János Martonyi
Dr József Pálinkás
Gergely Prőhle
H.E. Réka Szemerkényi
H.E. Edit Szilágyiné Bátorfi
Karla Wursterová

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