04.09.2012 - UNESCOPRESS

UNESCO celebrates science and music with tributes to János Szentágpthai and Sir Georg Solti

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, and Hungary’s ambassador to UNESCO, Katalin Bogyay, who is also the President of the Organization’s General Conference, will host a tribute to János Szentágpthai and Sir Georg Solti, on the occasion of the hundredth anniversaries of the birth of the ground-breaking Hungarian neurobiologist and British conductor on 14 September at the Organization’s Headquarters.

The celebration will begin with a roundtable discussion (9.30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Room IV)—“The brain odyssey of János Szentágpthai; leading neuroscientist of our times, remembering the giant of 20th century brain research and exploring ways forward”—to be held in the presence of Klára Szentágpthai, daughter of János Szentágpthai.

The debate will be chaired by Professor Balázs Gulyás of Sweden’s Karolinska Institute, and will feature the participation of professors Bert Sakmann (Germany), Nobel Prize laureate in Medicine; Rodolfo Llina of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences; Colin Blakemore of The Royal Society, UK; Zoltán Nusser of the Institute of Experimental Medicine, Hungary; and Jean-Pierre Changeux of the Collège de France. Professor József Pálinkás, President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Dr Miklós Réthelyi, Preisdent of the Hungarian National Commission for UNESCO, will speak at the opening of the roundtable.

At 7.30 p.m. a concert by the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Tamás Vásáry will be dedicated to Hungarian-born British Conductor Sir Georg Solti in the presence of his widow, Lady Solti. During the evening, Vásáry, the distinguished Hungarian pianist and conductor, will receive the UNESCO Mozart Medal in recognition of his talent and dedication to the universal values that inspire UNESCO.

The concert will feature works by Kodaly, Mendelssohn and Verdi.

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