Professor András Vedres: New Challenges and Innovation

Professor András Vedres will look at the innovative potential of various countries in general and Hungary in particular. He firmly believes that there is no prosperity without invention, no inventions without inventors, and at last but not least, there is no innovation without inventions.

András Vedres was born in Budapest in 1940. He graduated in Medical Chemistry at Eötvös Loránd University in 1963. He has a secondary degree in intellectual property law, and a degree from the College of Physical Education as a sailing boat instructor. He worked at research laboratories of pharmaceutical companies (EGIS, Richter Rt.) between 1963-1991 and, as a multiple inventor, he has also participated in the development of Hungarian medicines.

In 1989 he has initiated the formation of the Association of Hungarian Inventors, and holds the position that of Secretary General from its inception. Among other things, he was one of the organizers of the First World Meeting of Inventors in 1998. He won the title ’The Inventor of the Year’ in 2000 (for his invention ’Eco-yacht’) and in 2003 (Bicycle with air motor). The International Federation of Inventors’ Associations (IFIA) elected him President in 2006 and was duly re-elected in 2010. During his career he has won numerous prizes. He has been granted state awards by the governments of Poland, Belgium, Russia and Croatia. In 2007 he received the Jedlik Ányos Prize, and in 2011 the President of Hungary awarded him the Officer Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit for assisting the realization of the EU Patent system. He is a full member of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences. Professor Vedres is also the Grand Master of the International Order of Merit of the Inventors.

6 March 2014, 7pm at the Hungarian Cultural Centre