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The Institute for Strategic Research  
(ISR, Hungary) undertakes project assignments from foreign partners in the following areas:

Identification of new scientific paradigms and their application in basic and applied research
Compilation of continental, national and regional surveys, complex future research projects
Making short, medium and long term prognoses
Preparation of national (governmental) economic, agricultural, social, ecological, educational and city development strategies
Defining national research & development directions, programme planning and implementation
Compilation of knowledge economy and knowledge society strategies for individual countries and of project proposals
Planning and implementation of model experiments for local - regional and municipal - sustainable development
Design and moderation of participatory democracy and e-democracy experiments
Development and implementation of state and democracy development programmes
Elaboration and implementation of e-government and e-public administration programmes for states
Internet television channel (and knowledge channel) development projects for governments, municipal governments and civil-social organisations


The Institute for Strategic Research
(ISR, Hungary) - Organisation Description

ISR is a research and development institute founded in 1990 and is a knowledge centre of the global knowledge space. The organisation rests on three cornerstones:
research, strategy compilation and development.
ISR utilises the knowledge and experience of some three hundred experts.
Nearly twenty research groups carry out basic and applied research projects under the organisation's umbrella. ISR is one of the international centres of meta-theory (or unified theory) research activities.
ISR prepares continental, national and local (economic, social, ecological, knowledge development, university, etc.) strategies for its domestic and foreign clients.
It is one of Hungary's and Europe's information and knowledge society development centres. It has worked out several intelligent regional, county, small area and municipality strategies.
For a decade, it has been focusing on the development of public administration, e-government and e-public administration. Its strategy handles the launching of municipal governments' radio and television channels as a key priority.
ISR excels in content development - the development of university curricula, knowledge portals and television programmes.


Institute for Strategic Research (ISR, Hungary): Some Key International Projects

  - A research projects under the title "Europe's Future" and the preparation of research reports;
  - Meta-philosophy and meta-theory research programmes and world conferences (a book published in association with the Noetic Advanced Studies Institute /USA/ under the title "Unified Theories", with contributions from research experts from some twenty countries);
  - Elaboration of a new state and democracy theory (book published: Emese Ugrin - Csaba Varga:New Theory of State and Democracy, 2008)
  - Dialogue about the New Theory of State and Democracy book (Partner: The New Club of Paris);
  - Agricultural privatisation, city development, R&D, technological market and other analyses (Ministry of Science and Technology, Hanoi, Vietnam); 
  - Organisation of a European regional information society conference (in association with the European Regional Information Society Association /Eris@/);
  - Knowledge city development projects, health development programmes (Partner: Kreaprenor, Sweden);
  - Regional information society development programmes (partner: Tampere Region, Finland);
  - Globalisation research (Austrian European Network for the Study of Globalisation);
  - Etc.


The Institute for Strategic Research, Hungary will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its foundation in 2010

a group of intellectuals with three hundred members,
an institute for the research of new paradigms and organising the knowledge elite,
a centre of basic and applied research,
a meta-theory and consciousness theory workshop,
the only privately founded future research institute,
a state and democracy theory research-development centre,
one of the information society research groups,
an interdisciplinary globality and locality research centre,
the institute responsible to prepare a national strategy for the period until 2025,
one of the value-building intellectual centres,
a knowledge and consciousness based society development institute,
an institute that prepares intelligent region, county, small region and municipality strategies,
an e-public administration development centre,
an adult education and e-education workshop,
a group that plans thematic tourism, technology and scientific parks;
in summary, one of the domestic and European and even global non-profit R&D institutes of the era of new paradigms

It publishes
Hungary's scientific Internet periodical of the information era, INCO (www.inco.hu),
series of books and booklets describing and offering global, European, national and local strategies,
the series of books on meta-theory (www.metatheory.info),
the philosophy periodical ARCA (www.arcafolyoirat.hu);


Contact info:

Stratégiakutató Intézet Nonprofit Kft
(Institute for Strategic Research, Hungary)
1026 Budapest, Garas u. 24/a
Tel/Fax: (36-1) 315-1280

home pages, portals:

President - Managing Director: Csaba Varga




The ISR is a permanent or sponsoring member of the following organisations:

  • European Regional Information Society Association (Eris@)

  • Association of Information Engineering Enterprises, Hungary (IVSZ)

  • Kreaprenor, Sweden

  • INCOPARK Consortium, Hungary

  • Consortium for New Science, Hungary

  • Association of Industrial Parks, Hungary

  • Scientific Association for the Development of Localities, Hungary

  • NwePol Consortium, (EU)

  • Hungarian Society for Innovation (MISZ)

  • Hungarian League of Content Industry (Database Distributors)

  • Association of Hungarian Scientific and Industrial Parks

  • National Association of Manufacturers and Employers (MGYOSZ)

  • Etc.


Establishments of the ISR

  • Central Civil University (together with Third Millennium Foundation)

  • Information Society Extension Course

  • ISR Centre for Distance Learning and Preparing Curricula

ISR publishes:

  • Hungary's information age on-line scientific journal titled INCO

  • new websites reviewing new knowledge, metatheory and new science

  • (www.metatheory.info)

  • serials and booklets offering new knowledge and strategies

  • philosophical journal

  • (www.arcafolyoirat.hu)


ISR focuses on:

  • researches

  • preparing research analyses

  • establishing new research groups

  • planning and organising extension and adult education

  • writing education and distance learning curricula

  • preparing sectoral and spatial strategies

  • editing and publishing books, booklets, CDs, TV programs

  • Etc.

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Institute for Strategic Research (ISR)

  • Hungary's 300-member intellectual group

  • One of Hungary's centres for the organisation of knowledge elite

  • Hungary's only-privately founded-institute for future research

  • Hungary's information society research institute

  • Hungary's interdisciplinary globality and locality research group

  • One of Hungary's research institutes co-interpreting sciences and religions

  • Hungary's workshop for preparing a civil strategy

  • Hungary's-non-governmental-Institute for preparing a national strategy until 2020

  • One of Hungary's intellectual centres for the promotion of sustainable values and development

  • Hungary's group for creating a new image of Humankind and doing research on integrated consciousness theory

  • One of Hungary's information society and innovation policy region and area development institutes

  • Hungary's knowledge society and innovation society development institute

  • Hungary's workshop for regional adult and correspondent education and e-learning

  • Hungary's centre for planning future town and Tourist Experience Park

  • One of Hungary's knowledge creating actors in the global market of knowledge

Special workshops

  • Globality Workshop

  • Locality Workshop

  • Metatheory Research Group

  • Information Society Workshop

  • Civil Workshop (Participative Democracy Group)

  • Group 2100

  • Tradition Centre

  • Consciousness and Altered States of Consciousness Research Team

  • e-Economy Centre

  • e-Government Workshop

  • Future Research Group

  • Comparative Religion Studies Research Group

  • Integrated Welfare Systems Workshop

  • Theoretical Physics Research Group

Highlighted areas of research

  • Financial, economic, social worldwide crisis

  • Participative democracy's principles and his strategies

  • Hungary's and Central Europe's future until 2030

  • Theory and trends of globalisation

  • Metatheory-metaphilosophy

  • Theory of localisation and its alternatives in Hungary

  • Regional and area development

  • Theory and practice of information society

  • New knowledge theory and knowledge society

  • "New Image of Humankind" theory

  • New trends in theoretical physics

  • The integrated theory of consciousness

  • Bioinformatics

  • The connected projects of information society and sustainable development

  • e-Government and e-economy

  • The innovation economy, technology and science parks

  • The prospect of social economy

  • Comparative research of religions

  • Churches in the information age

  • Etc.



Profile of the
Institute for Strategic Research

Highlighted areas of research:

1. Hungary's and Central Europe's future until 2020
2. Theory and trends of globalisation
3. Theory of localisation and its alternatives in Hungary
4. Theory and practice of information society
5. The connected projects of information society and sustainable development
6. New knowledge theory and knowledge society
7. "New Image of Humankind" theory
8. The integrated theory of consciousness
9. e-government and e-economy
10. The innovation economy and economy parks
11. The prospect of social economy
12. Churches in the information age

Main strategies:

1. Programme for the Hungarian civil society
2. Programme for the information economy and society
3. Strategy for the Hungarian intelligent regions
4. Strategy for Knowledge Region
5. INCOPARK Programme (technology development belt)
6. The future of the Hungarian Reformed Church in the age of information
7. etc.

Main developments:

1. Knowledge Valley Program
2. Knowledge Department Store
3. e-mo (Electronic Hungary) integrated system of portals
4. Locality e-economy development
5. INCOPARK Technology and Science Park Development Belt
6. Eden Tourist Experience Park in Bánya, Zselic.
7. Industrial and Technology Park in Budaörs, etc.

Institute for Strategic Research P.u.c.

Keeping Hungary's strategic interests in view, the Institute for Strategic Research has been conducting concentrated research for twelve years, since its foundation, in order to conceptualise, on the one hand, the present tendencies of the global world, the nature of the money-centred new capitalism, and the characteristics of the information age thirty years ahead and, on the other hand, Hungary's national strategy until 2020, the elements of a potential programme for a knowledge-based economy and society, the sustainable development and the requirements of the transformation of the Hungarian area and society structure.

The field of activity of the Institute for Strategic Research consists of four areas: research, strategy preparation, development and education. There have been about 150 experts participating in the researches and we have been collaborating with several partner institutes. Our researchers have studied abroad extensively, have given lectures at international conferences from the United States to India. A part of the international co-operation is the joint Hungarian-Finnish-Japanese research organised by the University of Tampere with our help. The researches are pursued in professional workshops, e.g. we have established in co-operation with the University of Veszprém two research teams, namely the e-government and future research working groups.

With the aim of summarising the results and sharing them with the public, the institute has launched a publishing house, which has been publishing essential information and proposals about global and local changes in several serials of books and booklets. These serials include Books on National Strategy until 2020, Books on Information Society and Knowledge Region Books. In 1999, as a new means of spreading professional information, the institute launched INCO, the first Hungarian on-line journal about global information age, information society, knowledge-based economy, and last but not least, regional information society and its potentials for development (www.inco.hu).

Apart from publishing, we have joined in the modernisation of education and in the propagation of e-learning. The education has been continuing for six years at our experiential adult education university called Central Civil University, and at the same time we created an open university like e-learning centre, where the e-learning teaching materials are prepared now. In 2002 we organised the second Information Society Master School for project managers, developers and experts.

In 2003 the Institution for Strategic Research estrablished the Future Research Group and the e-Government Research and Development Group in co-operation with the University of Veszprém. The colleagues of the Institute have started to teach the different topics of the future research at the university. The Institute will contribute to the development of three new BSc programme at the university.

In the past three years, utilising the results of recent researches, the Institute for Strategic Research has completed the preparations of several regional and county level information society projects, that is, on request from a number of Hungarian counties and regions, we have prepared or are preparing strategies for the realisation of the concept of intelligent regions always keeping the sustainable development in view.

One of the most recent programs of the Institute for Strategic Research is the establishment of a mental resources park (mental capital park) or knowledge park to be called Knowledge-Valley (modelled after Silicon Valley) part of INCOPARK Technology and Science-park Development Belt. It is meant to be an integrated system of portals, Hungary's information society portal, and one part is a Knowledge Department Store which is unique in Europe, and an e-Market for Inventions. Due to our research and development result in innovation, we have been able to participate in the STRINNOP European Union project launched to facilitate regional innovation profiles. Also in the past two years we have researched the theme of e-Tourism, sustainable tourism and tourist experience parks extensively, have prepared the experience-strategy of the Tradition Park in Szob, and launched the development of an original tourist experience park in Bárdudvarnok-Bánya, Somogy County.

One of the newest research and development areas of the institute is the e-government. In the first half of 2004 the Institute prepared the e-government strategies for 8 small areas, and contributed to the elaboration of the e-government projects.

The Institute for Strategic Research moved to Nagykovácsi seven years ago. This village is a quasi suburb of Budapest, just outside its border, in an ideal natural environment. The Institute has an office at another ideal place in the Industrial and Technological Park in Budaörs.

Central Civil University (since 1996) - experimental adult education centre for preparing the people for the age of information and knowledge society based on the values of sustainable development

Future Research Group - in co-operation with the University of Veszprém

e-Government Research and Development Group - in co-operation with the University of Veszprém

Intellectual workshops:

Globality Workshop
2100 Group
Locality Workshop
Tradition Center
Information Society Workshop
e-Economy Centre
Civil Workshop
e-Administration Team
Consciousness and Altered States of Consciousness Research Team
e-Government Workshop
Social Economy Research and Development Centre
Future Research Group
Integrated Welfare Systems Workshop
Media Institute
Meta-Theory Research Group

Major references of area and society development

National strategies:

Development of Hungarian local societies
Hungarian strategy for information society
Hungarian communication strategy
Cyber strategy for the Carpathian Basin
Strategy for the Hungarian tertiary education and civil university (open university)
National strategy until 2020
Search for local wonders (mapping local developments)
Strategy for e-Learning
Program for economy and industrial parks
Strategy for the Hungarian civil society
Strategy for e-Tourism and thematic tourism parks
An information age strategy for the Hungarian Reformed Church

Regional and county level strategies:

A Knowledge Region strategy for Bács-Kiskun and Pest Counties
Intelligent Somogy County strategy
South Great Plane Intelligent Region strategy
Pest County Technology Development Belt programme
West Transdanubian Intelligent Region strategy
Central Hungarian Region Informatics (Information Society) Programme
Central Transdanubian Intelligent Region strategy
Intelligent Fejér County Strategy
Szentgotthard and Szombathely localities information society strategy
Kiskunfélegyház Locality Intelligent Locality strategy
Kiskunfélegyház Locality Innovation Locality strategy
Kecskemét Locality Intelligent Locality strategy
Kecskemét Locality Innovation Locality strategy
Intelligent Győr Urban Strategy

Intelligent Sárospatak Urban Strategy
Bag, Aba, Rábcatorok Information Society Strategy, etc.

These strategies have been accepted by the regional development agencies, the assemblies of the counties, the small areas or by the local governments as the intelligent development programs for those areas. On the basis of these strategies and operative programs the realization of the information society and sustainable development projects has been launched in the areas.

Our further research areas and strategies

e-HUNGARY - The Hungarian program of e-Europe: Information society for everybody (jointly with the European Dialogue Foundation and the National Association of Manufacturers and Employees)
Intelligent Regions in Hungary - The place and role of programs developing information society in regional development projects (2000.) commissioned by FVM (Ministry of Agriculture and Regional Development)
Regional information society projects of the European Union and the experiences and lessons that can be useful for Hungary (EUREGINFO) (2001) commissioned by OM (Ministry of Education, Under-secretary for R & D, Central Technical Development Subprogram)
Tradition Park in Szob, - Tourist Experience Park Strategy (2001)
Preparation for the age of knowledge society - The Hungarian Reformed Church and the information society
Regional conditions, strategies, and e-economy projects of the development of information society in Hungary (2001) commissioned by the Economic Research Institute
Theme parks, international research of e-tourism

Our partners and employers so far:

Local Government of Bács-Kiskun County
DARFT (South Great Plain Regional Development Agency p.u.c.)
Fejér County Area Development Council
Gábor Dénes College
College of Economy
Economic Research Institute
Hegel-Fukuyama Society
Kiskun Regional Development Association
KMRFT Central Hungary Regional Development Council
Central Transdanubian Regional Development Agency Ltd.
Hungarian Association of Telehouses
Hungarian UNESCO Committee
MTA-Hungarian Academy of Sciences (RRK ATI, RRK NYUTI, Institute of Sociology)
Institute for the Research of Growth
West Transdanubian Regional Development Council
National Committee for Technical Development
National Radio and Television Board
General Assembly of Pest County
Pest County Area Development Council
General Assembly of Somogy County
PARADDIS Project, Tampere, Finland
University of Veszprém - University Pannon
More privat sector companies, etc.

Profile of the research group

Recent studies