Dr. István Szalay
Director, Leader of the Institute for Farm Animal Breed Protection, scientific consultant
He has been working in HáGK and its legal predecessors since 1980. He was director of the institute between 1992 and 2000, and was nominated as director again in 2010. As the leader of the HáGK Institute for Farm Animal Breed Protection he organises in vivo gene bank, gene conservation and gene rescue programmes of the Centre. As a scientific consultant of the institution he takes part in several research projects, his main research fields include genetics and in vivo conservation of small populations, poultry genetics, ecological type, traditional animal husbandry, sustainable use and adaptation studies of old Hungarian poultry breeds in underprivileged regions of the Carpathian Basin and Southeast Asia. He is the founding chairman of the official breeding organisation of old Hungarian poultry breeds in Hungary: the Association of Hungarian Small Animal Breeders for Gene Conservation (MGE) since 1997, honorary university professor in the Corvinus University of Budapest and Széchenyi István University (Mosonmagyaróvár), and member of 4 PhD schools of Hungarian universities.