The Institute for Hungarian Language Strategy (MANYSI) organized the conference “Challenges of Terminology Strategy in the Hungarian Language Area” in cooperation with the Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary (KRE), the Council of Hungarian Language and Terminology and the Hungarian Office for Translation and Attestation Plc. (OFFI) on 9 March 2018 in the Library and Information Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. 

The conference was opened by Katalin É. Kiss, academician. Gabriella Németh, CEO of OFFI and Attila Tóth, director of MANYSI also greeted the audience.

In his welcome speech, Attila Tóth emphasized that one of the most important strategic and terminology-strategic tasks of MANYSI is to prevent the decline in the use of the Hungarian language in the scientific field. The primacy of Hungarian should also be preserved in the case of technical languages as the clarity of terminology is one of the most important pillars of conceptualization and the more it is based on the logic of the mother tongue as early as in elementary school, the more efficient it is. Thus, the work of the terminologists is not simple as their task is not only to facilitate communication of the different professions in Hungarian but also to clarify or sometimes even to make possible the communication of the whole Hungarian language community. Well-adapted and frequently used foreign technical terms can strengthen the use of the mother tongue in Hungary and ensure the survival of the linguistic and national identity outside the Hungarian borders.  

Gábor Tolcsvai Nagy, academician spoke about the links between language strategy and terminology; Gábor Prószéky, director of the Research Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences held a lecture on the terminological aspects of word embedding. Attila Benő, professor at the Babes-Bolyai University and János Péntek, academician spoke about the levels and conditions of terminology strategy in Transylvania; Gizella Szabomihály, lecturer at the Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra analysed the problems of minorities in terminology development. Eszter Papp, vice president of the European Association for Terminology, presented the European dilemmas of terminology strategy whereas Dóra Mária Tamás, senior terminologist of OFFI, held a presentation on terminology databases that can also be interpreted as terminology policy tools. Ágnes Kuna (KRE) and Zsófia Ludányi (Eszterházy Károly University, Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences) presented the terminological principles in medical technical language and healing communication. Finally, Ágota Fóris and Andrea Bölcskei, heads of department of KRE formulated recommendations for the Hungarian terminology strategy, which – according to the intentions of the organizers - will serve as the basis for the joint scientific statement of experts in the future.