Five interesting facts about the Agroverzum of Martonvásár: we talked to Dr. Judit Bajzáth

Science, history and nature meet at one of the country’s most famous aristocratic residences. The Brunszvik Castle and Park in Martonvásár hosts the Centre for Agricultural Research, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and here you can find Agroverzum, where science becomes a real experience. But what exactly does Agroverzum mean and what does a visitor see here? Dr. Judit Bajzáth, head of department at Agroverzum, helped us with these questions.

*Brunszvik Castle and Park, where we find Agroverzum, was brought to the Brunszvik family in 1775, when Antal Brunszvik got the count title along with the Martonvásár estate from Maria Theresa. The Baroque, Neo-Gothic building and the 70-acre English Park are important cultural heritage sites, and the park has been a nature reserve since 1953.

*Agroverzum is a science communication center that has been specifically designed to promote the scientific work going on here. So whoever visits, can experience everything the Centre for Agricultural Research is doing: soil science, climate change, plant breeding, plant protection, veterinary science.

*They promote the scientific way of thinking with plays and experiments, it is especially good for high school students, but thanks to a wide range of activities, even a two year old or a grandmother can become a “scientist”. The interactive exhibition with the help of modern technology explains how science and agriculture are connected.

*During Agroverzum’s ExperiLab sessions kids can participate in the lives of scientists and do experiments that will help them experience nature and understand its operation. For example, they can make gummy candies, colored plants or paints, but they can also examine living organisms in the soil and the fall foliage process.

*In addition to the interactive exhibition, you can also get behind the scenes to see actual laboratory workflows. So we are no longer in the dark, wondering what researchers are doing, what tools they use and what their tasks are.