Faculty of Earth Science and Engineering
University of Miskolc
2020. 09. 21.
Mikoviny Sámuel Doctoral School

Mikoviny Sámuel Doctoral School of Earth Sciences

The objective of the Doctoral School is to a provide sound scientific foundation for engineering activities and works requiring fundamental knowledge in earth sciences and to publish the achievements supporting the developments and applications related to the university-level training going on at our Faculty. Building on the results of the PhD training started in the 1990s, the Doctoral School offers new and extensive opportunities for utilising and modernising the intelectual resources available at the Faculty. The tendecies experienced in the past few decades clearly show that the 21st century faces new challenges related to research, location, exploitation, transportation and proccessing of raw materials and energy resources. There is a new requirement that after special processing a portion of discarded end products should be applied as basic and raw material in production processes in order to reduce the increasing amount of waste. In order to achieve this, new and efficient methods based on the latest achievements of earth and environmental sciences are needed. The fact that the application of new scientific achievements is under tight financial restriction is to be taken into consideration. There is a great demand for innovative researchers who are able to look at individual assignments as a part of a whole system and whose scientific achievements result in the emergence of competitive systems and processes. The integrated doctoral school is suitable for utilising the driving force triggered by the EU accession of Hungary. In line with the set objectives and exploiting the gradually increasing international co-operation and the opportunities offered by information technology, theDoctoral School offers new prospects to talented students studying at the Faculty. The market economy creates competition in the field of scientific research and development. A completely new generation of students has graduated from Hungarian universities and found employment in a much more competitive environment than before. The objective of the Doctoral School is to increase the positive tendencies in the field of research and academic activities as well. In the past few decades there have been epoch-making changes in the study of sciences. The focus of scientific research has been shifting toward universities. The results of the process are currently limited to a few universities, but the opportunities offered by doctoral schools are suitable for widening the scope of this process.

Head of the Doctoral School: Dr. Péter Szűcs, professor

About Mikoviny Sámuel (1700-1750)

Mikoviny Sámuel a many-sided engineer and a founder of mining education, was born around 300 years ago in Ábelfalva and died about 250 years ago near Trenčin on 25 March 1750. He studied in Banská Bystrica (Besztercebánya) and visited several western and southern European countries. After returning home in 1725, he worked as a county engineer in Bratislava (called Pressburg or Pozsony at that time). He was engaged in anti-flood works on Rye Island (Csallóköz) and in 1727 constructed a map of the hydrographic system of Lake Tata on the commission of Esterházy József. In 1728 in his Epistola he described the method of making maps, the cartographic principles and practical processes: the astronomical method of place location, the application of a quadrant, a telescope, a diopter and a scaled limbus, the construction of the advanced baseline-developer triangular system and the essence of magnetic declination. He drew the prime meridian constituting the basis of measurements through the towers of Bratislava Castle. Over seven years he constructed maps of forty-nine counties. County and other maps in the scale of 1:160,000 made it possible to design river control measurements, drain marshes and utilise farm lands as well as build road networks. He started his teaching career in the school for mining officers in Schemnitz (Selmecbánya) in 1735. He taught mathematics, mechanics and hydraulics and had practical classes in land and mine surveying. Over a period of ten years he constructed a water reservoir for an ore dressing plant, built huge dams and a system consisting of sixteen lakes. During the war of succession in 1743 Empress Maria Theresa employed him to design and build defensive and fortification works on the Moravian-Silesian frontier and to strengthen mountain passes and straits in order to protect the country from Prussian invasion. While carrying out anti-flooding works on the River Váh, he became ill and died.

Structure of the Doctoral School

The doctoral school carries out activities in those fields of the earth sciences that fit into the profile of the Faculty of Earth Sciences and Engineering and that are within the doctoral programme granted accreditation. These fields are broken down into different topic areas, showing its affiliation with academic research. The topic areas are related to institutes of the faculty, and thus the institutes play a major role in the establishment of educational and research programmes and in offering research topics. The head of the institute is responsible for direction and coordination of the doctoral programmes.

Research topic areas and research teams:

Geotechnical Systems and Processes:

  • Geotechnical systems
  • Investigation of theoretical issues ingeomechanics, formation of underground areas
  • Natural and mining hazards and how to guard against them
  • Automation and mechanization of raw material production systems

Fluid Production and Transport Systems:

  • Fluid reservoir operational procedures
  • Integrated oil and natural gas production systems
  • Research and development of deep drilling technologies
  • Integrated hydrocarbon transport and storage systems
  • Research into natural gas distribution and consumer systems
  • Geothermal energy production and supply systems
  • Chemical processes in hydrocarbon production
  • Numerical modelling of hydrocarbon sites

Environmental Process Technology and Raw Material Preparation:

  • Mechanical process technology
  • Raw material and waste preparation
  • Environmental process technology
  • Geotechnics for environmental protection

Research in Applied Geophysics:

  • Geophysical inversion and tomography
  • Method development in engineering and environmental geophysics
  • Seismic method development
  • Electromagnetic method development
  • Geophysical method development for deep drilling
  • Development of informatics in geophysics
  • Geophysical modelling
  • Application of GIS and positioning systems

Research on Applied Geology and Hydrogeology:

  • Research into hydrocarbon genetic and migration processes, basin analysis
  • Integrated research into utilizable solid mineral raw materials
  • Sedimentary and igneous formations: investigations of their structural geology,stratigraphy, sedimentology,paleoenvironmental and environmental geology
  • Research into Pleistocene and Holocenepaleogeography
  • Applied mineralogy and petrology
  • Research into engineering geology
  • Research into water geology

Physical and Human Geography:

  • Physical geography
  • Digital plotting and relief modelling
  •  Studies in the interactional structure of physical and social factors
  • Utilizable natural resources, focusing on raw mineral materials and their significance in the economic history of Hungary
  •  Research into social configurations

Regulation of the Doctoral School

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