According to Klebelsberg, the Hungarian Biological Research Institute was the first research center in the country the primary function of which was research, and which was independent of the universities. However, a number of the researchers have given courses as university lecturers parallel with their Institute work. During decades, several scientists have eventually left the Institute in order to join university departments. Tihany’s main contribution to higher education has lain in its provision of university teachers with outstanding research experience.
Twenty-eight researchers from the institute were or became university professor: Béla Hankó, Frigyes Verzár, Rezső Soó, Lajos Csík, Piusz Koller, Sndor Müller, Gyula Méhes, Géza Entz, István Krompecher, Aladár Beznák, Endre Dudich, Dániel Fehér, Lajos Varga, András Krámli, Lajos Felföldi, Gábor Uherkovich, Gyula Fábián, János Horváth, Elek Woynarovich, Miklós Udvardy, János Salánki, Katalin S.-Rózsa, Imre Zsolnai-Nagy, Jenő Ponyi, István Benedeczky, Ferenc Máté, János Nemcsók, Károly Elekes, Péter Bíró.
At present our researchers are lecturing in six Hungarian universities: at Budapest, Pécs, Debrecen, Keszthely, Gödöllő and Veszprém. Three of them have been awarded Széchenyi Professor Fellowship. Each year, the Institute plays host for a month to a group of twenty university students on summer practicals.
Péter Bíró at the Department of Ecology and at the Department of Zoology, Center for Agricultural Sciences, Debrecen University, lecturing on ”Biology of fishes”, in gradual program.
Péter Bíró at the Department of Ecology, Debrecen University, lecturing on ”Aquatic ecology” in postgradual (Ph.D.) program.
Károly Elekes at the Department of General Zoology and Neurobiology, University of Pécs, lecturing on ”Comparative neurobiology of invertebrates” in gradual and postgradual (Ph.D.) programs.
Károly Elekes in 1999/2000 at the Department of General Zoology, Eötvös Lóránd University, lecturing on ”Comparative neuroanatomy” in gradual and postgradual programs.
László G.-Tóth at the Department of Ecology, University of Debrecen (Debrecen) ”Feeding relationships in the plankton in limnetic ecosystems”, ”Importance of the zooplankton in the carbon flux of limnetic ecosystems, biomanipulation”, in postgradual program.
Jenő Ponyi at the University of Veszprém, Georgikon Faculty of Agricultural (Keszthely), lecturing on ”Hydrobiology”, in postgradual program.
István Tátrai at the Department of Ecology, University of Debrecen, lecturing on ”Aquatic ecology” Ph.D. program.
István Tátrai at the Department of Microbiology, Eötvös Lóránd University, holding practical course on ”Aquatic ecology” in gradual program.
Lajos Vörös at the Department of Botany, Veszprém University, lecturing on ”Plant anatomy”, ”Plant anatomy and physiology” and ”Plant ecology”, in gradual program.
Lajos Vörös at the Department of Botany, University of Pécs, lecturing on ”Algology” in gradual program.
Lajos Vörös at the Department of Botany, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Western Hungary (Mosonmagyaróvár), lecturing on ”Algology” in gradual program.