Plant geneticist Jaroslav Doležel received the main National Prize at the
Česká hlava (Czech Head) science awards in Prague on Sunday evening. Mr.
Doležel is based at the Institute of Experimental Botany at the Czech
Academy of Sciences and has dedicated his career to studying the structure
and evolution of the plant genome.
Awards were also presented during Sunday’s gala evening to scientists working on a letter recognition algorithm, medicines for viruses causing serious illness and a computer programme used in construction.
The prizes are bestowed by the organisation Česká hlava in cooperation with the Office of the Government.
Since the country joined the European Space Agency (ESA) 10 years ago, the Czech space industry has seen a growth both in size and capabilities. Now the director of the Czech Aeronautical Research Institute says the groundwork in expertise and resources has been laid for the country to take the next step.
Scientific institutions around the country have opened their doors to the
public for the annual Week of Czech Science and Technology, organised by
the Czech Academy of Science.
Czech scientists have joined the EU-wide event for the 18th time this year. The aim is to give the general public a chance to take a close look at scientific work, talk to researchers and see the results of their work.
People can attend lectures, exhibitions, science cafés, screenings of documentary films as well as look into scientific workplaces, laboratories and libraries and learn how science is conducted. All of the workplaces of the Czech Academy of Sciences and more than 70 partner organisations are taking part in the event.
A new “employee” of Prague’s Václav Havel Airport called Pepper is now roaming Terminal 2 and offering both directions and entertainment. He is the result of the airport’s ongoing adoption of new technologies through its PRGAirportLab initiative and can be seen as offering a taster of what is yet to come.
The Czech Academy of Sciences has just handed out its annual awards to scientists for outstanding results in research and for promoting and popularising science. The researchers, whose focus of interest ranges from abstract algebraic logic to forest biodiversity, will also share CZK 1 million in prize money.
On Wednesday, the Czech Technical University held a press conference as well as a motor show, presenting both the achievemnts of its Formula Student race teams as well as the cars themselves. The university has been part of the worldwide competition for nearly ten years and its race teams are made up of some of its most successful students. I went to the university in order to find out more about the teams and their vehicles.
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