GA CR Presidium
The GACR Presidium members are appointed and recalled by the Government of the Czech Republic on the basis of Research, Development and Innovation Council’s proposal. The Presidium consists of five members, who represent five basic science fields – Technical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Medical and Biological Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities and Agricultural and Biological-Environmental Sciences. Members of the Presidium are appointed for four years with the possibility of two consecutive terms at maximum. GACR President is the statutory body of GACR.
The Presidium is authorised to approve calls for proposals, to award grants, present proposals of the GACR Statute and its changes together with the GACR budget proposal to the Government for approval. Moreover, the Presidium is responsible for coordination of the Discipline Committees, advisory bodies of GACR, which evaluate the project proposals.
The Presidium approves calls for proposals in research and development and decides on concluding agreements on provision of support, i.e. on awarding the grants based on the evaluation of Discipline Committees and Panels of GACR. Additionally, the Presidium coordinates activities of the advisory bodies, appoints and removes their members.
Current Presidium members:
- RNDr. Alice Valkárová, DrSc.
President, Physical Sciences
- prof. Ing. Stanislava Hronová, CSc., dr. h. c.
Vice-president, Social Sciences and Humanities
- prof. RNDr. Jaroslav Koča, DrSc.
Presidium member, Medical and Biological Sciences
- doc. RNDr. Petr Baldrián, Ph.D.
Presidium member, Agricultural and Biological-Environmental Sciences
- prof. Ing. Rostislav Drochytka, CSc., MBA
Presidium member, Technical Sciences
RNDr. Alice Valkárová, DrSc.
Alice Valkárová was born in 1947 in Brno. In 1970 she finished her studies of nuclear and particle physics at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of Charles University in Prague. She gained her Ph.D. in 1980 in Russia (former Soviet Union) during her long-term stay (1973-1980) at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna. The subject of her studies was the analysis of antiproton-proton interactions. She was awarded with the Joint Institute of Nuclear Research prize in 1982. In 1997 she started participating in the H1 experiment which studied electron-proton interactions at the HERA electron-proton particle accelerator in DESY laboratory (Hamburg, Germany). She spent two years working at this experiment in Hamburg. She was a member of the Executive Committee of the H1 experiment for 3 years. From 2006-2014 she was the President of the Czech Physical Society and a member of the Presidium of the Union of Czech Mathematicians and Physicists. From 2012 she served six years as a member of the Evaluation Panel of the European Research Council. She has supervised nine Masters and seven PhD theses. In 2015 she received the Milada Paulová Award for physics, which was awarded to her by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Czech Republic.
As of December 2016, she is the current President of the Czech Science Foundation.
prof. Ing. Stanislava Hronová, CSc., dr. h. c.
Stanislava Hronová was born in 1954. She finished her Master´s studies at the University of Economics in Prague in 1978 in Economic Statistics and has continued to work in this field at the Department of Economic Statistics of the University of Economics. She defended her habilitation thesis in 1994 and in 2001 was appointed Professor of Statistics.
Her research activities have focused on national accounts and other areas of economics and social statistics. She played a significant role in the harmonisation of the Czech state´s statistics before the accession of the Czech Republic to the EU and she has been cooperating with the Czech Statistical Office in the long term.
In the 1990s she worked as a visiting professor at French universities such as Université Nancy – Metz, Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine and Université Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne. In 2001–2006, she was the Vice-Dean for Research at the Faculty of Informatics and Statistics of the University of Economics in Prague and in 2006–2014, she was the Vice-President for Research of the same University. She is a member of numerous scientific boards (e.g. University of Economics in Prague, Czech Technical University in Prague, Technical University in Liberec) as well as a member of National Technical Library´s Strategy and Development Council, a member of the Executive Board of the Politická ekonomie journal, the Editor-in-Chief of the Statistics and Economy Journal, etc.
She was a member of the Expert Committee for the Social Sciences and Humanities associated to the Research, Development and Innovation Council (2008–2010), a member of the Research, Development and Innovation Council, an advisory body to the Government of the Czech Republic (2010–2014; 2010–2011 as the 1st Vice-Chair). She is a member of the Association de Comptabilité Nationale based in Paris, a member of the International Statistical Institute (section International Association for Statistical Education), a member of the Scientific Committee of the annual conference Applications of Mathematics and Statistics in Economics. In 1998 she was awarded by the French Ordre des Palmes Académiques.
Since 2014, she has been a member of the Presidium (since 2016 as a Vice-President) of the Czech Science Foundation; she is responsible for Social Sciences and Humanities.
prof. RNDr. Jaroslav Koča, DrSc.
Originally a chemist from Masaryk University where he has been promoted as a full professor in organic chemistry. His initial scientific focus included mathematical models in organic synthesis. This has been further shifted to studies on biologically important biomacromolecules (proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates) and structural bioinformatics. He is mainly interested in investigations on relationships between 3D-structure of biomacromolecules and their biological activity, and in using such knowledge to design new biologically active molecules. The subject of his research comprise noncovalent biomacromolecular complexes, but also detailed studies on enzymatic reactions using up-to-date techniques of quantum chemistry. He is known to the community by development new methods of computational chemistry including those focused on conformational search or development new tools for structural bioinformatics.
He is currently scientific director of Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC) and a director of National Centre for Biomolecular Research (NCBR) at Faculty of Science, Masaryk University. He has published more than 160 scientific papers and supervised more than 40 PhD students and postdocs. He spend some time on a number of foreign universities, on some of them longer time (Norway, France, USA). He has been Principal Investigator of several large domestic or international scientific projects.
doc. RNDr. Petr Baldrián, Ph.D.
Born in 1972 in Prague. Studied microbiology at the Faculty of Science of the Charles University in Prague. His scientific work focuses on the ecology of soil microorganisms, contribution of bacteria and fungi to ecosystem functioning and the use of microorganisms in biotechnology.
Petr Baldrian is the head of the Laboratory of Environmental Microbiology of the Institute of Microbiology of the Czech Academy of Sciences. He is the principal investigator of national and international projects, e.g. the Marie Curie lnternational Training Networks, Facilities Integrating Collaborations for User Science EMSL/JGI (USA), Czech Science Foundation, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic and Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic.
He is a supervisor of students of bachelor, master and doctoral degrees and teaches „Geomicrobiology“, „Microbial processes in the Environment“ and „Microbial Ecology“ at Charles University, Prague and „Selected chapters from Microbiology“ at the Comenius University in Bratislava.
He published 8 chapters in books and 177 papers in impact factor journals with more than 8500 citations. His research was awarded, for example with the Prize of the President of the Czech Science Foundation for the project „Ecological role of saprotrophic fungi, degrading lignocellulose in forest soils“ (2008), Prize of the Minister of Education, Youth and Sports for excellence in research (2015) and Praemium Academiae of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (2017). Petr Baldrian is the editor of FEMS Microbiology Ecology, Fungal Ecology and European Journal of Soil Biology. He is also the national ambassador of the lnternational Society for Microbial Ecology for the Czech Republic and the founder of a series of international conferences „Ecology of Soil Microorganisms“.
In November 2016, Petr Baldrian was nominated to be the member of Presidium of the Czech Science Foundation.
prof. Ing. Rostislav Drochytka, CSc., MBA
After completing his studies at a secondary school specialising in chemistry, Prof. Drochytka attended the Faculty of Civil Engineering at Brno University of Technology (BUT), graduating in 1982 with a Master’s degree in the field of building materials. He successfully defended his PhD thesis in non-metallic materials and construction materials specialisation at the same faculty in 1986. He was awarded the title of Associate Professor in 1992 in the field of Physical and Construction Materials Engineering, and was subsequently named Professor in 2001. Prof. Drochytka has been closely involved with the Faculty of Civil Engineering at BUT for the whole of his working life, with seven years spent in Faculty management as Vice-Dean and eight years as Dean. He is currently the Head of the Institute of Technology of Building Materials and Components. His areas of expertise are advanced building materials (autoclaved aerated concrete in particular), the use of polymers in construction, the degradation and durability of building materials, faults and failures, the rehabilitation of concrete, surface finishes, the solidification of dangerous waste and the use of secondary raw materials in building materials, including their integration into the microstructures of building materials. Since 1989, he has been a forensic expert.
In his areas of expertise, Prof. Drochytka has implemented more than 56 projects and grants funded by various bodies such as the Czech Science Foundation (GAČR), the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TAČR), the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic (MPO) and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MŠMT). He has additionally held the role of Principal Investigator in four successful international EU projects. There is a great demand from the commercial sector for Prof. Drochytka’s work. He closely collaborates via contract research with major domestic and international firms concerned with the manufacture of high-performance building materials. In his capacity as an educator, Prof. Drochytka has acted as supervisor to dozens of Bachelor’s and Master’s students as well as more than thirty successful PhD candidates. He has authored a wide range of monographs published both at home and abroad, alongside contributions to specialised journals (including high-impact publications) and conferences. He is also the author of a patent, many utility models and various other applied research outputs. Prof. Drochytka is an active member of the International Union of Testing and Research Laboratories for Materials and Structures (RILEM), along with WTA International, where he represents the Czech Republic. Within the Czech Republic, he is the President of WTA CZ. He has also applied his experience to several projects during long-term research engagements at TU Wien in Austria and at Structural Preservation Systems, Inc. in Baltimore, USA.
Prof. Drochytka has long been a member of the scientific boards of various institutions including BUT, faculties of architecture and civil engineering, and now also the Scientific Board of the Czech Technical University in Prague. Since 2003, he has worked for the advisory bodies of the Czech Science Foundation in the position of Evaluation Panel member, Panel chairman and Deputy Chairman of Discipline Committee Technical Sciences. In 2015 he was appointed a member of the Supervisory Board of the Czech Science Foundation by the Parliament of the Czech Republic.
In May 2018, the Government of the Czech Republic appointed Prof. Drochytka to the Presidium of the Czech Science Foundation.
Scientific Advisory Board
The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) is the conceptual body of GACR. SAB consists of 12 expert members who are appointed and recalled by the Government of the Czech Republic on the Research and Development Council´s proposal. Members are appointed for four years with the possibility of two consecutive terms at maximum. The SAB proposes the Discipline Committees’ composition and scope focus, evaluates the GACR contribution to the development and quality of basic research in the Czech Republic, and proposes necessary measures.
Current Scientific Advisory Board members:
• Prof. Ing. Jaroslav Doležel, DrSc. (Chair)
• Prof. Ing. František Štěpánek, Ph.D. (Vice-Chair)
• Prof. RNDr. Pavel Exner, DrSc.
• Prof. Ing. Martin Hartl, Ph.D.
• Prof. Ing. Štěpán Jurajda, Ph.D.
• Prof. Bengt J. F. Nordén, Dr. mult, honFRSC
• Prof. Jana Roithová, Ph.D.
• Prof. Dr. Helmut Schwarz
• Prof. Avner Shaked, Ph.D.
• Prof. PhDr. Petr Sommer, CSc., DSc.
• Prof. MUDr. Aleksi Šedo, DrSc.
• Prof. MUDr. Jiří Zeman, DrSc
The Supervisory Board (SB) is the auditing body of GACR. The SB consists of ten members who are appointed by the Parliament of the Czech Republic . Members are appointed for four years with the possibility of two consecutive terms at maximum. The main tasks of the SB consist of financial supervision of GACR, discussing and deal¬ing with complaints about violation of the conditions of Call for Proposals during the evaluation process, and proposing statements obligatory for the Presidium.
The Supervisory board members since 19 October 2017
• prof. Ing. Stanislav Labík, CSc. (Chair)
• prof. PhDr. Jana Geršlová, CSc. (Vice-Chair)
• JUDr. Ing. Zdeněk Dufek, Ph.D.
• prof. Ing. František Hrdlička, CSc.
• prof. Ing. Petr Konvalinka, CSc.
• prof. Ing. Jan Roda, CSc.
• prof. Ing. Vladimír Smejkal CSc., LL.M.
• prof. RNDr. Omar Šerý, Ph.D.
• prof. PhDr. Hana Vykopalová, CSc.