Professor Ing. Martin Hartl, Ph.D., has become a member of the Presidium of the Czech Science Foundation, where he will be responsible for Technical Sciences for the next four years. He replaces Prof. Ing. Rostislav Drochytka, CSc., MBA, dr. h. c., who resigned from the Presidium after becoming the Dean of the Faculty of Civil Engineering of Brno University of Technology. Members of the Presidium may serve a maximum of two terms in office.
Prof. Ing. Martin Hartl, Ph.D., has served in the bodies of the Czech Science Foundation since 2011, first as a member of an evaluation panel, and since 2018 as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board. He graduated in mechanical engineering at the Brno University of Technology. His scientific, research and development activities are focused on tribology, biotribology and rheology. He is the director of the Institute of Machine and Industrial Design at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Brno University of Technology, which he transformed into an internationally recognized research and educational institution. He is the principal investigator within several strategic projects. He has achieved his most significant results in the field of elastohydrodynamics, for which he has been awarded the prize of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers and the Japanese Society of Tribologists. At the Brno University of Technology he is a lecturer, head of two study programmes, supervisor, and chairman of the doctoral programme board. He has long been developing a research-oriented approach to teaching.
About GACR 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.