Biologist and ecologist Petr Pyšek will receive the Česká hlava award today

Update: 04.12.2022 00:33

Prague – The Czech Head Award, the highest Czech scientific award, will be presented in Prague tonight. This year, the government’s National Lifetime Achievement Award went to botanist and ecologist Petr Pyšek, who works on invasive plants and animals. The ceremony will take place at the headquarters of the Faculty of Humanities at Charles University.

Awarding of the prize to Pyšek in mid-November she approved government on the recommendation of its Council for Research, Development and Innovation (RVVI). The prize awarded for extraordinary results in science and research comes with a reward of one million crowns.

Pyšek deals with biological invasions on a global scale, their history, dynamics and impacts on biodiversity and the functioning of ecosystems. In his research, he connects biology and ecology with social sciences. He is considered one of the founders of modern invasive ecology. He also holds a professorship in the field of ecology. The scientist works at the Botanical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and at the Department of Ecology of the Faculty of Natural Sciences of Charles University.

Pyšek has also worked as a consultant and researcher at Stellenbosch University in South Africa for almost two decades. It cooperates with a number of other workplaces, especially in the United States. According to RVVI, he is one of the most cited contemporary ecologists. In 2011, Pyšek became a member of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic, he is also a member of the Czech Botanical Society.

In addition to Pyšek, other prizes will be awarded to, for example, Alžběta Dostálková for her study of retroviruses and Ilona Hromadníková for her method of predicting complications during pregnancy caused by high blood pressure. The award for a significant discovery, patent or invention will be received by Martina Benešová-Schäfer for the research and development of radiotherapeutics for the treatment of prostate cancer. This year, Petr Sezemský won the award for young scientists and the CESNET company the award for the best corporate innovation.

The Česká hlava awards have been awarded since 2002. Last year’s laureate was Vladimír Kučera, an expert in the theory of systems and automatic control. In the past, the award was won by, for example, Egyptologist Miroslav Bárta, chemist Antonín Holý, doctor Pavel Klener, who was instrumental in introducing chemotherapy into the treatment of malignant tumors, or the founder of pediatric oncology, Josef Koutecký. Other laureates include plant geneticist Jaroslav Doležel and expert on medieval spiritual culture Petr Sommer.

Source: České noviny – hlavní události by

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