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Možný Ivo

Prof., PhDr., CSc.
Born August 31, 1932

  • Sociology, family sociology, social change
  • Member of Learned Society since 1994 (founding member)

Employment and academic positions:

  • 2004-present, Vice-Dean, development and public relations;
  • 1998-2004, Dean, Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University;
  • 1995-1997, Director, School of Social Studies, Faculty of Philosophy, Masaryk University;
  • 1997, visiting fellow, Institute for Human Studies;
  • 1994-1997, Vice-Dean, Faculty of Philosophy, Masaryk University;
  • 1993-1995, visiting fellow, European School for Historical and Comparative Sociological Research, Amsterdam;
  • 1992-present, Professor of sociology and social philosophy, Masaryk University;
  • 1990-1994, Head, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Philosophy, Masaryk University;
  • 1990-1992, Associate Professor in sociology, Masaryk University;
  • 1970-1982, marriage counsellor, Brno Marriage and Pre-marriage Consulting Centre;
  • 1969-1989, professional worker, Faculty of Philosophy, Masaryk University;
  • 1967-1968, Deputy Head, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Philosophy, Masaryk University.

Membership and positions in international organizations and societies:

  • Fellow, European Academy of Art and Sciences 
  • Visiting fellow The Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies, Wassenaar
  • Visiting fellow Institute of Advanced Studies, Collegium, Budapesť

Notable awards:

  • Gold medal, Masaryk University

Selected publications: 

  • Status for the Poor. Essex, Centre for European Studies 1995. (Co-author with P. Mareš)
  • Social Consequences of a Change in Ownership. Brno, Spisy FF MU 1995 (Co-author with P. Mareš, L. Musil, I. Řezníček and T. Sirovátka)
  • An Attempt at Non-Economic Explanation of the Present Full Employment in the Czech Republic. Czech Sociological Review, Vol 3 (1995), 1.
  • Double Squeeze: Some Reasons for and Consequences of the Present Increase in Marriage Age and Decline in Fertility in the Czech Republic. Pp. 89-105. In: Rudolf Richter and Sylvia Supper (eds.):
  • New Qualities in the Lifecourse. ERGON Verlag, Würzburg 1999
  • Česká společnost. Nejdůležitější data o kvalitě života (Czech society: Most important data on the quality of life). Prague, Portál 2002
  • Sociologie rodiny: její vývoj, teorie a základní problémy (Sociology of the Family: its development, theory and basic problems). Prague, SLON 1999; II. vyd. 2002
  • Česká rodina v době pozdní modernity (The Czech family in the period of late modernity). in: Potůček, M. (ed.): Česká společnost na konci tisíciletí (Czech society at the end of the millenium). Praha, Karolinum 1999. pp. 27-37
  • Proč tak snadno… (Why so easy…) Prague, SLON 1990.II. Edition with a new author's introduction 2001
  • Modernizace české rodiny a mezigeneračních vztahů v mezinárodním srovnání (Modernization of the Czech family and intergenerational relations in international comparison). In: Mareš, P. and T. Potočný (eds.): Modernizace a česká rodina (Modernization and the Czech family). Brno, Barrister & Principal 2003

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Luboš Perek is celebrating his 100th year

Founding fellow of the Learned Society and its doyen, astronomer doc. RNDr. Luboš Perek, DrSc, is celebrating his 100th birthday on 26 July 2019. He is an indelible part of history as the person who helped define cosmic space, he was the first to point out the issue of cosmic waste and was also a teacher to the most important Czechoslovak astronomers. Let us express our respect and admiration of the extraordinary scientific career of a person who worked tirelessly and continues to work. The Learned Society wishes Mr Perek health, optimism and joy in the oncoming years.


The Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic has appealed to the Hungarian President to support academic freedom

On Friday 19 July the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and the Learned Society of the Czech Republic sent a letter to Hungarian President János Ánder, in which they state their concerns regarding the situation in respect to management and funding of scientific activities in Hungary. An act, according to which not the Academy of Sciences, but a thirteen-member political committee, will decide on research, funding of scientific activities and establishment or closure of scientific workplaces, will come into force on 1 September.


The loss of Learned Society Fellow prof. Josef Koutecký

We regret to inform that prof. Josef Koutecký, a fellow of the Learned Society, a renowned physician and the founder of paediatric oncology in this country, passed away on 5 July 2019 at the age of 88. He founded paediatric oncology here in 1964 and a separate paediatric oncology department was then established at the Faculty Hospital in Motol, Prague in 1978.