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Major Activities

The endeavour of the Czech Learned Society is determined partly by the historical tradition of its forbears, and partly from the general aims formulated in its recently enacted by-laws. Its principal aim is to encourage and support the free, self-directed advancement of science and the spread of scientific understanding and knowledge at every level of the Czech public. It also seeks to further the interests of Czech science and to increase its standing in the society. Of particular prominence is the development of inter-disciplinary communication at the national and international levels.

In the life of the Czech Learned Society, three main kinds of activity may be distinguished:

  • In the first place, there are monthly lectures by specialists from the various disciplines who present new results and research directions and endeavour to assess their general significance for the development of modern science. The ensuing discussion contributes to a deepening of inter-disciplinary communication between and among Fellows and the formulation of general principles of scientific knowledge.
  • A second important theme concerns the position of science in society, together with general problems in the contemporary development of Czech society. Central to this are the financing and organization of Czech science, an assessment of socially dangerous phenomena such as the spread and proliferation of irrational ideas in the public and social tensions arising from the transformation and adjustment following the post-Communist era.
  • Finally, the third area is activities connected with the organization of the Czech Learned Society. Here the main goal is the formation of a solid membership, after the serious deformations brought about in the scientific community during the previous regime.

The public presentations of the activities of the Czech Learned Society are addressed to the broad professional public as well as to decision makers and to the society as a whole.

  • In the first mentioned activities, particular significance is ascribed to the stimulation of scientific research in the form of awards conferred by the Czech Learned Society, in the category of Scientist and Junior Scientist and in specified categories. In recent years, an additional new category of awards has been introduced, awarding exceptional scientific activities of Czech grammar school students. Another form to publicise significant results of Czech science is their publication in decent scientific-popular journals and lectures for broader professional public.
  • The second type of public activities is represented by resolutions or statements by the Czech Learned Society on the important problems concerning the management of science and on present problems of life in Czech society. These are made known either in the public press or in direct addresses to the Government authorities and their representatives. A distinctive role is played by the annual General Assemblies of the Learned Society, including appearances of leading national personages and award presentation ceremonies. An important purpose is accomplished through lectures presented by leading, internationally respected scientists and representatives of top scientific institutions from geographically or culturally close countries.



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.