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Květ Jan

RNDr. CSc.
Born August 26, 1933 in Prague

  • Ecology
  • Member of Learned Society since 2002

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 1951, secondary school, Prague 2;
  • 1951-1956, Faculty of Biology, Charles University (plant anatomy and physiology);
  • 1962-1963, post-graduate study, University of Oxford, Agriculture Department;
  • 1964, CSc. (botany), Institute of Botany, CSAS (IB CSAS);
  • 1968, RNDr., FS CU;
  • 1981, state examination in English, Language School, České Budějovice.

Employment and academic positions:

  • 1956-1994, Geobotany Laboratory (since 1962 Institute of Botany (IB), CSAS, Průhonice;
  • 1965-1972, IB, CSAS, Department of Ecology, Brno;
  • 1972-2002, IB, CSAS (since 1993, AS CR), Hydrobotany Department, Třeboň;
  • 1993-present, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice, Faculty of Biological Sciences (FBS) research worker and lecturer; simultaneous or parallel positions;
  • 1965-1972, Institute of Microbiology, CSAS, scientific coordination, International Biology Programme (IBP);
  • 1972-1975, Institute of Landscape Ecology, CSAS, Průhonice (dtto);
  • 1990-1992, Czech National Council, Prague;
  • 2003-present, Institute of Landscape Ecology, AS CR, Department of Wetland Ecology, Třeboň, research worker.

Membership in selected domestic scientific bodies:

  • 1990-1997, Member of the Accreditation Commission of the Government of Czech Republic;
  • 1993-1996, Member, Council for Sciences, AS CR;
  • 1993-1996, member, Commission for Natural Sciences and chairman, Subcommission for General and Ecological Biology, Grant Agency of Czech Republic;
  • 1994-1997, Vice-Dean, FBS, University of South Bohemia (USB);
  • 1994-2000, member, Scientific Council, FBS, USB;
  • 2002-2003, member, Scientific Council, Ministry of the Environment of Czech Republic

Membership and positions in international organisations and societies:

  • 1963, Member, British Ecological Society
  • 1965-1974, Scientific Coordinator, IBP subsection for photosynthesis and working group for wetlands
  • 1977-1984, Member, Secretary, Czech National Committee, Scientific Committee for Problems of Environment (SCOPE), and, International Council for Science (ICSU)
  • 1978, Member, working group on wetlands, International Association for Ecology
  • 1985 Member, Czech National Committee, UNESCO MAB Programme (Man and Biosphere)
  • 1998-present, Chairman of this Committee
  • 1996, Corresponding Member, Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • 2000, Vice-Chairman, Curatorium, Limnological Institute, Austrian Academy of Sciences at Mondsee
  • 2001-present, Life Member, Society of Wetland Scientists

Notable awards:

  • 1973, Award, CSAS (with M. Rychnovská, J. Pelikán et al.)
  • 1997, Medal Second Class, Minister of Education, Youth and Sports
  • 2001, International Scientists Award, Society of Wetland Scientists (with D. Dykyjová)
  • 2001, Memorial medal, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice,.
  • 2004 Honorary Membership, Slovak Ecological Society
  • 2004 Award, Minister of Environment

Selected publications:

  • Květ J., Jeník J., Soukupová L. (Eds): Freshwater Wetlands and their Sustainable Future: A case study of Třeboň Basin Biosphere Reserve, Czech Republic. Man and the Biosphere Series 28, UNESCO and The Parthenon Publishing Group, Paris, 495 pp. (2002)
  • Westlake D.F., Květ J., Szczpanski A. (Eds.): The Production Ecology of Wetlands. The IBP Synthesis. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge U.K., 568 pp. (1998)
  • Květ J.: Funkce fytocenóz a jejich složek v provozu ekosystémů. (Role of phyto-
  • coenoses and their components in ecosystem functioning.) In: Fytocenologie (Moravec J. et al., Eds.), p.223-245. Academia, Praha (1994)
  • Whigham D.F., Good R.E., Květ J.: Wetland Ecology and Management: Case Studies. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht 1990,180 pp.
  • Pokorný J., Květ J., Ondok J. P., Toul Z., Ostry I.: Production-ecological analysis of a plant community dominated by Elodea canadensis Michx. Aquatic Botany, Amsterdam 19, 263-292 (1984)
  • Dykyjová D., Květ J. (Eds.): Pond Littoral Ecosystems. Structure and Functioning. Ecological Studies, No. 28, 460 pp. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York 1978.
  • Květ J. (Ed.): Littoral of the Nesyt Fishpond. Ecological Studies. Studie ČSAV 1973/15. Academia, Praha, 172 pp., 1973
  • Květ J., Ondok J. P.: The significance of biomass duration. Photosynthetica, Praha 5, 417-420 (1971)
  • Květ J. Ondok J. P., Nečas J. Jarvis P. G.: Methods of growth analysis. Chapter 10. In: Plant Photosynthetic production. Manual of Methods (Šesták Z., Čatský J. Jarvis P.G., Eds.), p. 343-391. Dr. W. Junk Publ., The Hague 1971
  • Květ J.: Growth analysis approach to production ecological investigations in reedswamp plant communities. Hidrobiologia, Bucharest 12, 14-40 (1971)

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XXV. General Assembly of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic

The ceremonial part of the XXV. General Assembly of the Learned Society, at which the Medals of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic Societas Scientarium Bohemica Ad Laudem et Honorem and the awards of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic in the “Young Scientist” and “Grammar School Student” categories were presented, took place on Monday 20 May 2019 in the Great Hall of the Carolinum.


Bolzano lecture by prof. Kip S. Thorne

American physicist Kip S. Thorne, recipient of the Nobel Prize for 2017 for detection of gravitational waves, visited Prague at the invitation of he Learned Society. He held a series of “Bolzano lectures” and a lecture titled “Creating Gravitational-Wave Astronomy” for the Learned Society on 15 May 2019 in the Blue Auditorium of the Carolinum. The lecture was held with the support of the Karel Janeček Foundation and was received very enthusiastically.


XXV. General Assembly

The Czech Learned Society is holding its XXV. General Assembly on 20 and 21 May 2019. The Learned Society’s awards in the “Young Scientist” and “Grammar School Student” categories, Teaching Awards for pedagogic workers who promote interest in science and research at grammar schools and the Learned Society’s medals for meritorious contributions to the advance of science will be presented during a ceremony on 20 May at the Karolinum. Lectures by renowned scientists will also be presented. The second day will be reserved for the working part of the meeting, in the building of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.