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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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Reaction to the case of Tomáš Hudlický: Members of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic support the freedom of expression

„We believe that free exchange of ideas is a key condition for the pursuit of truth and that the honest opinions should be scrutinized, challenged or rebutted but not censored or suppressed,“ say 45 members of the Learned Society in a statement regarding the retracted opinion paper by Prof. Tomáš Hudlický.


The letter by Jan Konvalinka to the President and Vice-Chancellor of the Brock University regarding the retracted article of Prof. Tomáš Hudlický

Opinions could and should be challenged, questioned or refuted but never silenced. In order to be able to think, we have to have the right to inquire, question and even offend or be mistaken,” writes Assoc. Prof. Jan Konvalinka, a biochemist at the IOCB Prague and the Vice-Rector of the Charles University, to Gervan Fearon.


Prof Miroslav Bárta receives the Česká hlava National Government Award

Learned Society member, Prof. Mgr. Miroslav Bárta, Dr. (Charles University Faculty of Arts) received the Česká hlava (Czech Head) National Government Award on 25 November 2019. A renowned Czech Egyptologist and archaeologist, Professor Bárta researches the history of ancient civilisations, the human relationship to the natural environment, and also for many years the evolution of complex societies. He leads the Czech Institute of Egyptology for archaeological and environmental research in Egypt and Sudan. His principal research interest is the period of the pyramid builders of the Old Kingdom.