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Lepš Jan

Prof. RNDr., CSc.
Born May 23, 1953

  • Ecology, Botany
  • Member of Learned Society since 2015

Education and professional carreer

  • 1978 – Master Degree (RNDr.) –botany, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague
  • 1983 –CSc. (eq. PhD) – botany, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague
  • 1999 – full professor, Ecology, Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice

Employment and academic positions

  • 1978-1982 PhD scholarship, Department of Botany, Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice
  • 1983 – present: Institute of Entomology, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences / Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (since 1991 part time), recently is the institute part of Biology Research Centre
  • 1991 – present: Faculty of Biological Sciences / Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice

Membership in selected domestic scientific bodies

  • Scientific council of the Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice

Membership and positions in international organizations and societies

  • International Association for Vegetation Science, member of the Counciland of the Award committee

Selected publications

  • Lepš, J., Šmilauer, P. (2003) Multivariate analysis of ecological data using CANOCO. Cambridge Univ. Press.- 2. vydání (Šmilauer, Lepš) vyšlo v roce 2014.
    Textbook chapter
    Lepš J. (2013): Diversity and ecosystem function. – In: van der Maarel E. & Franklin, J. [eds], Vegetation ecology. Wiley, Oxford. pp. 308–346
  • Lepš J., Osbornová-Kosinová J. & Rejmánek M. (1982): Community stability complexity and species life-history strategies. – Vegetatio 50: 53–63.
  • Dixon A.F.G. Kindlmann P. Lepš J. & Holman J. (1987): Why there are so few species of aphids especially in the tropics? – Amer. Natur. 129: 580–592.
  • Lepš J., Brown V. K., Diaz Len T. A., Gormsen D., Hedlund K., Kailová J., Korthals G. W., Mortimer S. R., Rodriguez-Barrueco C., Roy J., Santa Regina I., van Dijk C. & van der Putten W. (2001): Separating the chance effect from the other diversity effects in the functioning of plant communities. – Oikos 92: 123–134.
  • Lepš J., Novotný V. & Basset Y. (2001): Habitat and successional status of plants in relation to the communities of their leaf-chewing herbivors in Papua New Guinea. – J. Ecol. 89: 186–199.
  • Špačková I. & Lepš J. (2001): Procedure for separating the selection effect from other effects in diversity-productivity relationship. – Ecology Letters 4: 585–594.
  • Lepš, J. de Bello F., Šmilauer P. & Doležal J. (2011): Community trait response to environment: disentangling species turnover vs intraspecific trait variability effects. - Ecography 34: 856–863.
  • Majeková, M., de Bello, F., Dolezal, J., & Lepš, J. (2014). Plant functional traits as determinants of population stability. Ecology, 95(9), 2369-2374.
  • Lepš, J. (2014). Scale‐and time‐dependent effects of fertilization, mowing and dominant removal on a grassland community during a 15‐year experiment. Journal of Applied Ecology, 51(4), 978-987.

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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.