Awards Granted Outside of UP

Czech Mind Awards

The national award Česká hlava (Czech Mind Awards) is the most prestigious award for scientists in the Czech Republic. It has been awarded since 2002. The purpose of the initiative Czech Mind is to create awareness to the effect that the country can only prosper if it can bring up new scientists such as famous Czechs Otto Wichterle, the inventor of contact lenses, or the Nobel Prize winner, chemist and inventor Jaroslav Heyrovský, and if it knows how to provide them with proper material and social recognition. One of the laureates of the national award is chemist Pavel Hobza, works at Palacký University's Faculty of Sciences.


Prof. Ing. Pavel Hobza DrSc., FRSC, dr.h.c

He was the recipient of the national award Czech Mind in 2008 for his lifelong work and research in Computational Chemistry - the field of noncovalent interactions and their applications in biology. He is one of the academic pillars of the UP Faculty of Science and the Olomouc-based Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials. He placed in the top one percent of cited chemists in the world in the years 2014 and 2015, according to the Web of Science databases. More about prof. Hobza.

Neuron Fund Award

The Neuron Fund Award for Contribution to World Science is designated to acknowledge and recognise top Czech scientists at home and abroad who have achieved significant success in their fields and as such can serve as role models and inspirations. It is a special award of the Neuron Fund for Support of Science granted to outstanding personalities. The Neuron Award for Promising Young Scientists


Lukáš Slodička
2018 Neuron Award for Promising Young Scientists in the field of physics was presented to Lukáš Slodička of the Faculty of Science Department of Optics, who specializes in the quantum properties of light.


Martin Soukup
2017 Neuron Award for Promising Young Scientists was presented to Martin Soukup, cultural anthropologist from the Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology, Andragogy and Cultural Anthropology, for his research on the social behaviour of the inhabitants of the Papua New Guinea.


Jan Peřina
The Neuron Fund Award for the contribution to the world science in the field of physics was presented to a distinguished researcher, who works at the Joint Laboratory of Optics of Palacký University Olomouc and Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences.


Bohdan Pomahač
The Neuron Fund Award for Contribution to World Science in Medicine 2014 was presented to the famous plastic surgeon, and one of the most outstanding alumni of Palacký University, Bohdan Pomahač.

Michal Otyepka
The Neuron Impuls 2014 with the grant allocation of one million CZK was awarded to Head of the Department of Physical Chemistry at the UP Faculty of Science in Olomouc and Head of the Carbon Nanostructures, Biomacromolecules and Simulations research division in the Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials, Michal Otyepka.

Czech Ministry of Education Award

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic has been granting this award  for outstanding results in research, experimental development and innovation ssince 2009. The award is meant to make visible the contribution of scientific achievements of personalities of national and even international significance. The award also serves to strengthen the awareness of the greater public concerning the work and outstanding results of Czech scientists. Palacký University boasts three recipients of this award.


Prof. Ing. Jaroslav Doležel, DrSc.
Scientific Director of the Centre of the Region Haná for Biotechnological and Agricultural Research Jaroslav Doležel was awarded for outstanding results in research of genetic information of plants. His team developed new methods that facilitate the analysis of complex genomes. Professor Doležel takes part in international projects researching the genetic information of important plant species, mainly wheat and banana. He is the founder and pioneer in chromosome genomics that allows the researchers to read and study the hereditary information of complex organisms in parts - chromosomes.


Prof. RNDr. Radek Zbořil, PhD.
Physical chemist and director of the Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials was awarded for outstanding research of nanomaterials, development of the thinnest insulation product in the world - fluorographene, magnetic silver nanoparticles for targeted antimicrobial applications and effective photocatalysts for direct solar water splitting that may enable storing energy in the form of hydrogen.


Doc. Mgr. Jaromír Fiurášek, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Faculty of Science was awarded the prize for outstanding research in the field of quantum physics, optics and optoelectronics, which led to the design and implementation of methods for suppressing noise in quantum communication and determination of optimal schemes for copying quantum information.

The Czech Ministry of Health Award

The Czech Ministry of Health Award has been conferred since 2007. The award is to highlight the benefits of scientific achievements of specific personalities in the field of medical research with national and international significance. The awards also aspire to raise public awareness of the work and the outstanding results of Czech scientists. Palacký University boasts three holders of this award.


Team of Prof Jiri Bartek, PhD., M.D., Dr. h. c. mult. from the Institute of Molecular and Translational Medicine (IMTM)
The Scientific Board of the Internal Grant Agency of the Ministry of Health awarded the team of Jiří Bártek the main prize for outstanding long-term results in the research of brain tumours. In their laboratory, IMTM scientists have managed to discover the causes of failures in therapy of one of the most aggressive types of brain tumours – glioblastoma. Even more important for the experts are detections of “weaknesses” in the glioblastoma stem cells – they have discovered a new type of dependency of glioblastoma stem cells that can be used for their targeted termination. The researchers managed to experimentally block the newly discovered adjustment mechanism, significantly retarding the growth of human glioblastomas transplanted onto a mouse model.

Team of Prof. MD. David Školoudík, Ph.D.
Honourable mention was awarded for new findings about the use of ultrasound in the treatment of vascular disease of the brain, brought by research aimed at reducing the risk of cerebral strokes using therapeutic ultrasound or sonolysis during surgery on the carotid arteries. Ultrasound can be used both diagnostically and in treatment. The basis is the activation of a certain type of enzymes and mechanical agitation of thromboses using ultrasonic waves. The results have shown that sonolysis represents a promising method of treatment, not only in patients with acute ischaemic stroke, but also in patients undergoing interventional procedures on the carotid arteries.

Team led by the head of the Department of Orthopaedics, UP Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Prof. MUDr. Jiří Gallo, Ph.D.
The award-winning research of Olomouc orthopaedic specialists brought several unique findings in the study of the periprosthetic osteolysis timeline, which occurs with the immune response of an individual to microparticles released from the surface of the endoprosthesis. The research was carried out in cooperation with colleagues from the Department of Immunology and the Department of Histology and Embryology, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, UP. The results will be used in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of the separation of joint replacements.

Award of the President of the Czech Science Foundation

The award for outstanding results in research projects in the area of basic research supported by the Czech Science Foundation is granted annually to researchers and research teams of important scientific projects.


Aleš Panáček
Department of Physical Chemistry, Faculty of Science; RCPTM
Project "In vitro, in vivo and in silico Study on Overcoming Bacterial Resistance via Combination of Antibiotics with Silver Nanoparticles and Silver Compounds"


Radim Filip
Department of Optics, Faculty of Science
Project "Electro-Optical Control of Quantum Noise of Light"


Ladislav Bocák
Department of Zoology and Laboratory of Ornithology, Faculty of Science
project “Neoteny and Speciation in the Elateroidea


Radim Filip
Department of Optics, Faculty of Science
project “Reduction of Decoherence in Quantum Information Transport and Processing”

František Běhounek Prize

The prize associated with the name of an important Czech physicist, academic, and writer, František Běhounek, is awarded by the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports in order to support and appraise Czech scientists participating in European research and development projects. The purpose of the award is also to increase the recognition of their science-research activities, successful projects, and international collaboration. The award was initiated in 2012. One of its laureates, Jiří Bártek, is associated with Palacký University.


Prof. MUDr. Jiří Bártek, CSc.

Most cited scientist of Czech origin in the biomedical field Jiří Bártek was awarded František Běhounek Prize in December 2013  for spreading the good name of the Czech Republic in European research and development. He is the head of several prestigious European research laboratories and has also led a team of the Institute of Molecular and Translational Medicine at Palacký University. He works on major projects related to cancer treatment.

Milada Paulová Prize

This award for life-long contribution to Czech science has been bestowed by the National Contact Centre - Gender and Science at the Institute of Sociology at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, along with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic. Palacký University proudly employs one laureate of this award, ecologist Milena Rychnovská; two other UP female scientists have also been nominated.


Prof. RNDr. Milena Rychnovská, DrSc.

The first winner of the Milada Paulová Prize was Milena Rychnovská in 2009, professor emerita at the UP Faculty of Science. Her research primarily focusses on landscape ecology. Her work has made an important contribution to the identification of the function of meadow plants in the landscape and she has conceived an ecosystem approach, which views plant ecology within the wider context of aquatic and agricultural management. Professor Rychnovská is the founder of the Department of Ecology at Palacký University in Olomouc and has written a number of specialised articles, methodological approaches, and textbooks.

Milan Odehnal Prize

A competition between academic works of young physicists, announced by the Union of Czech Mathematicians and Physicists biannually. In 2014, three opticians from Palacký University were awarded.


Bohumil Stoklasa

Postgraduate student at the Department of Optics, UP Faculty of Education
1st place for a series of works on tomographic methods in modern optics

Martina Miková

Postgraduate student at the Department of Optics, UP Faculty of Education
3rd place for a study on quantum information processing

Ivo Straka

Department of Optics, UP Faculty of Education
Honorary Mention

Werner von Siemens Excellence Award

The award is granted each year to talented students, promising young scientists, and university teachers from important science and technology universities and academic institutions throughout the Czech Republic. The competition is organised by the Czech branch of Siemens in cooperation with Czech top universities and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, under the patronage of the Minister of Education, Youth and Sports and the Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic.



Kateřina Holá a Radek Zbořil


In the 20th year of the prestigious scientific competition, the award for the best dissertation and the special prize for the best female dissertation was given to Kateřina Holá from the Regional Centre for Advanced Technologies and Materials and to her tutor, Radek Zbořil.

Karel Lemr and Jan Soubusta

The award for the best dissertation went to Karel Lemr, an assistant professor at the Joint Laboratory of Optics of Palacký University in Olomouc and the Institute of Physics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic; his tutor, docent Jan Soubusta, was also awarded.

Discovery Award

The annual Discovery Award accompanied with a financial award is granted by the Novartis company to researchers under 40 years of age who have contributed to a substantial advancement in the field of medical and pharmaceutical research. Since 2011, Biomedicine has been included too.


The prestigious Discovery Award 2014 for young scientists in Biomedicine was awarded to docent Jan Václavík from the First Internal Clinic at the UP Faculty of Medicine in Olomouc. He was awarded for a clinical trial, the findings of which may contribute to more effective treatment of resistant hypertension.