Petr Slavíček is a physical and computational chemist, focusing mostly on light-induced processes in molecule sand materials and radiation chemistry. He studied at the Faculty of Science and Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, Prague. After completinghis postdoctoral stay at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, he has established a research group on photodynamics at the University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague in 2006. He is an author of more than 130 research publications, several textbooks, and numerous popularization articles. In 2016, he was awarded the Neuron Prize and he is a regular member of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic since 2017. He is the head of the Department of Physical Chemistry, University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague since 2020.
Markéta Přenosilová holds a degree in public administration and regional development from the Czech University of Life Sciences. She has worked at CzechInvest since 2008, initially in the Research and Development Department of the Investment Division. She was subsequently responsible for launching the Czech Accelerator project, which is focused on the internationalisation of start-ups. Markéta managed the Start-ups Department from 2016 to 2019. In 2020, she became the head of the Start-ups and Innovative SMEs Division, which coversa range of activities including support for the commercialisation of R&D, startups and their technological incubation and internationalisation, and working with potential investors in the agency’s strategic sectors. In her free time, Markéta enjoys playing golf, going to the cinema for science-fiction films and reading inspirational books.
Michal Pechoucek is CTO in Avast and head of the AI Center at Czech Technical University. He is a respected expert in Artificial Intelligence, applied research, use of AI in cybersecurity and societal impactof AI. He is an advocate of internet users privacy and argues for AI explainability and AI transparency. Mr. Pechoucek has authored more than 400 high impact publications, with more than 5000 citations (h-index 37). He worked at some of the leading universities abroad. He founded the CVUT AI Center in 2000, he co-founded several AI startups e.g. Cognitive Security (acquired by CISCO) or Blindspot AI (acquired by Adastra) and has been an angel investor in other AI companies. While being a lifetime academic and professor, he also run the CISCO R&D Center for AI and Cybersecurity. He was named to New Europe 100, a list of outstanding challengers who are leading world-class innovation from Central and Eastern Europe, in 2015.
Zuzana Bahulova is a Czech designer, and currently working for the Footwear Research Centre at Tomas Bata University in Zlín. Doctor Bahulova has a PhD in animation and during studies she was on several prestigious stays abroad, one of them was at the CalArts in the USA established by Walt Disney. Her projects won prestigious design awards such as Red Dot, German Innovation Awards and Global Footwear Awards. You could see her clothes collection for the Olympic Games wearing German and Jamaican national teams. Recently, doctor Bahulova has been selected for one of the 100 Marshall Memorial Fellowships 2021.
Marketa Klicova is a PhD candidate in Nanotechnology at the Technical University of Liberec. Marketa represented the Czech Republic at the international Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin in 2018, where she received the Audience Choice Award. Based on the results from FW Lab, Marketa was chosen to participate in the novel project organs-on-chip at Harvard Medical Schoolunder the supervision of Prof. Donald E. Ingber, one of the most cited researchers worldwide. She continues working on many scientific projects, regularly introduces her research in the Czech media, and brings the science closer to the public.
Alexander Puk is heading the Department for Economic and Science Affairs at the German Embassy in Prague. He previously worked at the German Embassy in Nairobi and at the Science Desk of the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. In academia, he was an ancient historian, having studied Classics at the Universities of Heidelberg and Oxford with a doctorate in Late Roman History from the University of Heidelberg. Originally, he comes from northern Germany, near Hamburg.