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Establishment of Fund

Reasons why the Czech Antarctic
Endowment Fund was established



Endowment funds are defined in the following way in dictionaries:“.. an investment fund set up for the support of social or cultural objectives”. These definitions have omitted the support of science, so we add: the objective of the Czech Antarctic Endowment Fund is to support anything, which is related to Czech scientific activities in the Antarctic region.. In comparison with other sciences, the Czech research is not backed up by numerous scientific teams or large costly infrastructures, but it has been systematically developed for 20 years already. Solving of scientific issues, achieving a great acclaim for them abroad and the position, which the Czech Republic has achieved in supranational Antarctic structures are a proof both of the high international level and status of the Czech science and the Czech cultural maturity and shared responsibility for the sustainable development of both the Antarctica and our entire planet. The idea of establishment of the Czech Antarctic Endowment Fund was created during a gradual consolidation of teams of Czech scientists and technicians during Antarctic research projects. We have scientific, technological and logistic experience and we are a great team, both from the professional and from the human perspective. The Antarctic Fund will make it possible to continue developing, in an optimum manner and broader extent, everything we have already learnt due to this southern continent.
prof. Pavel Prošek
president of the Czech Antarctic Endowment Fund


The Czech research of the Antarctica and the station of Johann Gregor Mendel are already inseparable. This area has been increasingly more important and popular since the beginnings of the research on the James Ross Island in 2004. However, owing to this increased public awareness people more often ask questions like: “Why should we have a station on the other end of the world? And how much this fun is costing us?” At the times when the global climate is in danger, it is literally a moral obligation of each civilised state to make it possible for its scientists to work on recognising the causes of this danger and its future consequences. The Antarctica may seem too distant, but its exploration has a direct importance for the ecosystem of the planet Earth is a unique, fragile and very closely interconnected system and the Czech scientists deem it a privilege to be able to contribute to its exploration, to face extreme climatic
 
conditions and to bring knowledge, which could be used to explain current world threats and mysteries. Even so, it is not easy to obtain a support: projects of polar scientists are competing with “home” research, which is not burdened with travel costs. It is therefore necessary to find a support elsewhere – and so the idea of an endowment fund has come up, which would enable the scientists to continue with their contributive work.
Pavel Kapler, Ph.D.
managing director of the Czech Antarctic Endowment Fund
 
 
The Czech research station of Johann Gregor Mendel, built and operated by the Masaryk University from Brno on the James Ross Island is both a unique exploration project, which promotes the Czech Republic abroad, and also a demonstration of organisation skills, strong will, persistence and courage of a group of enthusiasts, who have dedicated their lives to this project. Me and my colleagues from the management of the Masaryk University visited the station for a short time in the beginnings of 2010 and we learnt about its operation and troubles. The purpose was above all to find new ways of procuring more finances both for the technical background of the operation of the station and for the research, which is taking place in the station. It has been obvious from the beginning that such a project cannot be financed just from grant projects in the long term and that it is necessary to simultaneously keep looking for other sources, e.g. in the business sphere and also abroad. That is why I accepted the invitation for a membership in the Board of Directors of the Czech Antarctic Endowment Fund and I firmly believe that its objectives will be soon achieved.
 
František Mikš
a member of the Board of Directors of the Czech Antarctic Endowment Fund

 
I am honoured to cooperate with the people, who support scientific and research activities in the Czech Republic related to the polar region of the Antarctica.
 
Ing. Dušan Jamný
founder of the Czech Antarctic Endowment Fund
 


 
 


prof. RNDr. Pavel Prošek, Csc.

president of the Czech Antarctic Endowment Fund


Job experience
since 2003: Geographical Institute, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Masaryk University Brno (head of the institute from 1992 to 2005)
1970–2002: Department of Geography, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of J. E. Purkyně in Brno (since 1990 of the Masaryk University in Brno)
1966–1969: Department of Geography, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of J. E. Purkyně in Brno, scientific intern
1962–1965: Cartographic and Reproduction Institute in Prague

Education and academic titles
professor Faculty of Natural Sciences of the Masaryk University, 1999
docent Faculty of Natural Sciences of the Masaryk University, 1991
CSc. (ekv. Ph.D.) Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of J. E. Purkyně in Brno, 1977
RNDr. (ekv. Dr.) Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of J. E. Purkyně in Brno, 1974
Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of J. E. Purkyně in Brno – pedagogical studies of biology and geography, 1957–1962

Scientific background
Physical geography – climatology (climate of polar regions, micrometeorology and microclimatology, topoclimatology, atmospheric pollution)
  Academic and professional positions held in the past
Head of the Geographical Institute, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Masaryk University
a member of the scientific council, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Masaryk University
a member of the scientific council, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Ostrava University
a member of the work group for geography under the accreditation committee
a member of the study field committee for Ph.D. in physical geography at the Geographical Institute, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Masaryk University
a member of the study field committee for Ph.D. at the Geographical Institute Faculty of Natural Sciences, Masaryk University

Stays and research fellowships abroad
The solution of the project and construction of the Czech research station and participation in scientific expeditions to the Antarctica – in total 12 stays in the period 1994–2008 3 geographical expeditions to Svalbard in 1985–1989
Study stays at the universities: Marburg/Lahn,
A.Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg i. Br., Universität Bremen, Kossuth Lajos University
Debrecen, Jagiellonian University Krakow, ETH
Zurich, University of Beograd (in 1969–2004) A study stay at the Alfred Wegener Institute Bremerhaven v r. 1997

Membership in scientific associations
Czech Geographical Association – an honorary member
Czech Meteorological Association

 

Board of directors:

prof. RNDr. Pavel Prošek, CSc.
Ing. Dušan Jamný
František Mikš
Mgr. Daniel Nývlt, Ph.D.
PhDr. Zdeněk Jančařík
Ing. Bc. Pavel Kapler, Ph.D.