Science and Technology Award 2014

13. 11. 2014

Minister Peter Pellegrini_TVT 2014_ceny za vedu a technikuOne of the most important events of the Week of Science and Technology is again this year the giving of the awards for results in the area of science and technology. This year’s Science and Technology Awards replaced previous awards given by the Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sports of the Slovak Republic.

The awards ceremony was held on 13 November 2014 at 17:00 in the Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information in Bratislava. The event aims to acknowledge the work of scientific researchers for their achievements and contribution to science, technology and innovation.

Awards for science and technology were awarded by Peter Pellegrini, the Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sports of the Slovak Republic, who on this occasion, among other things, said: “Events of the Week of Science and Technology enabled the public to get to know the magic hidden in this area of science. Ability to appreciate Slovak scientists for their work and achievements is a welcomed opportunity for me to present scientists and researchers, of whom Slovakia can be proud, to the public.”

Science and Technology Awards are an expression of moral recognition for the work of scientists and researchers and their extraordinary findings, which are important not only for economic development, but also for the development of society.

 

Science and Technology Award was awarded in the following categories:

Personality of Science and Technology

Ing. Ivan Janotka, CSc., Building Testing and Research Institute, Bratislava

Expert in the field: applied building chemistry

The award is given for research and development of new types of cement, concrete mix designs, concrete technologies and concrete transport, resistance to aggressive media, diagnosis of damaged concrete.

LAUDATIO: Ing. Ivan Janotka, CSc. has for 30 years been devoted to applied building chemistry, especially to the development of innovative cement binders, new products and technological processes for building practice, the issue of chemical resistance of concrete and material diagnosis of environmentally damaged structural concrete. His current scientific work includes 49 peer-reviewed articles (50th is currently in the press) registered in the Web of Science (WOS) and 344 citations registered in the Citation Report WOS with h-index 12. He has resolved more than 100 application outputs for the construction practice. Ing. Ivan Janotka, CSc. is a scientific worker, who is characterized not only by achieving high scientific criteria comparable to developed foreign countries, but also by capability of applying the results of his research in construction practice.

Scientific & Technical Team of the Year

Team of the evaluation of radiation damage of structural materials in fission and fusion reactors, Institute of Nuclear and Physical Engineering, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava

Experts in the field: nuclear and physical engineering                                                    

The award is given for work in the field of safety of nuclear installations’ analysis, focusing on the evaluation of the radiation resistance of structural materials. Recent projects include the applications of spectroscopic methods (PAS, DB, MS, BNM) in the area of research of changes in the microstructure of new generation materials of IV. generation nuclear reactors (Allegro), as well as fusion reactors.     

LAUDATIO: The team is devoted to monitoring microstructural changes leading to radiation degradation of structural materials of fission and fusion reactors. The introduction of methods such as Mössbauer spectroscopy (MS) and Positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) to program verification samples in Slovak nuclear power plants can be considered as one of the major contributions of the team to a comprehensive assessment of radiation damage in reactor pressure vessels. These methods have also been successfully applied to the study of the effect of radiation damage in steels with reduced activation (so called RAFM steels), represented by the binary Fe-Cr alloys, for use in fusion reactors as well as the study of ODS steels (Oxide dispersion-strengthened steels) applicable in the IV. generation reactors.

Science and Technology Personality Up to 35 Years Old

doc. Ing. Michal Puškár, PhD., Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Technical University of Košice, Department of construction, automotive and transport engineering

Expert in the field: the issue of combustion engines

The award is given for the contribution in the research of new methods and innovative design solutions to increase efficiency and reduce emissions of combustion engines.

LAUDATIO: Doc. Ing. Michal Puškár, PhD., acts as an assistant professor at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Technical University of Košice at the Department of construction, automotive and transport engineering. His professional focus includes issue of combustion engines, which is currently very valid with regard to the automotive industry in Slovakia. He is the principal solutionist of the project VEGA 1/0197/14, which was placed in 3rd place in the assessment of the committee no. 7. He is the author of seven utility models, which are registered and valid. His most important outcomes, among others, include 13 articles published in foreign journals (CC), figuring as the main author in seven of them.

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Popularizer of Science

Mgr. Andrea Putalová, National Centre for the Popularization of Science and Technology in Society, Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information, Bratislava

Expert in the field: popularization of science and technology

The award is given for tireless popularization of science and technology in Slovakia via activities of the National Centre for the Popularization of Science and Technology in Society within SCSTI.

LAUDATIO: Mgr. Andrea Putalová has been operating in the management of the National Centre for the Popularization of Science and Technology in Society within SCSTI since 2007. The main activity of the NCP S&T is to popularize science and technology, explain the objectives and results of research and development with an emphasis on the Slovak scene, enhance young people’s interest in science and scientific career, encourage public participation in the events related to science and technology through intensive dialogue, as well as reinforce the effectiveness of the mass communication instruments (print and electronic) in the popularization of science area. Within the scope of her activities, Mgr. Putalová ensures the coordination and technical management of all NCP S&T activities. She also partakes in the implementation of national and international projects, which are being implemented by the SCSTI. She is the coordinator of technical activities – Activity 3.1 of the national project National Infrastructure for Supporting Technology Transfer in Slovakia – NITT SK and technical guarantee of the national project Popularization of Science and Technology in Slovakia.

Lifelong Achievements in Science and Technology – Natural Sciences

prof. RNDr. Andrej Pázman, DrSc., Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics of the Comenius University in Bratislava, Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics

Expert in the field: probability and mathematical statistics                                            

The award is given for a significant contribution in the development of Slovak mathematics and for participation in the establishment of mathematical statistics in Slovakia. He significantly contributed to the introduction of the new methodology and geometric interpretation of non-linear statistical models.

LAUDATIO: Prof. RNDr. Andrej Pázman, DrSc. is an important Slovak mathematician and one of the founders of mathematical statistics in Slovakia. His most important outcomes are in the area of optimization and design of experiments. He significantly contributed to the introduction of the new methodology and geometric interpretation of non-linear statistical models. Up to now, his work includes nine scholarly books and textbooks, and a large amount of published scientific articles in the field of mathematical statistics. He started the first phase of research in quantum probability in the Slovak Academy of Sciences. He held important academic posts at the Mathematical Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, at the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics of the Comenius University in Bratislava and significantly contributed to the education of students at all educational levels of the Comenius University in Bratislava.

Lifelong Achievements in Science and Technology – Technical Sciences

doc. Ing. Ján Lešinský, CSc., Institute of Life Long Learning of the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava

Expert in the field: automobiles and combustion engines

The award is given for lifelong achievements in the education of young scientists and researchers for the automotive industry and invaluable work in promoting the success of the Slovak automotive industry in Europe.

LAUDATIO: Doc. Ing. Ján Lešinský, CSc. is a renowned expert in the field of automobiles and combustion engines, to which he devoted his entire life. Apart from scientific work, he is also devoted to working on projects, mostly addressing non-stationary flow in pipe systems in combustion engines (for TATRA, ŠKODA, LIAZ and while at the ETH Zürich for HILTI). He is also the author and co-author of four patents and utility models. Moreover, he has significant results in educating new professionals in engineering. So far, he has mentored 23 doctoral students, more than 120 master thesis and more than 45 bachelor’s thesis.

Lifelong Achievements in Science and Technology – Medical Sciences

prof. MUDr. Milan Buc, DrSc., Institute of Immunology, Faculty of Medicine of the Comenius University in Bratislava

Expert in the field: immunology, immunogenetics and autoimmunity

The award is given for the development of transplant immunology and the development of immunology as a separate field of science in Slovakia.

LAUDATIO: The 1970s had introduced the social need for introduction of kidney and bone marrow transplantations in Slovakia. This issue requires not only covering technical aspects (conditions for implementation), training of capable professionals, but also covering biological aspects – to ensure consistency between a donor and a recipient. It was prof. MUDr. Milan Buc, DrSc., together with his colleague MUDr. Štefan Nyulassy, who introduced the methodologies for determining transplant characters (HLA) to practice. Second scientific research activity of prof. Buc has been looking for a connection between HLA-system and autoimmune diseases. In relation to this research, he published the original works that have been published in peer-reviewed and other internationally recognized journals and still deliver feedback in the form of citations. Scientific activity of prof. Milan Buc has intertwined with his educational activity, which is reflected in more than ten monographs and textbooks authored by prof. Buc. This all has contributed to the fact that immunology became separate field of science, which in itself is already taking notice by the general public.

Lifelong Achievements in Science and Technology – Agricultural Sciences

doc. RNDr. Jaroslava Sobocká, CSc., National Agricultural and Food Centre, Soil Science and Conservation Research Institute, Bratislava

Expert in the field: soil science, soil mapping and classification

The award is given for lifelong achievement in the field of soil science, soil mapping and classification – application of GIS methods, research of anthropogenic (urban) soils and addressing global challenges in relation to world’s soil resources.

LAUDATIO: Doc. RNDr. Jaroslava Sobocká, CSc., is acclaimed scientist in the field of soil research, soil mapping and classification in Slovakia and abroad. Especially significant is her application abroad as a specialist for research of anthropogenic (urban) water and as an active solutionist of global issues related to world’s soil resources. Equally important are her results in the application of GIS methods and processing of the soil databases. Not only her designs and demarcations of the ‘less favored areas’ in Slovakia have been applied in practice, but equally significant contribution to agricultural practices has been her know-how and assessments of agricultural lands in Slovakia, published as a Guide for the use of agro-ecological units maps in 2009. Doc. Sobocká has over 30 years of professional experience in the execution of surveys, evaluation and processing of agricultural landscape data. At the present time, Doc. Sobocká is the Director of the Soil Science and Conservation Research Institute, where she also coordinates several projects.    

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Within the framework of this event, Awards of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Award of the Slovak Rector’s Conference and Award of the Union of Slovak Scientific and Technological Societies – Promoter of Science and Technology were given. Representative of Slovenské elektrárne (joint stock company), a member of ENEL Group gave the Aurel Stodola Award.

Vice-president for economics of the Slovak Academy of Sciences prof. Pavol Šajgalík and vice-president of the Slovak Academy of Sciences Ing. Juraj Lapin, DrSc. have given Award of the Slovak Academy of Sciences for the building of infrastructure for science, which the presidium of the Slovak Academy of Sciences has given to the consortium composed of: Institute of Technology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Institute of Physics of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Institute of Electrical Engineering of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Institute of Materials and Machine Mechanics of the Slovak Academy of Sciences and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology of the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava for building a unique testing laboratory “Smart Grid”, which aims to create optimal opportunities for the research of processes associated with energy yielding from renewable sources, its storage and utilization.

President of the Slovak Rectors’ Conference prof. Rudolf Kropil, CSc., has given the Award of the Slovak Rectors’ Conference for Art 2014. This year’s award was given to Mgr. art. Andrea Kopecká from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava for the master thesis with abstractive title “Terra Subcutanea”.

President of the Union of Slovak Scientific and Technological Societies prof. Dušan Petráš gave the Promoter of Science and Technology for 2014 Award.

Award winners:  
doc. Ing. Eva Slamková, PhD.                                                                                        
doc. Ing. Stanislav Žiaran, PhD.                                   
Ing. Ľubomír Mravec
         
Aurel Stodola Award was awarded to the authors of winning works selected by the Committee of Slovenské Elektrárne for cooperation with universities. Awards were given by Ing. Vladivoj Řezník, Director of Engineering of Slovenské Elektrárne (joint stock company), a member of ENEL Group.

Winners of individual categories:

Miroslav Dubovský, The Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the University in Žilina, for dissertation “Quality of electricity in the distribution networks”.

Gabriel Krescanko, The Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics of the Technical University in Košice, for masters thesis “Modeling of power system in the MODES environment”.

Dušan Nižnanský, The Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology of the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, for bachelors thesis “Radiation dose in nuclear medicine”.

 

Students and teachers from the Elementary school of art in Banská Štiavnica lead by Director Irena Chovanová performed in the cultural program.

      

Compiled: PhDr. Marta Bartošovičová                                                                               
Photo: Ing. Alena Oravcová

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Keywords:
Popularization of Science and Technology , personalities of science

Areas:
Natural sciences, Technical Sciences, Medical Sciences, Agricultural Sciences

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