The Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information of SR, the Slovak Academy of Sciences and the Union of Slovak Scientific and the Technological Societies has organized the 18th anniversary of the competition of significant Slovak scientists, technologists and young researchers - called the Slovak Scientist of the Year 2014. This year's competition was held under the patronage of the President SR Andrej Kiska.

Award Ceremony of the competition took place on 12. 5. 2015 at 10.00 am in the Concert Hall of the Slovak Radio in Bratislava. The award ceremony was attended by President of SR Andrej Kiska, State Secretary of The Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of SR Romana Kanovská, managing director of the Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information of SR prof. RNDr. Ján Turňa, CSc., Chairman of the Slovak Academy of Sciences prof. RNDr. Pavol Šajgalík,  DrSc., and president of ZSVTS prof. Ing. Dušan Petráš, PhD., EUR ING. the deputy chairman of SAS RNDr. Eva Majková, DrSc. has introduced the evaluation commission.

The introductory speech was presented by the President of SR Andrej Kiska. Among other, he said: "It is important to point out exceptional results, highlight the importance that for our progress and the success of our country have world-class scientists, such as today´s scientists awarded in the field of science and technology. It is the creative work of you, awarded scientists and your colleagues, that supplies society in Slovakia with knowledge and gives her the opportunity to grow. Without quality research would not be good innovative ideas and solutions to our everyday individual concerns, but also for huge and tough social challenges and problems. On the other hand, this necessity to remember how important for us are our top scientists and researchers also suggest that our state and our society often forget about this." Further he remarked: "I meet with scientists, I listen to your opinions and suggestions and as president, I often highlights the problems that our country must to solve in this field, for example, wiser and better funding of science and research from public resources, support of private investment in innovations, better integration between research and practice, a functioning legal framework to protect intellectual property, not to mention the quality education of our children. These are challenges that we must face up, not five, ten years later, but today."

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