Scientific knowledge is the driving force of every successful society

We are building upon the best this country has given to itself and the world – the discoveries of leading scientists, their open minds, a desire for research, as well as our ability to appreciate these virtues.

100

million Czech crowns paid in support of Czech science

87

scientists awarded since 2009

12

years championing science and research

8

scientific expeditions worth 2.8 million Czech crowns

Neuron Founders

Heading up the Neuron Endowment Fund are the five Neuron Founders, who are active bearers of the fund’s mission. This means raising the prestige of scientists within our society and supporting national self-belief.

Monika Vondráková

Monika Vondráková

Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of the Neuron Endowment Fund

She gave birth to the idea of ​​supporting young Czech scientists and co-founded the Neuron Endowment Fund to support science.

Eduard Kučera

Eduard Kučera

"Every year from the company revenue we try to provide a part to the charity."

Co-founder of the company Avast

Martin Fusek

Martin Fusek

"It is a great honour, that our company IOCB Tech is part of the Neuron Endowment Fund"

Vice-director for Strategic Development, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry CAS

Václav Novák

Václav Novák

"I believe that businesses and academics should cooperate. Neuron does that"

Co-founder and senior managing partner at M.L. Moran.

Jan Lukačevič

Jan Lukačevič

"Science and Research play and important role in our lifes. It is my goal to show people how things work."

Space Engineer & PhD Student, NATO2030 Young Leader, New Europe 100 Challenger

Management board

The management board directs the entirety of the fund’s activities and decides on all its associated affairs. Additionally, in co-operation with the scientific panel it approves nominations for Neuron Prizes recipients and supports popularization projects.

Monika Vondráková

Monika Vondráková

Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of the Neuron Endowment Fund

She gave birth to the idea of ​​supporting young Czech scientists and co-founded the Neuron Endowment Fund to support science.

Jan Konvalinka

Jan Konvalinka

Member of the Management Board

"I am honored to be a part of Neuron Endowment Fund and support scientists in our country"

Dita Stejskalová

Dita Stejskalová

Member of the Management Board

"I love bridges and I believe communication is the bridge between the fascinating world of science and our daily lives. I have devoted my career to the field of communication and public relations and I look forward to offering my experience to Neuron."

Petr Šimůnek

Petr Šimůnek

Member of the Management Board

"To support scientists on their way is the most important thing. I am glad to be part of it."

Scientific panel & International scientific panel

The independent Scientific panel & International scientific panel determine how best to support individual scientific fields and nominates laureates for the Neuron Prizes. We are proud that the independent scientific panel comprises leading scientists from every field we support.

Chemistry

Jan Konvalinka

Jan Konvalinka

Guarantor of Chemistry

František Štěpánek

František Štěpánek

Member of Scientific panel, Chemistry

Jiří Damborský

Jiří Damborský

Member of Scientific panel, Chemistry

Tim Clark

Tim Clark

Member of International scientific panel, Chemistry

Yury  Gogotsi

Yury Gogotsi

Member of International scientific panel, Chemistry

Medicine

Pavel Martásek

Pavel Martásek

Guarantor of Medicine

Marek Trněný

Marek Trněný

Member of the Scientific panel, Medicine

Martina Vašáková

Martina Vašáková

Member of the Scientific panel, Medicine

Roman Kučera

Roman Kučera

Member of the Scientific panel, Medicine

Josef  Stehlík

Josef Stehlík

Member of the International scientific panel, Medicine

Biology

John G. Hildebrand

John G. Hildebrand

Member of the International scientific panel, Biology

Social Sciences

José Manuel Serrano  Alvarez

José Manuel Serrano Alvarez

Member of the International scientific panel, Social sciences

Physics

Pavel Jelínek

Pavel Jelínek

Guarantor of Physics

Whatever is born must die; Whatever is acquired must be lost. The Self can never be lost. - Sri Ramana Maharshi

Radim Filip

Radim Filip

Member of the Science Board, Physics

"Each day, science keeps improving our thinking, driven by the desire to implement its power. Physics does so in the simplest possible way by direct confrontation of simple natural phenomena and our ideas."

Martin Schnabl

Martin Schnabl

Member of the Science Board, Physics

Motto: "Never stop exploring."

Tomáš Jungwirth

Tomáš Jungwirth

Member of the Science Board, Physics

He found that so-called antiferromagnets allow data writing up to a thousand times faster than conventional storage media

Harald  Brune

Harald Brune

Member of the International scientific panel, Physics

Computer Science

Jiří Matas

Jiří Matas

Guarantor of Computer Science

"Science is an amazing adventure of endless cognition, the search for mankind and other dimensions that keep a man alert to his own intelligence. Science precedes its benefit, try to limit it or neglect it, and we evil with evil. Science is freedom, science is a categorical imperative of the sustainability of human society."

Antonín Kučera

Antonín Kučera

Member of the Science Board, Computer Science

“You can't tell how deep a puddle is until you step into it.”

František Plášil

František Plášil

Member of the Science Board, Computer Science

Motto: "Ph.D. students are important partners, especially when they disagree."

Javier  Esparza

Javier Esparza

Member of the International scientific panel, Computer science

Josef  Kittler

Josef Kittler

Member of the International scientific panel, Computer science

Mathematics

Martin Markl

Martin Markl

Guarantor of Mathematics

Jan Trlifaj

Jan Trlifaj

Member of the Science Board, Mathematics

Pavel Drábek

Pavel Drábek

Member of the Science Board, Mathematics

"Basic research cannot be regulated or measured. But it is wise to give it a lot of funding!"

Alexander A.  Voronov

Alexander A. Voronov

Member of the International scientific panel, Mathematics

Roger  Wiegand

Roger Wiegand

Member of the International scientific panel, Mathematics

Our History 

The Neuron Endowment Fund for the support of science was founded in 2010. Our primary mission is to increase the prestige of scientists from the Czech Republic and through their stories to boost national self-confidence within our society.

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