London calling!

A meeting of Czech scientists working in the UK, organised in cooperation with the Embassy of the Czech Republic in London and with the support of the Czech Centre in London.

We would like to invite you to a meeting of Czech scientists, which will take place on Friday 15 September in London. The event is organised under the auspices of Czexspats in Science in cooperation with the Embassy of the Czech Republic in London and with the support of the Czech Centre in London.

The meeting will be held in the form of flash talks, during which everyone who wants to will present their research briefly – all research fields and disciplines are invited!

The event will also include a keynote lecture by Barbara Havelka (Faculty of Law, University of Oxford) and Pavel Kratina (School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences, Queen Mary University of London). Otakar Fojt (British Embassy Prague) will also introduce UK Science and Innovation Network.

We hope that this meeting will allow you to present your research in a new context, to learn what other compatriots are doing, and above all to establish contact and potential collaboration with other Czech scientists in the UK. We believe that the format of the flash talks will provide insight into a variety of scientific fields and projects and that the keynote speakers will provide valuable insights and experience to those who are just settling into the scientific environment in the UK.

On behalf of the London organisers, Alžběta Kovandová-Bartoníčková, Zikmund Bartoníček and Michal Sýkora.

Registration is required by 10 September 2023.

Date and time: 15 September at 12:00

Místo: Embassy of the Czech Republic
26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QY


12:00–12:45Open door
Matouš Glanc (Czexpats)
Marie Chatardová (Velvyslanectví ČR v Londýně)
13:00–13:45Keynote lecture
Barbara Havelková
13:45–15:15Flash talks
15:15–16:00Coffee break & Networking
16:00–16:20Talk: UK Science and Innovation Network
Otakar Fojt
16:20–17:05Keynote Lecture
Pavel Kratina
17:05–17:15Talk: Czech and Slovak School Okénko
Jana Nahodilová
17:15–18:00Flash talks
18:00–18:05Closing word
19:00End of the official part, unofficial drinks

Flash Talks

Individual flash talks will be short talks (3 min) about you and your research, where you can use one slide. Please feel free to sign up, all presentations will be informal and the primary purpose is to get to know each other more effectively and learn what others are doing. Although the meeting is for all career stages, we want to reserve the space for flash talks for presenters who are already doing research – i.e. from MSc (included) upwards.


Barbara Havelková

Faculty of Law, Oxford University

Barbara Havelková is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law and a Law Fellow at St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford. She holds degrees from Charles University in Prague (Mgr. – Master in Law; summa cum laude), Europa-Institut of Saarland University (LLM) and the University of Oxford (Mst in Legal Research, DPhil).
Barbara’s research and teaching interests include gender legal studies and feminist jurisprudence, equality and anti-discrimination law, constitutional law, EU law and law in post-socialist transitions.
She is the author of Gender Equality in Law: Uncovering the Legacies of Czech State Socialism (Hart/Bloomsbury, 2017), and co-editor and co-author of Anti-Discrimination Law in Civil Law Jurisdictions (Oxford University Press, 2019). In Czech, she recently co-edited and co-authored Men’s Laws: Are Legal Rules Neutral? (WoltersKluwer, 2020).

Pavel Kratina

School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences, Queen Mary University of London

Pavel Kratina is a Senior Lecturer in Ecology at Queen Mary University of London. He graduated in Environmental Protection at Palacký University in Olomouc (Mgr.) and received his PhD in Ecology at the University of Victoria, Canada. His research focuses on the ecology of aquatic communities, food webs and their stability, global warming and biodiversity loss. His research group uses manipulative experiments, mathematical models together with global data sets, and field research in tropical forests. The results of his work have been published in Nature Climate Change, Nature Geoscience, Nature Communications, Nature Ecology and Evolution, TREE, or The ISME Journal.

Otakar Fojt

UK Science and Innovation Network
British Embassy Prague, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

Otakar is focused on the development of Czech-British relations in the field of science, modern technologies and innovation. Since 2003, he has been the Scientific Attaché of the British Embassy in Prague. Otakar graduated in Biomedical Engineering at Brno University of Technology, was awarded a British Chevening Scholarship at Merton College Oxford University and after that worked for four years as a postdoc in the Department of Mathematics at the University of York on industrial research for the telecommunications company Nortel Networks. He also held a postdoc position at the Fields Institute in Toronto and lectured at the University of Waterloo.