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Czech scientist became a member of a prestigious board of Horizon Europe

13. 08. 2019

Emil Cienciala, a scientist from the Global Change Research Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, became a member of the Mission Board for Soil Health and Food. The board will be a part of the European Union’s new Horizon Europe programme.

In his work, Emil Cienciala concentrates on forest ecology and carbon balance of such ecosystems. He has been selected from 2100 adepts from both European and other countries. Among such competition, he has been chosen as the only representative of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Membership in the board means a possibility to influence European discourse in the areas of soil health and food on an international level.

Emil Cienciala has substantial experience from abroad. He has attained his doctor’s degree at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, where he subsequently also worked as a docent in forest ecology. He is a member of several international professional organisations.

Missions of Horizon Europe 

The call for nominations of experts into various boards that will be part of the EU’s 9th programme Horizon Europe, has been announced by the European Commission in May 2019. The boards deal with the following areas: Adaptation to Climate Change; Cancer; Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal and Inland Waters; Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities; Soil Health and Food. The boards’ members are top scientists including the Nobel Prize winner Harald zur Hausen, who is the chairperson of the 15-member board for cancer research.

The Missions are new in the Horizon Europe programme. Their goal is to find solutions to current social issues while promoting results of scientific work.

The list of members of all boards can be accessed here.

On the opening photo: site of the Global Change Research Institute of the CAS in Brno

Original Czech text prepared by: Global Change Research Institute of the CAS in cooperation with Alice Horáčková, Department of Media Communication of the Head Office of the CAS
Photo: Alice Horáčková, Department of Media Communication of the Head Office of the CAS

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