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Global Change Research Institute, CAS

RNDr. Jan Květ, CSc.


Position: Vědecký pracovník

Branch: Department of Matters and Energy Fluxes

Workplace: ÚVGZ AV ČR, v.v.i.Lipová 1789/9České Budějovice370 05




  • 1943-1951, secondary school, Prague 2;
  • 1951-1956, Faculty of Biology, Charles University (plant anatomy and physiology);
  • 1962-1963, post-graduate study, University of Oxford, Agriculture Department;
  • 1964, CSc. (Botany), Institute of Botany, CSAS (IB CSAS);
  • 1968, RNDr., Faculty of  Science Charles University,. Prague;
  • 1981, state examination in English, State Language School, České Budějovice.


  • 1956-1994, Geobotany Laboratory (since 1962 Institute of Botany (IB), Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences (CSAS), Průhonice;
  • 1965-1972, IB, CSAS, Department of Ecology, Brno;
  • 1973-2002, IB, CSAS (since 1993, AS CR), Ecology Section, Třeboň;
  • 1993-present, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice, Faculty of Biological Sciences (now Faculty of Science) senior research worker and lecturer,

      Parallel positions:

  • 1965-1972, Institute of Microbiology, CSAS, scientific coordination, International Biology Programme (IBP); Production Processes (PP) section, photosynthesis subsection
  • 1972-1975, Institute of Landscape Ecology, CSAS, Průhonice (dtto);
  • 1990-1992, Czech National Council, Prague;
  • 2003-present, CzechGlobe, Institute for Global Change Research, AS CR, Třeboň and Brno, senior researcher.


  • 1973, Award, CSAS (with M. Rychnovská, J. Pelikán et al.)
  • 1997, Medal Second Class, Minister of Education, Youth and Sports
  • 2001, International Fellowship Award, Soc. of Wetland Scientists, SWS (with D. Dykyjová)
  • 2001, Memorial medal, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice,.
  • 2004, Award, Minister of Environment
  • 2008, Recognition of Excellence, Ramsar Convention on the Protection of Wetlands of International Importance
  • 2013, Doctor honoris causa, dr.h.c., Univerzity of South Bohemia in České Budějovice
  • 2013, J.G. Mendel Memoprial Medal for Merits i n Biological Sciences, AS CR
  • 2015, Life Achievement Award, Society of Wetland Scientists, SWS.


Membership in selected domestic scientific bodies:

  • 1990-1997, member, Accreditation Commission of the Government of the Czech Republic;
  • 1993-1996, member, Scientific Council of the AS CR;
  • 1993-1996, member, Commission for Natural Sciences and chairman, Subcommission for General and Ecological Biology of the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic;
  • 1994-1997, Vice-Dean, FBS, University of South Bohemia (USB);
  • 1994-2000, member, Scientific Council of the FBS, USB;
  • 2002-2003, member, Scientific Council of the Ministry of Environment of Czech Republic
  • 2002 – present, life member, Learned Society of the Czech Republic

 Membership and positions in international organisations and societies:

  • 1965-1974, Deputy Scientific Coordinator of the subsection for photosynthesis and working group on wetlands of the IBP (International Biological Programme)
  • 1977-1984, Member and Secretary of the Czech National Committee for SCOPE (Scientific Committee for Problems of Environment) of ICSU (International Council of Scientific Unions)
  • 1978 – present, Member, working group on wetlands, International Association for Ecology (INTECOL)
  • 1985-2008 Member, Czech National Committee for the UNESCO MAB (Man and Biosphere) programme. Emerited member since 2008
  • 1998-2008, Chairman of this Committee
  • 1996 – present, Corresponding Member, Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • 2000 – 2008, Vice-Chairman, Curatorium, Limnological Institute, Austrian Academy of Sciences at Mondsee
  • 2001-present, Life Member, Society of Wetland Scientists

Membership and positions in national organisations and societies:

  • 1950-present, Czech (Czechoslovak until 1992) Botanical Society
  • 1963-1988, British Ecological Society
  • 1973-2013, Czechoslovak Biological Society, ecology section
  • 1976-present, Czech Union for Nature Conservation
  • 1976-present, Czech (Czechoslovak until 1992) Limnological Society; honorary member since 2009
  • 1990-present, Society for Sustainable Living
  • 1995-present, Slovak Ecological Society; honorary member since 2004
  • 2004-present, Czech Society for Ecology (founding member); honorary member since 2013
  • 2006-present. Slovak Botanical Society; merited member since 2013

Service on editorial boards of scientific and professional journals:

  • 1971-present, Photosynthetica, Prague
  • 1973-1993, Ekológia, Bratislava
  • 1974-1985, Aquatic Botany, Amsterdam
  • 1974-1998, Biologické Listy, Prague
  • 1990-present, Wetlands Ecology and Management, Dordrecht
  • 2001-present, Boreal Environment Research, Helsinki