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Global Change Research Institute, CAS

Zuzana V. Harmáčková received the Otto Wichterle Award

Among the twenty-four scientists under 35 years of age who today received the Otto Wichterle Award for 2021 from the hands of the President of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Eva Zažímalová, was also Zuzana V. Harmáčková from the Global Change Research Institute CAS – CzechGlobe.

Zuzana V. Harmáčková researches scenarios of possible future socio-ecological development, focuses on paths that lead to social and environmental sustainability and participates in their proposals.

As a fundamental contribution to the debate on future development, Zuzana Harmáčková introduces the importance of human motivations, especially the different types of values that people attribute to the natural environment, which then shape their decisions and actions. 

She complements her own research with significant international activities, publishing and teaching, and contributes to current evaluation reports for science-policy structures (including the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services at the United Nations).

According to the Academy of Sciences, which recognizes up-and-coming scientific personalities, Zuzana is also strengthening her home institution’s collaboration with major European research groups – such as the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology or the Stockholm Resilience Centre, where she is also based. CONGRATULATIONS!