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HR Excellence in Research Award - HRS4R

The Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences is pleased to announce its initiative to apply for the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award. The HR Excellence in Research Award gives public recognition to research institutions that have made progress in aligning their human resource (HR) policies with the principles set out in the the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for Recruitment of Researchers (Charter and Code).

The HR Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) has been launched by the European Commission to support research institutions and funding organizations in the implementation of the Charter and Code in their policies and practices. The principles of the Charter and Code specify the roles, responsibilities and entitlements of researchers as well as of employers of researchers. The overarching aim is to develop an attractive, open and sustainable European labour market for researchers, giving individual researchers the same rights and obligations wherever they may work throughout the European Union. The value and impact of implementing this strategy at the Institute of Physics should be primarily to benefit researchers. By implementing the strategy, the institution will continuously try to improve its policies, practices, research environment, and support for researchers.

In order to gain the HR Excellence in Research Award, the institute is required to execute the following steps of the HRS4R process:

  1. The institution conducts an internal gap analysis to compare its practice against the principles of the Charter and Code.
  2. The institution develops an action plan based on the findings of the analysis to fill gaps in the provision of support and career development for researchers.
  3. The analysis and action plan are submitted to the European Commission and reviewed by external international experts. Once acknowledged, institutions can use the HR Excellence in Research logo.
  4. The institution carries out a self-assessment at least every two years to assess progress and update its action plan.
  5. An external evaluation will take place at least every four years. External reviewers can recommend improvements needed in order to retain the acknowledgement.

The implementation of the HRS4R process at the Institute of Physics was initiated by the director’s official endorsement of the 40 principles of the Charter & Code on November 9th, 2017. The HRS4R process has been carried out by the HR team and Working Group for HRS4R as a part of the project "HR AWARD FZU – Improving quality of the strategic management in the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences” and is described in detail bellow (see Documentation).

The Institute of Physics also established a Steering Committee containing a wide range of stakeholders and researchers within the Institute of Physics to oversee the implementation process. The list of all members of the Steering Committee and the Working Group for HRS4R can be found below.

In the last year, the HR team, the Working Group for HRS4R and the Steering Committee have been making tangible and measurable advances to analyse the current situation and propose active steps for aligning the HR policies of the Institute of Physics with the principles of the Charter & Code. The process started with a thorough employee survey and Gap Analysis resulting in the development of a customized Action Plan for the forthcoming 2 years. The Action Plan, the methodology and results of the survey can be found below in Documentation. The implementation phase of the activities in the Action Plan commenced in the 4th quarter of 2018 using the established bodies (Steering Committee and Working Group for HRS4R) and Implementation Teams. The Implementation Teams are in charge of implementing four areas of the themes from the Action Plan, dealing with the matters of HR, internal communication, working conditions and PR. Their members and roles are described below in Documentation. The Gap Analysis and Action Plan were submitted to the European Commission on October 5th, 2018.

The European Commission welcomed the care taken in aligning the Institute of Physics’ HR practices with the Charter and Code in the EC Consensus Report on December 11th, 2018. The accessors indicated that the application met most of the criteria; recommending minor modifications and the re-submission of the application within two months. The revised application containing the updated Action Plan was submitted to the European Commission on February 8th, 2019. On April 26th 2019 The Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences has been granted the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award.


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Committees and teams

Steering Committee – members

RNDr. Michael Prouza, Ph.D. FZU DirectorResearcher – R4Prague
Ing. Iva BabčanováHead of Personnel DepartmentAdministrativePrague
Ing. Jaroslav BezděkHead of Administration Unit - SlovankaAdministrativePrague
RNDr. Martina Boháčová, Ph.D.Deputy Head of DepartmentResearcher – R3Prague
Ing. Jiří Červenka, Ph.D.Science SecretaryResearcher – R4Prague
RNDr. Antonín Fejfar, CSc.Statutory Deputy DirectorResearcher – R4Prague
doc. RNDr. Petr Kužel Ph.D.Senior researcherResearcher – R4Prague
Ing. Štěpán Potocký, Ph.D.ResearcherResearcher – R3Prague
Ing. Zdeňka PříhodováHead of Administration Unit - CukrovarnickáAdministrativePrague
Ladislav Půst, Ph.D.Deputy Head of DivisionAdministrative/
Researcher R3
Dolní Břežany
RNDr. Jiří J. Mareš, CSc.Deputy Director for Cukrovarnická siteResearcher - R4Prague
Ing. Roman HvězdaDeputy Director for ELI Beamlines
and Hilase projects
AdministrativeDolní Břežany

Working Group HRS4R – members:

Implementation Team - Human resources – members:

(themes: recruitment and selection process, career growth, employee evaluation and training)

Ing. Lenka ČernáHR CoordinatorAdministrativeDolní Břežany
Mgr. Dominika Jírová HR CoordinatorAdministrativeDolní Břežany
Bc. Olga LakomáHR CoordinatorAdministrativeDolní Břežany
Bc. Klára DaňkováTraining and Mentoring Programme CoordinatorAdministrativePrague
Mgr. Ilona Gottwaldová BPhil IslGrant Office ManagerAdministrativePrague
Bc. Milada MoudráPR ManagerAdministrativePrague
Ing. Lucie Beránková HR CoordinatorAdministrativePrague
Mgr. Pavla NovotnáProject AdministratorAdministrativePrague
Mgr. Ivo Svejkovský, MBA, Ph.D.Manager for International CooperationAdministrativePrague
Ing. Iva BabčanováHead of Personnel DepartmentAdministrativePrague
Mgr. Monika HochmanováTraining and Mentoring Programme CoordinatorAdministrativePrague
Mgr. Simona DačevaHR CoordinatorAdministrativePrague
Ing. Markéta PávkováHR CoordinatorAdministrativePrague
Bc. Patricie WaisrováCareer development specialistAdministrativePrague
Mgr. Monika SvobodováHR CoordinatorAdministrativePrague
Lenka ČernáAdministrative
Jiří ChudobaResearcher R4
Jiří VackářResearcher R3
Alexander KromkaResearcher R4
Petra KšírováResearcher R3
Olga LakomáAdministrative
Dominika JírováAdministrative
Lucie BeránkováAdministrative
Petra KratochvílováAdministrative
Iva BabčanováAdministrative
Monika HochmanováAdministrative
Christelle KadlecResearcher R3
Klára DaňkováAdministrative
Simona DačevaAdministrative
Anna ArtemenkoResearcher R3
Markéta PávkováResearcher R3
Patricie WaisrováResearcher R3
Monika SvobodováResearcher R3

Implementation Team - Working conditions – members:

(themes: revitalization of the working environment, “soft” working conditions, gender balance)

Implementation Team - Public relations – members:

(the main theme:development of popularization activities)

Lucie BeránkováAdministrative
Ignacy Wolak-SawickiResearcher R4
Oleg HeczkoResearcher R4
Petra TomáškováResearcher R1
Petra BoháčkováAdministrative
Petr KuželResearcher R4
Eva MihókováReasearcher R4
Miloslav KlingerResearcher R1
Martina ToufarováResearcher R2
Ivo SvejkovskýAdministrative
Zora EbermannováAdministrative
Ondřej DanešAdministrative
Martina BoháčováResearcher R3
Anna LynnykResearcher R2
Marijke Anna SpanjerTechnical
Natalia PodoliakResearcher R2
Filip KadlecResearcher R3
Simona DačevaAdministrative
Anna ArtemenkoResearcher R3
Alice HospodkováResearcher R4
Patricie WaisrováAdministrative>
Pavla NovotnáAdministrative
Michal MarčišovskýResearcher R2
Jaromír KopečekResearcher R3
Martin LedinskýResearcher R3
Oleg LunovResearcher R4
Kateřina BrejchováTechnical
Milada MoudráAdministrative
Radek KříčekAdministrative
Michael VíchAdministrative
Anna LynnykResearcher R2
Teťana OstapčukResearcher R3
Andrew TaylorTechnical
Ivana VíšováResearcher R1
Alena BakalováResearcher R1
Zdeňka HájkováResearcher R2

Implementation Team - Internal Communication – members:

(themes: ethical aspects of the work of scientists, quality audit, procedures in complaints, ensuring bilingual communication at the FZU, effective communication)

Olga LakomáAdministrative
Jaroslav CvachResearcher R4
Silvia SedlákováResearcher R1
Jiří OswaldResearcher R4
Irena KratochvílováResearcher R4
Josef KrásaResearcher R4
Pavla NovotnáAdministrative
Hana WaňkováAdministrative
Jarmila BarešováAdministrative
Ladislav PůstAdministrative/
Researcher R3
Marijke Anna SpanjerTechnical
Andrew TaylorTechnical
Barbora DošlíkováAdministrative
Markéta PávkováAdministrative

Choose your key topic and join the implementation team! Your are very welcome! Further information: Ivo Svejkovský, svejkovskyatfzu [dot] cz

Other useful information:

Institute management

Institute council

Supervisory board

Ethics committee and Code