GACR President's Awards

The laser spark of life recognized by the Czech Science Foundation


Humans in every civilisation have always been intrigued by the question of the origin of life. During thousands of years, numerous answers have been provided by mystics and clerics. Then, philosophers offered their own speculative solutions of this conundrum. Science entered the field not long ago. Systematic investigations of physical and chemical phenomena, which likely played a role in the origin of life, began in the middle of last century. Currently, it represents a strong research stream wherein also our Institute participates.

The Prize of the Czech Science Foundation president goes to the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences


This very sound breakthrough project of Dr Kusova indicates extensive application possibilities, e.g. in manufacturing tiny light sources integrated onto silicon chips, or in biological and medical uses.  It is already a second significant award for Kateřina, who was also one of three laureates of the 8th year of Czech edition of the competition L’Oréal for women in science 2014.