The support of involvement of foreign experts

This area focuses on the development of the international environment through the involvement of the top foreign experts in the key activities of the educational process and creative activity at UJEP.

A foreign expert is a person that does not have Czech citizenship and is an internationally recognized person in their field (according to the relevant international evaluation scale)

The selection procedure to appoint the position of the foreign expert at UJEP is announced, of which conditions are stated by the vice-rector for science based on the particularities in the given science areas. The Selection Committee consists of 5 members: one vice-rector for science as its chairperson and 1 ZAMO employee. The remaining 3 members, according to the science field of the foreign expert are nominated by the rector at the suggestions of the deans of the faculties. The administrator of the committee without the right to vote is the IGA employee.

Only a dean for the relevant faculty can request a grant, however, they also must present the readiness of the specific department for the whole period of the stay of the foreign expert at JEPU (workplace, IT, laboratories, etc. must be available).

The length of the stay of the foreign expert at UJEP is limited to a maximum of 5 months.

The foreign expert that successfully passes the selection process is presented with a work agreement for the corresponding period and a corresponding amount of financial reward for their staying at UJEP. The amount of the financial reward is set by the vice-rector for science based on the whole budget for this area, reception of the candidate, and the length of their stay at UJEP

The requests for the selection procedure are submitted continuously to the IGA employee until the quota for the financial resources has been spent.

The request must be submitted no later than 2 months before the beginning of the planned involvement of the foreign expert at UJEP.

Foreign experts UJEP 2019

Prof. Ivan Lukáč, Eng. Msc., Ph.D.

Professor Lukáč is a recognized leading authority in the field of metallurgy. His research works are known and respected by the professional community – he lectures not only in European countries but also overseas.

Lecture topics:

  • Steels applied in thermal and nuclear energy – global research trends
  • Automotive steels
  • Nickel superalloys – the principle of their properties
  • Alloys with shape memory effect
  • Fatigue fractures – causes and ways of their identification


Assoc. Prof., Dr., Viliam Kratochvíl, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Kratochvíl is an expert in the field of modern teaching methods and creating modern history textbooks for all levels of schools. He is the author and co-author of a complex of nineteen textbooks for elementary schools and lower-level grammar schools.

During his stay at UJEP, he concentrates on teaching in a seminar form. It offers a theoretical-practical seminar on didactics of history and a seminar on the topic of school historical sources as an integral part of teaching and textbooks in history. This issue is also relevant in connection with the innovations of RVP from history because the work with school historical sources in teaching and the didactic system of textbooks is still insufficient in the Czech environment.

Prof.  Valentina Pidlisnyuk, M.Sc., D.Sc.

Professor Valentina Pidlisnyuk is a specialist in multipurpose phytotechnology, mainly growing the second-generation energy crop Miscanthus x giganteus on problematic soils such as contaminated sites or brownfields. During his work at the Faculty of Environment, UJEP, she focuses on several related issues of basic and applied research, such as degradation of pollutants, quality and use of biomass, plant stress, or miscanthus cooperation with microbial communities.

Foreign experts UJEP 2020

Kumar Pranaw, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Dr. Kumar Pranaw is working on microbes mediated enhancement of biomass production and simultaneous remediation of heavy metal contaminated soil. Currently, he works as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Department of Technical Sciences in the NATO peace project – New Phytotechnology for Cleaning Contaminated Military Sites.

Karim Al Souki, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Dr. Karim AL Souki comes from Lebanon. He moved to UJEP as a postdoctoral fellow from ISA Lille (France) in 2018. He entered the research team of prof. Pidlisnyuk dealing with phytoremediation using second-generation energy crops, dominantly Miscanthus x giganteus. Here he utilizes skills gained during his Ph.D., where he investigated the growth of miscanthus on contaminated soils around the industrial city of Lille. His principal research activities in UJEP team are focused on the effect of miscanthus on soil, especially the carbon sequestration, support of soil microbial communities andrhizoremediation of petroleum hydrocarbons. He participated also in the preparation of several grant proposals including international. So far he has published three scientific papers affiliated to UJEP, two others are under review. He presented his results also in several scientific conferences. From the academic year 2020/21, he has been participating in the teaching of several English-taught subjects within the new study programme Technology for Environmental Protection accredited on the Faculty of Environment. Dr. Al Souki speaks three languages (Arabic, English, and French) and he is learning Czech as well.

Prof. Yuriy Kalyuzhnyy, Dr. Sci.

Professor Kalyuzhnyy comes from Ukraine and is known for his work in the field of complex fluid theory with an H-index of 29, where he deals with an analytical description of the structure and thermodynamic properties of collision systems. Professor Kalyuzhnyy is cooperating with prof. Cummins from Vanderbilt University in Nashville. He currently works at the Faculty of Science with prof. Nezbeda where they prepare joint publications. For postdoctoral students and master’s students, prof. Kalyuzhnyy lecturing on the structure of complex fluid systems.


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