HR Excellence in Science


On the 1 December 2017 the Biology Centre CAS committed to the  keep recommendations of the European Commission no. 2005/251 / EC, The European Charter for Researchers and The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.    

These recommendations are closely connected to the strategy of HR development in science and research, and therefore the institution undertakes to create good working conditions  professional development as well as a secure transparent recruitment process.    

The Gender Equality Plan (GEP) was adopted to strengthen all the mentioned processes and ensure equal access not only during the selection procedure.

On 3 January 2018 the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports introduced “Action Plan of HR Development for Research, Development and Innovations and Gender Equality in Research, Development and Innovations in the Czech Republic for 2018-2020”This plan was approved by the Czech Government as one of their fields of priority. The Action Plan comprises a wide range of topics that are related to the areas of HR in development in research and development as well innovations that include a gender dimension of VaVal, popularization and publishing.  In essence, the plan is focussed on the progressive development of research institutions including their institutional culture.      

The grant “Incorporation of the Biological Centre of the CAS into the European Research Area _ IBERA” was worked out and subsequently approved by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports to establish and keep the strategic management at the Biology Centre CAS in accordance with conditions for gaining a HR Award. The HR Award is granted to research institutions that implement the HRS4R strategy (The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers), which comes from the principles of the European Charter and Code of Conduct.

The IBERA project comes under the call “Development of Capacities in R&D” that encompasses Operational Programme Research Development and Education.

The Biology Centre CAS became an integral part of the European Research Area in order to be an equal and competitive partner to foreign scientific institutions and an attractive employer for scientists. 

Contribution of an implementation of HRS4R for our researchers

  • To become an international prestigious institute that attracts researchers.
  • An improvement of a care about HR
  • To create the right conditions for an attractive career at the Biology Centre
  • To ensure the transparent recruitment of new researchers.
  • A valuation of experience from mobility in private and public sector  
  • An improvement in field of professional development of researchers
  • An interconnection with an European network of research institutions
  • An international attractiveness and prestige
  • The possibility to obtain funds from the EU for research and development as well as domestic programmes that support science 

Outcomes of the project

HRS4R Action Plan

HRS4R Action Plan II


Schedule of the project:

1. PHASE – Initiation 2018
Blanket survey (questionnaires) 2/2018
Sample survey (questionnaires) 9/2018
GAP Analysis 1-10/2018
Action Plan 8-11/2018
Submission of the GAP Analysis and the Action Plan to the European Commission by 30.11.2018
2. PHASE – Implementation 2019 – 2022
Implementation of the Action Plan steps after gaining HR AWARD
Internal evaluation and an assessment of previous GAP and AP 2 years after gaining award
External evaluation by the European Commission 3 years after internal evaluation


Members of the IBERA project working team

prof. RNDr. Jan Kubečka, CSc., Guarantor
prof. RNDr. Ivo Šauman, Ph.D., Mentor
RNDr. Renata Novotná,  Principle Investigator
Ing. Vendula Aubrechtová, Manager of implementation
Mgr. Tina Vrabcová, Education and Mentoring Specialist
Mgr. Daša Bastlová, Ph.D, Manager of International Cooperation
Mgr. Daniela Procházková, External Communication Specialist
Mgr. Markéta Kubátová, Manager of Mobile Laboratory
Mgr. Luboš Kočvara, Manager of Mobile Laboratory

doc. RNDr. Roman Kuchta, Ph.D., Institute of Parasitology
RNDr. Michal Tušer, Ph.D., Institute of Hydrobiology
Mgr. Martin Bartuška, Ph.D., Institute of Soil Biology, Research Infrastructure Soil and Water
Mgr. Ondřej Lenz, Ph.D., Institute of Plant Molecular Biology
RNDr. Pavel Sroka, Ph.D., Institute of Entomology


Steering committee  of the IBERA
prof. RNDr. Libor Grubhoffer, CSc., Hon. D.Sc., dr. h. c.
doc. RNDr. Roman Kuchta, Ph.D.
doc. RNDr. Jan Štefka, Ph.D.
RNDr. Renata Novotná



RNDr. Renata Novotna
Tel.: +420 387 775 058
Mobil: +420 778 028 282



EURAXESS the Czech Republic

An award is endeavoured to be gained within the Operational Programme Research Development and Education, grant Incorporation of the Biological Centre of the CAS into the European Research Area _ IBERA reg. no.: CZ.02.2.69/0.0/0.0/16_028/0006247. The grant key activity is to establish the strategic management of a research institution in accordance with the conditions for gaining a HR Award.      


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+420 387 775 051 (secretariat)
+420 778 468 552 (for media)

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