Experts from Comenius University are Recognized for Science and Technology

Professor Peter Moczo, who is the Comenius University Vice-Rector for Science and Postgraduate Study, and Professor Milan Kokavec from the university’s Faculty of Medicine, received awards for their work and achievements in science and technology. The announcement of the Prize for Science and Technology, which was held at Incheba Expo Bratislava on 8 November 2018, was the highlight of the 2018 Science and Technology Week, which was a nationwide event.

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Professor Peter Moczo from the Department of Astronomy, Physics of the Earth and Meteorology at the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics at Comenius University, who is also the university’s Vice-Rector for Science and Postgraduate Study, was recognized for his excellent results in the development of methods of numerical modelling of seismic movement and their application in research into the local effects of earthquakes, Professor Moczo is also the president of the Slovak Learned Society and is a world-class figure in the numerical modelling of seismic waves diffusion and seismic movement in structurally complex environments. Firstly alone, and then with the team he created, Moczo developed original computational methods that are among the most accurate and computationally effective in the world. These methods are based on the following most significant partial original results: the discrete representation of material inhomogeneity and attenuation and the clarification of the numerical properties of the finite-differential schemes to solve the motion equation of the continuum.

Professor Milan Kokavec, the head of the Orthopaedic Clinic of Comenius University’s Faculty of Medicine and the National Institute of Children’s Diseases, was awarded for his exceptional scientific and educational research work in orthopaedics. Professor Kokavec is a renowned and experienced orthopaedic surgeon, who is often the first to apply new and original operating and treatment methods in Slovakia; he tries to ensure the best orthopaedic treatments are available to paediatric patients. He has completed study visits in Austria, the Czech Republic, Israel, Denmark, Italy, and the United Kingdom.  He is the head of the Orthopaedic Clinic of the university’s Faculty of Medicine and the National Institute of Children’s Diseases, the deputy head of science and research at the same institute, and the president of the Slovak Orthopaedic and Traumatological Society. Under his leadership, doctors have performed several unique operations in Slovakia. 

Dr Michal Chovanec of the 2nd Oncological Clinic at the Faculty of Medicine at Comenius University and the National Oncological Institute received a science and technology award for people under 35 years of age for his work in the optimization of treatment in clinical and translational research on testicular tumours in Slovakia.

This awards ceremony for scientists and researchers, which recognizes their achievements in science and technology, is a traditional and inseparable part of Science and Technology Week in Slovakia, which is organized by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic alongside the Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information’s National Centre for the Popularization of Science and Technology in Society.

The main purpose of the event is to recognize and reward work by Slovak scientists and the particular significance of this work for the development of society. The awards ceremony was attended by the Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic, Martina Lubyová: “I think it is very important to recognize the excellent scientists who improve Slovakia’s reputation abroad. Thanks to this prestigious award, these prominent figures can also become better known in society. Their work and results show that they deserve it,” the minister said. The event was attended by prominent representatives of the public sector, universities, and businesses active in research and development as well as representatives of clubs and associations.