The Slovak Academy of Sciences handed out its most prestigious awards

Ceny SAV za popularizáciu vedy a spoločenské aplikácie vedy boli udelené Agáte Šústovej Drelovej, PhD., a Mgr. Jaroslavovi Valentovi z Historického ústavu SAV, v. v. i. za úspešný podcast Dejiny

On Thursday, June 27, 2024, the SAV Congress Center at Smolenicki Castle awarded the most prestigious awards to scientists and teams – the SAV Awards for the year 2023. The Academy awards these awards every year on the occasion of the anniversary of its foundation. With these awards, the SAS honors personalities and the best scientific results that were created in a given year. In the evaluation, emphasis is also placed on research with significant international overlap.

The history of the SAS Awards dates back to the middle of the last century. Since then, the perception of science has changed. Today, society is increasingly aware that life in the 21st century forces us to reevaluate our attitudes and realize the importance of science for social and technological growth. SAS covers all scientific disciplines, each of which has its place in society. I am glad that today, as every year, we have something to choose from when we appreciate the best results of our scientists,” said the chairman of the Academy of Sciences, prof. Pavol Šajgalik.

Awards were received by outstanding personalities in science in four categories.

The SAS award for the results of international scientific and technical cooperation was awarded to:

  • collective of workers of the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry SAS, composed of: Ing. František Šimko, PhD., Ing. Michal Korenko, PhD., doc. Ing. Miroslav Boča, DrSc., Ing. Zuzana Netriová, PhD., Mgr. Pavol Weiner, Ing. Jozef Priščák for the project of international industrial cooperation between ÚACH SAS, and the consortium HYDRO ALUMINUM AS (Porsgrunn, Norway) and RIO ALUMINUM PECHINEY (Voreppe, France)

The prize of the Slovak Academy of Sciences for the results of scientific research was awarded to:

  • the collective of researchers of the Institute of Virology of the SAV Biomedical Center, under the leadership of Ing. Ľudovít Škultétyho, DrSc., composed of: Mgr. Eva Špitálska, PhD., RNDr. Zuzana Sekeyová, PhD., Ing. Katarína Palkovičová, Mgr. Marco Quevedo Diaz, PhD., for outstanding contributions to innovation in the development of vaccines, diagnostic antigens, and research on antibiotic resistance in rickettsial infections,
  • the research team of the Center for Experimental Medicine SAS, Team Cemtirestat by cheating Ing. Milan Štefek, CSc., composed of: Mgr. Pavol Boďo, RNDr. Lucia Kováčiková, PhD., Ing. Marek Lepáček, RNDr. Magdaléna Májeková, PhD., Ing. Marta Šoltésová Prnová, PhD., in the field of research into the mechanisms of pathological changes affected by long-term hyperglycemia and interdisciplinary research into nanomaterials and polymer composites and nanocomposites,
  • author’s collective of the Institute of Slovak Literature SAV, composed of: Mgr. Radoslav Passia, Ph.D., doc. Mgr. Vladimír Barborík, CSc., Mgr. Katarína Badžgoňová, doc. PhDr. Anikó Dušíková, CSc., Mgr. Michal Habaj, PhD., Mgr. Matej Masaryk, PhD., Mgr. Vladimíra Mravcová, PhD., Mgr. Viliam Nádaskay, PhD., Jana Pátková, doc. Mgr. Jaroslav Šrank, PhD., for the scientific publication Literary landscapes of Bratislava: the image of the city after 1918 (Bratislava: VEDA, 2023),
  • Mgr. Eva Dědečková, PhD. and doc. Mgr. Richard Stahel, PhD., from the Institute of Philosophy of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, for the monograph Current Challenges of Environmental Philosophy (Leiden – Boston: Brill, 2023).

The SAS award for the results of scientific research work for young workers was awarded to:

  • PhDr. Daniela Vacek, PhD., from the Institute of Philosophy of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, for a set of works focused on ethical issues of artificial intelligence, on the philosophy and logic of responsibility and for studies in the field of analytical aesthetics

SAS awards for the popularization of science and social applications of science were awarded to:

  • Agáta Šústová Drelova, PhD., and Mgr. to Jaroslav Valent from the Institute of History of SAS, for the successful podcast History
  • Prof. RNDr. Zita Izakovičová, PhD., RNDr. Magdaléna Bezáková, PhD., and RNDr. Viktória Miklósová, PhD., from the Institute of Landscape Ecology of the SAS, v. in. i. for the Country Festival
  • Mgr. et Mgr. to Jozef Hudec, PhD., from the Institute of Oriental Studies of the SAS, for conveying ancient Egypt and Nubia, Egyptology and the Middle East to the Slovak audience
  • Mgr. Soni Gyárfáš Lutherová, PhD., from the Institute of Ethnology and Social Anthropology of the SAS, for the anthropological documentary film Happy Man and a set of popularization activities devoted to the issue of transgender people, human rights and the family
  • Mgr. Mária Babinská from Radio and Television of Slovakia for the systematic popularization of science, topics and personalities from the environment of the Slovak Academy of Sciences for several years through radio shows and columns

Letters of thanks from the SAS Presidency for lifelong contributions to the development of science were received by:

  • Ing. Ján Hirsch, DrSc., Institute of Chemistry SAS,
  • Ing. Igor Tvaroška, ​​DrSc., Institute of Chemistry SAS,
  • Ing. František Hlavačka, CSc., Center for Experimental Medicine SAV,
  • prof. RNDr. Milan Ružička, DrSc., Institute of Landscape Ecology SAS,
  • Ing. Július Oszlányi, CSc., Institute of Landscape Ecology SAS.


Edited by: Monika Tináková

Photo: Martin Bystriansky