Jana Klanova and Ivan Holoubek receive commemorative Gold Medal

Jana Klanova and Ivan Holoubek were awarded commemorative medals by Tomas Kasparovsky, the Dean of the Faculty of Science, Masaryk University.

23 Nov 2021 Marie Hošťálková

On Friday, November 19, 2021, the medals were awarded to 35 people for their significant contribution to the development of the faculty, its departments, and research institutes. The ceremony was held at the Augustinian Monastery in Mendel Square. Although initially planned as part of the Faculty of Science 100-year anniversary, it was postponed because of the pandemic. The ceremony was held in the spirit of the Fight for Freedom and Democracy and International Student Days.

Prof. Holoubek completed a Master’s in Organic Chemistry at the Faculty of Science of MU and a PhD. in Environmental Sciences at Charles University. He obtained his professorship at the Faculty of Chemistry, Brno University of Technology. Since its inception, Prof. Holoubek has worked at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Protection (later RECETOX) and was its head from 1990 to 2013. His primary academic and research interest is environmental chemical pollution, the associated risks and impacts, and environmental protection technologies. He has researched persistent organic pollutants and the ecological risks associated with their presence in the environment. His scientific expertise has significantly contributed to legislation concerning this topic. As part of his cooperation with the United Nations, he implemented global agreements protecting human health from the effects of persistent organic pollutants in 25 countries.

Prof. Klanova graduated in Mathematics and Chemistry at the Faculty of Science of MU and obtained a Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry. She has worked at RECETOX since 2001 and as its director since 2013. Her research focuses on chemicals in the environment, human exposure, and the relationship between the environment and health, and investigating new methods for chemical risk assessment. Prof. Klanova leads the development of the international research infrastructure in the field and is involved in numerous European projects. She is also behind the development of the CELSPAC population studies in Brno. Currently, she is engaged in a unique research concept called the Living Lab concept, in which scientists from South Moravia are investigating how toxic substances affect human health and ways in which people can protect themselves from them. Jana Klánová aims to get the research findings back to the people living in the Brno area to have a tangible impact on their everyday lives.

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