Masaryk University is a public education and research organisation, founded in 1919 as the second Czech university, in Brno, South Moravian Region. It comprises of nine faculties and two university institutes with over 200 departments, institutes and clinics, more than 37,000 students and 4,500 employees, making it the second largest university in the Czech Republic.
The Centre, which is responsible for the project's implementation and is also its primary beneficiary, is an independent department of Masaryk University’s Faculty of Science in Brno, Czech Republic, celebrating more than 35 years of academic and research excellence in the fields of environmental and health. Although it initially focused on the interactions among chemicals, environments, and biological systems, and their consequences on local, regional, and global levels, the Centre’s current, and long-term strategic vision is to become an international center of excellence, supporting research and education focused on unravelling the role of environmental factors in human health, aging, and wellbeing, developing innovative approaches to environmental and health protection, and tools for prevention, diagnostics, and intervention.
RECETOX is currently the faculty’s most successful institute in terms of number of implemented European framework projects (now c. 17 H2020 projects), and its research infrastructure (RI) is included in the Czech National Roadmap of Large Infrastructures for Research, Development, and Innovation. RECETOX is currently conducting two major longitudinal cohort studies, operates accredited trace analytical laboratories, environmental databases, and information systems. RECETOX also serves as the Regional Centre of the Stockholm Convention for Capacity Building and Technology Transfer in Central and Eastern Europe and the National Centre for Toxic Compounds of the Czech Republic.
Over the last decade, RECETOX has earned an international reputation in the environmental sciences, especially in the fields of environmental analytical chemistry, toxicology and modelling.