The Institute of Thermomechanics of the CAS celebrated its 70th birthday with a social evening associated with the launch of the book “Ve znamení energie” (Under the Sign of Energy) dedicated to the history of the Institute of Thermomechanics of the CAS and the Institute of Electrical Engineering of the CAS, two institutes that were both founded in 1953 and merged in 2005. In Villa Lanna in Prague 6, the director of the Institute of Thermomechanics of the CAS Prof. Miroslav Chomát welcomed distinguished personalities of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and the Czech academic community, among them the President of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prof. Eva Zažímalová, the Vice President of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and member of the Board of the Academic Council of the CAS, Dr. Ilona Müllerová, the Chairman of the Scientific Council of the CAS, Dr. Pavel Baran, the Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague, doc. Miroslav Španiel and other important personalities. The meeting was also attended by the former directors of the Institute of Thermechanics, Dr. Rudolf Dvořák, Prof. Zbyněk Jaňour and Dr. Jiří Plešek, and the former director of the Institute of Electrical Engineering, Prof. Viktor Valouch. The meeting was combined with the launch of the book by authors from the Masaryk Institute and the Archives of the CAS composed of V. Dvořáčková, J. Šoukal, T. Gecko and M. Šmidrkalová.
Eva Zažímalová emphasized the importance of the results of the Institute of Thermomechanics of the CAS, which thanks to their practical application are popularizing science among the Czech public, and wished the Institute a successful future. Jiří Plešek, a member of the Academic Council of the CAS, who was at the origin of the idea for the book, recalled the importance of previous directors in shaping the Institute today. The participants then had the opportunity to hear a short history of the book’s creation from V. Dvořáčková and enjoy several musical inserts.
The Institute will also celebrate its 70th birthday with its staff on 20 November 2023 at its premises in Prague.