Thanks to the staff

20 Dec 2021 Tomáš Kašparovský

Tomáš Kašparovský. Foto: Natálie Nádeníčková.

Dear colleagues,

We are approaching the end of the calendar year, which, on the one hand, brings the magical season of Christmas, but on the other hand, is also a time to look back. I, too, reflect on what the past year has brought, and I am very grateful. I feel especially thankful for you, my colleagues, who, through your daily activities, contribute to the growth of our faculty. It does not matter whether you are directly engaged in teaching activities, work in research, or indirectly provide administrative support to these activities. It is only thanks to you and your efforts that the faculty functions well, and for that, I thank you very much.

I am happy that this semester, after a long time, we were able to return to a relatively normal state and provide in-person teaching. The situation is still far from perfect, but I feel very positive that we can meet students face to face again and pass on our knowledge and experience to them. That is, in my opinion, the purpose of our joint efforts. And it is the personal contact that adds an important aspect of humanity to teaching. Of course, this would not be possible without observing all the necessary epidemiological precautions and a large dose of patience from all of you. I thank you for that too, and I firmly believe that by behaving responsibly and getting vaccinated, we will soon get rid of this pandemic and will finally be able to physically welcome the public to campus as well, whether in the form of events for prospective students or on the occasion of other events.

At this point, I would also like to thank again everyone who supported me in the recent Dean's election. I can assure you that I will take care of the trust placed in my hands with respect and great responsibility.

Finally, I would like to remember two personalities who have significantly influenced our faculty and me personally and who have unfortunately left us forever this year. Professor Jaroslav Koča was a very inspiring visionary who contributed substantially to establishing the National Centre for Biomolecular Research and the CEITEC consortium. Professor Eduard Schmidt served as Dean of our Faculty of Science and as Rector and Vice-Rector of the Masaryk University. I will remember both with respect as top scientists who influenced the future careers of many young researchers and left an indelible mark in the modern history of the Faculty of Science of MU.

Christmas is just around the corner, so let me wish you the most enjoyable time with the people you love during this most wonderful holiday of the year. At the same time, I wish you good health, all the best, and much personal and professional success in the New Year 2022!

Yours

Tomáš Kašparovský
Dean of the Faculty of Science, Masaryk University


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