Akademie věd České republiky
|Established||1784 Royal Czech Society of Sciences|
1953 Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences
1992 Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
|President||Prof. Eva Zažímalová|
The Czech Academy of Sciences (abbr. CAS, Czech: Akademie věd České republiky, abbr. AV ČR) was established in 1992 by the Czech National Council as the Czech successor of the former Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences and its tradition goes back to the Royal Bohemian Society of Sciences (founded in 1784) and the Emperor Franz Joseph Czech Academy for Sciences, Literature and Arts (founded in 1890). The Academy is the leading non-university public research institution in the Czech Republic. It conducts both fundamental and strategic applied research.
It has three scientific divisions, namely the Division of Mathematics, Physics, and Earth Sciences, Division of Chemical and Life Sciences, and Division of Humanities and Social Sciences. The Academy currently manages a network of sixty research institutes and five supporting units staffed by a total of 6,400 employees, over one half of whom are university-trained researchers and Ph.D. scientists.
The Head Office of the Academy and forty research institutes are located in Prague, the remaining institutes being situated throughout the country.
The establishment of the academy in 1992 follows several previous organizations:
In 2010 the academy adopted an open access policy to make its research outputs free to read and reuse.
The official structure of the CAS consists of three areas (sciences about inanimate nature, life sciences, and humanities), each with three sections. Each of these 9 sections contains between 4 and 8 institutes. An institute is divided further into departments, laboratories, or working teams, depending on the size and the topic of the institute.