J. Heyrovský Chair

ERA Chair at J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry CAS - The institutional approach towards ERA

"ERA Chairs projects aim to attract and maintain high quality human resources under the direction of an outstanding researcher while at the same time implementing structural changes necessary to achieve excellence on a sustainable basis."

J. Heyrovský Chair project makes part of concerted actions of management of the J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry to induce structural changes, which will help develop Institute´s most promising potential in long-term perspective, and turn into recognized, widely known research body. It is envisaged that this project will result in meeting the following main objectives:

  • Increase of scientific excellence

  • Support of structural changes within the Institute

  • Enhancement of international visibility and attractiveness

  • Improvement of human resources and capacities

  • Maintenance of sustainability of introduced changes.

"ERA Chairs stand for bringing excellence to institutions."

Full involvement of ERA Chair holder, steady support from the management of the J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry, and personal participation of its members in the project activities are the best prerequisites for the project success. The five-year duration of the projects focuses on reaching specific objectives, defined as follows:

  • Excellent research team

  • Excellent internal cooperation

  • Excellent scientific results.

By addressing the main and specific objectives, the J. Heyrovský Chair project will result in unprecedented interdisciplinary depth of knowledge, will change the institutional culture by strengthening the spirit of collaboration, and will create supportive measures inducing changes in the administrative setting.

Monitoring and advisory role at the project implementation provides Project Advisory Board (PAB), consisting of internationally recognized researches with scientific and managerial expertise. Members of PAB come from six different research organizations, from five European countries:

Prof. Dr. Timo Jacob, Ulm University, Germany - PAB chair
Prof. Dr. Ulrike Diebold, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Prof. Dr. Joachim Heberle, Free University of Berlin, Germany
Prof. Philipp Kukura, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Prof. Peter Rapta, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovakia


Thanks to the ERA Chair project, the Department of Nanocatalysis was established at J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry.


RNDr. Štefan VAJDA, CSc., Dr. habil.ERA Chair holder, head of Department of Nanocatalysis
J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry

RNDr. Jan HRUŠÁK, CSc. – project coordinator
J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry

Klaudie SOUKUPOVÁ – project manager
J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry


Programme: Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation 
Funding Scheme: CSA - Coordination and support action 
Topic: WIDESPREAD-03-2017 - ERA Chairs 
Coordinator: J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry 
Grant agreement ID: 810310 

Start date: July 1, 2018 
End date: December 31, 2023