June, 2013 – First Conference on: "The Evaluation and Funding of Science" at the Bohemian National Hall in New York, NY.


June, 2014Second Annual Conference in collaboration with the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Pardubice, and with support of the Library of Václav Havel – Pardubice (Castle) June 13 – 15, 2014.

Pardubice June 13 - 15, 2014

Organized in collaboration with the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Pardubice along with the support of the Library of Václav Havel and others.


June 20153rd Annual Conference at the Bohemian National Hall, New York, NY.

The third annual conference of the Comenius Academic Club opened in New York City at Bohemian National Hall on June 19, 2015 to an exhibit sponsored by the National Pedagogical Museum of Jan Amos Komensky in Prague:"Education for all: The Legacy of J.A.Comenius to the world".

At the opening of the exhibit, Marketa Pankova, the Director of the museum awarded Comenius memorial medals to two CAC club members: Drs. Zdenek David and Vlado Simko, as well as the Hon. Rochelle Hendricks, Secretary of Higher Education of the State of New Jersey. A musical interlude in the program was filled by a concert of Karel Raska IV (horn) and Magdalena Raska (violin) accompanied by piano virtuoso Karen Delavan.

Saturday morning, members and guests gathered for a session on the Legacy of the Bohemian Reformation chaired by Ivo Riha. In the afternoon a session addressing Current Problems of Educational Systems was chaired by Marketa Pankova. A most provocative lecture was presented by Barron Boyd (Rhodes College, Memphis, TN) who addressed current problems of American liberal arts education and speculated on how it would be viewed by J.A. Comenius today. The Hon. Secretary Hendricks presented an analysis of public education system of the State of New Jersey, often described as being among the best in the United States.

A discussion of the current system of evaluation and funding of science in the Czech Republic was introduced by Jiri Malek in the next session. A very active and stimulating discussion followed with diverse and conflicting opinions of scientists from the Universities and the Academy of Sciences being readily evident. In summary, however,  the new system was viewed positively and as an improvement over past efforts.

Sunday morning's session was devoted to the Impacts of Chemistry on Society was chaired by Karel Raska. Jan Vilcek of New York University introduced the audience to a new class of drugs against autoimmune diseases and stressed the many contributions of immigrants to American science. Jan Konvalinka and Marcela Krecmerova of the Institute of Organic Chemistry  and Biochemistry of the Academy of Sciences described significant contributions of Czech chemists in the development of drugs against the HIV virus. Advances in parasitology was discussed by Libor Grubhoffer and interesting issues of chemical technology were addressed by Jiri Drahos and Jiri Malek.

Participants expressed enthusiasm for the eclectic nature of the meeting, the exhibit of "Education for All" under the auspices of the National Pedagogical Museum of Jan Amos Komensky and the outstanding musical interlude provided by Karel Raska IV (horn) and Magdalena Raska (violin) and piano virtuoso Karen Delavan.
Planning for next year's meeting (2016) in Ceske Budejovice, CR has already begun. We'll look forward to seeing you there!

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The 4th Conference of the Comenius Academic Club.

The 4th conference of the Comenius Academic Club is behind us. The Club is grateful to the University of Pardubice for their support of the conference and its infrastructural basis. Moderators of all panels should be commended for the job well done.

About 50 participants met in the beautifully reconstructed Dačický dům in Kutná Hora. The Mayor of the town who attended the conference commented that although the reconstruction included a complex air handling system, the airconditioning was ommitted..."we will have to do something about it..." Indeed during the first two days there was a truly tropical weather, but it did not affect the enthusiasm and attendance of all sessions. The lectures stimulated lively and often long discussion.

The atmosphere of the meeting site was further enhanced by the simultaneous "Silver festival" with crowds of people in medieval costumes filling the historic town.

Conference participants also had an opportunity to explore the cultural treasures of Kutná Hora in a guided tour.

The planning has already started for the 2017 conference in New York.