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The 2021 Conference of the Comenius Academic Club

The 2021 Conference of the Club will take place on November 13 and 14 at the National Pedagogical Museum and Library of JAK in Prague. The program will include the following speakers:

The anniversary of the battle at the White mountain will be addressed by Jaroslav Pánek and Petr Vorel.

The medical section will include lectures by two very distinguished guests. The immunopathological mechanisms of kidney diseases and their implications for treatment will be introduced by Vladimír Tesař of the 1st Medical Faculty of the Charles University. The newest approaches to treatment of malignant diseases will be addressed by Jan Brábek of the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the Charles University.

Special part of the program will be dedicated to the coronavirus pandemic. The synopsis of the disease, including pathogenesis, diagnostics, treatment and sequelae will be delivered by Karel Raška. Libor Grubhoffer will introduce us to the essential, yet often poorly understood and controversial topic of Covid-19 vaccines. This section will be concluded by a lecture of another distinguished guest, Lukáš Kovanda, member of NERV, who will summarize the effects of the Covid pandemic on the economy of the Czech Republic.

The discussion of the current state of the evaluation of science and higher learning in the Czech Republic will be introduced by Jiří Málek.

The guided tour of the beautiful Museum and the living legend of Jan Amos Komenský will be conducted by Markéta Pánková.

We hope that no obstacles would prevent our conference this year and that we shall see most of you in Prague this coming November. The detailed program and eventual changes will be distributed in time.

2021 CONFERENCE OF THE COMENIUS ACADEMIC CLUB

National Pedagogical Museum and

Library of J.A. Comenius

Valdštejnská 161/20

118 00 Prague 1-Malá Strana

November 13-14, 2021

Program

Saturday, November 13, 2021

9:00                Registration

10:00              THE VIRUS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD

                        Introduction: Karel Raška

10:05              Vaccines Against Covid-19: Modern Technology and Classics

                        Libor Grubhoffer, Czech Academy of Sciences, České Budéjovice

10:40              How Has the Covid Pandemic Affected the Czech Economy and What to    Expect Next?

                          Lukáš Kovanda, NERV, Prague

11:15             Effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Higher Education in the United States

                       J. Barron Boyd, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN          

12:00             Lunch

13:30             NEW IDEAS FOR OLD PROBLEMS IN MEDICINE

                       Introduction: Karel Raška

13:35             Migrastatics: Redirecting Research and Development of Approach to Cancer towards Metastasis

                       Jan Brábek, Charles University, Prague

14:10             Lupus Erythematosus: Model of an Immunologically-Medicated Disease

                       Vladímír Tesař, Charles University, Prague

15:00             INTRODUCTION AND COMMENTED TOUR OF THE NATIONAL PEDAGOGICAL MUSEUM OF J.A. COMENIUS

                       Markéta Pánková, NPMK, Prague

16:00             EVALUATION AND FUNDING OF HIGHER LEARNING AND RESEARCH IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC

                      How Far Have We Moved?

                      Jiří Málek, University of Pardubice, Pardubice

17:30             Break

18:00             Reception

Sunday, November 14, 2021

9:30               ON THE ROAD TO WHITE MOUNTAIN

                       Introduction: Jaroslav Pánek

9:35               The 1615 Bankruptcy of Czech Rulers in the Context of the Outbreak of the Thirty Years War

                       Peter Vorel, University of Pardubice, Pardubice

10:10             The Issue of the White Mountain Era

                       Jaroslav Pánek, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague         

11:00            BUSINESS MEETING (MEMBERS ONLY)

  • Report on the Comenius Journal - Francis Raška
  • Organization of the 2022 Meeting - Peter Vorel

This Conference has been supported by the Czech and Slovak Solidarity Council, National Pedagogical Museum of J.A. Comenius, the Czechoslovak Foreign Institute and the University of Pardubice.