The Award is named after the first Czech woman to lecture at a university (1925) and to receive a professorship (1939), historian Milada Paulova.

In 2009 the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports initiated the Milada Paulova Award, for lifelong achievement in science for women researchers. We ensure the Milada Paulova Award organizationally for the Ministry. The Milada Paulova Award aims to publicly and financially appreciate achievements of prominent Czech women researchers, provide role models and inspire women researchers and students at the beginning of their research careers.

The Milada Paulova Award is conferred for making a major contribution in a particular discipline, including pedagogical work, supervision, cooperation with civil society and the industrial sector. Eligible for nomination are women researchers active in the academic, civil society or private research sectors.

This publication showcases the laureates and women researchers shortlisted for the Milada Paulová Award between 2009 – 2016.



The 2017 Milada Paulova Award was given in Clinical Medicine.
The 2017 Milada Paulova Award was given to Jiřina Bartůňková of the Second Faculty of Medicine of Charles University. Jiřina Bartůňková graduated from the Faculty of General Medicine of Charles University in Prague where she later worked in the clinical immunology unit. She received her postgraduate certification in internal medicine and her specialist certification in clinical immunology and allergology. She was appointed Professor of Immunology in 2003.

She took several fellowships at leading immunology institutions outside the Czech Republic. In addition to practicing medicine, she is engaged in research and teaching in the field of clinical immunology. She is Head of the Department of Immunology of the 2nd Faculty of Medicine of Charles University in Prague.

Nominations: Jiřina Bartůňková (Second Faculty of Medicine of Charles Uni), Jitka Čejková (Institue of Experimental Medicine of CAS), Daniela Fischerová (First Faculty of Medicine of Charles Uni), Hana Hrstková (Faculty of Medicine of Charles Uni), Libuše Kolářová (First Faculty of Medicine of Charles Uni), Kyra Michalová (First Faculty of Medicine of Charles Uni), Daniela Pelclová (First Faculty of Medicine of Charles Uni), Terezie Pelikánová (IKEM), Dagmar Pospíšilová (Faculty of Medicine of Olomouc Uni), Marie Staňková (First Faculty of Medicine of Charles Uni), Věra Vávrová (Second Faculty of Medicine of Charles Uni)


The 2016 Milada Paulova Award was given in Agricultural Sciences.
Ludmila Ohnoutková won the 2016 Milada Paulová Award in Agricultural Sciences. She is a researcher at the Department of Chemical Biology and Genetics, Institute of Experimental Botany at Palacký University Olomouc. Her most recent publication is 'Pre-caecal Digestible Phosphorus in Maize and Wheat for Broiler Chickens.'

Nominations: Ludmila Ohnoutková (PU in Olomouc), Jana Podhrázská (Research Institute for Soil and Water Conservation / MENDELU), Jana Řepková (MUNI), Zdeňka Svobodová (UVPS Brno), Jiřina Száková (CULS Prague)

The 2015 Milada Paulova Award was given in Astrophysics.
On Dec 1, 2015 Alice Valkárová of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University received the 2015 Milada Paulova Award from the Minister of Education, Kateřina Valachová. Alice Valkárová studies particle physics, focusing on factorization of diffraction.

Apart from numerous achievements in the field of particle physics locally and abroad, Dr. Valkárová has a passion for painting. “Physics and painting have plenty on common. In both fields, you have to carefully consider what to highlight in order to achieve what is important and what is not,” she commented on her life-long passions.

Nominations: Pavla Čapková (Faculty of Science, UJEP), Milada Glogarová (Institute of Physics, CAS), Helena Jelínková (Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering, CTU in Prague), Ilona Müllerová (Institute of Scientific Instruments, CAS), Jana Šafránková (Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, CUNI), Marie Urbanová (Faculty of Chemical Engineering, UCT Prague), Alice Valkárová (Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, CUNI)
The 2014 Milada Paulova Award was given in Civil Engineering and Architecture.
On 22 October 2014 Alena Kohoutková from the Czech Technical University in Prague received the 2014 Milada Paulova Award in the field of Civil Engineering and Architecture.

Prof. Kohoutková is the Dean of the Faculty of Civil Engineering Czech Technical University in Prague and head of the Department of Steel and Timber Structures.

Her subject area of professorship was theory of building structures and materials, specializing on the development of concrete with reinforcement dispersed and its application in structures. She is an author of a number of books.

Nominations: Milena Císlerová (Faculty of Civil Engineering, CTU in Prague), Alena Kohoutková (Faculty of Civil Engineering, CTU in Prague), Darja Kubečková (Faculty of Civil Engineering, VŠB–TUO), Pavla Rovnaníková (Faculty of Civil Engineering, BUT), Hana Urbášková (Faculty of Architecture, BUT)

The 2013 Milada Paulova Award was given in Pharmacology, Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology.
On 5 December 2013 Prof. Alexandra Šulcová received the 2013 Milada Paulova Award from the Minister of Education Dalibor Štys and Chairman of the Evaluation Committee pharmacologist, Prof. Květina.

Alexandra Šulcová focuses on experimental neuropsychopharmacology and etopharmacology. At the core of her professional interest are neuropsychological effects of substances contained in hemp and generally research into the neurobiology of drug addiction, and effects of drugs on motor abilities, emotionality and cognition. She is the head of the research group Experimental and Applied Neuropsychopharmacology at the Central European Technological Institute CEITEC at the Masaryk University in Brno.

Nominations: Věra Klenerová (1st Medical Faculty, CUNI), Hana Kubová (Institute of Physiology, CAS), Lenka Maletínská (Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, CAS), Marie Stiborová (Faculty of Natural Sciences, CUNI), Alexandra Šulcová (CEITEC), Jitka Ulrichová (Medical Faculty, PU in Olomouc)
The 2011 Milada Paulova Award was given in Historical Sciences.
On 18 October 2012 minister of education, youth and sports Prof. Petr Fiala presented the 2012 Milada Paulova Award in the historical sciences to Zdeňka Hledíková, professor emeritus at Charles University in Prague.

The ceremony was attended by PhDr. Miroslava Kopicová, the 1st deputy chairwoman of the Council for Research, Development and Innovations (and an ex-minister of education who was the first minister to confer the Milada Paulová Award in 2009 in ecology and sustainable development), Prof. Eduard Maur, chairman of the evaluation committee, as well as other members of the evaluation committee, and Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, who was one of those who nominated Prof. Hledíková.

Nominations: Zdeňka Hledíková (Philosophical Faculty, CUNI), Libuše Hrabová (Philosophical Faculty, PU in Olomouc), Kateřina Charvátová (Pedagogical Faculty, CUNI), Jiřina Langhammerová (National Museum in Prague), Milena Lenderová (Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, University of Pardubice), Lydia Petráňová (Institute of Ethnology, CAS), Eva Stehlíková (Faculty of Arts, MUNI), Soňa Štrbáňová (Institute of Contemporary History, CAS), Natalie Venclová (Institute of Archaeology, CAS)

The 2011 Milada Paulova Award was given in Chemistry.
The 3rd Milada Paulova Award was given in Chemistry, with the goal to underscore the importance of the field for society and environmental protection. Eight outstanding women researchers were nominated, and the Evaluation Committee selected Kateřina Demnerová. The nominees cover various areas of chemistry from medical research and research into molecular genetics to material research, including nanotechnologies.

Nominations: Pavla Čapková (VŠB–TUO), Kateřina Demnerová (UCT Prague), Pavla Rovnaníková (Faculty of Civil Engineering, BUT), Marie Stiborová (Faculty of Natural Sciences, CUNI), Miroslava Trchová (Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, CAS), Jitka Ulrichová (Medical Faculty, PU in Olomouc), Irena Valterová (Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, CAS), Věra Vrtílková (UJP Praha)
The 2010 Milada Paulova Award was given in Economics.
The Award was presented to Růžena Vintrová from the Centre of Economic Studies and the University of Economics and Management.

The goal was to underscore the importance of the discipline and the paradigmatic shifts which Economics is undergoing today. For more than two centuries economics has been a key scientific field with a strong impact on society, our relationship to reality and our values. It has entered people's lives very strongly since 2008 in relation to the global economic crisis. Discussions are under way about the necessity to regulater the banking sector and increase the supervision of investment products. Analyses have been published about the negative impact of the conduct of financial institutions on the economy as a whole and people's lives. The traditional motion of market economy is to many starting to seem untenable and new indicators are being developed of economic sustainability based on responsiblity towards people and the environment.

Nominations: Lenka Adamcová (MUP), Jaroslava Durčáková (Faculty of Finance and Accounting, UoE Prague), Magdalena Hunčová (Faculty of Social and Economic Studies, UJEP), Drahomíra Pavelková (Faculty of Management and Economics, TBU), Márie Režňáková (Faculty of Business and Management, BUT), Růžena Vintrová (VSEM)
The 2009 Milada Paulova Award was given in Ecology and Sustainable Development.
The choice of discipline was due to its interdisciplinary nature, the absence of gendered connotations of a division into hard and soft sciences and the high political and social profile of the field, attributed also by the 2009-2015 National Research, Development and Innovations Policy. The Milada Paulova Award was awarded for the first time in 2009 and the laureate was Milena Rychnovská.

The award ceremony took place on the occassion of the conference Changing Research Landscapes to Make the Most of Human Potential (14-15th May 2009) organised by the European Commission and the Czech Presidency of the EU.

The Milada Paulova Award was conferred on Professor Milena Rychnovská by Minister Miroslava Kopicová together with the European Commissioner for Research Janezs Potočnik.

Nominations: Květuše Jirátová (Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals, CAS), Hana Librová (Faculty of Social Studies, MUNI), Milena Rychnovská (PU in Olomouc), Věra Straškrabová (Institute of Hydrobiology, CAS), Eva Syková (Institute of Experimental Medicine, CAS), Zdeňka Svobodová (Faculty of Veterinary Hygiene and Ecology, UVPS Brno), Jaroslava Vráblíková (Faculty of Environment, UJEP), Blanka Wichterlová (J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry, CAS)