The 11th Milada Paulová Award for recognition of lifelong research achievements and contribution to advancement of research was given in the field of linguistics. Out of the record number of thirteen nominated researchers, Professor Marie Čechová at the University of J. E. Purkyně in Ústí nad Labem, was selected as the winner of the award organized by the Centre and awarded by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. “When I started my professional work in the early 1970s, whatever the team, the editorial board, the textbook team and others, I was always the only woman in it. This has completely changed over the last fifty years,” says Prof Čechová, who received her award on 27 November 2019. In her career, she has focused on research into contemporary Czech language with an emphasis on enhancing its quality. Her main focus is on the state of knowledge and communication skills of young people, as well as on improving the education of current and future teachers.