The Milada Paulová Award is conferred annually by the Czech Minister of Education, Youth and Sports in cooperation with the Centre for Gender and Science to recognise prominent Czech women researchers for their lifelong contribution to their field of research.

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prof. MUDr. Eva Kubala Havrdová, CSc.

The 2022 Milada Paulová Award was awarded in the field of neurosciences and was presented to Eva Kubala Havrdová, who is a Head of the Centre for Demyelinating Diseases, Department of Neurology, First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University and General University Hospital in Prague. She is one of the most respected representatives in the field of neurology and clinical medicine in the Czech Republic and one of the world’s leading figures in the field of clinical research on multiple sclerosis (MS) and other demyelinating and autoimmune diseases of the nervous system. She focuses on the effect of therapeutic methods, methods of their assessment, and predictive factors for the evaluation of the serious prognosis of the disease.

She was involved in the establishment of MS centres and started biological treatment in the Czech Republic. In 1998, together with colleagues from the field of hematology, she transplanted stem cells into the first Czech patient with aggressive MS.

Prof. Kubala Havrdová is the founder of the IMPULS Foundation, which has been supporting educational and professional activities for people with multiple sclerosis since 2000.

Previous years

prof. RNDr. Marie Hušková, DrSc


The 2021 Milada Paulová Award was awarded in the field of mathematics and was presented to Marie Hušková, who is a professor of mathematics at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of Charles University and one of the foremost experts in mathematical statistics. She has produced important scientific results in the field of mathematics and has earned a strong international reputation for her work in the field of asymptomatic methods, nonparametric methods, and change point detection.

Ing. Ilona Müllerová, DrSc.

Electrotechnics and electrical engineering

The 2020 Milada Paulová Award was awarded in the field of electrotechnics and electrical engineering and was given to Ilona Müllerová, who is director of the Institute of Scientific Instruments, an institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, and a pioneer in the field of electron microscopy. Ilona Müllerová's career has been focused on the field of electron microscopy, studied from the perspective of surface physics and to designing an electron-optical system. Since 2012, she has been the director of the Institute of Scientific Instruments where she also leads the research team on surface microscopy and spectroscopy.

prof. PhDr. Marie Čechová, DrSc.


The 2019 Milada Paulová Award was awarded in the field of linguistics and went to Marie Čechová, a professor at the University of J. E. Purkyně in Ústí nad Labem. During her professional career she has lectured on Czech-language culture, morphology, stylistics and didactics, and she has also taught seminars in phraseology and stylistics. She has always coupled teaching with her own research in linguistics. And she has written and led teams in the co-creation of essential works of enduring scholarly value in the field of Czech language studies.

prof. PhDr. Eliška Walterová, CSc.

Education and Pedagogy

The 2018 Milada Paulová Award was given in the field of education and pedagogy to Eliška Walterová of the Institute for Research and Development in Education at the Faculty of Education of Charles University in Prague. Prof. Walterová is a former head of the Institute for Research and Development of Education. She has served as a university professor, a research coordinator, an advisor, and a member of the scientific and editorial boards of international and national institutions. Her main research interests are comparative education, global and European studies, educational policy, and school education and management.

prof. MUDr. Jiřina Bartůňková, DrSc., MBA

Clinical Medicine

The 2017 the Milada Paulová Award was given in the field of clinical medicine to Prof. Jiřina Bartůňková of the Second Faculty of Medicine of Charles University. She has postgraduate certification in internal medicine and specialist certification in clinical immunology and allergology. She has had several fellowships at leading immunology institutions outside the Czech Republic. In addition to practising medicine, she is also 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.

prof. MVDr. Zdeňka Svobodová, DrSc.

Agricultural Sciences

The 2016 Milada Paulová Award was given in the field of agricultural sciences to Ludmila Ohnoutková. She is a researcher in the Department of Chemical Biology and Genetics at the Institute of Experimental Botany of Palacký University Olomouc. Her most recent publication is ‘Pre-caecal Digestible Phosphorus in Maize and Wheat for Broiler Chickens’.

RNDr. Alice Valkárová, DrSc.


The 2015 Milada Paulová Award was awarded in the field of astrophysics to Alice Valkárová, who works at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University. Alice Valkárová studies particle physics, focusing on the factorisation of diffraction, and she has been recognised on many occasions both at home and abroad for her achievements in the field of particle physics.

prof. Ing. Alena Kohoutková, CSc., FEng.

Civil Engineering and Architecture

The 2014 Milada Paulová Award was given in the field of civil engineering and architecture to Alena Kohoutková from the Czech Technical University in Prague. Professor Kohoutková is the Dean of the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague and head of the Department of Steel and Timber Structures As a professor she lectured on the theory of building structures and materials, specialising in the development of dispersed reinforcement in concrete and its application in structures.

prof. MUDr. Alexandra Šulcová, CSc.

Pharmacology, Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology

The 2013 Milada Paulová Award was given in the field of pharmacology and toxicology to Prof. Alexandra Šulcová, who specialises in experimental neuropsychopharmacology and etopharmacology. Her research career is focused on the neuropsychological effects of substances contained in hemp and generally on research into the neurobiology of drug addiction and the effects of drugs on motor skills, emotionality, and cognition. She is the head of the Experimental and Applied Neuropsychopharmacology research group at the Central European Technological Institute CEITEC of Masaryk University in Brno.

prof. PhDr. Zdeňka Hledíková, CSc.

Historical Sciences

The 2012 Milada Paulová Award was given in the field of history to Zdeňka Hledíková, professor emeritus at Charles University in Prague. She focused her research career on church history and and was the leading Czech expert on the history of the church in the Middle Ages. She also served as the director of the Czech Historical Institute in Rome for 14 years.

prof. Ing. Kateřina Demnerová, CSc.


The 2011 Milada Paulová Award was awarded in the field of chemistry with the aim of underscoring the importance of this field for society and environmental protection. The award was given to Prof. Kateřina Demnerová from the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague. Her research is focused on the activity of biological agents in the removal of various forms of environmental pollution and food microbiology.

Ing. Růžena Vintrová, DrSc.


The 2010 Milada Paulová Award was given in the field of economics. The goal was to underscore the importance of economics and the paradigmatic shifts the field is undergoing today. The award was given to Růžena Vintrová, who works at the Centre of Economic Studies and the University of Economics and Management. Her research focuses on macroeconomics, the development of the economies of transition countries, and international comparisons. In her research she deals with alternative indicators of economic activity.

prof. RNDr. Milena Rychnovská, DrSc.

Ecology and Sustainable Development

The very first Milada Paulová Award was given in the field of ecology and sustainable development. The laureate was Milena Rychnovská. She specialises in research on landscape ecology and on meadow vegetation in particular. Prof. Rychnovská is a renowned proponent of the ecosystem approach in ecology. She has participated in two comprehensive international projects and her studies have been published in Czech and international publications devoted to ecosystem research. The award ceremony took place as part of the conference ‘Changing Research Landscapes to Make the Most of Human Potential’, which was organised by the European Commission and the Czech Presidency of the EU.

The Milada Paulová Award 2009-2016

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


About Milada Paulová

Milada Paulová was a celebrated historian. Her work, which focused on the medieval history of Southeast Europe and the Byzantine Empire, won wide recognition abroad, and she was an eminent figure in 20th-century Czech academia. She received her doctorate from Charles-Ferdinand University in Prague in 1918 and was only the 75th woman to earn this title, and she was the first woman to be granted the right to lecture at the university in 1925. She was also an associate member of the Royal Society of Sciences of Bohemia and the Czech Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 1935 she became the very first Czech woman to be appointed an associate professor and in 1945 the first to be named a full professor.