Rector Comenius University in Bratislava
On behalf of Comenius University, I am very glad that I can welcome all passionate fans of chemistry and scientific inquiry to Bratislava and Slovakia for the 50th International Chemistry Olympiad. Our university is inherently incorporated into the international environment; this is proven by the fact that around ten percent of our students are foreign students, coming from around 70 countries around the world. Our university provides the greatest opportunities for gaining international experience to Slovak students abroad and reciprocally also to foreign students in Slovakia. We are a significant centre of research and science. In light of this, I would like to acknowledge the enthusiasm, efforts, and professional input of the staff at our university’s Faculty of Natural Sciences and the team under the leadership of Associate Professor Martin Putala. I am also glad to hear about the cooperation with the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague, because I am convinced that world-class scientific centres should work together. It pleases me all the more that in 2018, the year before our university celebrates its first hundred years of existence, we will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Czechoslovak Republic. After all, when the Chemistry Olympiad was held in Slovakia in the past, it was actually a Czechoslovak event.
Welcome to Comenius University in Bratislava, and welcome to Slovakia!
Prof. Karol Mičieta
Rector University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague
Czech Republic, Prague
Dear young chemists,
I greet you from the place where, 49 years ago, the historic first-ever International Chemistry Olympiad was held. The promising young researchers and students of that time had no idea where our beloved science would be today. Our contemporary instruments would have been considered to be science fiction, and the idea of millions of computer operations being executed every second would have made their heads spin. But one thing they shared with you, regardless of equipment or level of knowledge: they loved chemistry with every cell in their bodies and devoted to it a maximum of their time.
Finding answers to complex questions, experiments, partial triumphs, and doubts are a natural part of the DNA of chemists and other scientists. It‘s our cognitive code. I am extremely happy that, as a biotechnology professor and rector of the only “chemistry only” university in the Czech Republic, I can greet the latest and most talented laureates and wish you much success and fun in the coming year. At the same time, I invite you to the next International Chemistry Olympiad, the 50th anniversary, which will be hosted by two small but beautiful countries: Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
Prof. Karel Melzoch