Nečas appoints chief science advisor

Prime Minister Petr Nečas has appointed former rector of Masaryk University Petr Fiala to serve as his chief science advisor. Mr Nečas made the announcement in Brno at the opening conference of the new Central European Institute of Technology. In creating the new post the Prime Minister said he was following the practice of countries with developed traditions in science, research and innovation, which he noted is a key prerequisite for a competitive country. Dr Fiala is not a natural scientist but studied history and Czech studies at the University of Brno, where he later founded the Department of Political Science and received his doctorate. His two terms as head of Masaryk University, the country’s second largest, began in 2004.