Prague, Dec 12 (CTK) – Several renowned Czech and foreign scientists will advise the Czech state on the future of research and some of them will meet Pavel Belobradek (Christian Democrats, KDU-CSL), deputy prime minister for research on Thursday already, he told CTK on Monday.

Belobradek said the council is informal for the time being and the list of its members is still open.

Czech chemist Josef Michl, Czech plastic surgeon Bohdan Pomahac, who has gained fame with face transplants he performs in the United States, and German biologist Peter Gruss are among the members.

The Thursday meeting will focus on the position of Czech science in the world and ways of reinforcing international cooperation, Belobradek said.

“The council will be comprised of people who know our system, the best being Czechs active abroad. There is Professor Jiri Priban, a lawyer and sociologist from Cardiff University, and Professor Bohdan Pomahac. We also want to have one or two foreign scientists,” Belobradek said.

The scientists will annually comment on the plans of the government office for research and the Council for Research, Development and Innovations.

Belobradek said economist Jakub Kastl, from Princeton University, doctor Karel Pacak, who leads the prestigious department focused on rare neuroendocrine tumours of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, Peter Gruss, former president of the Max Planck Society, Italian economist Pier Luigi Sacco, from Milan University, chemist Dalibor Sames, from Columbia University, and Taiwanese scientist Ding-Ming Wang have shown interest in membership of the council.

In addition to the heading of Czech research, these personalities are supposed to discuss ways of assessment of science and a new methodology of assessment a well.