Text and photo: Katarína Gáliková
Current pandemic situation allowed the laureates of Competition for young scientists of SAS younger than 35 years to enjoy the traditional program in Košice connected with awarding ceremony. On Thursday June 17, 2021 in the hall of SAS at Watson Street has happened scientific workshop, while the winners presented in person or online their work to the present members of presidency SAS and to the representatives of institutes SAS. In the evening they moved to the House of Art, where they were awarded by the president SAS prof. Pavol Šajgalík and the guarantor of the competition prof. Ľubica Lacinová. After the ceremony there was a concert with the title Young people for young people – the artists for scientists, which was performed by musicians from State Chamber Orchestra and talented 17-years old pianist Jan Čmelja from Czech Republic.
„Each person is motivated not only by economic profit and by high financial reward, but very often also by the appreciation from the community, which he respects. That´s why SAS tries to motivate young scientists also by the awarding these awards“, stated the president SAS prof. Pavol Šajgalík after the concert, who found the awarding of young scientists in the space of State philharmonic Košice as a great idea. „As scientific work, so artwork, both are associated with high creativity, talent and hard work“, he added.
The competition of young scientists from SAS is strict, however the committee has each year a lots of works to assess, from which it can be chosen and award the best ones. Actual year of the competition was accompanied by very high quality of submitted works. It reflects in an unusual high number of awarded honourable mentions. „I am very proud of new generation of young scientists, which are working here, at SAS,“ noted the member of evaluation committee from first department of sciences Mr. Aleš Kučera.
The diplomas were delivered in the House of Art Košice to: Lucia Balejčíková from Institute of Hydrology SAS, who received the first place for Physic-chemical study of ferritin derivatives for applications in environmental studies, Kateryna Kamyshnykova from Institute of Materials and Machine Mechanics SAS, who was on second place with work Design, processing and properties of TiAl-based alloys for industrial applications. Matúš Orendáč from Institute of Experimental Physics SAS received the third place for the research of Magnetocaloric phenomenon in the frustrated metal system TmB4 and Ivan Shepa from Institute of Materials Research SAS, who received an honourable mention for the work Development of precursor and ceramic fibres by needleless electrostatic spinning technology. In the second department of science Peter Boháč from Institute of Inorganic Chemistry SAS received honourable mention for the work Photophysical properties of hybrid systems based on layered silicates and cyanine dyes. Rewarded in the third department of sciences were: Daniela Glavaničová from Institute of Philosophy SAS, who took first place with work (Im) possibility in aesthetics, Veronika Szeghy-Gayer from Institute of Social Sciences CSPS SAS, who received the third place for research of elite in Slovakia in changing regime, 1867-1945 and Michal Ščepán from Institute of Musicology SAS, who received the honourable mention for the work Tadeáš Salva. Life and work: On the issue of monographic processing of the composer’s personality and interpretation of his work.
After the ceremony was the concert of talented 17-years old pianist from Czech Republic Jan Čmejla who was accompanied by State philharmonic Košice and the conductor Leoš Svárovský. He performed Piano Concerto in E minor from Chopin, which is considered as one of the most famous, beautiful, but technically and interpretively one of most difficult piano concerts. „I believe, that we need in this pandemic era Chopin. His music is timeless and it brings a hope! “stated Čmejla. There was performed Symphony no. 3 Es dur from Schumann too.
The event was organized with all actual pandemic preventative measures.