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DISCUSSION: In what country do we want our children to live?

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Is Slovakia doomed to be the periphery of Europe, or can we positively surprise? In what country do we want the next generation to live in? What should Slovakia look like in the EU in five, ten or twenty years? What should be our main goals? Is there a general consensus here, or does the idea of it differ fundamentally?

Vladimír Šucha

Representation of the European Commission in Slovakia
Vladimír Šucha has been the Head of the European Commission Representation in Slovakia since 2022. In 2021, he was sent by the European Commission to UNESCO in Paris and before that, since 2012, he had managed the European Commission's Scientific and Knowledge Service - Joint Research Center. From 2006 to 2012, he worked as the Director of the EC's Directorate-General for Education and Culture. Prior to joining the European Commission, he held several positions related to European and international politics. In 2005-2006 he founded the Agency for the Support of Research and Development in Bratislava. In the years 2000-2004, he was a member of the Slovak team that negotiated Slovakia's accession to the EU in Brussels. At the same time, he…
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Pavol Šajgalík

Slovak Academy Of Science
Prof. RNDr. Pavol Šajgalík, DrSc., has been the chairman of the Slovak Academy of Sciences since 2015. His scientific focus is the research and development of non-oxide and oxide high-performance ceramics. The main interest of his research is the relationships between the microstructure and mechanical properties of these materials. He was president of the European Ceramic Society, is a member of the American and Japanese Ceramic Society, and is an elected member of the World Academy of Ceramics. He is the author of more than 230 scientific articles.
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Svetlana Síthová

state secretary, Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport SR
Mgr. Svetlana Síthová (1987) is a special pedagogue who has long been dedicated to children with special educational needs. She has extensive practical experience, which she gained in the center for children and families, in a special kindergarten and primary school, as well as in a practical school. Svetlana Síthová also taught at the Faculty of Education of the University of Constantine the Philosopher in Nitra, where she specialized in special pedagogy and pedagogy of people with learning disabilities. She is the author and co-author of several professional studies in the field of special pedagogy and education of students with special needs. She is the winner of the Young Talent of Counseling category (2019). In 2020, she was a fi…
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Michaela Kršková

Government Office of the SR
Michaela Kršková is the first director for innovations of the Slovak government. As Director General of the Research, Development and Innovation Section at the Office of the Government, she is responsible for inter-ministerial coordination of innovation policy and implementation of the reform and investment component 9 of the Recovery Plan, which aims to revitalize the Slovak innovation ecosystem In the past, Michaela co-founded the largest Slovak venture capital fund, Neulogy Ventures, in which she has worked with many large innovative companies. She was a co-founder of the Startup Awards (now FTRNW), which played an important role in the development of the Slovak innovation ecosystem and whose participants now have a cumulative valuat…
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Jozef Masarik

Comenius University Bratislava
He has been the Vice-Rector of Charles University since February 2019. Before taking up the post of Vice-Rector, he was the Vice-Dean and later the Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics, UK. He has been the chairman of the Bureau of the Agency for the Promotion of Research and Development for eight years. He is an active scientist in the field of nuclear and subnuclear physics and their applications in space and geophysical research. He has led a number of domestic and foreign projects, and has long worked at leading universities and research institutions in Europe and the USA.  
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