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First International Researchers´ Meetup

The Welcome Office of Central Bohemian Innovation Centre (SIC) organized the First International Researchers´ Meetup for non-Czech native researchers who are settled in the region and work in research organizations in the Czech Republic, especially in Central Bohemia. The event took place on 27th February 2020 in the Central Bohemia Tourist Board.

More than 20 researchers working in different research organisations, such as ELI Beamlines in Dolní Břežany, BIOCEV in Vestec, Astronomical Institute in Ondřejov and Prague, Institute of Botany in Průhonice, Technopark of the University of Chemistry and Technology in Kralupy nad Vltavou or University Centre of Energy Efficient Buildings in Buštěhrad came together for an informal meetup. Scientists from the field of astronomy, laser physics, biotechnology, energy, botany, chemistry and others from approximately 10 different nationalities shared and exchanged their experience and had the opportunity to network.

The aim of the meetup was to introduce the Central Bohemia Region, its innovation potential and SIC activities and projects targeted to researchers and research organisations. The participants shared with us their expectations and needs, and tips and advises where to look for information, Czech language courses or integration activities were presented. Questions regarding Czech tax system, as well as national grant opportunities for scientists were raised.

This type of feedback is very important for us and allows us to customize the next meetups and the Welcome Office offer for the next incoming foreign researchers in the region. We hope that activities such as this will create a dynamic international community and other international meetups will follow.

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