Aleš obtained his master degree in sociology at the Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts. In 2006 he received his doctoral degree at the Center for Higher Education Policy (CHEPS), University of Twente in the Netherlands. In his professional career he has worked shortly at the European University Association (EUA) in Brussels, at the governmental investment agency Czechinvest, and at the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic as the advisor to the minister. Since 2008 he has been a managing partner of alevia, a company focused on consulting, training and projects in the area of human resources development, education and research & development. He has been working mainly as a lecturer, facilitator and moderator. Aleš is currently teaching R & D policy as an external fellow at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague.

E-mail: ales.vlk (at) teri-institute.eu


Jiří is an educational law and policy expert, and higher education professional with focus on governance, management and quality assurance of higher education institutions and systems. He graduated in law, political science and welfare policy, and further obtained a postgraduate diploma in corporate law. During his professional career, Jiří has mostly served as university administrator in a number of roles, including registrar and chief legal and policy officer for Masaryk University. He spent a few years in the public service as director of higher education and later deputy minister of education of the Czech Republic. Jiří has been the principal co-author of the Czech higher education qualifications framework, and led preparations for the national educational policy strategy up to 2020. Currently, he works as the director at CEITEC - Central European Institute of Technology, Masaryk university, and he is chairman of the board at TERI. Jiří has also been a teaching fellow in public administration and educational policy at School of Social Studies, Masaryk University, since 2004, and has served on a number of governing boards for higher education institutions in the Czech Republic and expert panels in educational policy, including the national team of Bologna Experts and the Czech National Board for Qualifications.

E-mail: jiri.nantl (at) teri-institute.eu


Karel received his degree from the Faculty of Law at the Charles University in Prague in 1983. In 1985, Karel completed his professional training and received a qualification as a judge. In the following years he worked as a Chairman of the Senate for the District Court in Prague 5. At the end of the 80s, he was involved, as a counsel for the Czech Sport Association, with the transformation and legalization of the professional football and ice hockey in the Czech Republic. Between 1987 and 1992 he was a member of the Legal Committee of the European Olympics Association. In 1990, he passed the bar exam and became an advocate and opened his private practice. In 2006 he was registered as arbitrator with the Arbitration Court attached to the Chamber of Commerce of the Czech Republic and Agricultural Chamber of the Czech Republic for commercial cases. As the name partner of the legal firm HOLEC, ZUSKA & Partners he is responsible mainly for legal services being provided to the public administration and government bodies and specializes in R&D&I, state aid, public procurement and public infrastructure projects.

E-mail: kzuska (at) holec-advokati.cz


Otakar received Biomedical Engineering Masters (1994) and PhD (1997) at the Brno University of Technology. He was on a Chevening scholarship programme at the University of Oxford in 1996 and 1997. Otakar then worked for four years as a Postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Mathematics at the University of York and as a visiting scholar at the Fields Institute in Toronto. In 2001 and 2002, he was a Managing Director of a small technology company operating in Central Europe. Recently Otakar works as a Senior Science & Innovation Adviser at the British Embassy in Prague. He is a part of the Science and Innovation Network of the UK Government, a group of 90 Science diplomacy professionals based at the British Embassies in 30 countries across the globe. In 2003, he took up the newly created post in Prague and developed it to its current, well-performing state. He has organised and participated at many international conferences covering various science and science policy areas from innovation, technology transfer, intellectual property rights, biomedical research, and Horizon2020 to open access publication policies, nanotechnology safety, global risks and millennium challenges. He also popularises British science.

E-mail: otakar.fojt (at) teri-institute.eu.


Jan obtained his master degree in economics at the South Bohemian University in České Budějovice. In the following years, he worked as a project manager at South Bohemian Chamber of Commerce being responsible for the design and implementation of regional innovation strategy. He also participated in the foundation the South Bohemian Agency for Support of Innovative Entrepreneurship and South Bohemian Science and Technology Park. In 2002, he founded his own company PS inovace, where he works as a manager. The company has been providing services to many universities as well as other research organizations in the Czech Republic. The main focus of the company is the preparation and implementation of projects in the area of infrastructure for education, research and development, and innovative entrepreneurship. Jan is responsible for providing services in the field of implementation of projects, sustainability of research capacities, state aid as well as for preparation of the European Structural and Investment Funds related to R&D&I.

E-mail: psinovace (at) gmail.com


Šimon graduated from public and social policy master's at Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences. He served as a policy officer at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, department of higher education, where he was responsible for analyses, strategic agendas and policy document drafting. Since 2014, he works as an analyst in CHE Consult, Berlin-based company providing strategic consulting to higher education institutions and conducting research studies in the field. There he contributes in particular to Europe-wide large-scale survey-based studies on international mobility in higher education and volunteering. Between 2016-2017 he participated in a research project at the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague with a particular focus on student success and dropout policies. In TERI Šimon takes part in projects related to student success, higher education relevance and higher education in general.

E-mail: simon.stiburek (at) teri-institute.eu


Martin graduated in ethnology and theory of culture at the Charles University in Prague where he also received his PhD. He spent several months at the University of Tokio studying science communication. His professional career started at the Czech Press Office followed by EURO magazine, portal Česká pozice and Lidové noviny press. Recently he works as an editor at the Charles University on-line journals. In TERI his main area of interest is science communication - lecturing as well as conducting various research activities.

E-mail: martin.rychlik (at) ceskapozice.cz


After graduation at the Faculty of Social Science, Charles University in Prague Lukáš worked as a consultant at Ernst & Young between 2006 and 2013. Then he served as a program director at the Technology agency of the Czech Republic. Recently he works as an independent expert and lecturer in the field of research and development and public sector. In TERI his area of expertise includes science policy, R&D impact as well as research infrastructure.

E-mail: lukas.kacena (at) gmail.com


Jiří graduated in public policy at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague in 2016. He has been working in alevia, a consulting and training company focused on academic sector. He has been team member of several projects on higher education and R&D evaluation. He has been also a project manager of an on-line portal focusing on science policy and research & development. In TERI Jiří has been working on projects in higher education (social relevance and drop-out) as well as science policy and its impact.

E-mail: jiri.stanzel (at) alevia.cz


TERI is offering an internship for university students with a special interest in higher education and science policy. The following students have been undertaking their internships in TERI:

Jiří Stanzel, Czech Republic (2015-2016)

Eliška Dubovská, Slovakia (2017)

Nikolas Soumar, Czech Republic (2018)

Barbora Buřičová, Czech Republic (2019)