Václav Cílek, RNDr. CSc.
The mezzo-soprano and presenter originally studied history and museology at the University of Silesia in Opava, and at the same time at the Ostrava Folk Conservatory. Already during her studies, she started working as an editor and news anchor for Czech Television. She moderated the main news session on TV Nova, the main news on TV Prima. In 2007, she moderated the live discussion program Vedlejšie efekty on ČT24.
For almost three years, she interviewed the most important personalities of our culture and science in the program Odpolední klid by Martina Kociánová on Frequency 1. Dvojka broadcasted on Czech Radio for more than eight years. She invited Czech and foreign personalities to the show Host do domu. In 2018, she became independent, founded the Internet Radio Svobodné universum, and prepares the programs Forward to the past and Rada svečky for this portal.
In parallel with this presenter and journalist profession, she sings. She has performed at the Prague State Opera, the F. X. Šalda Theater in Liberec, the South Bohemian Theater in České Budějovice, the Silesian Theater in Opava, and the Karlín Musical Theater. She collaborated with a number of musical ensembles and regularly performs concerts with the brass band Amadeus, with guitarist L. Brabec, harpist K. Englichová, and violinist J. Svěcený. She performed not only on domestic stages, but also in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Germany, Austria, France, Japan.
In 2002, the European Union of Arts awarded her the Gustav Mahler Award for her work in the field of art. In 2019, she received the Kramer Award for Independent Journalism for the audio series Forward to the Past from the Association of Independent Media.
Václav Cílek, RNDr. CSc.
is a Czech geologist and essayist. He attended high school in, among other places, Tanzania, where his father worked as a geologist, then he graduated from the mining industrial school in Příbram and geology at the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the Charles University in Prague. He has been working at the Institute of Geology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic since 1980, where he was the director in 2004-2012. It deals with issues related to climatic oscillations and the development of the Czech landscape. The main author of the monthly magazine Vesmír, he also published or publishes in newspapers and magazines: Analogon, Archeological perspectives, Aragonit, Architekt, Armádní noviny, Český karst, Geotechnika, ECHO 24, Hospodářské noviny, Guest, People and countries, Mineral, Nature protection, Monuments and nature, Space, Reflex, Respect, Probes, Context, Week, Bulletin of the Czech Geological Institute etc.; on the internet, e.g. scienceworld.cz, and in a number of specialist periodicals.
Co-author of the publication Big book about the climate of the Land of the Czech Crown, Nature, man and landscape, or About nature, memory of Central Bohemia. Textbooks and specialist publications (selected): Underground Prague: inventory of the capital's underground objects and selected bibliography, Archaeology and caves: collection dedicated to the memory of archaeologist František Prošek (1922-1958), Natural History IV for the 9th year of elementary school, Pseudokarst collection etc. He is the author of the books Inner and Outer Landscapes, Breathing with the Birds, Archeus, Orpheus, Stones and Stars etc., as well as two books for children - Krajiny domova and Journeys through the Labyrinth. In addition, he is the author of about 200 scientific papers, as well as chapters in about twenty other books. He is the editor and co-author of the extensive monographs Strědní Brdy and Český karst. He worked on a number of projects for Czech television, the most famous of which was the ten-part series Underground Bohemia I and II, Magic Mountains, Gods and Myths of Old Europe, Secret Life of Rocks. There are a total of one hundred documentary films that have won 14 national and international awards.
He lectured at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Charles University, the Faculty of Humanities of the Charles University and for various foreign universities. He won several awards for his work, such as the VIZE 97 award, the Minister of the Environment award, the Czech Head for Popularization, Trilobite, Kantuta, Zlatá stuha and others.
He is married and has two daughters.