Competition for PhD students and graduates – the best IT idea will be awarded 100.000 CZK

Prague, March 17, 2014. Today the science and research cannot survive without the advanced and complex support of IT technologies and applications. CESNET e-infrastructure that has been developed by the CESNET Association of Czech universities and Academy of Sciences offers such a support. Thanks to the CESNET e-infrastructure our specialists have been in touch with the European and world scientific community and can participate in the leading research projects. Currently the CESNET Association wants to enhance the knowledge of services and capabilities of the national e-infrastructure among a wider academic community, most notably among PhD students and young scientists.

Therefore it launches the contest for young PhD graduates and students in which the participants will present the case studies of innovative use of the current CESNET e-infrastructure services or propose new services and their uses for science, research, and education. The deadline for proposals is April 28, 2014. The competition is open to all PhD students and PhD graduates who will not reach 35 at the deadline date. The first three winners will gain a financial award: 100.000 CZK for first place, 50.000 CZK for second place, and 30.000 CZK for third place. All information is available at contest web site.

The competition aim is to stimulate an innovative student approach towards the use of the national e-infrastructure services which could also result in the original proposals for new IT services development useful in various fields. The contest is in line with one of the CESNET Association mail goals to widely promote modern IT services and their use for scientific and research work across scientific areas.

The main task of the CESNET Association is to operate and develop the national CESNET e-infrastructure aimed at science, research and education. It offers a number of services for modern scientific and research work, such as powerful computing clusters with programs for various fields, large data storage for data storing and sharing, multimedia communication tools to facilitate distributed teams collaboration.

The national CESNET e-infrastructure is comparable with similar scientific networks in abroad and in some parameters it even surpasses them. The Association has achieved such a success with a support from the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports, and with a use of resources from the Operation Program for Research and Development for Innovations. Thanks to these resources the national e-infrastructure could have been modernized and extended to individual regions of the Czech Republic.

The CESNET Association was founded by Czech universities and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in 1996. It is engaged in research and development in information and communication technologies and builds and develops the CESNET national e-infrastructure for research and education. Thanks to its research involvement, CESNET represents the Czech Republic in important international projects, most notably the pan-European GÉANT network development and grid projects (, and participates actively in their implementation.

Press release, March 17, 2014

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