MEP Mikuláš Peksa visited NTC laboratories


Member of the European Parliament Mikuláš Mikuláš Peksa is dedicated to scientific research and innovation. He visited the NTC labs last week. He was interested not only in innovative types of redox flow batteries and research of advanced materials but also in the research institutes' problems.

Czech politician and physicist, MEP since 2019 Mikuláš Peksa visited the New Technologies – Research Centre of the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen and Comtes FHT a.s. company on Friday, March 17. As part of his membership in the European Parliament's Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), Mr. Peksa is dedicated to the support of science, research and innovation. At the same time, he supports and promotes Czech start-ups or research organizations dealing with new technologies, innovations, AI, etc. through his social networks and websites. Therefore, even when visiting the Pilsen region, the opportunity to visit important research organizations could not be missed.

At the beginning of the visit, Mr. Peksa talked about the functioning of the European Parliament's Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. Subsequently, Director Petr Kavalíř presented the focus of the NTC research institute. This was followed by a visit to the laboratories where researchers are developing innovative types of redox flow batteries. "Of course, we also visited the laboratory of the Advanced materials team with the unique SARPES device, which can be used to examine the materials' electron structures. We also talked about research in the field of infrared technologies and the Infrared Cameras for Schools project. The output of this project is users friendly infrared camera for schools. The camera helps pupils and students to understand how heat works in a fun way," Petr Kavalíř describes the course of the visit.

The visit to the laboratories was followed by an informal discussion about the problems of the research institutes. "We talked about the importance of internationalization, about the difficulties in employing foreign researchers and the agenda connected with social and health insurance contributions during concurrent employment, about per diems and much more. The debate was really intense because Mr. Peksa has insight into the issue we are dealing with," adds Petr Kavalíř. Mr. Peksa believes that this was certainly not his last visit to the Pilsen region and hopes that he will visit other research centers next time.


New Technologies - Research Centre (NTC)

Dita Sládková

22. 03. 2023