Czech Scientists and Their Inventions

Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
RSVP Required
Free Event
Included Items: 
exhibition, talk

The Embassy of the Czech Republic will open the exhibition Czech Scientists and Their Inventionsaccompanied with a comparative lecture on education and research systems between the US and the Czech Republic by Dr. Jakub Kostal, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at The George Washington University, on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at 6 pm. The educational exhibition is composed of caricatures of leading Czech scientists and their most famous discoveries. A part of the Open Science projects of the Czech Academy of Sciences, its goal is to shed a spotlight on the pioneering steps the brilliant researchers took and to recognize and present their achievements before new audiences, especially younger generations.

This program honors Gregor Mendel, a meticulous scientist who was decades ahead of his time as he was the first to apply the mathematical methods to botany experiments, specifically plant hybridization.

Dr. Kostal is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at The George Washington University and Co-Founder of DOT Consulting, LLC, a company that develops and markets toxicity prediction tools.  Dr. Kostal’s past appointments include Chief Scientist at Sustainability A to Z, Director of Designing Safer Chemicals Program at the Yale Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering and Guest Researcher at the Laboratory of Computational Biology, National Institutes of Health. Dr. Kostal’s research focuses on computational modeling of organic and enzymatic reactions in condensed phases, computer-aided drug discovery, de novo enzymatic design and the development of novel methods for toxicity prediction and safer chemical design. He holds a B.A. from Middlebury College (Chemistry, Arabic) and a Ph.D. from Yale University (Computational and Biophysical Chemistry).

Attire: Business
Location: Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St, NW, Washington, DC 20008
RSVP by October 9

Admission is free; however, RSVPs are required.

Embassy policy: No bags or suitcases allowed. Only small purses permitted but will be checked at the door. No coat check available. You must pass through security for entrance. RSVP confirmation and photo ID required. Doors close at 6:15 pm.

Parking: Non-metered parking is available on Spring of Freedom Street and Tilden Street.

Closest Metro: The Embassy is about a 15-20 minute walk from the Van Ness Metro Station.