Tomas Michalek*

Comenius University in Bratislava


Received Sylff fellowship in 2018.
FR: Comenius University in Bratislava (Slovakia)
TO: Centre for Science in Policy, Diplomacy and Society, University of Auckland (New Zealand)

Academic supervisor: Katharine Mach (Stanford), Katarina Staronova (Comenius)

Academic achievements, social engagement initiatives:
Organizer and editor of the proceedings of two European Technology Assessment Conferences (ETAC) in Prague 2013 and Berlin 2015; speaker at the Science meets Parliaments event in the European Parliament in Brussels 2017; co-author of the manuscript "A collaboratively-derived international research agenda on legislative science advice"; organizer of the next ETAC conference in Bratislava 2019 (

 Tomas Michalek is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Public Policy, Comenius University in Bratislava. His research is focused on science-policy interface and its effectiveness. Since 2012, he has been working with the concepts of technology assessment, science & technology studies, responsible research & innovation, public engagement, and foresight. Currently, he is senior research manager at the Slovak Academy of Sciences. Among other things, Tomas is responsible for the Science meets Parliaments event in Slovakia, he was principal investigator for Slovakia in the European project CIMULACT (Citizens and Multi-Actor Consultation on H2020). Similarly, he was involved in organizing a citizen consultation for the Human Brain Project. Tomas was also investigator in the European project PACITA (Parliaments and Civil Society in Technology Assessment).

Brief summary of support program activities (SRA2019-1):
The proposed SRA project will be the third and final phase of the data collection through semi-structured interviews for his doctoral dissertation (due June 2020). The particular cases for qualitative interviews will be selected from the work of Departmental Science Advisors of the New Zealand Government. This will be facilitated by the Centre for Science in Policy, Diplomacy and Society and International Network for Government Science Advice, both at the University of Auckland.

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