11th Annual Ambassador Awards Evening in Prague
After an enforced coronavirus pause, Prague honoured outstanding Czech scientists, professors, doctors, and other top experts for their contribution to the meetings industry in the Czech capital again.
This year, the Prague Convention Bureau, an organisation providing an umbrella to the Prague meetings industry, acknowledged the efforts of congress ambassadors over the previous three years at the 11th Annual Ambassador Awards Evening. The ceremony of presenting 11 awards took place on 6th September 2022 at the Residence of the Mayor of Prague.
The Ambassador Awards Evening was held under the auspices of the Mayor of the City of Prague Zdeněk Hřib, who also attended the event in person, along with other representatives of the city and the Ministry of Regional Development. At the gala evening, which had to be postponed due to restrictions on mass events during the pandemic, the mayor personally presented the 2019 awards to their winners. At the same time, special awards for the support of the meetings industry during the pandemic period, in 2020 and 2021 i.e., were also presented.
The special award for the support of the congress industry in 2020 and 2021 went to Metrostav company for its 50th-anniversary event for over 7,000 current and former employees (the award was accepted by Ing. Jaroslav Heran). A large number of conferences and congresses took place during the pandemic virtually or in hybrid form, allowing delegates to choose whether to attend the event in person at the venue or remotely via virtual platforms. Two of the events winning special awards were held in hybrid form. The first was the World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC), with the award collected by doc. PhDr. Jan Činčera, Ph.D., and doc. Mgr. Bohuslav Binka, Ph.D. The second awarded hybrid congress was the International Union of Crystallography Congress (IUCR, the award was accepted by prof. RNDr. Radomír Kužel, CSc.). The International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) had to be transformed fully into the virtual form, with the ambassador Ing. Libor Přeučil, CSc. receiving another of the special awards.
The last prize was collected by prof. Ivan Rychlík, MD, CSc., FASN, FERA, for his candidacy for the European Renal Association Congress, which is due to take place in Prague in 2025. “We have been working on the candidacy for 2025 for more than 6 years; in the peak phase of preparation, the mayor of Prague actively joined the candidacy and met personally with the ERA President to convince him of the suitability of Prague as a destination for the Congress. Winning the ERA Congress for Prague is one of the imaginary highlights in the field of the meetings industry,” said professor Rychlík about the candidacy.