In September 2010 a new institute, funded by the EU in the Czech Republic, was inaugurated with a conference. The CEITEC (Central European Institute of Technology) divides its activity between biological research and the study of new materials and advanced technologies. It was co-financed by the European Program for Research, Innovation and Science and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and implemented by a consortium of six partners, universities and research institutes, led by Masaryk University.
This centre, fully equipped with state-of-the-art research infrastructure, matches Czech R&D teams with their European counterparts, as well as existing research infrastructures in Europe.
The facilities will be completed very soon, when the scientists transfer to the new laboratories from the campuses of Bohunice and Vrchem Pod Palcekeho in Brno, although scientific research has been in operation since the beginning.
Among the innovative research carried out in this centre, interesting highlights include work on special hydrogels used for bone recovery, smart materials used in aircraft that can report on their own defects, biosensors that can detect disease at an early stage or a hypodermic chip that can measure vital functions and alert a doctor if these are not correct.
The centre’s uniqueness is based on the interconnection and cooperation between the research teams from all its associated institutions. This European “Silicon Valley” has received praise from various education institutions and companies around the world. The CEITEC hosts 600 scientists and nearly double the number of students.
URSA has taken part in the construction of the new administration building of the CEITEC, which was insulated with URSA GLASSWOOL TWP 1 and URSA GLASSWOOL TWF 1. Both are intended for the insulation of light partition walls, the first manufactured into panels and the second delivered as rolls.