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Šajgalík chosen to head SAV

NEW HEAD of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAV) should become Pavol Šajgalík who currently serves as the deputy chair for economy, after being elected by 71 percent of members of the SAV congress on January 7. Together 60 delegates divided into three chambers attended the vote.

NEW HEAD of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAV) should become Pavol Šajgalík who currently serves as the deputy chair for economy, after being elected by 71 percent of members of the SAV congress on January 7. Together 60 delegates divided into three chambers attended the vote.

Šajgalík will replace Jaromír Pastorek who was dismissed by the congress members in mid-December. The congress now has to deliver the proposal to appoint Šajgalík to Education Minister Juraj Draxler who will subsequently send it to President Andrej Kiska.

“I do not feel like winner, I feel like a person who should lead this institution out of problems that have accumulated,” Šajgalík said after the election, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

There were no other candidates in the vote. The delegates were questioning Šajgalík for more than two hours.

“The questions were varied, from financing the SAV, through how I want to build the trust, with which members of the leadership I can imagine cooperation and with which I cannot,” Šajgalík said, as quoted by TASR.

One of his first plans is to open discussion with ministers over the budget of SAV and complete the amendment of the law on SAV. One of the most important tasks is to restore the unity in the institution, he said.

Šajgalík works at the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry of SAV. He also holds lectures at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava and the Alexander Dubček University in Trenčín. He has been granted several scientific awards, including become the scientist of the year in 2006, as reported by TASR.

The delegates of the SAV congress dismissed Pastorek at the special session held on December 18. They criticised him for the budget of SAV for 2015, for not representing the scientists as he should and also for bad communication within institution. The proposal to remove him from the post has already been delivered to the Education Ministry and it is expected that it will be sent to the president, who is the only person that can remove the chair of SAV from the post, in following days, TASR wrote.

Source: TASR

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