RNDr. Jan Laštovicka, DrSc.

Head of Department of Aeronomy

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Personal data:

Date of Birth:
            10 November 1944
            1966: Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, geophysics
Scientific degrees:
            1973 CSc (= PhD)
            1974 RNDr.
            1987 DrSc (~Prof.)
            1967 - 1994: Geophysical Institute ASCR
            Since 1994: Institute of Atmospheric Physics ASCR (head of Department of Climatology and Aeronomy (1994-98))
            1998 - 2006: Director of the Institute of Atmospheric Physics ASCR
            2007-present: Head of the Board of the Institute, Head of Department of Aeronomy

International activity: IAGA: Vice-president (1999-2003). Now chairman of working group II.F Long-term Trends in the Mesosphere, Thermosphere and Ionosphere
COSPAR: Member of COSPAR council and chairman of the Czech National Committee
CAWSES-II: Co-chairman of TG-2
European Council (ERC): member of panel PE-10 for evaluating projects in program Ideas Czech representative in COST251, COST271, currently in COST296 and COST ES0803
Member of Czech Committees: COSPAR, IUGG and SCOSTEP
Member of EGU, AGU and AOGS
Convener/organizer of more than 30 international symposia/ workshops/sessions
European Geosciences Union - secretary for the Ionosphere

Editorial activity
Editor-in-Chief of Advances in Space Research (since January 2010; 2006-2009 co-editor), topical editor of Studia geophysica et geodaetica (2004-2009). Guest-editor of more than 15 special issues of various journals, and editor of section Geophysics and Geochemistry of the UNESCO Encyclopedia EOLSS.
International honours:
Member of European Academy of Sciences.
Listed in various Who's Who of the International Biographic Centre, Cambridge, England, American Biographical Institute, Raleigh, USA, Marquis, New York, USA., and Madison, USA.

Publications and talks at scientific meetings:
            Author/co-author of 274 papers and 309 talks.
Seven selected recent papers
            J. Laštovička: Forcing of the ionosphere by waves from below. J. Atmos. Solar-Terr. Phys., 68 (3-5), 479-497, 2006.
            J. Laštovička: Lower ionosphere response to external forcing: A brief review. Adv. Space Res., 43 (1), 2009, 1-14.
            J. Laštovička, R.A. Akmaev, G. Beig, J. Bremer, J. Emmert: Global change in the upper atmosphere. Science, 314 (5803), 1253-1254, 2006.
            J. Laštovička, R.A. Akmaev, G. Beig, J. Bremer, J.T. Emmert, C. Jacobi, M.J. Jarvis, G. Nedoluha, Yu.I. Portnyagin, T. Ulich: Emerging pattern of global change in the upper atmosphere and ionosphere. Ann. Geophysicae, 26, 1255-1268, 2008.
            J. Laštovička, P. Šauli, P. Križan: Persistence of the planetary wave type oscillations in the midlatitude ionosphere. Annals Geophys., 49 (6), 1235-1246, 2006/2007.
            D. Burešová, J. Laštovička: Pre-storm electron density enhancements at middle latitudes. J. Atmos. Solar-Terr. Phys., 70 (15), 1848-1855, 2008.
            P. Križan, J. Laštovička: Ozone laminae: Comparison of the Southern and Northern Hemisphere, and tentative explanation of trends. J. Atmos. Solar-Terr. Phys., 68 (17), 1962-1972, 2006.

            skiing, hiking 

            wife Marcela (RNDr., CSc.)
            son Radek (ing.)
            two granddaughters Dita  and Andrea