Activities of čsvts member societies
Czech Water Management Society
The Czech Commission on Large Dams as a partner of the Czech Water Management Society is a member of International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) headquartered in Paris. The International Commission on Large Dams is a non-governmental organization whose role is to provide a forum for the exchange of experience and knowledge of dam building and safety. The ICOLD with its 88 member national committees holds annual symposiums and for the third consecutive year "The World Dams Congress" in which delegates of the Czech Commission actively take part. In November 2008, this organization celebrated its 80th anniversary of establishment (the then Czechoslovak Republic belonged to its founder members). Members of the Czech Commission on Large Dams are very active in six technical committees. At present, there are more than 50 000 dams in the world, the present centre of new dam construction is mainly concentrated in Asia.
Czech Mechanical Engineering Society
The Czech Association for Hydraulics and Pneumatics as a professional section of the Czech Mechanical Engineering Society has been a member of the international non-governmental organization „European Fluid Power Committee“ (Comité Européen des Transmissions Oléohydrauliques et Pneumatiques, CETOP) headquartered in Frankfurt am Mainz since 1997. This base for hydraulics in Europe promotes a mutual cooperation of European countries in the field of hydraulic industry, offers its members educational programmes and standards, the exchange of experience and knowledge etc. The CETOP headquarters publishes a handbook the „CETOP Directory“ containing basic information about firms and other organizations of each of its member countries. In the same way, legal persons joined in the Czech Association for Hydraulics and Pneumatics are obliged to provide selected data on production capacity and components for CETOP headquarters. This is to ensure access to the updated database throughout the European region, by means of highly meaningful capability for all CETOP members. CETOP representatives attend the General Association held in alternating member countries regularly once a year, where further activity tendencies of this organization are coordinated. The Czech Association for Hydraulics and Pneumatics was entrusted with the task of holding the 20th International Conference "Hydraulics and Pneumatics 2008" in Prague in October, 2008.
Czech Silicate Society
The Czech Silicate Society is a member of the European Ceramic Society which holds significant educational events and enables its members to attend events paying only discount entrance fees. This offers members of the Czech Silicate Society the opportunity to gain new knowledge for their work and to pass this knowledge on to Czech firms’ experts. Establishing personal contacts with experts from other foreign countries makes their invitation to international conferences held in the Czech Republic possible. There are about 200 participants interested in research and development in the field of above-mentioned materials in significant international conferences such as „Refractory Materials“ organized by the Czech Silicate Society. In this way the Czech Silicate Society contributes to mutual knowledge and mainly the exchange of new knowledge and experience together with material development which has a wide application in all branches where the heating process takes place.
Society of Transport
The Society of Transport has been a member of the Union of European Railway Engineer Associations for more than 15 years. Partnership between the Society of Transport and the European Union offers a wide range of possibilities for consultancy and coordination of professional activities with similar societies in Europe within the Society of Transport. The Society of Transport holds a mutual professional event in cooperation with the European Union and Ministry of Transport of the Czech Republic once every two or three years.
For example, the international conference „Modern and Rational Railway“ was organized, at which participants from the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Slovakia, the Netherlands and Italy were present in 2007. Followed by the June, 2008 conference „Financial Capacity and Latest Trends of Modernization and Restoration of Means of Public Transport“ held in cooperation with the Ministry of Transport. The Society of Transport in association with the General management of Czech Railways and the Ministry of Transport of the Czech Republic held another conference „Trends of Railway Transformation in the Czech Repubic and Slovakia“ which took place in Brno in November, 2008.
Czech Agricultural Society
The Czech Agricultural Society is a member of the international non-governmental organization (the International Commission of Agricultural Engineering) of agricultural engineers and focuses on agricultural technology. The Organization disseminates up-to-date information in a Newsletter in which technical conferences and seminars are listed, members of the Czech Agricultural Society are well-known for their appearance and scientific articles. The Czech Agricultural Society contributes information about its events to its above-mentioned quarterly Newsletter. The experts from the Czech Republic share actively in seven CIGR technical sections. As an illustration, the Czech Agricultural Society held the 3rd International Scientific Conference "Trends in Agricultural Engineering 2007" in Prague, in September, 2007, for this purpose a yearbook containing 110 articles has been published (at present the 4th Conference preparation for 2010 is under way). The Czech Agricultural Society contributed to the 10th International Congress on Mechanization and Energy in Agriculture in October, 2008 in Antalya, Turkey. Five of our experts took an active part in the 66th International Conference on Agricultural Engineering in Stuttgart – Hohenheim, Germany in September, 2008 and also in the 67th International Conference on Agricultural Engineering on the occasion of the great European Agricultural Engineering Fair "Agrotechnica" in November, 2009. Some members of the Czech Agricultural Society are preparing for the 17th World Congress 2010 in Quebec, and the 3rd C.I.G.R. International Conference 2012 in Valencia, Spain. Besides the above-mentioned significant international activities, representatives of the Czech Agricultural Society participate in many annual regional scientific congresses, symposiums and workshops.
Czech Environmental Protection Society
The Czech Environmental Protection Society is a member of the European Federation of Associations of Environmental Professionals (EFAEP) and shares in the Federation’s effort to achieve its stated goals – to contribute to the effect of policy development with regard to environmental protection, developing collaboration between European experts in the environment, preparation for the ongoing education system of the environment, spreading public knowledge of current problems about environmental protection etc. The EFAEP debates with EU political institutions and administrative staffs, or with other bodies and groups. Regular acquaintance with technical innovations and relevant legislation brings great benefit to the Czech Society. Members of the Czech Environmental Protection Society can work on the Federation’s technical committees and use free connections to the European Network of Environmental Professionals (ENEP).
Czech Society for Small Business
The Czech Society for Small Business is a member of the Confederaton of European Pest Control Association (CEPA). The branch of special protected disinfection, disinsectization and deratization closely relates to public health protection and the environment. These problems are at the heart of EU executive interest. There is a series of European Commission and European Parliament standards and laws which have influenced this particular branch. Thanks to the Czech Society for Small Business membership in CEPA the Czech branch is presented on an international scale, introducing legislation, conducting negotiations with the European Office for standardization in order to prevent the activities from those who are without appropriate professional qualification and technical competence. The Czech Republic has actively joined the project "Leonardo da Vinci" - educational programme implementation, in which learning books for qualification courses were prepared. The Czech delegate was nominated as the director of the European Education Centre for disinsectization and deratization.
Czech Union of Surveyors and Cartographers
The Czech Union of Surveyors and Cartographers is a member of the International Federation of Surveyors (Fédération Internationale des Géomètres, FIG) founded in Paris in 1878, and is associated with surveyors from more than 100 countries all over the world. Czechoslovakia became a member in 1927. Experts from the Czech Republic work in FIG committees composed of 10 technical committees, Czech national delegates have been nominated to 9 out of 10 committees (the only one not occupied is committee 04 – marine geodesy). The Czech Union of Surveyors and Cartographers organized a FIG meeting inPrague in 2000, a meeting connected with the technical conference K2 (Committee on Education) in Prague in 2007, the FIG meeting of Francophone groups took place in Prague in 2009 and the Czech Union of Surveyors and Cartographers is preparing the international meeting K7 (Real Estate Register) in Karlovy Vary for the year 2012. The chairman of the Czech Union of Surveyors and Cartographers regularly attends the annual meeting of the presidents of National Societies. Experts from the Czech Republic present their contributions at FIG technical meetings and appreciate the possibilities for doing useful business and making personal contacts with prominent world experts. The Czech Union of Surveyors and Cartographers has concluded agreements on cooperation with the Slovak Society of Surveyors and Cartographers (SSGK), the Slovak Union of Surveyors and the Association of Polish Surveyors. Since 1995 " International Surveyors' Days" are held alternatively in one of the member countries (the Czech Republic,Poland, or Slovakia) every year.
Czech Society of Applied Cybernetics and Informatics
The Czech Society of Applied Cybernetics and Informatics – as a national society engaged in optics and fotonics – is a member of the European Optical Society (EOS) and associated with 18 national optics and fotonics companies. The aim of the Czech and Slovak Society for Fotonics is to contribute to optics development and similar disciplines in the Czech Republic, Slovak Republic and in Europe, join natural and legal persons involved in these disciplines and their applications. The Czech Society of Applied Cybernetics and Informatics actively participates in EOS activities, it organizes the international Photonics Prague conferences which cca 200 scientists from 35 countries attend every year. A member of the Czech Society of Applied Cybernetics and Informatics as a single representative of Central and Eastern Europe is a member of the Council of Directors and EOS Executive Board. The chairman of the Czech Society for Fotonics regularly attends EOS General Assemblies.
Society for Evironmental Technology
The Society for Evironmental Technology has represented the Czech Republic in the Federation of European Heating and Air Conditioning Associations (REHVA) since 2000. Thanks to their membership, Czech experts can join preparations for EU standards and present solutions to significant international projects. The chairman of the Society represents the Society for Environmental Technology and the Czech Republic at REHVA meetings. The chairman is a member of the REHVA Board that deals with technical standards and Statutes for technical fixtures and fittings, programmes for international congresses, REHVA’s publishing activities and other activities.
Czech Society for Quality
The Czech Society for Quality collaborates with some major international quality organizations.
- The European Organization for Quality, (EOQ) – The Czech Society for Quality and the national partner organization of EOQ brings know-how of education and certification of workers who are involved in Quality Management Systems and similar branches in the Czech Republic. These activities enable not only the Czech Society for Quality, but also other organizations (DTO CZ Ostrava) in the Czech Republic to issue national certificates in accordance with European schemes and issue internationally acknowledged EOQ certificates.
- The European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) – The Czech Society for Quality gains the latest information about EQM Business Excellence. This model is used as a criterial model for the National Quality Award of the Czech Republic whose technical guarantee is the Czech Society for Quality. The Society held licensed self-assessment courses in compliance with EFQM and provided refresher courses for National Quality Award evaluators.
- GLOBALGAP – membership of this organization enables the use of the world’s frequently used rules for good acricultural practice under the conditions of the Czech Republic. Membership enables us to translate rules into the Czech language and ensure their publicity, to participate in technical meetings of certification bodies, to provide up-to-date technical information for GLOBALGAP National Technical Group which is under the umbrella of the Czech Society for Quality.
- The American Society for Quality (ASQ) - membership enables us to gain management system news used in English-speaking countries. The Czech Society for Quality regularly issues articles and annotation published in the Quality Progress magazine.
- Global Benchmarking Network (GBN) provides new information for benchmarking, on the grounds of this information the Czech Society for Quality provides a portal concerning the above-mentioned problems in which organizations can free of charge compare their effectiveness according to selected criteria with other organizations, search plans for work improvement, etc.
Czech Committee for Scientific Management
The Czech Committee for Scientific Management was founded in 1926 at the instigation of Masaryk’s Academy of Labour under the Resolution of the 1st International Congress for Scientific Management in July, 1924. The Resolution also included the demand for the existence of similar organizations in individual countries which established the CECIOS – the European Council of Management was founded after two years, the Czech Committee for Scientific Management was its co-founder. The present name of the pan-European association of national management organizations is EMA CECIOS. In the frame work of EMA CECIOS a series of projects are currently being solved, e.g. the definition of international standards of management competencies on which a lot of European experts led by a chief Institute of Management resolver from the United Kingdom collaborated. EMA CECIOS holds annual technical meetings in one of its member countries – such a meeting took place in Prague in March, 2009.
Czech Foundry Society
The International Committee of Foundry Technical Associations (Comité International des Associations Techniques de Fonderie, CIATF) was founded in Paris in 1927. The Czechoslovak Foundry Society (founded in 1923) was one of the 8 founder members of this organization. Nowadays the Czech Foundry Society is a WFO – World Foundrymen Organization member. The task of the WFO Executive Board is work coordination in the international technical committees, holding world foundry congresses at which the latest research results from the foundry industry of WFO member countries are presented etc. The first Czech citizen who was elected to the prestigious position of the WFO President was professor, doctor and engineer František Píšek in 1933, and in the same year the International Foundry Congress took place in Prague, the following congress took place in Prague in 1963. As a lot of our members had actively joined in the work in technical committees in the following years, the World Organization management decided to hold the 1st World Foundrymen Congress in Prague in 1986 and marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of professor Píšek. At that time, 1,350 delegates from 33 countries of the world attended the meeting. Professor and engineer Karel Rusín, DrSc was proposed for the WFO Executive Board and in 1991 he was elected the President at a meeting in Japan. The 3rd Czech who has been elected as President is doc. Ing. Milan Horáček, CSc. and this is a great appreciated by the Czech foundry industry.
Czech Road Society
The Czech Road Society is a member of the Committee on Operational Safety of Underground Facilities (ITA COSUF) and the World Road Association (PIARC). COSUF was established by the International Tunneling and Underground Space Asscociation (ITA-AIES) in association with the World Road Association in joint discussions in Laussane in 1986. COSUF activity linked immediately to the working group activity "Tunnel Safety" of the PIARC Technical Committee. Therefore, working group representatives of the Czech Republic took part in initial discussions in Laussanne. The main aim of the Society was the activity coordination of ITA-AITES and PIARC organizations as founder members ensuring transport infrastructure tunnel safety, particularly in underground tunnel systems. Another major COSUF activity is to gather information about European and world programmes focused on ensuring tunnel safety and providing necessary information for its members. COSUF holds regular meetings of member organizations, at present they are 50 organizations. Two meetings have been held in the Czech Republic.
Czech Scientific and Technical Association of Telecommunications
The Czech Scientific and Technical Association of Telecommunications is a member of the Forum for European Information and Communication Technologies Professionals (FITCE) founded in 1961. FITCE activities are managed by a Steering Committee, created from one member from each member country, the President who is elected for only a one-year term of office, a Treasurer and a Secretary-General. The main goal of FITCE activities is to hold technical congresses on topical themes of telecommunications, to publish FITCE FORUM quarterly magazine, to update its own website, to provide solutions to technical problems etc. The Czech Scientific and Technical Association of Telecommunications was entrusted with the task of holding the European Congress in September, 2009 and making its website. Information resources obtained by Czech delegates at the FITCE technical congresses are always published for Czech experts in the Czech Republic.
Association for Pulp and Paper Industry
The Association for Pulp and Paper Industry has been a European Liaison Committee for Pulp and Paper (EUCEPA) member almost since its founding in 1969. EUCEPA members are similar national organizations of pulp and paper industry. EUCEPA activities are managed by the assembly of national associations’ chairmen held twice a year. The Association for Pulp and Paper Industry (also representing Slovakia) has virtually been a member since founding in 1969. Major benefits of membership are information resources among member organizations, mutual participation in technical meetings of EUCEPA member organizations with the financial advantage of participants’ entrance fees, joining in projects which EUCEPA solves etc. Thanks to good personal contacts information about events held in the Czech Republic can be published in technical magazines, e.g. in Finland, Sweden, France etc. EUCEPA holds meeting with partner organizations, e.g. from the USA, Brazil, Japan and others. At these meetings the problems concerning various regions, development trends, but also the approach to coming generations of technicians are discussed at least once every two years.
Czech Association of Inventors and Innovators
The Czech Association of Inventors and Innovators is a member of the International Federation of Inventors' Associations (IFIA) founded in 1968 and today it has 85 members made up of national inventors' associations. Its aim is to increase social prestige of inventors and promote cooperation between national inventors' associations. Within its activities it holds conferences, workshops, seminars, experts' meetings etc. The Czech Association of Inventors and Innovators publishes surveys and studies, declares competitions, organizes inventors' exhibitions and fairs in different countries etc. In 2008 IFIA held the Inventor Festival in China, at which cca 3,200 inventors from 63 countries of the world were present. 555 inventors took part in the competition for the best exhibits and the Czech invention EXPLONIX by J. Bláha won a gold medal. The invention of engineer Miroslav Sedláček's SETUR bladeless turbine placed 4th. In 2009, the representative of the Czech Association of Inventors and Innovators took part in the International Invention Fair Genius – Budapešť, where the bladeless centripetal flow turbine was awarded with a prize. The international exhibition "Ideas – Inventions – New Products" in Nuremberg, where 33 countries of the world exhibited over 800 inventions, has shown the interest in solutions for problems to help inventors to be on the increase. The Czech Association of Inventors and Innovators also exhibited posters, models and provided various information leaflets for participants there. The Technical University of Liberec inventors showed a movable model of University electric motor and generator construction kits there. The IFIA bodies emphasize the importance of innovations based on inventions created by true inventors in smaller firms, at universities et al.
Czech Nuclear Society
Czech experts develop intensive activities in the European Nuclear Society (ENS). Cooperation brings the exchange of information about nuclear energy and related branches, establishment of contacts, knowledge of publicity about independent information for laymen, popularization of experience for college and university youth etc. The work of the ENS has a wide range – the substantial benefit to the Czech Republic is the Czech Nuclear Society representatives' participation in the activities of technical committees where background information from all over Europe is discussed. Young experts work in the section "ENS Young Generation" and take part in technical congresses and workshops. New knowledge in discussions within the framework of the European Nuclear Society are presented to experts at ENS events and on its websites. Contacts with this European organization enable the attraction of prominent foreign representatives of nuclear energy to give lectures in the Czech Republic. President of the ENS, engineer Václav Hanus, is Vice-President of the steering committee of the nuclear communications network providing all sources of NucNet nuclear information.
Czech Society for Blasting Techniques and Pyrotechnics
The Czech Society for Blasting Techniques and Pyrotechnics is a member of the European Federation of Explosives Engineers (EFEE), associating explosive experts. Here national societies collaborate on harmonizing the rules and regulations for this particular branch. The EFEE steering committee meetings, which a delegate of the Czech Society for Blasting Techniques and Pyrotechnics regularly attends, take place twice a year. Czech delegates also take part in technical seminars that the European Federation of Explosives Engineers hold in alternating European countries. Our delegates acquire technical information and knowledge of the activities of other national societies here.
Czech Biotechnological Society
Czech experts on biotechnology join in the work of the European Federation of Biotechnology (EFB) whose main task is to support this branch and the effort to make biotechnology serve for the benefit of society in Europe and in the world. The EFB sends Internet newsletters regularly to its member societies, the news is forwarded by the Czech Biotechnological Society management to all members who are involved in its e-mail information service. European Federation management has established very close contacts with the relevant EU commission and tries to protect the interests of biotechnology, including the themes of scientific framework programmes. Every member can share in these activities, e.g. commenting on the proposed materials. The EFB holds by itself or in cooperation with another society a lot of events, members of the Czech Biotechnological Society are given a discount. The Czech Biotechnological Society can influence the activities of the European Federation of Biotechnology through its great effort at the general assemblies but our representatives cannot occupy a position in the EFB for the time being, because of a lack of finances the Czech Society cannot meet expenditures for these activities.
Czech Society of Glass Technology
The Czech Society of Glass Technology is a member of two significant international organizations focused on glass research and development, namely the International Commision on Glass (ICG) and the European Society of Glass Science and Technology (ESG). Their main goals are to expand the range of results of science, research and development in the field of glass materials, glass technologies and further education of their national member organizations. The Czech Society of Glass Technology is represented by two members of the ICG and three members of the ESG in the Council of both Societies. This arrangement provides information about activities of ICG technical committees focused on different subdivisions of glass science and technology for members of international glass conferences. The aim of the ICG is particularly the promotion and stimulation of cooperation between glass experts in science, technology history, professional education etc. The major benefits of its membership include information about the latest knowledge of a particular branch, the possibility of expanding the range of its own research in the international glass community, participation in preparation of international projects in the glass industry et al. Both international organizations acknowledge the activities of Czech experts. In 2008 the Czech Society of Glass Technology was a joint organizer (with the Slovak society) of the 9th ESG Conference together with the ICG Antal Meeting in Trenčín and both our societies were entrusted with the task of organizing the 23th ICG Congress on Glass in Prague in 2013. The Czech and Slovak societies also intensively cooperate even after the disintegration of Czechoslovakia on December 31, 1992.
Czech Society of Automobile Engineers
The Czech Society of Automobile Engineers has been a member of the society of International Federation of Automotive Engineering Societies (FISITA) since 1966 – an international organization of similar national societies whose countries develop their own automotive industry, at present there are approximately 40 societies. The Czech Society of Automobile Engineers has its representatives in FISITA committees – on the Education Committee, Internal Relations Committee, Finance Committee and Technical Committee. The chairman of the Czech Society of Automobile Engineers attends FISITA plenary meetings as a delegate. Members of the Society have the opportunity to participate in technical congresses in different European countries, where they can get up-to-date information about technical innovations and the situation in automotive industries in other countries. Czech experts work actively in committees and thus the Czech Society of Automobile Engineers was requested to hold the world congress in Prague in 1996, and to arrange several FISITA annual plenary meetings, the last being in 2007. The Czech Society of Automobile Engineers in cooperation with international organizations also provides membership of the SAE International (North American Society of Automotive Engineers) for its members. The SAE International includes most Austro-Asiatic societies. This membership enables access to the database of technical information, advantageous membership fees for all SAE events, and access to the automotive world of the greatest participants in the world automotive industry. The Czech Society of Automobile Engineers holds a traditional international conference Autosympo as an accompaniment programme of the international exhibition Autosalon/Autotec in Brno every year.
Czech Committee for Electric Heating and Technology
The Czech Committee for Electric Heating and Technology has been a member of the International Union for Electricity Applications (UIE) headquartered in Paris since 1964. The Czech Committee has its representative in working group 3 focused on Education, Research and Dissemination of Knowledge in the area of electric heating, whose knowledge is brought to the Czech Republic. The Czech Committee gains the latest information about teaching methods, research purposes, subjects of final works in engineering and doctorate studies. This knowledge is submitted to electrothermal engineering professors at regular meetings of Czech university departments of electrical engineering. Working group 3 prepares Power Point teaching materials of principles and applications of processes for electrical engineering, which each national committee of UIE member countries obtains free. The Czech Committee takes part in the holding of UIE international seminars, organizes the General Council or working group meetings etc.
Czech National Committee of International Measurement Confederation
The Czech National Committee of IMEKO founded in 1958 is a member of the International Measurement Confederation (IMEKO). Czechoslovakia was one of IMEKO's founder members. At present, IMEKO is composed of 39 member countries. The basic goal of the international organization is to promote international exchanges of scientific and technical information in the area of measurement technology and measuring equipment and also to promote international collaboration between scientists and engineers engaged in measurement research and industry. IMEKO's activity is managed by the General Council, each member country has one delegate (occasionally two). The head of the Council is the President. IMEKO's activity is divided into 24 technical committees whose work is conducted by a Steering Committee. Part of its activities is to hold world technical congresses, symposia and workshops. Czech experts are also involved in IMEKO work - nowadays our delegates are represented in 14 technical committees, the General Council and Technical Board. Czech engineer Miroslav Jedlička was elected the Scientific Secretary of Committee T2 /Photonics/ in recent years.
Czech Society of Chemical Engineering
The Czech Society of Chemical Engineering became a member of the European Federation of Chemical Engineers (EFChI) in 1966 and from the very beginning a lot of its members have actively joined in the international activities of the Federation. They participated in the work of the Federation's working groups and steering committees. The activities of Czech experts culminated in the election of professor Jiří Drahoš as the President of the European Federation of Chemical Engineers, he became the first President from an Eastern European country in 2006. Further evidence for the good reputation of the Czech Society of Chemical Engineering was the presentation of the highest award of the society for the work of engineer Jan Novosad, the incumbent Society's Executive Secretary from the European Federation. The considerable benefit for the Czech Society of Chemical Engineering is the participation of 30 Czech experts in the 25 Federation working groups. The working groups solve substantial problems concerning chemical and process engineering at regular meetings. In many cases the working groups give basic binding instructions on terminology, measurement methods, standardized methods etc. These instructions are recognized by experts all over the world. The Czech Society of Chemical Engineering has gained presidency of several working groups in the past. The European Federation of Chemical Engineers stresses an ecological approach to its work. One of the major activities of the Czech Society of Chemical Engineering belongs to the organization of regular International Congresses of Chemical and Process Engineering CHISA in Prague which was organized in 1962. About 1 000 experts have recently attended from all over the world.
Chamber of Surveyors and Cartographers
The Chamber of Surveyors and Cartographers has represented Czech surveyors and cartographers in the Council of European Geodetic Surveyors associating experts from 26 countries since 1999. The international organization enables the exchange of technical and scientific knowledge and it has devoted a great deal of attention to possibilities of improvement of professional education since 1999. An ad hoc working group prepared in collaboration with all member countries a proposal called the Code of Conduct for European Surveyors that was submitted to the general assembly (GA) and later approved by the GA after an Internet Forum in Rome, September, 2009. The Code of Conduct Kodex will be translated by the Chamber of Surveyors and Cartographers into the Czech language. Related problems are discussed by the GA participants who meet twice a year. The Chamber of Surveyors and Cartographers held general assemblies of the Council of European Geodetic Surveyors in 2000 and in 2008. Our activities in the Council of European Geodetic Surveyors bring up-to-date information to the Czech Republic, as well as offering the possibility for presenting Czech experts' experience in an international forum.
Czech Society for Technical Standardization
Members of the Czech Society for Technical Standardization are actively engaged in the development and application of technical standards and other normative documentation, application of technical standardization in all areas of science and technology and economy. Successful cooperation, especially in technology and economy is unthinkable without international coordination of development and application of technical standards and their international unification. The Czech Society for Technical Standardization is a member of an informal association that was formed by the German DIN ANP-AKN (Deutsches Institut für Normung, e.V., Ausschuß Normenpraxis, Arbeitskreis Nürnberg für Bayern), the Austrian ESNA (Economy and Standards Network Austria) and the Swiss SNV NOP (Schweizerische Normen-Vereinigung, Fachgremium Normenpraxis). The Association regularly holds joint technical conferences in some of the four above-mentioned countries four times a year and in addition, its members take part in seminars and similar events taking place in different countries. The Czech Society for Technical Standardization is engaged in mutual cooperation with the Association by means of its members who are also DIN ANP-AKN members. The Association's members keep in contact with each other and exchange written materials.