The Albín Bráf Conference is an annual event organized by the MIAS School of Business in late May, connecting academics, practitioners and students on research and teaching topics including economics, business, management, as well as interdisciplinary overlaps with engineering, teaching and history.
Its main purpose is to share methodological and practical experience and insights between various institutions, academia and business, closely involving students, thus improving their professional, research and presentation skills, as well as improving their career perspectives.
Its name honors Albín Bráf (1850-1912), a distinguished Czech public figure and economic thinker, a two-time Secretary of Agriculture of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, Life Member of its House of Lords, as well as a two-time Dean of the Law Faculty of the Charles University and lecturer of economics and statistics at the Czech Technical University.
Among other initiatives, he founded the Economic Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, drafted curricula for the Commercial High Schools, whose teachers were then trained at the Czech Technical University, and was a major promoter for the establishment of a School of Commerce, which was ultimately established at the Czech Technical University in 1919.
MIAS School of Business organized the third year of the Albín Bráf Conference on May 30 2018, this time in a fully international format. Students, as well as researchers and practitioners had an opportunity to present the results of their work and to publish them in the peer-reviewed proceedings of the Conference.
This year's conference panel was devoted to logistics and supply chain management, as well as education, and two international projects were presented at the conference, both including outputs contributing to the quality of teaching in BSc and MSc programs at MIAS.
Prizes for outstanding students' papers were awarded to Henrik Wagner of TU Braunschweig, Alice Blažková from the CTU MIAS School of Business, Tomáš Havel from the CTU Faculty of Transportation Sciences and Erik Poláček from the Silesian University.
The second year of the Albín Bráf Conference was organised by the MIAS School of Business on May 31 2017. Students of six faculties of three universities, including doctoral, master and bachelor students, presented and discussed the results of their creative work in economic and interdisciplinary disciplines. Among other benefits many presentations have served as an invaluable practice for students´ final theses. The best papers were also published in the printed peer-reviewed Proceedings of the Albín Bráf Conference.
The Conference was also attended by teachers and senior managers of major businesses who took part in a panel focusing on key issues of curriculum development, student competencies, and major obstacles for graduates in their careers.
The awards for outstanding students' papers were granted to Miroslav Prajer from the CTU Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Miloslav Mikulčík from the CTU MIAS School of Business, a honourable mention to Patricie Machatová from, the CTU MIAS School of Business.
The first year of the Albín Bráf Conference was held at the MIAS School of Business on 18 May 2016. Students from eight economic, managerial and interdisciplinary fields of Czech technical universities presented their peer-reviewed papers, which were published in the Conference proceedings.
Awards for the best contributions were won by Magdaléna Chalupová from the CTU MIAS School of Business and Ondřej Hába from the CTU Faculty of Transportation Sciences.
The opening plenary lectures were delivered by professor František Freiberg of the CTU Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and professor Vít Vlnas from the Charles University Faculty of Education. The participants thus also became acquainted with the personality of Albin Bráf, a notable 19th Century Czech economic thinker, who was a major influence behind the establishment of the CTU School of Commerce in 1919.
The Fourth Year of the Albín Bráf Conference will be held in the final week of May, 2019, and its highlight will be the 100th anniversary of full business degree education at the Czech Technical University.
Furthermore, researchers, students and practitioners will be invited to submit papers in various disciplines, including economics, management, engineering, regional studies, education and history.
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