In YPARD, we believe in the power of young professionals within the agricultural field. Our future is in their hands and it is very important to keep our youth encouraged. Today, I would like to introduce you to Dr. Hynek Roubík, an expert in organic waste management and sustainable technologies and second-youngest member of the Czech Academy of Agricultural Sciences and Bioeconomy platform of the Czech Republic.
Hynek has been in touch with agriculture since his childhood, where he used to help with the home agricultural production of his family. He was always interested in different agricultural aspects and fields. After graduating from high school, Dr. Roubík started his studies at the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CZU). Firstly, he initiated his studies in the Faculty of Engineering, but his interests in sustainability and waste management led him to the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences, where he finished his doctoral studies. Already during his bachelor research, he took a chance to participate as a team assistant of a developing project in Vietnam. And there he realized that this is the right direction to follow. Vietnam has not only become the country of his further research but has also become his home away from home.
Currently, he is a Group leader of the Biogas Research Team. The main focus is on the processing of organic waste to energy and use of the energy for rural households, small-scale farms and other energy plants. The Biogas Research Team runs many successful researches and developing projects in different countries, in Asia e.g. Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Sri Lanka. Few projects were or are also held in Eastern Europe or Africa.
Dr. Roubík also initiated the BeFair movement at CZU. It was established in 2012 and the main objective is spreading the aspects and ideas of Fairtrade among students at CZU. Even though he is no longer a part of the movement and moved more into the role of mentor, he is very proud of the organization which is still active and grows rapidly through current students at the university.
His latest project is a mobile laboratory “CZU mobiLAB”, developed for the detection of infectious diseases in hard-to-reach areas. Currently, the CZU mobiLAB team is cooperating with the Czech development agency and have delivered 4 units for operation into Zambia and Ethiopia. The laboratory is unique with its easy construction and self-sufficiency. It offers a complex solution for the detection of infectious diseases (including COVID-19) in inaccessible areas of developing countries.
Hynek´s story is not ending here. As he says: “in my field of work, you never know what the new day brings”. And I believe that we will be hearing a lot more from Dr. Roubík in the future.
Picture credit: Dr. Hynek Roubík