Professor Ladislav Havela obtained PhD. at the Charles University in Prague, 1987. After his degree he worked at the University of Amsterdam and Institute for Transuranium Elements in Karlsruhe. He returned to the Charles University in 1993, where he works as senior researcher and associate professor at the Department of Condensed Matter Physics. His research interests include actinide intermetallic compounds as bulk and thin films, metal hydrides, magnetism, superconductivity, surface science, and photoelectron spectroscopy.