Miroslav BRUMOVSKY, PhD Student in Environmental Chemistry (Czech Republic)

Miroslav Brumovsky

Miroslav Brumovsky believes in the importance of protecting the marine environment from human impacts in order to achieve a more sustainable society. He considers himself a member of the generation that will be responsible for designing and promoting green solutions.

MASARYK UNIVERSITY, CZECH REPUBLIC

Research focus: emerging contaminants in marine waters

One of the negative human impacts on the planet is chemical pollution. Maintaining oceans and seas free from pollution is necessary for human life since they are responsible for about 50% of the oxygen we breathe. Yet, given the fast growth of both human population and global goods consumption, marine ecosystems are increasingly affected by human activities at a global scale. A wide range of chemicals with anthropogenic origins has been detected in both coastal and open sea areas. In his work, Brumovsky investigates different types of emerging contaminants in the North Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. For this purpose, he performs seawater sampling either using a research vessel or an innovative automatic water sampler with pre-programmed sampling locations installed on a cargo ship.

Brumovsky has gained international experience in Norway, the Czech Republic and Italy. He has also worked as an intern and researcher at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and the Norwegian Institute for Water Research. He was awarded in the GE Foundation Scholar-Leaders Program and in the Gifted Students Support Programme of the South Moravian Region. Brumovsky has published the outcomes of his research in numerous scientific journals and his ultimate goal is to promote environmental issues for public awareness.

Brumovsky is enthusiastic that the topic of Green Talents is ‘Seas and Oceans’, as it is an area that is extremely relevant to his work. He believes that he could benefit from his stay in Germany, where he would have the opportunity to visit institutions like the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. The programme will help him expand his knowledge about the impact that climate change has on oceans and how this is connected to marine chemical pollution.

The jury was impressed by Brumovsky’s forward-thinking research approach and his plans for environmental protection, especially regarding the marine ecosystem. Taking part in the Green Talents forum will help him expand his knowledge, meet follow scientists and continue to progress his water research.