- Basic, applied and experimental research and development
- Public dissemination of research and development results
- Knowledge transfer
- Innovative education
- Interlinking and cooperation between the research and application spheres (support to quadruple helix)
- New concepts
- Contract research and development, consultancy
We listen to our clients, building up the cooperation.
We enjoy thinking and creating.
We aim to advise in wider, sustainable perspective.
We approach the people and the work with respect.
SOBIC shows the way to more sustainable, resistant future, facilitating the transformation of the 21st century society.
The mission of the institute is to become a guide and an active participant in the process of transformation towards a sustainable knowledge economy which impacts most areas of human life. We reflect ongoing changes presuming their impact to all areas related to human activities, urban or regional development, the economy and the environment. We aim to answer the questions how the future innovations will look like and how they can be used to improve the quality of life.
- Cross-sectoral and international cooperation
- Creativity, sustainability, innovation
- Knowledge-based green economy
- Innovative solutions (smart technologies and smart approaches) in urban and regional development
The main goals of SOBIC include improving the quality of human life, especially in cities and regions, finding, designing and implementing meaningful projects that support transformation towards a digital and low-carbon economy, and addressing the transition to a knowledge-based economy and innovation.
SOBIC collaborates with numerous partners from science and research institutions, such as University of Ostrava, VSB - Technical University of Ostrava, Silesian University in Opava, Palacký University Olomouc, National Centre for Energy, the research institute Material and Metallurgical Research Ltd., University College of Business in Prague, research organisation Centrum výzkumu Řež (CVŘ), Institute of Thermomechanics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Moravian-Silesian Energy Centre. We also collaborate with business companies, such as Třinecké železárny or wBTCB.cz, museums etc.
The international cooperation is essential in quality research, knowledge transfer and cooperation. While working on specific topics, we address recognized foreign experts to ensure effective intersectoral cooperation.
The Memorandum of Cooperation between SOBIC and Fraunhofer Institute, IAO was signed by prof. Anette Weisbecker and Mr. Daniel Konczyna on February 2018. The main objective of the partnership is to support the application of innovations in cities and regions of the Czech Republic, especially in the Moravian-Silesian Region. s
SOBIC has successfully participated in regional research projects on hydrogen technology and local currency.
SOBIC takes part in the research project CLAIRO in line with the focus on new technologies and their implementation.
The employees of SOBIC cooperate with the Fraunhofer Institute, IAO on a cross-sectoral project cooperation.
Renowned professors P. Weibel and M. Bielicky participated in the SOBIC study on MUSEum+ and evaluated the texts of our employees.
SOBIC is one of the partners in CLAIRO (Clear Air and Climate Adaptation in Ostrava and Other cities). CLAIRO is a pilot project focused on innovative greenery solutions. The aim of the project is to find the best mechanisms for the systematic reduction of air pollution through comprehensive planning and planting of urban greenery with a positive impact to air quality.
The main partner of the project is the Statutory City of Ostrava, the other partners are:
- Moravian-Silesian Region
- VSB - Technical University of Ostrava
- Silesian University in Opava
- Palacky University Olomouc
- The Regional Association of Territorial Cooperation of Tesin Silesia
- SOBIC Smart & Open Base for Innovations in European Cities
The SOBIC role in the project is to raise awareness on innovative urban solutions, to engage citizens into air quality policy and to promote project output through organization of informative and educational events, realisation of public surveys and design of the Study on behavioural changes of the population in relation to air quality improvement.
Ing. Gabriela Kaluzova
The project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, Urban Innovative Actions initiative and Moravian-Silesian Region.
Research into the potential of introducing local currency for sustainable territorial development
SOBIC participates in the research of factors influencing the possibility of introducing the so-called local currency as a tool for the development of the local economy and the support for a sustainable economy. The aim of the project is to map these systems, to analyse the applicability in the conditions of the Czech Republic, to design a new model of digital local currency and to perform its experimental verification. The project will also include research on all aspects, such as tax, cultural, social and legal.
The main researcher is University College of Business in Prague. Another participant is the company wBTCB.cz. SOBIC is involved in all phases of the research project – the identification of key factors for the successful introduction of the local currency, the research across all key stakeholders, and experimental verification in the pilot region.
The team of Mrs. Aleksandra Ključnikova, Ph.D. including a member of the SOBIC Board of Directors Mr. Michal Banot, MBA., published in the prestigious impact journal Oeconomia Copernicana (IF 2.128, Q2), the original study "How do security and benefits instill trustworthiness of a digital local currency?" Oeconomia Copernicana, 11 (3), 433–465. doi: 10.24136 / oc.2020.018).
The ETA programme supporting research, experimental development and innovation of applied social sciences and humanities.
Ing. Michal Banot, MBA.
The aim of the project is to explore the possibility of using available SMART technologies to increase the quality of life in cities, towns and regions. It is not focused on the technical and technological side, but the methods and procedures for creating and implementing socio-technical innovations.
The project is based on the long-term cross-sectoral cooperation and it is implemented in cooperation with the University of Ostrava, the Silesian University in Opava, companies based in the Moravian-Silesian Region, the Fraunhofer Institute, IAO and private companies, such as AUTOCONT, a.s .; ARRIVA MORAVA, a.s ., ČEZ ESCO, a.s. The project is implemented and lasts until 2022.
The areas of interest in the project DMS Smart are telemedicine and the use of SMART technologies in healthcare, SMART navigation and orientation in buildings, SMART technologies to improve communication between citizens and government, air quality monitoring, e-learning, digital inclusion of seniors and disadvantaged, digital exclusion, intelligent traffic management and monitoring systems, electromobility, intelligent building management, SMART museums, etc.
Ing. David Kula, Ph.D., MBA
Research of the potential use of hydrogen technologies
The aim of the project is to research the potential of the Moravian-Silesian region for greater use of hydrogen in energy, transport and industry, and identify the obstacles, barriers, needs and opportunities at regional and national level. Key stakeholders will be identified to address all aspects that prevent or support the introduction of hydrogen as a substitute for traditional energy sources.
The main researcher is the VSB - Technical University of Ostrava. Other partners are research organisation Centrum výzkumu Řež (CVŘ), Institute of Thermomechanics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Moravian-Silesian Energy Centre and the research institute Material and Metallurgical Research Ltd.
SOBIC participates in all phases of the research project, both in the analytical phase to identify ecosystem entities and possible risks, and in the exploratory phase to discover possibilities of the entities’ involvement in the creation of a hydrogen economy at both regional and national level. SOBIC is also involved in the publication of conceptual documents and all project outputs.
The THETA programme supporting applied research, experimental development and innovation
SOBIC participates in the preparation of the Coal Road exhibition, which is focused on the history of buildings and the “FUTUREmuseum” exhibition within the project "Revitalization of the Vítkovice Lower Area Tipper and Mill". (IROP Streamlining the presentation of cultural values and strengthening its protection and development - ITI Integrated Projects). Thanks to the experimental dynamic exhibition, a wide range of topics that are essential for shaping our future will be communicated to wide public. Visitors will be introduced to global megatrends, futurological concepts and innovative concepts of the future.
Mgr. Antonín Šimčík
SOBIC participates in the innovative concept of the new institution MUSEum+. The concept was created by an international team whose members were professors Peter Weibel and Michael Bielický. Weibel and Bielický work on interdisciplinary concepts of art and modern technology at the important innovative institution "Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe". The MUSEum+ project arose from the need to contribute to the crisis of a structurally damaged region through research, education and creativity, the tools supporting the development of the knowledge economy. Equally important is the effort to revitalize the heart of the national cultural monument in the Vítkovice Lower Area, blast furnaces 4 and 6, which form one of the visual symbols of Ostrava. Their conversion should not only help to preserve the symbol of the region, but also, thanks to the establishment and development of MUSEum+, bring a major impuls to the development and sustainability of the extremely successful revitalization project of the Vítkovice Lower Area.
Mgr. Naďa Machková Prajzová, Ph.D.
Board of directors
Ing. David Sventek, MBA, COB
Petr Suška, MSc.
Mgr. Naďa Machková Prajzová, Ph.D.
Ing. David Kula, Ph.D., MBA
Ing. Pavel Staša, Ph.D.
Ing. Michal Banot, MBA
Ing. Jakub Švrček, Ph.D.