In memory of Ludo Kucharič

Monday, 20 February, 2017

Ľudovít Kucharič, ENeRG past president of 2006 and long-year ENeRG national representative of Slovakia, passed away on 15 February 2017, at the age of 70.
Ľudo got his education in applied geophysics from Comenius University in Bratislava and Charles University in Prague. From 1971 he developed his career as geophysicist in the fields of structural geophysics, metal prospection and geological interpretation of geophysical data. In 2000 he joined the State Geological Institute of Dionýz Štúr in Bratislava where he held several prominent positions, both specialist and managerial. He served as Head of geological and international departments, and in 2008 as Acting director of the Institute.
In 2003 Ľudo joined the ENeRG Steering Committee as national representative of Slovakia and served in this position until his retirement in 2013. He largely contributed to the successful integration of the Central- and Eastern European researchers into ENeRG activities and the overall good working atmosphere in the network. In 2006 he served as ENeRG president.
In the 2000s Ľudo became the leader of CCS research and developments in Slovakia. He led SGUDS participation in European projects CASTOR, EU GeoCapacity, CO2NET EAST and CGS Europe. As consulting expert he supported the implementation of the EU CCS directive into Slovak national legislation. In 2013 he led the team of authors who published the monograph “Potential, Capacities Estimations and Legislation for CO2 Storage in the Geological Formations of the Slovak Republic” that provides the most comprehensive collection of results of CO2 storage related research achieved in Slovakia.
Ľudo was an outstanding personality, a real “man for all seasons”. He was an excellent dancer, active sportsman, marathoner and enthusiastic skier, but also a fan of culture, music and history. He loved travelling and was always ready to take new challenges. His open mind, enthusiasm and friendly nature were always appreciated by his many friends and fellows in the international CCS community.
We will all miss him a lot.

Author: 
Vít Hladík
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