Jiří Náprstek obtained his DSc degree in engineering mechanics from the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Czech Technical University in 1966, and was awarded his Ph.D. in 1972. During his career, he has studied various aspects of stochastic and nonlinear dynamics, dynamic stability, flow-induced vibrations, effects of inertial moving load, and other non-selfadjoint systems. Dr. Náprstek is the chairman of the Czech Society of Mechanics. He has published about 400 papers in scientific journals and proceedings of prestigious conferences, and has co-authored four monographs and coordinated five edited books. In recognition of his scientific activities, he has been awarded a number of Czech and international awards.