Josef Tucek is a Czech journalist covering mainly scientific activities and discoveries, inventions, medical research or environmental issues. He is based in Prague, Czech Republic.
In the last quarter of a century, he was the science editor of the dailies MF Dnes, Hospodářské noviny (Business Daily) and Lidové noviny, and of the online Aktuálně.cz. He is the recipient of the Czech Brain Award for popularization of science in a project aimed at promoting science and technology professionals.
He studied journalism at Charles University in Prague and microeconomics, economics of natural resources, and international environmental policy at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA.
He currently cooperates with the business news website Newstream and with The Science Foundation of the Czech Republic in popularizing science.
In 2016–2020, he was a health and science editor of the Czech daily Lidove noviny.
Josef Tucek graduated from the Faculty of Journalism at Charles University in Prague and then he worked as a reporter and later as a columnist with the daily Mlada fronta Dnes, where he focused primarily on environmental issues.
Since 1997, Tucek has covered science. He was an editor of science sections of the Czech daily newspapers MF Dnes, Hospodarske noviny (Business Daily), the online Aktualne.cz and Lidove noviny.
He contributed externally e.g. to the business daily E15, the business weekly Euro, Technicky tydenik (Technological Weekly) or the weekly Dotyk prepared for tablet computers.
He also created a website for physicians Klub doktora Vlacha.
In 2005-2017, he was a member of the Council for the Popularization of Science of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. Now he cooperates with The Science Foundation of the Czech Republic and he still participates in other projects that make science more accessible for general public.
In 2004, Tucek was awarded the Czech Brain Award in a national project oriented to support Czech science and technology development.
In 1996-1997, Tucek participated in the Nieman Fellowship program at Harvard University, in Cambridge, MA. While at Harvard, he mainly studied microeconomics, economics of natural resources, and international environmental policy. He was a part of other projects, too, such as the Environmental Journalism Program at Environmental Health Center, Washington, DC, 1992; World Press Institute’s Fellowship Program at Macalester College, St. Paul, MN, 1995; the science journalism program EICOS at the Max-Planck-Institut für biophysikalische Chemie in Göttingen, Germany, 1999; or the Reuters’ training programme Environment in the News, London, UK, 1999.