The Prague Conference on Behavioral Sciences takes place on April 28–29, 2017 in the quaint and newly reconstructed building of CEVRO Institute in the Prague city centre.


    Everyone interested in behavioral sciences is welcome to register for the conference. Experts interested in presenting their paper are invited to submit an abstract.


    We are very proud to announce that the main speaker of the 2017 conference will be experimental economist Dr. Bart J. Wilson from Chapman University, USA.

  • The conference

    April 28–29 (Friday–Saturday)
    "Modern Policy Making"
    awarding Allais Memorial Prize in Behavioral Sciences
    (under the auspices of Deputy Prime Minister for the Science, Research and Innovation)

    Behavioral sciences encompass aspects of many disciplines such as economics, psychology, sociology, political science, anthropology, and those aspects of biology that deal with human and animal behavior to study the nature of information processing, judgment and decision making. In relation to public policy, it concerns the efforts of policy makers to take account of natural and normative psychological and behavioral processes in the analysis of consumer behavior, media psychology, social organization, operations research, etc.

    The Center for Behavioral Experiments in cooperation with CEVRO Institute is pleased to invite you to the annual Prague Conference on Behavioral Sciences to consider the topic of “Modern Policy Making”, where we will discuss and discover new trends and innovations in public policy creation. The conference is under the auspices of Deputy Prime Minister for the science, research and innovation.

    Why we need The Prague Conference on Behavioral Sciences

    Since commencing their work in 2010, the UK Behavioural Insights Team (aka. “the Nudge Unit”) has pioneered an increasing trend in the mainstream application of behavioral sciences to public policy making. In recent years, leading countries across the globe have started running their own “nudge units” (see map). The growing interest in the importance of behavioral sciences in the public sector is also obvious from activities of the European Union which has established its own Foresight and Behavioural Insights Unit. Such findings have proved beneficial for applications in the private sector also.

    Unfortunately, the progress seen in other countries has not been matched in Central Europe which is somewhat lacking in the development and application of these new trends, both on a practical and academic level. Our inaugural Prague Conference on Behavioral Sciences (PCBS) aims to address this gap by igniting the discussion about behavioral approaches to public policy and by creating a platform and a network for like-minded scholars, consultants, professors, and policy makers across the region to gather annually and discuss new findings, present research, and connect with the rest of the behavioral sciences world.

    Keynote speaker

    The keynote speaker of 2017, Dr. Bart J. Wilson, will be awarded by the Allais Memorial Prize in Behavioral Sciences for his contribution to popularization and development of the field of experimental economics.

    Chapman University, USA


    Dr. Bart Wilson has joint appointments with the Argyros School of Business and Economics and the Fowler School of Law. His broad fields of specialty are industrial organization and experimental economics. He is currently pursuing research on the foundations of exchange and specialization and the origins of property right systems in laboratory economies. His other research programs apply the experimental method to topics in gasoline markets, e-commerce, electric power deregulation, and antitrust. Dr. Wilson is part of a team, lead by Nobel Laureate Vernon Smith, that will create and run the new Economic Science Institute at Chapman.

    He has published papers in Antitrust Magazine, the Economic Journal, and the RAND Journal of Economics. The National Science Foundation, the Federal Trade Commission, and the International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics have supported his research. Bart extensively uses experimental economics in teaching undergraduate and graduate classes. For the past 8 years he has taught weeklong summer programs that introduce high school students to the study of economics using the experimental method.

    Prior to joining the faculty at Chapman University, Dr. Wilson had an appointment at George Mason University in the Department of Economics, with affiliations in the Schools of Law and Management. He was also a Research Scientist at the Economic Science Laboratory at the University of Arizona. Before that, he spent a year in Washington D.C. as an Economist in the Division of Economic Policy Analysis and the Antitrust Division of the Federal Trade Commission. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Arizona in 1997.

    Confirmed speakers

    Hannah Behrendt

    Hannah Behrendt

    The Behavioural Insights Team | United Kingdom

    Hannah is a Research Fellow in the Behavioural Insights Team focusing on our work on health. She holds an MPhil in Economics and a BA (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford. After graduating, she joined the World Bank, working on environmental economics and the World Development Report on ‘Mind and Society’. She is now completing a PhD in Economics at the University of Edinburgh, researching health-related behaviours and stress.

    Sam Tatam

    Sam Tatam

    Behavioural Strategy Director at Ogilvy Change | United Kingdom

    Sam Tatam is Behavioural Strategy Director at Ogilvy Change in London, a practice that combines the gravitas of leading research in cognitive psychology and behavioural economics with the creative expertise of the Ogilvy Group.

    Sam’s commercial experience stems from his background in Psychology, with a clear focus on understanding consumer behaviour on both a macro and micro scale. He works to bring this thinking to Ogilvy’s core clients across a range of disciplines including including: advertising, direct marketing, shopper and experiential marketing, and multicultural communications.

    Sam has a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons 1) from The Universityof Sydney and a Masters of Organisational Psychology from Macquarie University.


    Peter Štetka, PhD.

    Peter Štetka, PhD.

    University of Economics in Bratislava | Slovak Republic

    Peter is actively involved in Science & Research, focusing on Valuation and Forensic Expertise, Cost Controlling, International Sales Strategy and Consumer Behavior across cultures. These activities are carried out in cooperation with several domestic and foreign universities and research institutes.

    Matej Šucha

    Matej Šucha

    MINDWORX | Slovak Republic

    Matej has graduated from the Copenhagen University in Denmark and started his early career in Vienna, Austria. After several years in the corporate world he founded a behavioural consultancy firm MINDWORX and now serves as its managing partner. MINDWORX specializes in the application of behavioural insights into both public and private sector. In the private sector the main focus is on consumer behaviour, namely purchase decisions, customer experience and the psychology of persuasion. Projects aimed at behaviour change and nudging constitute another important branch of applications.

    Hana Marie Smrčková

    Hana Marie Smrčková

    National Institute for Mental Health | Czech Republic

    As a researcher at the Faculty of Informatics and Statistics of the University of Economics in Prague Hana examines benefits of interventions supporting physical activity. She received her master degree and research experience from Tilburg University in the Netherlands. Hana also works as a health economist for the National Institute for Mental Health. Her talk will address lifestyle interventions at the worksite.

    Věra Jančurová

    Věra Jančurová

    Masaryk University | Czech Republic

    Věra Jančurová graduated from Masaryk University in Brno where she continues with her research focused on financial market investment strategies and behavioral finance. Věra studied behavioral finance at University of California.


    Friday, April 28 open to public
    5:00—5:45 pm Registration of Participants
    5:45—6:15 pm Opening (Center for Behavioral Experiments, CZ)
    6:15—6:20 pm Allais Memorial Prize in Behavioral Sciences Award Ceremony
    6:20—6:55 pm Maurice Allais Memorial Lecture

    Bart J. Wilson (Chapman University, USA):

    "Why Behavioral Economics?"

    7:00—7:25 pm Hannah Behrendt (The Behavioural Insights Team, UK):

    "Behavioral Insights in Practice"

    7:30—7:40 pm Roman Prymula (Deputy Minister of Health), Ladislav Báča:

    "Advances in Czech Republic"

    7:45—7:55 pm Matej Šucha:

    "Advances in Slovak Republic"

    8:00—8:25 pm Sam Tatam (Ogilvy Change, UK)

    "The Future of Behavioral Science"

    8:30 pm Q&A Session
    Saturday, April 29 for registered participants only
    9:00—9:45 am Opening Lecture by Hannah Behrendt
    9:45—11:00 am Session I.
    11:15—12:30 pm Session II.
    12:30—1:30 pm Lunch Break
    1:30—3:00 pm Session III.
    3:15—4:30 pm Session IV.
    4:45—6:00 pm Session V.
    6:00—7:00 pm Closing Lecture by Bart Wilson

    Selected Papers:

    • Testing Health-Related Risk Attitudes over Gains and Losses (Adam Oliver; London School of Economics)
    • Behavioral Finance and Implications for Regulation: China's Stock Market (Edward Bace; Middlesex University)
    • Present-bias and Nudging (Katja Fels; RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research)
    • Changing behavioural patterns in tax compliance (Donath Liliana Eva; West University Timisoara Romania)
    • Behavioural Insights and Business Taxation (Mathias Sinning; ANU)
    • Behavioral approaches in public policy and a measure of good governance (Omer F. Baris; Nazarbayev University)
    • Alzheimer’s disease late diagnosis: An effect of stereotypes about aging (Hana Marie Smrčková)
    • Optimism Bias, Overconfidence & Competition: Lab experiment (Vojtěch Zíka; Charles University)

    Organizing Committee

    Vojtech Zika

    Vojtech Zika Conference Director

    Prague Conference on Behavioral Sciences

    email: vojtech.zika@cebex.org

    Vojtěch Zíka graduated from University of Economics in Prague and from Charles University. Because of his interest in adaptive functions of cognitive biases he does a PhD at the Department of Evolutionary and Theoretical Biology (Charles University). In Center for Behavioral Experiments Vojtěch works on popularization of behavioral sciences in Czech Republic.

    Petr Houdek

    Petr Houdek Chairman of the Program Committee

    Prague Conference on Behavioral Sciences

    Petr Houdek is an assistant professor at the University of Economics in Prague and at the J. E. Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem. His primary research interests include behavioral economics, social psychology, and management sciences. He has published in a wide range of academic journals such as Academy of Management Perspectives, Journal of Management Inquiry, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, PLoS ONE, Critical Care Medicine, and so on.

    Petr Koblovsky

    Petr Koblovsky Chairman Of The Board

    Center for Behavioral Experiments

    website: www.cebex.org

    Petr Koblovsky graduated from Yale Law School spent one year at Harvard Law School as a visiting scholar. He has extensive experience of lecturing at universities as well as working as a commercial lawyer (e.g. Allen and Overy). His research interests include law and economics of property and contracts, behavioral economics and moral psychology.

    Josef Sima

    Josef Sima President

    CEVRO Institute

    website: www.cevroinstitut.cz

    Professor Josef Šíma graduated from the University of Economics in Prague, where he obtained Ph.D. degree in 2001. In 2005 he became associate professor, and in 2008, he became full professor of economics. Since 2009, Josef Šíma is a president of the CEVRO Institute.

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