Martin Kotora graduated from the Charles University in Prague in 1986 with MsC degree in chemistry. He received Ph.D. degree form Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals, Czech Academy of Sciences in 1991. In between 1993-1995 he was a JSPS fellow with Prof. Tamotsu Takahashi at the Institute for Molecular Science (Okazaki, Japan) and in 1995-1996 with prof. Eichi Negishi at Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana, USA). Then he stayed for almost 4 years as an associated professor at Catalysis Research Center, Hokkaido University (Sapporo, Japan). In 2000 he took a position at the Charles University in Prague where is currently a full professor at the Department of Organic Chemistry.