A former president of Charles University, Václav Hampl, has announced plans to stand for a Senate seat later this year. Mr. Hampl will run as an independent backed by the Christian Democrats and the Greens. The physiologist said he would draw on his eight years of experience at the helm of Charles University. He was involved in some political disputes in that period, protesting against education reforms proposed by then minister Josef Dobeš and clashing with President Miloš Zeman over the naming of a professor. A third of the Senate’s 81 seats will be contested in the latter half of 2014.