Mgr. ZDENKO Š ŠIRKA, Th.D. deals with hermeneutics and systematic theology and gained academic experience at various European universities. He finished his doctoral studies in ecumenical theology at the Protestant Theological Faculty of Charles University, where he was occupied with the dialogue between hermeneutics of Hans-Georg Gadamer and modern Orthodox hermeneutics. He publishes articles in peer-reviewed journals in this area and holds presentations on academic meetings and consultations. He is currently teaching on the programme of Theology of Christian Traditions, which is organised by the Protestant Theological Faculty in cooperation with the Institute of Ecumenical Studies in Prague, as well at Jabok College, where he focuses on the dialogue between traditions and between religion and culture. He has been teaching theology and philosophy at the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Prague. After finishing his master studies in theology in Bratislava, he continued his education at the Hermeneutical Institute of the University of Tübingen (2004-2006) and engaged several study leaves and trainings at the universities in Vienna (2014), Leuven (2013), Sofia (2013), Paris (2011) and Heidelberg (2007). Zdenko also has experience with the collective doctoral hermeneutical project “Hermeneutics of Experience and its Use in Christology and Ecclesiology” (GAUK 1088213), which he chaired in 2013-2014, and the current project "Transformations of Tradition: Implications for Contemporary Ecumenical Theology" (2017-2019).