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Start date Jun 03, 2019 - Jun 05, 2019

WORKSHOP ON OMICS DATA INTEGRATION & ADVANCED COURSE ON METAGENOMICS AND OMICS DATA INTEGRATION will be held in BIOCEV, June 3rd – 5th and is organized by MICOBION framework. You may visit any of the Monday’s (3rd) lectures without registration whilst Tuesday and Wednesday courses are available only to registered attendees from Charles University. Click for link to registration.

Published May 23, 2019

Conference PTNCE 2019: call for papers

Conferences of the Polish Society for Human and Evolution Studies (PTNCE) are international meetings which bring together a wide range of scholars who use in their research the evolutionary framework. PTNCE conferences are well known for a friendly atmosphere and high quality of discussions and scientific results presented by participants. The conference is for the first time held outside of Poland. Join us on 24–27 September 2019 in Prague. Click for link to conference site including call for papers.

Published May 22, 2019

9th European Conference on Mineralogy and Spectroscopy

We would like to draw your attention to the updated information on the 9th European Conference on Mineralogy and Spectroscopy that will be held in Prague, Czech Republic, between September 11 and September 13, 2019.

Published Apr 02, 2019

Popular Science: How do we choose a partner? Do partner preferences remain stable throughout a relationship?

Choosing a partner is a key decision in a person’s life. What characteristics do we look for in a partner? Does our notion of an ideal partner change during a relationship? These are some of the questions asked by scientists Radka Kučerová, Zsófia Csajbók and Jan Havlíček from the Charles University. Their most recent paper examines ideal partner preferences and how they change during a relationship.

Published May 20, 2019

Popular Science: Towards innovations with knowledge bases

The latest research reveals that “knowledge bases” have a significant influence on the performance of companies and even regions. This stems from the theory that the process of innovation can have different forms in different sectors (or even in a single company). Now, we distinguish among three types of knowledge bases: analytical (exploring of scientific frontiers in subjects like nano/bio-technology), synthetic (applying of scientific knowledge in industry) and symbolic (creative industry – design, fashion, film). Viktor Květoň and Vojtěch Kadlec from the Department of Social Geography and Regional Development tried to shed a light on the development and spatial pattern of those three knowledge bases in EU regions and their influence on the innovation process.

Published Dec 24, 2018

Popular Science: Giant dragonflies and their way of life – reconstruction based on fossil findings

The maximum wingspan of dragonflies these days is about 19 cm, but in the Late Palaeozoic (approximately 300 Mya), the largest representatives of the Meganeuridae family had a wingspan of about 71 cm. They were thus the largest known insects ever and previously there were already some hypotheses, based on (unfortunately often incomplete) fossil findings and on comparisons with modern-day species, about how these flying colossuses lived. However, an international French-Czech-US team, together with Jakub Prokop and Martina Pecharová from the Department of Zoology of the Faculty of Science, showed that these speculations were not correct and proposed a more probable scenario.

Published May 27, 2019

Popular Science: Understanding the power of honey through its proteins

Honey is a culinary staple that can be found in kitchens around the world. Humans have used honey throughout history, and its long shelf life and medicinal properties make it a unique, multipurpose natural product. Although it seems that a lot is known about the sweet substance, surprisingly little is known about its proteins. Now, researchers report in ACS’ Journal of Natural Products new data on honey proteins that could lead to new medicinal applications.

Published May 13, 2019

The role of nomadic pastoralists in the genetic history of the Sahelian/Savannah inhabitants

Previous archaeological and linguistic research suggested that the prehistoric population of the Sahel and adjacent savannahs diversified over time into sedentary farmers and nomadic pastoralists. A team from Czech, Senegalese, Sudanese and Portuguese institutions, including Martina Čížková, Iva Kulichová and Viktor Černý from the Department of Anthropology and Human Genetics and Pavel Munclinger from the Department of Zoology from the Faculty of Science, decided to verify this hypothesis using molecular-genetics methods.

Published May 13, 2019

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