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African mole-rats: a goldmine for research

In essence the talk will provide an overview of the family Bathyergidae, what is characteristic to living in a totally sealed burrow system. We will then explore the social organisation of the two most social species with a comparison of the methods of social suppression operational in the mole-rats. The lecture takes place on Thursday 30th, 14.00, Vinicna 7, B312

Published Jul 27, 2015

Faculty News: The 13th International Symposium on Geo-disaster Reduction in our Faculty

The International Consortium on Geo-disasters (ICGdR) together with the Czech scientific community will be holding the 13th International Symposium on Geo-disaster Reduction in Prague between the 9th and 11th August 2015. The forthcoming event is an opportunity to bring to­gether geoscientists, engineers and social scientists to collaborate on disaster reduction worldwide.

Published Jul 24, 2015

Faculty News: 6th International Geosciences Student Conference

Start date Jul 13, 2015 - Jul 16, 2015

On behalf of the Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague Geophysical Society, SEG, EAGE, EEGS and Czech Association of Geophysicists, we would like to invite you to attend the 6th International Geosciences Student Conference (6 IGSC), which shall be held at the Faculty of Science in Prague, Czech Republic.

Published Jul 09, 2015

Popular Science: Tree-rings – a live chronicle of forest management

While watching nature programmes on TV we can often see documentaries about tropical seas and rainforests. Now, however, we are going to search an environment that is much closer to us. Why should we be interested only in native ecosystems, which form only a small percentage of forests nowadays? Let's find out what the impact of forest management is on a traditionally managed forest in CHKO Pálava, a protected natural area in the Czech Republic. There was a change in this region from intensive management to leaving the forest on its own for a couple of centuries.

Published Jul 08, 2015

Vladimír Vondrejs: life between science and art

Doc. RNDr. Vladimír Vondrejs, CSc. (*1937) has been "closely coexisting" with the Faculty of Science, Charles University for more than 50 years. As a chemistry graduate (from our Faculty), Mr. Vondrejs has devoted most of his career to molecular biology and is regarded as one of the spiritual fathers of gene engineering in the Czech Republic. He worked at the Department of Microbiology and Genetics for several decades, teaching many generations of students, some of whom have remained at the Department since their student days. On top of that, this legend of Czech science has a side that is far less scientific - Vladimír Vondrejs is an active fine artist.

Published Jun 29, 2015

Popular Science: Are we closer to revealing the origins of mammalian neocortex?

Mammals are unique with their six-layered neocortex. No other vertebrate clade has a brain structured in such a way. For example a reptile’s dorsal cortex consists of one layer of pyramidal cells with little functional differentiation. The development of the neocortex is a primary contribution to mammalian intelligence – including ours. How has this complex structure evolved? As phylogeny is a succession of ontogenies, or individual developments, understanding the mechanisms of ontogenetic development can help us understand brain evolution in an essential way.

Published Jun 09, 2015

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