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PhD STARS program 2021 is open for applications

Faculty of Science of the Charles University in Prague has launched its program supporting talented PhD research students from all over the world. During the STARS 2021 call, prospective students can apply to PhD research topics announced on the web page on January 11th, 2021. Deadline for application is March 13th, 2021.

Published Jan 11, 2021

(Almost) everyone will grow up eventually

Until recently, both laypeople and scientists believed that reptilians differed from other vertebrates (among other specificities) with one unique trait – the possibility of lifelong body growth. New research conducted by a team of Czech scientists led by experts from the Department of Zoology of Charles University’s Faculty of Science has shown that while this notion is not quite unfounded, it does not apply to all reptilian species by far. The scientists arrived at the ground-breaking finding using an original method that does not require many years of laborious measurements. The study was recently published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Published Feb 19, 2021

ONYGENALES 2020: Basic and clinical research advances in dermatophytes and dimorphic fungi in hindsight

ONYGENALES workshop, bi-annual meeting organised by ISHAM Working Group ONYGENALES in cooperation with Charles University, was held in Prague on 10 September – 11 September, 2020. It brought together researchers, students, clinicians, laboratorians and public health professionals across biomedical disciplines interested in current developments in dermatophyte, dimorphic and keratinophilic fungi research.

Published Sep 30, 2020

Miniconference: 1st Prague PostDoc Day

Start date Jun 16, 2020

You are cordially invited to the 1st Prague Postdoc Day to be held at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry (IOCB) in Prague on 16th June 2020 (afternoon). Submission deadline 17th April 2020.

Published Mar 11, 2020

How to convert teaching from in-class to online environment

Are you struggling with teaching via Zoom or other online platforms? Are you exhausted after every class taught online? Are your students less engaged online than in-class? Are you unable to cover all the planned material while teaching online? This two-session interactive course is tailored-made for lecturers who are in the process of converting their in-class courses to the online environment. It provides basic tips about what to do and will help you feel more confident about teaching online.

Published Nov 03, 2020

Popular Science: One bear, please! or Bear trade in the Czech Republic

No, it is not a mistake and it should not be beer, the Czech favourite alcoholic drink. It should not even be a teddy bear. Even though it may surprise you, in the Czech Republic, there exists quite a high demand for various bear species and/or their body parts originating from abroad. The details of the current il-/legal trade have been summarised in a study led by Chris R. Shepherd and co-authored by three members of the Institute of Environmental Studies of the Faculty of Science of the Charles University – Jitka Kufnerová, Tomáš Cajthaml and Jaroslava Frouzová.

Published Feb 22, 2021

Online Intensive German Language Courses for 4EU+ Students

In March 2021, Heidelberg University offers free Online Intensive German Language courses to 50 students and doctoral candidates from its five 4EU+ partner universities. The courses are organized by the International Study Centre of Heidelberg University and include 4 weeks (80 hours) of language instruction i.e. 4 hours per day. Deadline for registration: 15 February 2021.

Published Feb 10, 2021

Popular Science: The Ordovician struggle for a solid base in a sea of soft sediment: focused on the conulariids of the Prague Basin

For a large part of sessile animals, whether current or long-extinct, a hard base is a prerequisite for a full-fledged life. In ancient times, there was a bitter struggle for space to attach to on the seabed. Jana Bruthansová from the Department of Geology and Palaeontology, Faculty of Science, Charles University, has published an article in the prestigious journal Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology about sessile organisms on conulariids.

Published Feb 09, 2021

Popular Science: A friend in the attic, an enemy on the ground floor – ozone: the challenge of man’s future?

Stratospheric ozone – the ozone layer – is crucial for life on Earth. However, its occurrence in the troposphere, especially the ground-level ozone, has a highly adverse impact. Fundamentally, ambient ozone has harmful effects on human health, vegetation and entire ecosystems. Nowadays, it along with aerosol and benzo[a]pyrene are among the most serious pollutants for ambient air quality in the Czech Republic and in Europe. This is why Iva Hůnová from the Institute for Environmental Studies together with her team focused on detailed research into the occurrence of ambient ozone throughout the Czech Republic from a long-term perspective and in the context of seasonality.

Published Feb 01, 2021

Popular Science: Is an old killifish reproductively more proficient than a young one?

Asking a similar question in humans would seem a nonsense, as everybody can imagine that the reproductive performance of an old man or woman is lower than when they were young. But the situation is different in organisms that still grow after reaching maturity, like fish for example. There, the evolutionary theory of aging predicts an increase of reproductive fitness with age. What is then, however, the situation in fish that live only for a short period, such as killifish? This is the question addressed by a two-person Czech team that included Jakub Žák from the Department of Zoology of our faculty.

Published Jan 18, 2021

Lecture: Viromes: from insects to infants

Start date Jan 20, 2021

We would like to invite you to another lecture organized within the MICOBION Twinning project: Lecture given by Prof. Jelle Matthijnssens, principal Investigator, Laboratory of Viral Metagenomics, KU Leuven, Belgium. Lecture will take place on Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 at 11 a.m.

Published Jan 13, 2021

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