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Lecture: Special zones and territorialities of East Asian developmental states, 25.3. 2019, Monday, 15.00 - 17.00 Pravá rýsovna, Lecture: Urban ideology, Gangnam-ization of Korean urban development and the hegemony of Korean capitalism, 26.3. 2019, Tuesday, 13.00 - 14.30 Levá rýsovna.

Published Mar 21, 2019

Open Day of Research Infrastructures and Core Facilities

We would like to cordially invite you to the Open Day of Research Infrastructures and Core Facilities which will take place on the April 3rd 2019 at the BIOCEV centre.Deadline for registration is on the March 25th, 2019.

Published Mar 07, 2019

Artificial chemical DNA switch helps understand epigenetic mechanisms

Researchers from the Czech Academy of Sciences and Charles University constructed an artificial chemical DNA switch and made the first step towards artificial epigenetics – targeted switching on and off of genes. Their paper was recently published in the journal Chemical Science.

Published Mar 21, 2019

Popular Science: A trip in Baroque Bohemia

Bohuslav Balbín was a Baroque scholar, priest, writer and a very gifted natural historian. He concentrated his findings in a magnificent work entitled "Miscellanea of the Bohemian Kingdom". The first volume of the book has recently been published - for the first time in the Czech language (the original work was written in Latin). It is full of detailed and highly interesting information about many subjects. It opens a deep insight into the history of Czech science.

Published Jan 13, 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

Carolinum - guided tour (for international students)

Are you studying at one of the faculties at Charles University? And do you want to see where it all started? You are welcome to join us for a sightseeing guided tour through Carolinum - the historical building of Charles University on March 19th or April 9th at 4:30 p.m. Do not miss this unique opportunity to learn more about the university’s history.

Published Mar 15, 2019

Popular Science: Anton Markoš: Profil senescenta

At the occasion of his jubilee, scientist, university lecturer and writer Anton Markoš published a collection of essays, studies and short texts he had written over the past 10 years. It is a diverse collection, and in his lively language, the author invites readers to follow him on his journey through various topics. On this path, he attempts to understand the very essence of life.

Published Feb 25, 2019


Animals are naturally trying to avoid becoming prey. Some depend on perfect camouflage, some prefer a hidden lifestyle, and some are equipped to defend themselves actively. However, even a wasp with a pointed stinger would rather fly away instead of fighting for its life. Could it somehow warn a potential predator ahead then? Aposematic signals have evolved for this exact reason. Aposematism is a easily-noticeable warning signal informing the recipient that the signaling animal is distasteful, venomous or otherwise dangerous. The striking yellow and black colors of wasps, newts or yellow-bellied toads are just that. Nevertheless, aposematic signals don’t end with coloration. Sometimes a smell is the best way to demonstrate how dangerous or distasteful one is. Whether a smell is truly a strong enough sign was investigated by a team of zoologists of the Faculty of Science, Charles University, led by Jan Raška.

Published Feb 18, 2019

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