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Population Census 2021

During upcoming weeks there will be Population Census which is mandatory for expats and foreigners who stay in the Czech Republic for longer than 90 days. Between 27th March and 9th April questionnaires will be available online or via app in various language mutations and it is a recommended option. Those who will not fill the questionnaire online will have to fill in the paper version of the questionnaire between 17th April and 11th May.

Published Apr 02, 2021

BIOCEV zoologists have mapped the spread of rodents from Asia to Europe. Genetic traces from the Ice Age helped them.

An international team led by Pavel Stopka from the Faculty of Science, Charles University at the BIOCEV Center discovered and described the spread of small mammals from Asia to its adjacent islands, as well as to Europe. Gene sequencing of hundreds of samples from striped field mice (Apodemus agrarius) helped reveal this animal’s evolutionary history. A study now published in the prestigious scientific journal Genes can help predict the migration of other rodents in the context of deforestation in Europe.

Published May 05, 2021

Popular Science: The southern giant is heading north

Climate change affects the life on Earth significantly. Plants and animals try to adapt to these changes and often migrate to areas with more favourable natural conditions. Researchers from prestigious universities led by Gideon L. van den Berg from the University of Pretoria in South Africa joined forces with zoology experts including Pavel Hulva and Petra Nevečeřalová from the Faculty of Science, Charles University and brought interesting yet also worrying results in a research focused on one of the largest mammals on the planet, the southern right whale.

Published Mar 23, 2021

BIOCEV: The course on Micro-/Nanofluidics

We cordially invite you on the course on Micro-/Nanofluidics that will be held on-line on April 20th and April 27th, 2021 by prof. Jeroen Lammertyn, a top researcher in nanobiotechnology and full professor of Catholic University of Leuven.

Published Apr 12, 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

Popular Science: One more piece to the coronavirus puzzle?

Dozens of millions of infected people all over the world, nearly two and a half million deaths, and normal life on hold… all because one virus, which obviously is the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 causing the disease known as covid-19. In addition to the development of vaccines and drugs, the characterisation of individual parts of the virus particles is another very important part of research. This part of research was of interest to the team led by Václav Veverka and Evžen Bouřa from the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences (IOCB CAS) and the Faculty of Sciences of Charles University. They published an article with the main authors being Dhurvas Chandrasekaran Dinesh and Dominika Chalupská from IOCB CAS.

Published Mar 15, 2021

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: Unstable east of the Czech Republic

In extreme or prolonged rainfall events, the soil is saturated with water and the cohesion of the material decreasing, consequently these processes can cause very dangerous material movements on a slope, sometimes also called "debris flows". We hear about these phenomena mainly from foreign countries, but is occurrence of debris flows possible in our region? Experts in geomorphology led by Jana Smolíková and together with Vít Vilímek from the Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology, Faculty of Science, Charles University and other colleagues answered this question.

Published Apr 19, 2021

Lecture "Plankton photosymbiosis in the oceans"

Start date Apr 20, 2021

We would like to invite you to another lecture organized within the MICOBION Twinning project (H2020):"Plankton photosymbiosis in the oceans" by Fabrice Not, Director, Adaptation and Diversity in Marine Environment, CNRS & Sorbonne University. Lecture will take place on Tuesday, April 20th, 2021, starting at 4:40pm.

Published Apr 13, 2021

Seminar: Data management plan

Start date Apr 01, 2021

Let us invite you to an introductory seminar dedicated to the Management of Scientific Data. The information presented will be focused at our faculty environment and the support available in this area. The seminar will take place online on 1st April 2021 from 1:00 p.m. till 3:30 p.m.

Published Apr 13, 2021

Popular Science: Forest, tell me how high will the spring flood be?

Snow cover has a major impact on groundwater recharge and on the overall water balance in the river basin. However, the rapid melting of snow cover also causes spring floods. Ondřej Hotový together with Michal Jeníček from the Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology, Faculty of Science, Charles University, found out the influence of the condition of the forest in the river basin on the distribution and melting of snow cover.

Published Apr 12, 2021

Popular Science: Easy, quick and affordable – a new method of (not only) cancer diagnosis

Early diagnosis is crucial for successful treatment of virtually any disease. This is especially true with cancer. Cancer indicators in urine are usually detected one by one, which is very time consuming and expensive. How can diagnosis be made more efficient? One way is to detect several indicators at once by using methods that are less costly and faster. This has become the subject of interest for a research group led by Professor Jiří Barek from the Department of Analytical Chemistry of the Faculty of Science, Charles University.

Published Apr 05, 2021

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