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Light as a driver of the shape variety of Norway spruce needles

How do spruce needles react with their shape to the intensity of incident light? Is there a difference in the volume of irradiation of the individual needles in spruce twigs? Is the size of the needles and the shape of the cross section by the needles dependent on their orientation on the shoots? Does irradiation have a greater impact on needle shape than CO2? These questions have been examined, led by prof. Jana Albrechtová, the doctoral student Zuzana Kubínová from the Department of Experimental Plant Biology of the Faculty of Science, in cooperation with colleagues from the Institute of Physiology, the Institute for Global Change Research and the Botanical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.

Published Aug 15, 2018

Popular Science: Stories of Ukrainian migrants

They are the biggest group of foreigners in Czechia. But do we know their fates? Family and relationships with their homeland are factors that form the financial behaviour of the migrants. Eva Janská with colleagues from the Department of Social Geography and Regional Development and the Centre of Theoretical Studies of Charles University analysed the financial consequences of migration based on interviews.

Published Aug 13, 2018

Popular Science: The work of anthropologists in commercial archaeology

While excavating human remains in commercial archaeology, anthropologists are often limited by financial and time constraints and the collection of meaningful information is therefore rather difficult. That is why technologies and work methodology need to be quicker, cheaper and simpler and the collaboration between anthropologists, archaeologists and developers needs to be better to achieve maximal results. Erika Průchová from our faculty and her colleagues examined these field techniques and their effectiveness during the recent excavation of three cemeteries in Karlín, Prague.

Published Aug 06, 2018

Cancer “supercells” helped by iron to escape therapy?

It is the second most abundant metal on Earth and an important biogenic element. Adults of average height have about 3-4 grams of it in their body. Iron is not only needed to make hammers or cast tubes, it is also involved in many metabolic processes that makes it indispensable for cells. The putative role of iron in the development of cancer is addressed in an article published in Oncotarget as a result of the co-operation between the Czech Academy of Sciences and the Department of Genetics and Microbiology at the Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague.

Published Jul 30, 2018

Matyas Fendrych gets prestigeous ERC Starting grant

Matyas Fendrych gets prestigeous ERC Starting grant

Two scientists associated with Charles University, Matyáš Fendrych from the Faculty of Science and Ondřej Pejcha from the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, have received the prestigious scientific awards of the European Research Council, the so-called ERC Starting Grants (ERC StG).

Published Jul 27, 2018

Popular Science: Community Gardens in Prague

Popular Science: Community Gardens in Prague

In the cities of North America and Western Europe, community gardens have been developing for more than a hundred years. Previously, allotment gardening had also been present in Eastern Europe, while community gardening has occurred recently. Jana Spilková from the Department of Social Geography and Regional Development of our faculty shows the similarities and differences between Prague and the cities, where this phenomenon was born.

Published Jul 23, 2018

25 years of our American semester!

25 years of our American semester!

This year marks the 25th year of the American semester – an annual exchange program between Charles University's Faculty of Science and one of the most prestigious American universities, Dartmouth College (New Hampshire, USA). Roughly halfway through the program, on May 3rd – 4th, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the program with a number of events for faculty and the general public.

Published May 29, 2018

3rd BIOCEV DAYS 2018

3rd BIOCEV DAYS 2018

Annual Scientific Conference with Poster Session will take a place on June, 18 -19 2018 at Biocev, Vestec.

Published May 28, 2018

Popular Science: Cytomegalovirus infection affects intelligence in humans

Popular Science: Cytomegalovirus infection affects intelligence in humans

New study from the Faculty of Science, Charles University, find a possible negative influence of cytomegalovirus infection on human cognition. It also demonstrates that research in this vein needs to take into account the existence of false negatives - long-infected individuals with sub-threshold antibody levels. The study was published in Scientific Reports.

Published Apr 27, 2018

A certificate confirming the entry of Camocio maps in the Memory of the World Register by UNESCO was handed over

A certificate confirming the entry of Camocio maps in the Memory of the World Register by UNESCO was handed over

On Thursday, April 5th, 2018, a certificate corroborating the entry of the Camocio maps of the Great Siege of Malta in the Memory of the World Register by UNESCO was solemnly handed over.

Published Apr 24, 2018

Guided tours for foreign students

Guided tours for foreign students

Do you study in Prague and want to find out more about the history and present of some interesting districts of Prague? The “Study in Prague” association of seven Prague universities in cooperation with the City of Prague has prepared two guided walking tours with commentary in English. First one takes place on Thursday 26 April, 12.30, second one on Thursday 3 May, 12:30.

Published Apr 23, 2018

Study in Prague photo/video competition

Study in Prague photo/video competition

Post your photo/video at your personal* Instagram/Facebook/Twitter account and use #studyinprague and #MyPragueUni hashtags. Deadline for submitting photos/videos is April 30th, 23:59 CET.

Published Apr 03, 2018

Quo Vadis Chemie: Biomimetic Natural Products Synthesis

Quo Vadis Chemie: Biomimetic Natural Products Synthesis

Prof. Andrew L. Lawrence, EaStCHEM School of Chemistry University of Edinburgh, UK. On 9th of April at 15:00 the Lecture Hall CH2, the School of Chemistry Building, FoS CU, Hlavova 8, Praha 2.

Published Apr 03, 2018

Prague Protein Spring 2018

Prague Protein Spring 2018

The conference will reflect both the theoretical and the experimental points of view, and finally, tackle a question of utilization of the knowledge in applied science. The major goal of PPS 2018 meeting is to propose a discussion on the current progress in the field and anticipate the future direction in protein science. It will take place on May 3 - May 6 Prague, Villa Lanna.

Published Mar 15, 2018

STARS helps our PhD programes turn international

STARS helps our PhD programes turn international

Interview with prof. RNDr. Jakub Langhammer, Ph.D., Assistant Dean of external relations and information technology of the Charles University Faculty of Science concerning the STARS program.

Published Feb 21, 2018

STARS program is open for applications

STARS program 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 2018 call, prospective students can apply to PhD research topics announced on the web pages on January 15th, 2018. Deadline for application is March 16th, 2018.

Published Jan 17, 2018

New ERC Consolidator grant at our faculty!

Vladimír Hampl and his team at Department of parasitology and BIOCEV gets ERC Consolidator grant! The five-year project "Life without mitochondrion" will examine two potentially amitochondriate lineages by means of genomics and transcriptomics, conduct experiments simulating the moments of mitochondrial loss and try to induce the mitochondrial loss in vitro by knocking out or down genes for mitochondrial biogenesis.

Published Nov 30, 2017

Dependent Growth: Foreign Investment and the Development of the Automotive Industry in East-Central Europe by prof. Petr Pavlínek

Dependent Growth: Foreign Investment and the Development of the Automotive Industry in East-Central Europe by prof. Petr Pavlínek

This book offers a critical analysis of recent developments in the automotive industry of East-Central Europe (ECE). Economists, industry specialists and national governments have considered the rapid development of the automotive industry in ECE in the past twenty years an unqualified success. The book was published by publishing house Springer.

Published Nov 22, 2017

Quo Vadis Chemie: Synthesis of Natural Products and Designed  Non-natural Bioactive Molecules

Quo Vadis Chemie: Synthesis of Natural Products and Designed Non-natural Bioactive Molecules

On 27.11. at 15:00 the Lecture Hall CH2, the School of Chemistry Building, FoS CU, Hlavova 8, Praha 2

Published Nov 21, 2017

Research highlight: coordination and redox state-dependent structural changes of the heme-based oxygen sensor AfGcHK associated with intraprotein signal transduction

Research highlight: coordination and redox state-dependent structural changes of the heme-based oxygen sensor AfGcHK associated with intraprotein signal transduction

Published Nov 10, 2017