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Distinguished graduate visits our faculty

Distinguished graduate visits our faculty

Minister of Agriculture and the Environment of the Republic of Cabo Verde Gilberto Silva pleasantly surprises every Czech he meets with his flawless Czech. Not only can you converse with him about politics, but also microbiology or landscape ecology. That’s because Gilberto Silva is a graduate of biological studies at our faculty. During a rare visit to the faculty on May 26th we recorded the following interview.

Published Jun 12, 2017

The results of projects supported by the Czech-Norwegian Research Programme were presented at our faculty

The results of projects supported by the Czech-Norwegian Research Programme were presented at our faculty

The Czech-Norwegian Research Programme supported three research projects at the CU Faculty of Science - two in the priority area of the environment, and one in the area of health. The results of the international cooperation were presented during the final conference held on 25 April 2017.

Published May 04, 2017

Popular Science: Even bees guard their nests. Or don’t they?

Popular Science: Even bees guard their nests. Or don’t they?

The first association with the word “bee” is usually a swarm of bees in a hive. We won’t talk about these bees – such as honeybees – here today. Bees of the genus Ceratina guard their nests as well. They are commonly known as carpenter bees, since they build their nests in dead stems or sticks with pith. They are solitary, but just as good pollinators as honeybees, even though they are much smaller – only up to eight millimeters. Compared to honeybees, they are also dark without stripes on the abdomen. And it is these carpenter bees that became an interest of entomologists from our Faculty of Science.

Published May 03, 2017

Popular Science: Cuckoos’ Russian Roulette

Popular Science: Cuckoos’ Russian Roulette

Cuckoos are known to be notorious brood parasites. The moment the host parent leaves their nest, there comes the cuckoo. Not only does the cuckoo lay her own eggs into the host nest, but she also pushes usually one of the original eggs out. How does the cuckoo choose which egg to remove to improve her offspring’s chances of survival?

Published May 03, 2017

Popular Science: Ubiquitous cyanobacteria and how to treat them

Popular Science: Ubiquitous cyanobacteria and how to treat them

One of the limiting factors of society development is the availability and quality of water. Due to climate change and continual pollution of water resources, it is necessary to intensify efforts to ensure a stable supply of drinking water. A number of processes and technologies used recently are now insufficient, and to ensure high-quality drinking water, it is required to find new methods. For this reason, scientists from the Institute for Environmental Studies are working to improve the methods of water treatment, this time in connection with the increasing occurrence of cyanobacteria and the amount of organic matter produced by them.

Published May 03, 2017

Popular Science: The relationship between abortion and contraception in Czechia and Slovakia

Popular Science: The relationship between abortion and contraception in Czechia and Slovakia

Is there a similar trend in abortions over time in Czechia and Slovakia? How is it influenced by using modern contraceptive methods? How do these states differ in the society’s attitude to abortion? Jiřina Kocourková from the Department of Demography and Geodemography of the Faculty of Science Charles University focused on these and more topics in her article.

Published May 03, 2017

Popular Science: The bigger lizard attacks

Popular Science: The bigger lizard attacks

Meeting of two monitor lizards might be quite an aggressive business when they want to settle which one is the boss. The conflict is not only dangerous, but also energetically demanding. It would be advantageous to be able to evaluate one’s chances beforehand. In the first ritual phase of monitor lizards’ conflict males, show off to one another. Can they estimate their chances based on their rivals’ size, and choose the right strategy accordingly?

Published May 03, 2017

Popular Science: Through categorisation to victory over invasive plants

Popular Science: Through categorisation to victory over invasive plants

Out of all alien organisms in Europe, plants are the most numerous taxonomic group. They can negatively influence both the original European flora and the people. Categorising invasive species according to their impact on the environment is vital for the successful management of biological invasions. That is what Zuzana Rumlerová and Petr Pyšek from our Department of Ecology decided to do together with colleagues from other workplaces. They chose 128 invasive plant species in Europe and evaluated their environmental and socioeconomic impacts.

Published May 03, 2017

Popular Science: The microscopic inhabitants of Antarctic waters

Popular Science: The microscopic inhabitants of Antarctic waters

Antarctica is, no doubt, the wildest and least explored continent on Earth. In the challenging conditions typical for Antarctic land, few organisms can survive. Although there has been a continuously inhabited station at the South Pole for more than 60 years, not many can say that they visited Antarctica. There are a few from our Faculty of Science, though, and one of them is T. J. Kohler of the Department of Ecology. In his case it was the McMurdo Dry Valley and Ross Island in eastern part of Antarctica (situated approximately across from New Zealand).

Published May 03, 2017

Popular Science: Prague banks in foreign hands

Popular Science: Prague banks in foreign hands

The geographical distribution and behaviour of banks have recently become targets of more and more research. Who and where rules the economic power mirrors wider consequences and regional development as well. The majority of studies have concerned the most important bank centres so far. Jiří Blažek and Ilona Bečicová from the Department of Social Geography and Regional Development have analysed the development of Prague’s bank cluster and emphasized the (dis)advantages related to the takeover of the majority of Czech banks by multinational groups.

Published May 03, 2017

Popular Science: The phenomenon of farmers’ shops in Czechia

Popular Science: The phenomenon of farmers’ shops in Czechia

What are the reasons of the recent expansion of farmers’ shops in the Czech Republic? Are all the goods sold there from Czechia? What are the problems faced by the owners of the shops? We can read about these and other topics in the article written by Marie Syrovátková from the Department of Social Geography and Regional Development from the Faculty of Science of the Charles University.

Published May 02, 2017

Quo Vadis Chemie - Dr. Radim Hrdina: C-H Functionalization Adamantane Derivatives

Quo Vadis Chemie - Dr. Radim Hrdina: C-H Functionalization Adamantane Derivatives

Two main approaches to 1,2-disubstituted adamantane derivatives from readily available starting materials (alcohols, carboxylic acids, amines) will be presented: A rhodium acetate catalyzed intramolecular nitrene insertion reaction of sulfonamides and carbamates; and palladium acetate catalyzed arylation/ acetoxylation of C−H bonds. Mechanistic studies of these transformations, postfunctionalizations and application of obtained derivatives will be discussed in detail. The lecture takes place at Ch-2 Lecture Hall on Monday 3rd, 3 pm.

Published Mar 22, 2017

BIOCEV: The Power of Cross-linking/Mass Spectrometry for Protein Structure Analysis

BIOCEV: The Power of Cross-linking/Mass Spectrometry for Protein Structure Analysis

On behalf of Petr Novák, Ph.D. I would like to invite you to a lecture of Professor Andrea Sinz (Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry & Bioanalytics, Institute of Pharmacy, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle/Saale, Germany) that will be held on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 at 10 am. at the Conference hall (U2.012) in BIOCEV.

Published Mar 21, 2017

BIOCEV: FLIM-PRAGUE 2017

BIOCEV: FLIM-PRAGUE 2017

2nd Workshop on Advanced Time-Resolved Imaging Techniques in Vestec near Prague, May 16-17, 2017.

Published Mar 16, 2017

SUPER-RESOLUTION AND LIVE CELL IMAGING SYMPOSIUM 2017

SUPER-RESOLUTION AND LIVE CELL IMAGING SYMPOSIUM 2017

Symposium on super-resolution microscopy and live cell imaging: technology, methods, data evaluation, BIOCEV, Průmyslová 595, Vestec, Czech Republic, April 5 - 7, 2017. Please register until March 27, 2017.

Published Mar 16, 2017

Gigantic trilobite larvae

Gigantic trilobite larvae

Palaeontologists from the Institute of Geology and Palaeontology have discovered gigantic trilobite larvae in Bohemia that were probably nourished by large yolks. Over 500 million years ago these larvae inhabited seas in high latitudes in the southern hemisphere and their distribution was comparable with that of lecithotrophic larvae of today’s invertebrates.

Published Mar 16, 2017

Jan Suda passed away

Jan Suda passed away

Jan Suda, a world botanist, outstanding teacher, our colleague and friend, passed away at Thursday March 9.

Published Mar 13, 2017

Lecture: prof. Aharon Oren, Hebrew University, Jerusalem - world´s leading expert in geobiology and the microbiology of extremophile organisms

Lecture: prof. Aharon Oren, Hebrew University, Jerusalem - world´s leading expert in geobiology and the microbiology of extremophile organisms

One of the world’s greatest experts in geobiology and the microbiology of extremophile organisms, Prof. Aharon Oren, Ph.D., from Hebrew University in Jerusalem (and holder of an honorary doctorate from Charles University), will be giving two lectures at our faculty. The first, entitled Life at high salt concentrations: phylogenetic and physiological diversity, will take place on March 16 at 4 p.m. in lecture hall B8 in Viničná 5, while the second, Salt production and microbes: the microbiology of saltern evaporation ponds and microorganisms in ancient halite, will be held on March 21 at 3 p.m. in the Mineralogical Lecture Hall in Albertov 6. We cordially invite all who are interested to attend.

Published Mar 07, 2017

Lecture: prof. Yonathan Anson (Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel)

Lecture: prof. Yonathan Anson (Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel)

Department of Demography and Geodemography and rganisation of Young Demographers Invite you to a lecture "The same but different: Social context of Australian mortality an analysis with reference to different forms of capital and social organisation. Lecture room “Levá rýsovna” (Albertov 6, Prague 2, 3rd floor) on Monday 20th February 2017 from 9:45 am.

Published Feb 02, 2017

!!CALL FOR PAPERS!!!  NEW WAVE 9th International Student and Early Career Conference

!!CALL FOR PAPERS!!! NEW WAVE 9th International Student and Early Career Conference

Dear Colleagues, it is our pleasure to invite you to the 9th International Student and Early Career Conference NEW WAVE in Prague, Czechia on 25th – 26th May, 2017. We encourage you to submit complete session proposals, individual papers or posters. The deadline for abstract submission is 15th March, 2017.

Published Jan 17, 2017