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Popular Science: Education and Research in the Pandemic Times

How did the lock-down affect the life of scientists? We asked several questions of two members of our Faculty – Petr Tureček (theoretical biologist, postdoctoral researcher) and Lukáš Kratochvíl (evolution biologist, professor).

Published Nov 09, 2020

How to convert teaching from in-class to online environment

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: No more bottles of beer? Czech adolescents drink less alcohol

Popular Science: No more bottles of beer? Czech adolescents drink less alcohol

Alcohol has been relatively accessible and attractive for teens in the past. In the last decade, however, alcohol consumption among adolescents in Europe has begun to decline. Ladislav Kážmér from the Department of Social Geography and Regional Development, together with Pavla Chomynová from the National Institute of Mental Health, analysed the main causes of this decline.

Published Nov 02, 2020

4EU+Urban Health Case Chalenge 2020

4EU+Urban Health Case Chalenge 2020

Do you want work in a multidisciplinary team and solve a real-world urban challenge together with 70 students from eight different universities across Europe? Sign up for 4EU+ Urban Health Case Challenge 2020 now and represent Charles University and the city of Prague in this brand new student competition.The Urban Health Case Challenge (UHCC) is a new initiative under the 4EU+ (European University Alliance). It addresses urban changes in relation to health and demographic transformation. In 2020, the case challenge (case competition) will focus on community resilience in times of the COVID-19 pandemic. The UHCC will take place on 23-27 November 2020.The UHCC online platform will become available to nominated students on October 30, 2020.

Published Oct 15, 2020

 The CU crisis team hereby appeals to students accommodated at CU dormitories

The CU crisis team hereby appeals to students accommodated at CU dormitories

Following the adoption of Czech Government Resolution no. 1022 on 12 October 2020, we request that students accommodated at CU dormitories give responsible consideration to their continued stay at their dormitory. However, any students who are unable to leave their dormitory for good reason (risk of the spread of infection amongst high-risk groups on return to one’s place of abode) shall be allowed to remain at their dormitory in accordance with the declaration of the Czech Ministry of Education.

Published Oct 13, 2020

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

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

Coronavirus: links to official information sources and binding instructions

Coronavirus: links to official information sources and binding instructions

We bring you the current status of measures with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. The page will be updated on an ongoing basis. It contains the basic generally valid information and will be updated with measures adopted by The Task Force of The Faculty of Science.

Published Sep 17, 2020

Czech Republic's Prime Minister  visits The Parc in Prague

Czech Republic's Prime Minister visits The Parc in Prague

During the visit to Zentiva on August 27, 2020 in Prague, a government delegation led by Czech Republic's Prime Minister Andrej Babiš met with the representatives of The Parc, The Pharmaceutical Applied Research Centre, and representatives of academic institutions involved in the project. Our Faculty is among them.

Published Sep 01, 2020

Popular Science: What is the bird species diversity in traditional fruit orchards?

Agriculture intensification and other anthropogenic changes in landscape affect bird populations negatively. Birds are pushed out of the landscape, which ultimately has an adverse effect on the ecological balance in nature, in turn affecting humans. With that said, is every man-made habitat indeed unsuitable for diverse bird populations? Experts together with Dušan Romportl from the Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology focused on the issue of bird species diversity in small areas used as orchards.

Published Aug 28, 2020

Popular Science: Frequency of fog in the Czech Republic. What is the trend?

Fog is very important for the environment and for human society. In particular, it brings moisture to the landscape and cleans the atmosphere. However, it can be dangerous due to low visibility conditions and because of the formation of acidic fog associated with air pollutants. Yet, not enough attention was devoted to detailed research into fog. Scientists led by Iva Hůnová therefore focused on a comprehensive study of the occurrence of this important atmospheric phenomenon in the Czech Republic from a long-term perspective.

Published Aug 22, 2020

Popular Science: Forest protection against Impatiens glandulifera invasion

Impatiens glandulifera is one of the most successful invasive plants in Europe. In the past, its occurrence was associated mainly with riverbanks because running water facilitated further spread. In the last 20 years, however, I. glandulifera has begun to appear also in forests. What conditions influenced this sudden change during the invasion, what effect can its presence have on the forest ecosystem and how can its spread be stopped? A group of experts from the Institute of Botany of the CAS and our Faculty took a closer look at this issue.

Published Aug 07, 2020

Magnetic nanoparticles change their magnetic structure in a magnetic field

Magnetic nanoparticles change their magnetic structure in a magnetic field

When ultrafine magnetic particles are exposed to an external magnetic field, their magnetic core grows in a previously unexpected way. That is the result of an international study based on neutron scattering experiments performed under the lead of chemists from the University of Cologne (UoC). The study ‘Field-Dependence of Magnetic Disorder in Nanoparticles’ has been published in the journal Physical Review X.

Published Jul 28, 2020

Popular Science: A dog or a wolf?

There is a well-known saying that ‘a dog is man’s best friend’ and nowadays we often see that it can be true. Even though dogs are our best friends, there are still a lot of things we do not know about them. For example, when did they become our best friends? In other words, when did wolves begin their transformation from a feared predator into our best friend, the dog? A team of scientists, including Martina Lázničková-Galetová from Hrdlička Museum of Man (Charles University, Faculty of Science) and Moravian Museum in Brno, tried to find an answer to this question. With the help of the latest technology the scientists analysed the microstructure of teeth samples from the Předmostí Palaeolithic site. This study follows up research focusing on the evidence of one of the earliest occurrences of domestications of wolf.

Published Jul 23, 2020

A paper about the origin of teeth in Science!

A paper about the origin of teeth in Science!

Valéria Vaškaninová from the Institute of Geology and Palaeontology (Faculty of Science, Charles University) is the main author of a paper recently published in Science. An international team she has put together was composed of scientists from Uppsala University, the European Synchrotron ESRF, Natural History Museum in London and National Museum in Prague, where the studied fossils are deposited.

Published Jul 15, 2020

Cells in microbial populations can cooperate or compete. How does this happen?

Cells in microbial populations can cooperate or compete. How does this happen?

Our microbiologists at BIOCEV have uncovered new principles behind intercellular interactions that influence the evolution of yeast communities. The article has just been published in "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA".

Published Jun 22, 2020

Lecture: Czech Science Foundation - GA ČR

Lecture: Czech Science Foundation - GA ČR

We cordially invite you to the lecture "Czech Science Foundation - GA ČR" by Dr. Alice Valkárová, the president of the Czech Science Foundation. The lecture will take place on 29th of june 2020 at the Institute of Mathematics and it is intended for researches. The lecture will be held in English.

Published Jun 19, 2020

Our faculty turns one hundred!

Our faculty turns one hundred!

The Faculty of Science of Charles University is celebrating 100 years of existence on the 24th of June 2020. This still means a junior age compared with the anniversary of the foundation of Charles University, but compared with the duration of human life, it means the institution has already positively influenced several generations.

Published Jun 18, 2020

Petr Pyšek awarded International Biogeography Society’s 2021 Alfred Russel Wallace Award

Petr Pyšek awarded International Biogeography Society’s 2021 Alfred Russel Wallace Award

Dr. Petr Pyšek is a Professor of Ecology at the Institute of Botany, Czech Academy of Sciences and Department of Ecology, Faculty of Science. As one of the most important invasion ecologists globally, his research has contributed greatly to the development of research on many of Wallace’s interests, particularly in the area of biogeography.

Published Jun 12, 2020

Popular Science: What is the fate of proglacial lakes?

Proglacial lakes currently represent one of the major environmental threats. Global warming and the increased rate of mountain glaciers melting could lead to the lake filling up and to a subsequent outburst, which is often accompanied by catastrophic consequences. The retreat of mountain glaciers has also raised concerns about water sources. This important topic is of concern to Kristýna Falátková, Miroslav Šobr and Bohumír Janský from the Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology, together with Martin Slavík and Jiří Brunthans from the Department of Hydrogeology, who in their current research focused on the Adygine glacial moraine complex in the Tien Shan Mountains.

Published Jun 12, 2020

Opinions of The Task Force of the Faculty of Science at Charles University of 1 June 2020

Opinions of The Task Force of the Faculty of Science at Charles University of 1 June 2020

The Task Force of Charles University, Faculty of Science (FoS), has adopted, in accordance with extraordinary measures of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic ref. no. MZDR 20584/2020-3/MIN/KAN of 25 May 2020 and ref. no. 15757/2020-19/MIN/KAN of 25 May 2020, the following opinion on the operation of the FoS with regard to developments in the Covid-19 pandemic:

Published Jun 03, 2020