E-mail | SIS | Moodle | Helpdesk | Libraries | cuni.cz | CIS More

česky | english Log in

Archive 2016

STARS – Supporting TAlented PhD Research Students: Call for applications
nebula - stars.jpg
8th International Student and Early Career Conference NEW WAVE in Prague
Traditionally, the NEW WAVE Conference draws graduate and post-graduate students, as well as young professionals from the fields of Physical and Social Geography, Cartography, Demography, Sociology, Urban planning and related disciplines to share and discuss their research in a friendly and open-minded atmosphere with a multidisciplinary audience. DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS: 15th March, 2016
Czech scientists solved the enigma of coexistence of people with Rh+ and Rh- blood groups
Before the advent of modern medicine, about 10 000 Rh positive children born to Rh negative mothers were dying for hemolytic anemia in the US each year. Without the superiority of the heterozygotes – the carriers of both variants of Rhesus gene, the less abundant allele should be quickly eliminated from any population. Jaroslav Flegr probably solved 80 years old enigma of coexistence of carriers of two variants of Rhesus gene in the same population.
Charles University Faculty of Science Gala Ball
You are cordially invited to attend the Gala Ball of the Charles University Faculty of Science, which will be held on Friday, March 4th, 2016 at 8 pm at the Prague Congress Centre. Tickets can be purchased at the Department of External Relations, Albertov 6, office no. 130.
Lecture screening in Great Zoological Hall: A Personal History of Structural Virology
The first series of Mendel Lectures was in 2003, when it was devoted to the 50th anniversary of the discovery of DNA. Since then, Brno has been visited by 50 scientists, including Nobel Prize winners. Our faculty students can visit sceening of the lectures in the Great Zoological Hall at Vinicna 7. We begin on Thursday 3rd of March with one of the founders of structural biology Michael Rossmann.
Anton Bauer (The Antibody lab, Vienna, Austria): Antibodies - what else?
The faculty audience is welcome to visit a lecture by Anton Bauer - Fotochemie Lecture Hall (Vinicna 7) on Tuesday 1st of March, 4.30 pm. Anton is going to talk about the establishment of a next-generation antibody platform and identification of a product candidate now in clinical trials, antibodies in immunoassays and a diagnostic marker, and their mammalian recombinant protein expression system and its planed use for the production of SIgA antibodies for oral and topical application.
Space weathering: geologists' journey to space
For most of us, the term geological research is likely to evoke explorations aimed at reaching various depths under the Earth's surface. That, obviously, is what this work is usually about. Geologists, however, can also raise their heads towards the sky and demonstrate their competence in areas that are normally "dominated" by scientists with telescopes, and their expertise can help in research involving various space bodies, from asteroids to planets.
Quo Vadis Chemie: Microfluidic assays for enhanced biochemical analysis
Microfluidic biosensors have gained considerable attention in recent years, due to their potential to serve as future point-of-care diagnostic tools. However, despite significant technological advancements, achieving clinically-relevant sensitivity in short analysis time remains a major challenge for many applications. In particular, slow reaction kinetics remain a major bottleneck in the analysis of low sample concentrations. The lecture will be held by asst. prof. Moran Bercovici, Israel Institute of Technology.
Lecture: Mary O'Connell - ADAR1 discriminates between self and non-self endogenous RNAs
Mary O'Connell has a profound record in the world’s foremost research institutes such as Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York and MIT, Boston. She has joined the Central European Institute of Technology Masaryk University (CEITEC MU) last year via the ERA Chairs programme. Mary is going to talk about RNA editing enzymes of ADAR family and its link to innate immunity and autoimmunity. The lecture takes place on 15th March 2016 in B3 (Vinicna 7) starting at 4.30 pm.
160315_KBB seminar - O'Connell_ADAR1 discriminates between self and non-self endogenous RNAs_en_oříz.jpg
PhD fellowship in structural biology of 14-3-3 protein complexes
The Department of Physical and Macromolecular Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague is offering a PhD scholarship at Tomas Obsil research group to start in October 1st 2016. Project is part of the Horizon2020 (H2020) Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) “Targeted small-molecule Stabilization of Protein-Protein Interactions (TASPPI)”.
Summer School in Environmental History: The Undesirable - How Parasites, Diseases, and Pests Shape Our Environments
The Working Group for Czech and Slovak Environmental History in cooperation with the Faculty of Science at Charles University in Prague and the Institute for Contemporary History of the Czech Academy of Sciences and with the support of European Society for Environmental History are pleased to announce a four-day graduate summer school in environmental history which will take place in Prague in late August 2016. Application deadline is 20 May 2016.
CfP_ESEH_Summer School_Prague_oříz3.jpg
Lecture screening in Great Zoological Hall: Harnessing Genetic Principals to Treat Human Disease
Stephen Philip Jackson, FRS, FMedSci, (born 17 July 1962 in Nottingham, England) is the Frederick James Quick Professor of Biology and a Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge. He is a Senior Group Leader and Head of Cancer Research UK Laboratories at the Gurdon Institute, and an Associate Faculty member at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. He is also part-time Chief Scientific Officer for MISSION Therapeutics Ltd. Lecture screening takes place on Thursday, 7th of April at 5 p.m. at The Great Zoological Hall, Vinicna 7.
Lecture screening in Great Zoological Hall: Viral and Cellular Noncoding RNAs: Insight Into Evolution
Joan Elaine Argetsinger Steitz (born January 26, 1941) is Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University and Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She is known for her discoveries involving RNA, including ground-breaking insights into how ribosomes interact with messenger RNA by complementary base pairing and that introns are spliced by small nuclear ribonucleic proteins (snRNPs), which occur in eukaryotes. Screening takes place in Great Zoological Hall on Thrusday 5th of May, 5. p.m.
Popular Science: From mining landscape to natural forest
A large portion of deposits of mineral and energy resources is located in the forests. Before mining, stripping the surface is necessary. But this means a loss of unique forest ecosystems. A question remains: what next? Scientists from universities in North America, Europe and Australia are working on a new approach to return the affected land to its natural state through reforestation.
Professor Bohuslav Gaš Awarded Arnold O. Beckman Medal
Professor Bohuslav Gaš is known by most of us as the Dean of the Faculty of Science. Not many people know much about his career as a physical chemist, though. The Canadian town of Niagara-on-the-Lake recently saw Professor Gaš receive a prestigious award for his lifelong achievements in the field of electro-driven separation techniques (electrophoresis): a medal bearing the name of Arnold O. Beckman, one of the founders of Beckman Coulter.
bob - předávání_oříz.jpg
Popular Science: Are seagrasses capable of mycorrhiza?
Seagrasses are a special group of plants which shifted back from land to below the sea surface about 100 million years ago. Although their 50-70 species constitute a mere two hundredths percent of all angiosperm flora, they colonize the entire ten percent of the coastal ocean bottom. They make up one percent of the total marine plant biomass and are responsible for fifteen percent of the total carbon storage in marine ecosystems. For comparison – in terms of carbon storage per unit area, that is twice more than forests of temperate or tropical regions.
Quo Vadis Chemie: Zeolite-templated 3-D graphene-like microporous carbons
The lecture will be held by prof. Ryong Ryoo of KAIST University in Daejeon, South Korea. He is the head of the Center for Functional Nanomaterials. Ryoo has won a variety of awards, including the Top Scientist Award given by the South Korean government in 2005. He obtained the KOSEF Science and Technology Award in 2001 for his work on the synthesis and crystal structure of mesoporous silica. The lecture will take place at Ch2 Lecture Hall on Monday 23th of May, 2 pm.
Quo Vadis 23.05.16_oříz.jpg
Popular Science: What to do with toxic wood? Let’s compost it!
Toxic waste is being produced with ease in vast quantities, but it is considerably more difficult to get rid of it gracefully afterwards. Stefano Covino and his colleagues from the Institute of Environmental Studies at the Charles University and the Institute of Microbiology at the Academy of Sciences focused on a 240-days detailed survey of the composting process, which can decompose creosote-treated wood.
Popular Science: Erratic boulders – witnesses of the past
Scientists from our Faculty are also working at the edge of the ice continent. Thanks to the facilities of Masaryk University’s Mendel Antarctic station on James Ross Island, Zbyněk Engel, a member of the Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology, can work there together with colleagues from the Czech Geology Survey and the University of Marseille. They dated the remains of glacier activity to clarify knowledge about the development of glaciation.
Popular Science: What all does solar activity cause?
The Sun is the most important source of energy for the Earth. That is clear. How else does the Sun affect the Earth? Radan Huth, a Climatologist from the Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology, the Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague, researched the influence of solar activity on North Atlantic Oscillation together with colleagues from Romania.
Popular Science: North Atlantic Oscillation: What is its influence on weather?
In his recent article Radan Huth from the Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology analysed the relationship between solar activity and the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO). Now Radan Huth, together with Lucie Pokorná, researches the climate impacts of the NAO in Europe.
Quo Vadis Chemie: Bimetallic Nanoclusters as a Unique Catalyst (prof. Hidehiro Sakurai, Osaka University)
Recently we found that the bimetallic alloy nanoclusters exhibited totally different catalytic activity from the original single metal catalysts. These findings strongly suggest us that we have great opportunities to develop the novel reactions, which had never been realized by any types of catalysts, simply through the combination of the metals, as if it were modern alchemy. In this presentation I will demonstrate low-temperature carbon-chlorine bond activation by Au/Pd bimetallic system [1-6] and carbon-fluorine bond activation by Pd/Pt bimetallic system. Lecture takes place on Monday June 20th at 3 pm at Ch-2 Lecture Hall.
quo vadis_oříz.jpg
The 13th IMISCOE Annual Conference “Migration and Development”
The international conference of the IMISCOE research network (International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion) will take place in Prague for the first time in 2016, being hosted by the Geographic Migration Centre (GEOMIGRACE) and the Czech Geographical Society. The conference will take place on 30th June – 2nd July, 2016 on the premises of the Faculty of Science.
IMISCOE konference_loga.jpg
How do birds respond to global climate change?
The global climate change affects biosphere at a speed that is remarkable in that it is basically close to ordinary human experience. The trends that reflect in atmospheric processes are also apparent in the biodiversity. Science magazine recently published the results of an extensive study based on long-term data on the abundance of common bird species. We talked with doc. Jiří Reif of the FoS Institute for Environmental Studies about the history of the (Science) article and about his role in the project.
Seminar of the Faculty of Science at BIOCEV – ​”Cancer immunotherapy and tumor models” by RNDr. Michal Šmahel, Ph.D.
Dear colleagues, we would like to draw your attention to the next seminar of the Faculty of Science at BIOCEV -Tuesday 28th of June 2016 at 3:00 p.m. in the main BIOCEV building, Průmyslová 595, Vestec, conference hall number U2.012 (2nd floor).
Worldwide important meeting of plant biologists is ongoing in Prague
A remarkable meeting of plant biologists „Plant Biology Europe EPSO / FESPB Congress 2016“ with European and worldwide importance is taking place in Prague during 26-29 June, 2016. More than 900 scientists from 58 countries of the whole world participate in this event. The aim of the PBE Congress is development of discussion on current challenges of plant biology of the 21st century.
Popular Science: Do we know how newly introduced cultural crops are influencing the soil?
Soil is an important provider of ecosystem services, among the most important of which include the possibility of food production and the mitigation of climate change effects. This is made possible through carbon sequestration and nutrient cycling, which are processes primarily driven by soil biota. However, the intensification of agricultural production caused by the growing demand for biofuels reduces the soil biota.
Popular Science: The Jatunraju Glacier – lying and waiting?
Geomorphologists Adam Emmer and Vít Vilímek from the Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology have long been interested in the mountainous Cordillera Blanca area in Peru. Together with their colleagues from the Institute of Rock Structure and Mechanics and Peruvian scientists they studied recent and past changes to the Jatunraju Glacier and if these changes can affect the stability of Perón Lake, which is dammed by lateral moraines.
Faculty News: Central European Conference of Historical Geographers, August 31 to September 2, 2016
The Historical Geography Research Centre, the Institute of History, Czech Academy of Sciences, the Faculty of Science of Charles University in Prague, the Section for Historical Geography and Environmental History of the Czech Geographical Society, and the Local Organizing Committee have the honor of inviting you to join the Central European Conference of Historical Geographers, which will be held in Prague, Czechia from August 31 to September 2, 2016.
Popular Science: Who decides on the economy? The role of the state and multinational organizations in the automotive industry in Slovakia
Slovakia has been experiencing economic growth in recent years. One of the causes is the rapid development of the automotive industry. It is not easy to say if this path is without problems. In his article Professor Petr Pavlínek from the Department of Social Geography and Regional Development and also from the University of Nebraska analysed developments in the automotive industry in Slovakia with regard to the role of the state and its industry policy in this process.
Popular Science: Will we lose the views in the Giant Mountains and Jeseníky Mountains?
The highest mountains in the Czech Republic have a lot of views of the Czech basin as well as to the Polish lowlands. This is thanks to the timberline which we can find on the highest places in the Czech Republic. Will the timberline remain in the future? Václav Treml and Tomáš Chuman from the Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology, the Faculty of Science, Charles University are interested in the dynamics of forests and the treeline in the Giant Mountains and Jeseníky Mountains.
Popular Science: Man and nature are connected vessels
All of us are aware that humankind tries to preserve cultural heritage. However, how can geomorphologists contribute? Every significant site and building is established in a specific environment. Natural processes at the site are very important for us and are worth watching. This is a reason why the LACUNHEN scientific network was founded. The Faculty of Science is member of it, specifically Vít Vilímek from the Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology.
Popular Science: Immigrants - Where are they heading in the USA and Australia and how will it be in the future?
Nowadays Europe, the old continent, is talking about a huge wave of immigrants and their distribution to the individual countries. The authors analysed the data from two traditional immigrant countries, the USA and Australia. Josef Novotný and Jiří Hasman from the Department of Social Geography and Regional Development, the Faculty of Science, tested a method for the prediction of the development of the distribution of migrants and the population structure of the regions.
Popular Science: Transformations of mining areas
The landscape in northwest Bohemia has been heavily modified by man. We can see rapid development, mainly in the strip mining of brown coal. Scientists from the University of Life Sciences together with Dušan Romportl, a member of the Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology, the Faculty of Science, Charles University, analysed changes in the forest cover using a Geographic information system (GIS).
New vision for Albertov Campus unveiled
On August 1st, the project for the construction of new buildings on the Albertov Campus entered the next phase of development. In a ceremony attended by the highest officials of Charles University and all faculties involved, the results of the architectural design competition were announced, with the unveiling of the winning designs from which a final winner will be chosen. To learn more about the progress of this unique Charles University project, we spoke to CU Faculty of Science Assistant Dean of Development Josef Novotný.
FACULTY NEWS: ESEH Summer School - The Undesirable: How Parasites, Diseases, and Pests Shape Our Environments
The centerpiece of the summer school’s program will be the presentations of the participants’ projects and subsequent discussion. We will also have a number of other exciting events, including a keynote by the eminent historian of science Soňa Štrbáňová, a field trip, and a writing workshop led by Patrick Kupper, an environmental historian and the winner of the 2013 Turku Book Award.
letní škola_oříz.jpg
LECTURE: “Aspartyl(Asparaginyl)-beta-Hydroxylase Inhibitors for the Treatment of Cancer” by Mark Olsen, Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, College of Pharmacy – Glendale Midwestern University
When: September 1st, 2016 – 11:00 AM Where: BIOCEV, Průmyslová 595, Vestec – conference room: U2.012
Lecture: Prof. David R. Goodlett, Ph.D. - Developing a lipid A structure activity relationship library
A professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Fundamentally, his interest in science revolves around the conundrum of protein structure-function relationships. Lecture will be held this Friday, September 9, 2016 at 9 am. at the Conference Hall, room No. U2.012, BIOCEV, Průmyslová 595, 252 50 Vestec.
CER - International Scientific Conference for PhD students of EU countries - Call for papers
It is our pleasure to invite your PhD students and assistants to the virtual 6th International Scientific Conference CER 2016, held on October 24-27, 2016. The goal of the scientific conference is to discuss PhD results through EU countries and different branches. Conference will run online. Thus, PhD students are invited to submit your paper at Virtual Conference. All submitted papers will be publish in the Conference Proceedings.
LECTURE: Quo Vadis Chemie - Professor Cristina Nevado, University of Zürich
From Potent and Highly Selective Bromo- domain Ligands…to Efficient Alkene/Alkyne dDfunctionalizations…an Exciting Journey. The lecture takes place on September 19th (Monday) at 3 pm,Ch-2 Lecture Hall.
LECTURE: Mgr. Pavel Doležal, Ph.D. - Rise and decline of the cellular organelles in unicellular eukaryotes
We would like to draw your attention to the next seminar of the Faculty of Science at BIOCEV -Tuesday 20th of September 2016 at 3:00 p.m. in the main BIOCEV building, Průmyslová 595, Vestec , seminar room U2.020 (Please note room change).
LECTURE: Emmanuel Griessinger, Ph.D - “Protective mitochondrial transfer from bone marrow stromal cells to leukemia-initiating cells during chemotherapy“
Seminar will be held on Friday 23. 9. 2016 at 3 p.m. in the building BIOCEV, Průmyslová 595, Vestec, conference hall number U2.012 (second floor).
LECTURE: Pärt Peterson: Age-associated epigenetic changes in human immune cells
Seminar will be held on Tuesday 18. 10. 2016 at 15:00 in room B3-Fotochemie, Viničná 7. Pärt Peterson is professor of Molecular immunology and the head of the Molecular pathology research group at the Institute of Biomedicine and Translational Medicine of University of Tartu. His research is focused on transcriptional and epigenetic regulation network in cells involved in immune tolerance and antigen recognition.
Dr. Jiri Reif of Institute of Environmental Science was awarded by Marcin Antczak Award
Marcin Antczak Award is a prize for most inspiring ornithological paper of the last year. The candidate can be an amateur or professional scientist up to 37 years old who originates from Poland, the Czech Republic or Slovakia; or can be from any other country if the research upon which the paper is based was carried out in any of the aforementioned countries. The 2015 prize goes to dr. Jiri Reif.
Study in Prague photo/video competition
Post your photo/video at your personal Instagram/Facebook/Twitter account. Use #studyinprague and #SiPGoPro16 hashtags. Fill out competition submission form completely. Wait until 5th December for your name to be announced as the winner of the competition.
Mice enter the post-genome era
The enormous advance in the speed and availability of sequencing technology during recent years means that today we possess data on the genomes of a truly diverse range of organisms. However, we know far less about the related sequences of amino acids and actual proteins. This is the specific area of research of the laboratory of Prof. Pavel Stopka of the Zoology Department who today works at BIOCEV. He recently published a study in the journal Scientific Reports on the proteome of mouse cavities that focused primarily on proteins associated with signalling and immune response.
LECTURE: Experiences and trajectories of young people in a rural region of Canada
We cordially invite you to Lecture and Discussion given by Assoc. Prof. Marco Alberio, Ph.D. Department of societies, territories and development Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR) Rimouski, Quebec, Canada. The lecture takes place on 25th October 2016, 9:00 am – 10:30 am in room Z1 (3rd floor) (building: Albertov 6).
Advanced Techniques Day in Viničná 7 - Break the (diffraction) limit: Super-resolution microscopy at the Faculty of Science
All you wanted to know about the state-of-the-art instrumentation and research applications, not only at the Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague. When: Thursday 10. 11. 2016 9:00 - 12:00 Where: lecture hall B3, Viničná 7, Prague 2 no registration required, 111 seats

Document Actions