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Archive 2017

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.
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PhD position in "Evolution of sex chromosomes in squamate reptiles"
PhD position in "Evolution of sex chromosomes in squamate reptiles"
The aim of the project is to examine the evolution of sex chromosomes and their homology based on gene content in selected lineages of squamate reptiles (eg. lizards and snakes). Squamate reptiles possess lineages with either XX/XY, ZZ/ZW or temperature-dependent sex determination. Suitable candidates will be interviewed until March 31th.
Popular Science: Impressions from an Expedition to Azerbajjan
I have had the opportunity to join an expedition of researchers from departments of zoology and parasitology of our faculty to Azerbaijan at the end of the June. It was an expedition indeed – for two weeks we explored local nature, places rarely or sometimes never before visited by teams of researchers. The expedition was led by RNDr. Miroslav Švátora, CSc. and from zoology department represented by doc. RNDr. Daniel Frynta, PhD., Milan Kaftan, Mgr. Barbora Kaftanová, Mgr. Zdeněk Lerch and Iveta Štolhoferová, from parasitology department by doc. RNDr. Jan Votýpka, PhD. and Barbora Kykalová.
Popular Science: How old is too old? Ideal age of parents according to children
What should be the ideal age of parents at childbirth? Many people deal with the question by starting a family, a team of scientists affiliated to the Department of Demography and Geodemography of Charles University in Prague-Jiřina Kocourková, Boris Burcin and Tomáš Kučera and Hana Konečná from the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences of the University of South Bohemia decided to focus on this topic professionally. A unique feature of this research was the fact that its respondents were children. The team has published the results of their work in Reproductive Biomedicine Online.
Popular Science: Armed plant pathogens
Since plants are sessile organisms, it may seem that they are very vulnerable to pathogens and diseases. This could not be further from the truth! All plant populations are constantly threatened by enormous number of different pathogens, but only few plants will show any symptoms or eventually die, because plants have evolved very complex defence. How does it look and how do parasites bypass it? Our biochemists had a look on an example of that.
Popular Science: Even partial river restoration can help
Now and in the past, humans mainly try to control river bodies by straightening and fortifying river channels. River network modifications can result in negative impacts, such as extreme floods or droughts, because the water is quickly drained from the basin and not retained in the landscape. There is a degradation of water quality and physical river habitat quality. Milada Matoušková and Kateřina Kujanová from the Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology are concerned about the state of the rivers.
Popular Science: Do you want to be more attractive to delicate female noses? Take a dose of garlic!
Garlic is one of the favourite ingredients in within Euro-Asian cuisines, giving food a special pungent, spicy flavor and a bit of sweetness. It is a product also well-recognized for its medical purposes, and already Ancient Egyptians used garlic and onion regularly to promote good health. However, all the goodness brought to a human comes to the death point we try a kiss after a meal full of this ingredient. The garlic breath coming out of the mouth can be unbearable. But what about the regular body odour, mostly of the axillary origin? Every single one of us has some, and it can be perceived by the others either pleasantly or unpleasantly, depending also on person’s diet.
Popular Science: Does our immune system have the ability to fight off obesity?
Human adenoviruses are common pathogens that cause mild gastrointestinal, ocular or respiratory symptoms. Infections are commonly observed in young children. One virus from this group, Adenovirus 36, is associated with obesity and antibodies against it are more prevalent in overweight and obese individuals than in normal-weight individuals.
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Popular Science: Ageing is more pronounced in male face than in women
Ageing or senescence is a natural part of our lives, even though we often try to hide it. First senescence changes start to manifest on the human face as early as at the age of twenty. Knowledge of the facial ageing process can be crucial for face appearance predictions for long-term missing persons.
Popular Science: Evolution of endosymbiosis in action
Endosymbiosis is a relationship between two organisms, one of whom lives in a body of the other. Commonly known examples are protozoans and bacteria in the stomach of ruminants, helping them digest cellulose, or bacteria in roots of Fabaceae (such as beans or peas), helping them fix nitrogen. Endosymbiosis is also common between unicellular organisms: in such case, one cell lives in another cell of different species. One of the most important endosymbioses took place in ancient past and as a result, almost all eukaryote cells have mitochondria (“energetic factories of the cell”) and further more green organisms have chloroplasts, intercepting energy of the light and transforming it to the type of energy suitable an organism. A completely new example of endosymbiosis was found by a team of researchers from Universities of Ostrava, České Budějovice, California and Charles University. Faculty of Science of Charles University was represented by doc. RNDr. Jan Votýpka, Ph.D.
Popular Science: A green parasite of two faces
The parasitic green alga Phyllosiphon infecting leaves of Araceae was described already in the 19th century and now, more than hundred years later, we seem finally begin to uncover the real diversity and a hint of life strategies of this genus. This is thanks to the work of Kateřina Procházková and her colleagues from the Department of Botany of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at the Charles University.
!!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.
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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.
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.
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Jan Suda passed away
Jan Suda, a world botanist, outstanding teacher, our colleague and friend, passed away at Thursday March 9.
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.
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.
2nd Workshop on Advanced Time-Resolved Imaging Techniques in Vestec near Prague, May 16-17, 2017.
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.
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.
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.
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Dr Peter Gatt (Institute of Engineering & Transport, MCAST, Malta). Location: Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague, Lecture room: Ložiskové sbírky (Albertov 6), FRIDAY 12th MAY 2017, starting from 9:00.
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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.
BIOCEV DAYS 2017: Main conference hall (room no. U2.012).
BIOCEV: SINGLE MOLECULE Microscopy and Manipulation
Practical hands-on training on selected single-molecule experimental techniques and data analysis, belonging to group of methods known as quantitative bio-imaging. October 30. - November 3., 2017, Registration deadline: October 8th 2017.
Quo Vadis Chemie: Development of New p-Conjugated Systems for Single-molecule and Organic Thin-film Electronic Devices
Will be delivered by Prof. Yutaka IE The Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research Osaka University, Japan on 25.09. at 15:00 the Lecture Hall CH2, the School of Chemistry Building, FoS CU, Hlavova 8, Praha 2.
Modeling polyelectrolyte hydrogels
Using polyelectrolyte hydrogels for water desalination has been proposed as a cheap alternative to commonly used, costly hi-tech solutions. The properties of these materials have been modeled by the team of Dr. Peter Košovan at the department of Physical and Macromolecular Chemistry.
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Quo Vadis Chemie: Sustainable Catalytic Transformation from Monofunctionalized Chemical Feedstocks
Will be delivered by Prof. Yasushi OBORA, Department of Chemistry and Materials Engineering, Kansai University, Japan on 23.10. at 15:00 the Lecture Hall CH2, the School of Chemistry Building, FoS CU, Hlavova 8, Praha 2.
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Do not look past! The Epidiverse project is hiring: 15 vacancies for a PhD position at the partner institutes all over Europe.
The EpiDiverse consortium will train 15 Early Stage Researchers to become expert eco-epigeneticists, equipping them with the interdisciplinary skills - molecular, (epi)genomic, ecological and bioinformatics - to successfully tackle this new research area. EpiDiverse training will emphasize empirical and informatics skills to become fluent and creative in extracting knowledge from big ‘omics data in natural contexts.
Do not look past! The Epidiverse project is hiring: 15 vacancies for a PhD position at the partner institutes all over Europe.
The EpiDiverse consortium will train 15 Early Stage Researchers to become expert eco-epigeneticists, equipping them with the interdisciplinary skills - molecular, (epi)genomic, ecological and bioinformatics - to successfully tackle this new research area. EpiDiverse training will emphasize empirical and informatics skills to become fluent and creative in extracting knowledge from big ‘omics data in natural contexts.
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Hot new book Lexis in Demography
Recently published book by two members of the Department of Demography and Geodemography, Klara Hulikova and Olga Kurtinova, offers a rather less traditional point of view on research in the field of population issues.
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Conference „Proteins for Life“
Conference “Proteins for Life” is a title of the 12th meeting of P4EU – an international pan-European informal network of specialists in protein expression, purification and characterization, structural biologists, leaders of core facilities and research centres.
Research highlight: coordination and redox state-dependent structural changes of the heme-based oxygen sensor AfGcHK associated with intraprotein signal transduction
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
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.
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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.
The Military and Postmilitary Landscapes conference
The Historical Geography Research Centre invites you to the Military and Postmilitary Landscapes conference that is held under the Central European Conference of Historical Geographers series. The conference takes place in Prague on February 14 – 15, 2018.

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