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New Master course for this summer semester: Genomics of adaptation and speciation!
Genomics of adaptation and speciation: new course with practical classes involving state-of-the-art genomic analyses applied to the topics of adaptation and speciation! A Master course joint between the Dept of Botany, Dept of Zoology, Centre for Theoretical Studies and Palacky University in Olomouc.
PhD STARS program 2020 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 2020 call, prospective students can apply to PhD research topics announced on the web page on January 13th, 2020. Deadline for application is March 13th, 2020.
Seminar is targeted to young and senior researchers and administrators. It will provide detailed overview about funding sources for collaborative research in partners countries, consortia and share experience of partners with funding schemes. Experts from partners institutions as well as Czech National Contact Points for H2020 will participate as speakers. January 29th, 2020, 10:00 - 15:00 BIOCEV, Průmyslová 595, Vestec - Main conference hall
How to live without oxygen?
Our parasitologists in BIOCEV (research team of Jan Tachezy) discovered anaerobic peroxisome in free-living Mastigamoeba balamuthi. The article was published in the current issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the USA.
Lecture The 35-year journey of genomic medicine
We cordially invite you to the lecture "The 35-year journey of genomic medicine by prof. Eric Lander, president and founding director of the Broad Institute. The lecture takes place on 18th of February 2020 at 9.00 a.m., Cori Lecture Hall, 1. LF UK, U nemocnice 5, Prague 2.
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Gatherings in Biosemiotics 2020 – call for papers
20th Gatherings in Biosemiotics will host by the Department of General Linguistics, Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic. July 8–12 2020. Please submit your abstract no later than February 28.
TARGET project: aimed at bacterial resistance
The foremost topic of global medical research in recent decades has been cancer. Today, however, an increasing part of the scientific community is switching its focus to the issue of growing bacterial resistance, which is behind the increasing frequency of failed antibiotic treatment. A team from the Department of Biochemistry of the Faculty of Science at Charles University, led by Assoc. Prof. Markéta Martínková, has joined a project focusing on this phenomenon.
Charles University technology spin off LAM X a.s. founded
The Charles University and the Czech Academy of Sciences joined forces via their subsidiaries Charles University Innovations Prague s.r.o. and i& i Prague s.r.o. and today they are founding an academic, technology spin off LAM X a.s. The company is going to focus on development of nanomaterials that can be utili s ed for a fabri cation of bandages of the future and its goal is to transfer research results into practice. Planned initial investment is 12 million CZK.
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AdiCare: Group psychotherapy in English language
The ADICARE Centre group psychotherapy has been designed for foreigners living in the Czech Republic. We offer quick and effective help of psychologists, addictologists, psychiatrists and professional relaxation therapists to English speaking clients.
Coronavirus / COVID-19 epidemics - protective measures
Coronavirus: Information for students and staff of the Faculty of Science, Charles University
Faculty of Science, Charles University on the issue of coronavirus spread and measures resulting from it. Informations are presented here in chronological order.
Miniconference: 1st Prague PostDoc Day
You are cordially invited to the 1st Prague Postdoc Day to be held at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry (IOCB) in Prague on 16th June 2020 (afternoon). Submission deadline 17th April 2020.
Could glucose promote the spread of yeast infection in the body?
Scientists from the research teams of Zdena Palková (FoS CUNI) and Libuše Váchová (IMIC) at BIOCEV published new findings in the prestigious journal npj Biofilms and Microbiomes on the regulation of formation and dispersal of yeast biofilms. The article contributes towards understanding the mechanism of, and risk factors associated with, the development of fungal infections, and could provide inspiration for effective drug development.
Resolution of the Task Force of the Faculty of Science at Charles University of 16.3.2020
At its meeting on 16.3.2010, the Task Force of the Faculty of Science at Charles University adopted the following resolution:
Information for students as of 20 March 2020
We are aware of your uncomfortable situation and that this uncertain period is a very difficult one for you. We are working hard to ensure that you can still complete this academic year. We are working intensively with the Ministry of Education and other universities, as well as with individual faculties, to find the best solution. Click for more informations.
Updated information about the organisation of the studies, March 25, 2020
Meeting of the Task Force of the Faculty of Science at Charles University of 30.3.2020
At its meeting on 30.3.2020, the Task Force of the Faculty of Science at Charles University adopted the following resolutions and measures:
Offer of LINDAT/CLARIAH‐CZ and UFAL MFF UK capacities for the fight against SARS‐CoV‐2
Main contact: Jan Hajič (hajic@ufal.mff.cuni.cz). Technical support: Milan Fučik (fucik@ufal.mff.cuni.cz)
Meeting of the Task Force of the Faculty of Science at Charles University of 6.4.2020
At its meeting on 6.4.2020, the Task Force of the Faculty of Science at Charles University adopted the following resolutions and measures:
Newsletter UK Point for international students
This issue of our newsletter might seem a bit different from the newsletters you usually receive from us. Instead of invitations to our events we are going to provide you with some current information on studies and life at Charles University as well as with useful links focusing on information on Covid-19 in English.
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Application period for Green Talents award 2020 now open
Join a prestigious network of renowned scientists, gain unique access to Germany’s sustainability research elite and promote your innovative ideas. Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development invites you as a pioneering scientist to apply with your trailblazing approach! Showcase your research to the broader public, exchange with outstanding experts, and lay the foundation for long-lasting collaborations with German research institutions.Deadline for submission: 19 May 2020.
Meeting of the Task Force of the Faculty of Science at Charles University of 14.4.2020
At its meeting on 14.4.2020, the Task Force of the Faculty of Science at Charles University adopted the following resolutions and measures:
Information regarding teaching at the Faculty of Science
Starting on Monday 20.4.2020, in line with the "Timetable for relaxation of measures in the field of education" published by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, direct and indirect teaching will be possible at the faculty in groups with a maximum of 5 students, this primarily being to ensure successful completion of individual degrees of study. The consent of all participants is necessary for all types of teaching as is compliance with the valid anti-epidemic measures. All faculty buildings will be open from 20.4.2020 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Operation of libraries will remain in the current regime.
Meeting of the Task Force of the Faculty of Science at Charles University of 20.4.2020
At its meeting on 20.4.2020, the Task Force of the Faculty of Science at Charles University adopted the following resolutions and measures:
Announcement by Charles University's Rector Tomáš Zima (April 24, 2020)
Dear Colleagues, In connection with yesterday's meeting of the Government and the issuing of newly framed res-olutions of the Government of the Czech Republic on the adoption of crisis measures in educa-tion, as well as in connection with other legislative changes, I would like to inform you of the following:
Updated report from the meeting of the CU FS Dean and the Advisory Board on April 27th, 2020
Informations regarding organisations of studies and exams.
Meeting of the Task Force of the Faculty of Science at Charles University of 4.5.2020
At its meeting on 4.5.2020, the Task Force of the Faculty of Science at Charles University adopted the following resolutions and measures:
Questionnaire - needs of the scientific community
Questionnaire - needs of the scientific community in the field of open access at Charles University
Call for collaborative projects from the community of academics at 4EU+universities
The 4EU+ European University Alliance, which we are members of, opened the first call for joint education projects. Available details on the call might be found in attached document together with form of application. The deadline for proposals is June 15th for Flagship 2 and July1st for all the other Flagships.
Pharmaceutical company SANDOZ donated CZK 500,000 to BIOCEV for coronavirus testing
The CZK 500,000 donation is designated for the purchase of test sets to detect SARS-Cov-2, laboratory plasticware and devices, pipettes, chemicals, and enzymes. To date, over 3,000 samples from hospitals and retirement homes have been tested in the BIOCEV centre. The daily capacity is 320 samples.
Business trips abroad – current information
In view of the current positive developments in the COVID-19 pandemic, the general restriction on travel abroad for business has been lifted. Click on news for more information.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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We would like to invite all international full-degree students to the ONLINE integration course WELCOME TO THE CZECH REPUBLIC (for non-EU students only).
Happiness and Mindset Webinar
What can recent science tell us about life satisfaction and happiness? Petr Ludwig is the author of The End of Procrastination, the bestseller that has been translated into 17 languages and is based on latest scientific findings in neuroscience and behavioral economics. In this online webinar, you will learn practical tools and tips on how to manage emotionally demanding and stressful situations, and how to improve your well-being and the overall quality of your life.
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History and development of analytical chemistry at Charles University before 1920
"History and development of analytical chemistry at Charles University before 1920" is the article by Karel Nesmerak Ph.D. and Radek Chalupa, MSc. from Department of Analytical Chemistry, published in the november issue of journal Montshefte für Chemie – Chemical Monthly. The article is dedicated to the centenary of the establishment of the independent Faculty of Science of the Charles University, in particular, it provides an overview of the history of analytical chemistry at this university from its founding in 1348 to 1920.
Jan Havlicek co-edited special issue of PTRS B devoted to olfactory communications in humans
Recently published special issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B ‘Olfactory communication in humans’ which was co-edited by Jan Havlicek of Department of Zoology of our Faculty. The Special issue is based on Royal Society Theo Murphy meeting organized by S. Craig Roberts, Benoist Schaal and Jan Havlíček.
Dear colleagues and students,
thank you for all the work you have done at the Faculty of Science during last year, be it teaching or studying. We would like to wish you Merry Christmas and all the best for the new year - good health above all.

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