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Archive 2023

Results of the photo contest Šutroskop (MicROCKscopia)
The evening of 4 May was devoted to the announcement of the results of the first year of the geoscience-themed photography competition for students of all disciplines and years of the Faculty of Science of Charles University "Šutroskop". The competition was organized by the Geological Art Society (GAS).
The book "O parazitech a lidech" has just been released in German
The book "O parazitech a lidech" has just been released in German. This popular science publication, which won the Magnesia Litera Award for Non-fiction in 2019, is celebrating another success, this time beyond national borders. It is currently being published under the title "Von Parasiten und Menschen" by the German publishing house Springer Berlin.
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Conference on the 150th anniversary of the birth of Prof. Bohumil Němec
We cordially invite all those interested to a two-day conference on the 150th anniversary of the birth of Prof. Bohumil Němec, which will be held under the auspices of the Rector of Charles University, Prof. Milena Králíčková, on 8 and 9 June 2023 in Viničná 7. The aim of the two-day conference is to look at the personality of Prof. Němec in the context of his time, his predecessors and contemporaries, and the ideological currents of the time - i.e. as a public figure and thinker. At the same time, however, also as an initiator and driver of the scientific programme of experimental plant studies, which continues and successfully develops at our universities and institutes of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.
Faculty participates in the international project DURABLE
DURABLE (Delivering a Unified Research Alliance of Biomedical and public health Laboratories against Epidemics) is a research project running from February 1, 2023, to January 31, 2027, aimed at addressing the increasing outbreaks of infectious diseases through a unified and coordinated approach. It establishes a strong network of world-class research institutes and public health centers across Europe to provide high-quality scientific information in record time, supporting decision-making in response to cross-border health threats. RNDr. Ruth Tachezy, Ph.D. coordinates the project for our faculty, the Departments of Genetics and Microbiology and the Department of Parasitology are involved.
The L´Oréal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science goes to our faculty
The 17th edition of the talented L´Oreal - UNESCO Women in Science programme has already announced three new winning projects. One of the three women scientists who impressed the jury with their projects is Mgr. Pavla Eliášová, Ph.D. from the Department of Physical and Macromolecular Chemistry. Congratulations!
Introduction of new mass spectroscopy instrument in BIOCEV
Introduction of methods available in our service laboratory with an emphasis on advanced proteomics methods – Protein cellular localization and thermal stability of proteins. Description of targeted proteomics and possibilities of absolute quantification. In the second part of the presentation, we will introduce the metabolomics part of our services – untargeted LC/MS metabolomics. The seminar will be held on Wednesday 31.5.2023 at 2 pm at BIOCEV (Průmyslová 595, Vestec 252 30, main lecture hall).
Summer workshop Image analysis and data processing (not only) in super-resolution microscopy 2023
We cordially invite all interested parties to attend the August workshop, which will be hosted by the Vineyard Microscopy Core Facility (VMCF) from August 21-25, 2023, both in person and online. The main goal of the workshop is to provide participants with suggestions for creating advanced pipelines for image analysis in microscopy and super-resolution microscopy. Registration for the face-to-face format is required and the number of places is limited.
Lecture of Nobel Prize winner for 2019 in Physiology or Medicine
We cordially invite you to an extraordinary lecture of Nobel Prize winner for 2019 in Physiology or Medicine at BIOCEV - Biotechnology and Biomedicine Centre of the Academy of Sciences and Charles University.
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Collegio futuro: Course offer for PhD students
Collegio futuro, a programme of EU4+ universities, announces the next edition of the course for Ph.D. students. It aims to teach students interdisciplinary, international collaboration in the field of sustainability and to foster the ability to communicate results outside academia. The course includes a week-long camp in Germany followed by online collaboration. The course will be run at SiS as a PhD course from October, with a capacity of 5 candidates. The deadline for applications is 5 July 2023.
Experientia Day 2023
We cordially invite everyone to the Experientia Day 2023, which will take place on 15 June 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at the Institute of Chemical Biology of the CAS. During this day, the Experientia Foundation scholarship recipients will be announced and you can also look forward to a lecture by Ondřej Baszczyński from our faculty, the leader of the first scientific group supported by an Experientia Foundation start-up grant, on Antifungal Prodrugs: Fun with Fun-gi.
7th PhD Conference in Immunology
The Department of Cell Biology organizes the 7th annual gathering of students associated with the PhD Immunology program at the Charles University. You can look forward to an inspiring atmosphere and three international guests. Don't forget to sign up!
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New type of immune cells has a strong Czech footprint
108,555. Such a staggeringly high number is the impact factor of the Nature Review Immunology journal, whose latest issue has just published a paper with Jan Dobeš from the Department of Cell Biology at the Faculty of Science, Charles University as the co-author. The main topic of the review article is a new type of immune cells, to whose discovery Jan Dobeš made a major contribution.
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Shattering the myth of men as hunters and women as gatherers
The Department of Anthropology and Human Genetics of the Faculty of Science, Charles University hosts a visiting Fulbright scholar, dr. Cara Wall-Scheffler (Seattle Pacific University). Her new article in PLOS One shows that women in hunter-gatherer societies around the world are not just gatherers, but often skillfully hunt big game.
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34th International Biology Olympiad - the Silver and Bronze Ages continue
In Al Ain, on the border with Oman, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), this year's edition of the Biology Olympiad was extraordinary in many ways. It was originally scheduled to take place in Russia, but given the circumstances, it was already clear last year, in Yerevan, Armenia, that this would not be the case. At the last minute, with the great efforts of Lenka Libusova (Department of Cell Biology, Faculty of Science, Charles University), the chair of the International Biology Olympiad, a new host country was obtained.
Fresh graduate Daniel Palouš co-authored an article in the journal Science
Daniel Palouš who recently completed his Master's studies, accomplished a research stay in the Global Ecosystem Ecology Laboratory led by prof. Dr. Tom Crowther at ETH Zurich with the support of several foundations and the Laboratory of Plant Ecophysiology under the guidance of prof. Jana Albrechtová, Faculty of Science, Charles University. As a result of his stay, he co-authored a study recently published in the journal Science. We sincerely congratulate Daniel and the entire Plant Ecophysiology Laboratory on this achievement!
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Whole genome multiplication triggers production of evolutionary novel traits
Plants have taken an interesting path in their evolutionary journey. Increasingly, it appears that they can very effectively use the multiplication of chromosome sets and their eventual subsequent reduction to their advantage. How exactly do they do this, and what reproductive, ecological or evolutionary advantages do they derive from it? Patrik Mráz from the Faculty of Science at Charles University is one of the co-authors of a new study that reveals new insights into reproductive strategies in whole genome-multiplying plants.
Peculiarities of the germline-restricted chromosome of songbird
In multicellular organisms, all cells of an individual normally contain the same genetic information and cell differentiation is achieved through regulation of gene expression. There are exceptions, however, where, instead of silencing, certain sequences are permanently deleted from the genome. An interesting example of this programmed DNA elimination has been described in songbirds, where a whole chromosome is lost from somatic cells early on in embryo development and is maintained only in the germ cells. In a paper, which has just been published in the prestigious journal Nature Communications, the team of Radka Reifová from the Department of Zoology, with Stephen Schlebusch as the first author, together with other researchers sequenced this chromosome in two closely related songbird species, providing one of the first insights into the importance and evolutionary dynamics of this peculiar chromosome.
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Workshop Image Analysis and Data Processing (not only) in Super- Resolution Microscopy
For the fourth year, the Viničná Microscopy Core Facility, a cutting-edge facility of the UK Physics Department, is hosting a unique workshop on Image Analysis and Data Processing (not only) in Super-Resolution Microscopy, bringing together top scientists and speakers to impart their knowledge to the participants. This year, the workshop will take place from 21 to 25 August. Lectures will be in a hybrid format. All information, registration and an interesting talk can be found below.
Sensory evolution: Fish smelling well in the water and in the air
Some fish do come ashore at night have an unusually high number of olfactory receptor genes that might allow them to smell in the air. Analysis of two hundred fishes, including some that are able to move overland, suggests that the sense of smell in some amphibious fishes has adapted to their new way of life. Zuzana Musilová, Demian Burguera and from the Fish Evolution Biology group and Pavel Němec, Francesco Dionigi, Kristina Kverková and Yicheng Zhang from the Sensory and Evolutionary Neurobiology group at the Faculty of Science of Charles University present a new study published in BMC Biology addressing this topic.
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Don't miss the second round of "UZH Global Strategy and Partnerships Funding"
The University of Zurich announces the second round of the "UZH Global Strategy and Partnerships Funding" call for its partner universities. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 15 October 2023.
Doctoral Summer School 2023
We are happy to inform you that the registration for the second Doctoral Summer School 2023 in Prague is now open for Early-Career Researchers in the Czech Republic. This summer school will take place in Prague on 15-16 September 2023. The aim of the PhD summer school is to improve the skills of early career researchers in three important areas. Each participant will receive a certificate and the official language of the event is English. More information can be found in this newsletter.
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Visit of the Korean delegation to our faculty
On Friday, 18th August, a delegation from the Korean Jeonbuk National University visited our faculty (and other faculties of Charles University). The visit, which was interested in the ways of teaching and establishing possible cooperation, was welcomed at the faculty by the vice-dean for the biology section, Prof. Petr Horák. Together, they visited several specialized laboratories in Viničná 7 and finally the Botanical Garden of the Faculty of Science.
An Interesting Collaboration Revealed
In a new study, researchers from the Faculty of Science of Charles University, in collaboration with researchers from Max-Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology and European Molecular Biology Laboratory from Heidelberg, have delved into the intricate partnership between anaerobic amoebae from the genus Pelomyxa and their prokaryotic companions. Pelomyxa, known for their unique symbiotic relationships with multiple prokaryotic endosymbionts, has long mystified scientists regarding the role these symbionts play in their host's metabolism. The study was published in the prestigious ISME Journal.
Workshop: Advanced Methods of Scanning Electron Microscopy
This course is focused on a theoretical and practical introduction to scanning electron microscopy and its biological applications. The course is limited to 15 participants including both begining and intermediate SEM users.
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A new way to understand animals: "Bioacoustic AI" to make sense of their sounds
Machine learning, often called "AI", makes it possible to uncover the mysterious world of animal communication, analysing their sounds that convey so much information. A new project called Bioacoustic AI is going to make this happen, and will use that information to monitor and protect wildlife. Tereza Petrusková from the Department of Ecology is participating in the project on behalf of our faculty.
Fish Conference in Prague
Last week the XVII European Congress of Ichthyology took place in Prague. The main co-organizer was Zuzana Musilová from the Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, Charles University, who organized the conference together with colleagues from the Czech University of Life Sciences and the Institute of Animal Physiology and Genetics of the Czech Academy of Sciences.
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Welcome Day for New International Degree Students 2023
You are cordially invited to the Welcome Day on 3 October 2023 at the Hybernská Campus. Its aim is to give new students the opportunity to meet freshmen from other faculties, to learn about student life in Prague, the functioning of the university and to experience a bit of Czech culture.
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Mathematical - Biological Seminar
We cordially invite all those interested to a series of mathematics and biology seminars, which will be held from the winter semester on Tuesdays in Viničná 7.
Prestigious Azrieli International Postdoctoral Fellowship
Are you just finishing your Ph.D. studies or are you three years away from receiving your degree? Then don't miss out on the prestigious Azrieli International postdoctoral fellowship. This fellowship allows you to engage in research for two years at one of eight top academic institutions in Israel. The fellowship starts in October 2024, and the application deadline is November 15, 2023.
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Seminars and courses offered by the Futher Education Centre
Further Education Centre would like to invite you to seminars and courses offered in the academic year 2023/24 at the Faculty of Science.
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Last bite of an Ordovician trilobite
Czech trilobite in Nature! Palaeontologists from The Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, and their colleagues (list below in this article) describe a 465-million-year-old trilobite with preserved gut contents in this top scientific journal. This unique fossil, three-dimensionally preserved in a so-called Rokycany ball, was found more than a hundred years ago. But it has revealed its secrets only now, thanks to the cutting-edge imaging methods of synchrotron tomography. The research fills a fundamental gap in our understanding of trilobite ecology and their role in Palaeozoic ecosystems.
Biocev days 2023
We cordially invite you to the annual scientific conference with poster session BIOCEV DAYS 2023. It will take place from 16 to 18 October 2023 at the Biocev Centre and will offer a great opportunity for scientific communities to connect, share knowledge and experience and collaborate. Registration for the conference is required.
Scientists' discovery of species diversity in Nature Communications
Researches from the Center for Theoretical Study and the Faculty of Science of Charles University used the mathematical models of evolution to confirm Darwin's assumptions that the rate of species diversification is higher in species and lineages with large geographic range. They also identified regions and taxa that form an exception to this rule, in which, paradoxically, small ranges are associated with rapid diversification of species. Their discovery has now been published by the world-renowned scientific journal Nature Communications.

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