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Population Census 2021

During upcoming weeks there will be Population Census which is mandatory for expats and foreigners who stay in the Czech Republic for longer than 90 days. Between 27th March and 9th April questionnaires will be available online or via app in various language mutations and it is a recommended option. Those who will not fill the questionnaire online will have to fill in the paper version of the questionnaire between 17th April and 11th May.

Published Apr 02, 2021

Seminar: Data management plan

Let us invite you to an introductory seminar dedicated to the Management of Scientific Data. The information presented will be focused at our faculty environment and the support available in this area. The seminar will take place online on 1st April 2021 from 1:00 p.m. till 3:30 p.m.

Published Mar 24, 2021

Popular Science: The southern giant is heading north

Climate change affects the life on Earth significantly. Plants and animals try to adapt to these changes and often migrate to areas with more favourable natural conditions. Researchers from prestigious universities led by Gideon L. van den Berg from the University of Pretoria in South Africa joined forces with zoology experts including Pavel Hulva and Petra Nevečeřalová from the Faculty of Science, Charles University and brought interesting yet also worrying results in a research focused on one of the largest mammals on the planet, the southern right whale.

Published Mar 23, 2021

Stanislav Komárek’s Ukrainian Odyssey

Winning the “Book of the Year” award in one of Europe’s largest countries is without a doubt a huge success, and not just for the author but also for Czech culture at large. When something like that happens again, it means that the country is, in a sense, obsessed with the author. This is exactly what is currently happening with Stanislav Komárek, an original scientist, essayist and writer and the Ukraine. Following “Man as an Evolutionary Innovation?”, his book “Europe at the Crossroads” has won the Book of the Year Award in the Sofiya category (Philosophy, Anthropology, Psychology). This was a good reason to speak to the author in person. That is, as much ‘in person’ as the present times allow.

Published Mar 09, 2021

(Almost) everyone will grow up eventually

Until recently, both laypeople and scientists believed that reptilians differed from other vertebrates (among other specificities) with one unique trait – the possibility of lifelong body growth. New research conducted by a team of Czech scientists led by experts from the Department of Zoology of Charles University’s Faculty of Science has shown that while this notion is not quite unfounded, it does not apply to all reptilian species by far. The scientists arrived at the ground-breaking finding using an original method that does not require many years of laborious measurements. The study was recently published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Published Feb 19, 2021

Popular Science: One more piece to the coronavirus puzzle?

Dozens of millions of infected people all over the world, nearly two and a half million deaths, and normal life on hold… all because one virus, which obviously is the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 causing the disease known as covid-19. In addition to the development of vaccines and drugs, the characterisation of individual parts of the virus particles is another very important part of research. This part of research was of interest to the team led by Václav Veverka and Evžen Bouřa from the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences (IOCB CAS) and the Faculty of Sciences of Charles University. They published an article with the main authors being Dhurvas Chandrasekaran Dinesh and Dominika Chalupská from IOCB CAS.

Published Mar 15, 2021

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: Easy, quick and affordable – a new method of (not only) cancer diagnosis

Early diagnosis is crucial for successful treatment of virtually any disease. This is especially true with cancer. Cancer indicators in urine are usually detected one by one, which is very time consuming and expensive. How can diagnosis be made more efficient? One way is to detect several indicators at once by using methods that are less costly and faster. This has become the subject of interest for a research group led by Professor Jiří Barek from the Department of Analytical Chemistry of the Faculty of Science, Charles University.

Published Apr 05, 2021

Popular Science: Drought comes earlier

Hydrological fluctuations have been occurring in recent decades and they currently manifest primarily in significant and prolonged droughts. Changes in the hydrological cycle have a major impact on both water supply and the entire ecosystem. Vojtěch Vlach and Milada Matoušková from the Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology, Faculty of Science, Charles University together with Ondřej Ledvinka from the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute know well about the severity of the hydrological situation. Therefore, they explored in detail what has happened in terms of hydrological change in the areas of Czech mountains in recent decades.

Published Mar 29, 2021

Warning against fraudulent e-mails misusing the name of CU

Charles University urgently warns against fraudulent e-mails that were sent on the night of 25 March 2021. These e-mails contain a false request for a price quote and misuse the name of CU and its e-mail addresses, both fictional and real. This is a scam. These e-mails have nothing to do with Charles University.

Published Mar 26, 2021

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