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Seminar of the Center for Geosphere Dynamics

A yearly meeting of the university center of excellence (UNCE) Center for Geosphere Dynamics (cgd.natur.cuni.cz) with talks given by junior researchers will be held on November 25th 2021 at 3 pm in the Ložiskové sbírky room, Albertov 6 (program is available here). 


12. 11. 2021 Geologists in the Academic Senate!

Jiří Bruthans (Institute of Hydrogeology, Engineering Geology and Applied Geophysics) and Martin Mazuch (Institute of Geology and Paleontology) were elected to the Academic Senate of the Faculty of Science of Charles University as representatives of the Geology section and the Institute for Environmental Studies. More information about the election results.

9. 11. 2021 Annual meeting of The Micropalaeontological Society in Prague

The 2021 Annual meeting of The Micropalaeontological Society, organized by Professor Katarína Holcová and her research group, will be held at the Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague on November 18th to 19th. Unfortunately, given the covid-19 restrictions, the meeting will be online only. More information and conference program can be found at http://web.natur.cuni.cz/ugp/tms2021


30. 10. 2021 Extinction of organisms in Živa journal

Živa was established in 1853 by Jan Evangelista Purkyně as a science-oriented periodical journal, in which the founder of Czech geology, Jan Krejčí, contributed extensively. The latest monothematic issue of Živa summarizes the findings in the field of "Extinction of organisms that accompany the life on Earth from the very beginning", to which a number of authors from the Institute of Geology and Paleontology, Faculty of Science, Charles University contributed. Živa is published by the Czech Academy of Sciences.

27. 9. 2021 Course "Global dynamics and supercontinent cycle" by prof. R. Damian Nance

Prof. R. Damian Nance (Ohio University, USA) will again visit our department and will deliver his course "Global dynamics and supercontinent cycle". The course will be organized as six lectures starting off from October, 6th (9:00 am, lecture room G1). The course will be taught in English and is thus also suitable for foreign students, who may enroll via Student Information System (SIS, code MG420P07, 4 credits).


13. 9. 2021 New book on metallurgical slags

A new book "Metallurgical Slags: Environmental Geochemistry and Resource Potential" edited by Nadine M. Piatak (USGS) and our colleague Vojtěch Ettler from the Institute of Geochemistry, Mineralogy, and Mineral Resources has been published by the Royal Society of Chemistry (https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/ebook/978-1-78801-887-6). Vojtěch (co-)authored four of nine chapters in the book.


11. 8. 2021 Interview with Prof. Jan Jehlička in Forum magazine

The university magazine Forum published a great interview with Professor Jan Jehlička from the Institute of Geochemistry, Mineralogy and Mineral Resources. Jan is a world-leading expert in organic geochemistry and is particularly interested in the use of Raman spectrometry to search for traces of life in rocks not only on Earth but also on Mars, and in 2020 he received the distinguished Donatio Universitatis Carolinae award. Read the interview here.

25. 6. 2021 K. Holcová and D. Mašín promoted to full professor

Katarína Holcová and David Mašín were promoted to a full professor position at a ceremony in Carolinum, historical building of the Charles University in Prague. Katarína is a micropaleontologist working mainly on Foraminifera and their use as a proxy for paleoenvironmental reconstructions of Mesozoic and Cenozoic marine realms, David is a specialist in engineering geology and mathematical modeling. Congratulations!

23. 6. 2021 Silver medal of the Faculty of Science for O. Fejfar and M. Mihaljevič

Our colleagues Oldřich Fejfar and Martin Mihaljevič were awarded by the Silver medal of the Faculty of Science for their outstanding contribution to Earth Sciences in the fields of paleontology and environmental geochemistry, respectively. Congratulations!



14. 6. 2021  Vojtěch Janoušek promoted to a full professor

Vojtěch Janoušek of the Czech geological survey, Prague, and Institute of Petrology and Structural Geology, was promoted to a full professor on June, 5th 2021. Vojtěch has long been working on igneous petrology, geochemistry, and statistical analysis and processing of geochemical data. He teaches various igneous petrology classes and a specialized course on geochemical data processing. Congratulations!

27. 5. 2021 SGA Student Chapter Prague

SGA is a student society which associates students and other people interested in deposit geology and mineralogy all over the world. We organize international and domestic excursions to mineralogically valuable sites. We do geological excursions all over the world. We organize lectures and seminars with interesting guests. The members of the association have an opportunity to meet colleagues from foreign countries and gain valuable experience, which they will then apply while studying or working. Come with us to meet a lot of interesting people and get to places you would not normally visit. More information at https://sga.cuni.cz/

11. 5. 2021 SÚRAO Summer School

Those interested in the geological aspects of radioactive waste disposal, especially students, can apply for the 4th year of the SÚRAO Summer School. The main topic will be the selection of suitable localities in the rock environment of the Bohemian Massif. More information at https://www.surao.cz/letni-skola-surao-probehne-i-letos/.


29. 4. 2021 Professor's lecture by Martin Košťák

Martin Košťák, who recently celebrated his 50th anniversary, delivered a great professor's lecture at the Scientific Council of the Charles University on 29 April. The proposal for his appointment as professor went smoothly and was submitted to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. Congratulations!



13. 4. 2021 Mass spectrometer type „ICP-MS“

The installation of a new inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (ICP-MS) was completed in the Laboratories of the Geological Institutes. The Thermo Scientific spectrometer can analyze solutions and solid rock samples at the trace to ultratrace level. Inductively coupled Ar-plasma allows ionization, subsequent separation in a quadrupole mass separator, and finally detection in a semiconductor multiplier of most elements of the periodic table from Li to U. Those interested in using the laboratory of mass spectrometry may contact doc. L. Strnad lgu@natur.cuni.cz.

13. 4. 2021 Joint SGA–UNCE virtual student conference

A virtual conference of graduate students associated with the Center for Geosphere Dynamics and the SGA Student Chapter Prague will be held on April 15th, 2021. The meeting is open for a wide public and will start on ZOOM from 9:00 am (Meeting ID: 824 8818 1216, Key: 0TMizN).



17. 3. 2021 New paper in Communications Earth & Environment (Nature)

New paper in Communications Earth & Environment (Nature group), published new research by a team of the Czech Geological Survey in collaboration with Ondrej Lexa. The paper postulates a new model for trans-lithospheric diapirism to explain an intriguing assemblage of high-pressure (HP) rocks with ultrapotassic plutons and low-grade metamorphic complexes that are found in many collisional orogens, including the Variscan belt. The article is open-access, available at https://www.nature.com/articles/s43247-021-00122-w

4. 3. 2021 New high-tech instruments installed!

New high-end laboratory instruments have been successfully installed to aid our research and teaching activities. Laboratory of Imaging Methods acquired a digital 4K microscope Keyence VHX-7000 allowing high-resolution 3D imaging with a magnification of up to 200. Laboratory of Rock Magnetism  is newly equipped with the AGICO JR-6A magnetometer, LDA5 demagnetizer, and a PAM1 magnetization unit, allowing paleomagnetic and anisotropy of magnetic remanence measurements.

19. 2. 2021 New paper in Communications Biology (Nature)

New fascinating research was published in Communications Biology (Nature Group), led by Martin Košťák with colleagues from Germany, Slovakia, and Hungary. The study describes Oligocene cephalopod Necroteuthis hungarica (ca. 30 Ma) and demonstrates how some species were able to survive catastrophic events as well as global climatic changes in an anoxic deep-sea environment over long periods of geologic time. The article is open-access, available at https://www.nature.com/articles/s42003-021-01714-0  

8. 2. 2021 High scientific production of the Center for Geosphere Dynamics despite the COVID-19 pandemic

Despite the covid-19 restrictions, the researchers of the Center for Geosphere Dynamics were highly productive in the past year. A total of 59 papers have been published. Papers published in the first and second quartile journals according to Web of Knowledge accounted for 90% of the total. The numbers also include 13 papers in the D1 category and 5 papers in the Nature Index journals. More information can be found here.


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