Jan Velinger

Jan Velinger

Studied film directing at FAMU in Prague and began in current affairs in commercial television in 1996. Worked as a reporter and presenter at the English service of Czech Radio for more than sixteen years, before joining Charles University’s media team in June 2018. He is responsible for the English edition of Forum Magazine and Forum Radio podcasts.

Thursday, 01 December 2022 01:18

Forum Radio: Mysliveček's excellence

The 18th century Czech composer Josef Mysliveček is at last getting the attention he deserves, says acclaimed American musicologist Daniel E. Freeman. It is in no small part thanks to Freeman’s own extensive research into the composer’s music and life. 

Sunday, 27 November 2022 22:42

FameLab silver medal winner Eliška Jandová

She won the national final of the FameLab competition at the end of September and just won silver at the international grand final in Cheltenham! Future molecular biologist Eliška Jandová, a student at the Faculty of Science at CU. She confirmed her knack for public speaking and, most importantly, outlined hope for cancer patients.

Thursday, 17 November 2022 15:51

CU commemorates the events of 17 November

The legacy of two dates in Czechoslovak history, 17 November 1939 and 1989, was commemorated on Thursday by students and representatives of Charles University. “We are gathering together to honour the memory of the students and their brave fight for freedom,” CU Rector Milena Králíčková said.

“I consider Charles University to be one of the best in the wider region, it can withstand comparison with the best in the world,” says Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová. The head-of-state met on Wednesday with students at Charles University. 

Wednesday, 16 November 2022 16:27

Forum Radio: A look back at the Velvet Revolution

This Thursday Czechs are marking the 33rd anniversary of the Velvet Revolution which paved the way for a return to freedom and democracy in Czechoslovakia. We speak to historian Jakub Rákosník. 

Charles University’s hockey team successfully defended its title from last year in the Battle of the Universities. In the final this time, the team defeated players from the Czech Technical University in Prague. The triumph is the team’s ninth in the traditional competition of Prague universities.

Monday, 07 November 2022 17:02

How specialisation in nursing helps

The field of nursing within the medical profession has grown ever more varied. While in the past, a “one-size-fits-all” approach was sufficient, that is no longer the case. “The shortage of nurses,” says Ivana Dvořáčková of Hradec Králové University Hospital, “would be eased if we relieved them of tasks which could go to less qualified professionals.”

Tuesday, 01 November 2022 13:42

Conspiracy theories have always been out there

From the Freemasons to the mysterious Illuminati, take your pick: throughout history there has been no shortage of conspiracy theories suggesting most of us live with a veil over our eyes. Not knowing there are shadow organisations operating to overthrow society.

Friday, 28 October 2022 11:24

Mára Čmára's larger than life mural

He has illustrated magazines and books but recently took on his biggest project: a large mural on the wall of a four-story apartment building at Hradčanská in Prague 6. He is Marek Kulhavý, known in the art world as Mára Čmára (Mára Scribbles). Kulhavý found his way to art at Charles University’s Catholic Theological Faculty.

Monday, 24 October 2022 08:35

New university partnership founded

Charles University, in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and in consultation with the EC, has taken part in the creation of the Eastern Partnership University Cluster. It includes universities from both the European Union and the so-called Eastern Partnership.

During ceremonies of Charles University, you can’t miss him: he stands out even among esteemed guests, always the first to walk into the Great Hall in dignified historical dress, sceptre in hand. He is the university’s bedel or beadle. At the Carolinum that role is performed by Josef Šebek.

Sunday, 16 October 2022 23:40

CU scientists come up big at Neuron Awards

Two Czech scientists who have contributed significantly to global research with their lifetime of work, one scientific transfer project and six young scientific talents. These are this year's awards from the Neuron Foundation for Science. Six of the nine awards have gone to Charles University.

Carolyn R. Bertozzi, Morten Meldal and Barry Sharpless were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their research on tools for building molecules. Their findings will contribute to the development of processes that simplify functional chemistry. 

Wednesday, 05 October 2022 13:38

Forum Radio: Rabbi in training

In many ways, Kamila Kopřivová has followed an unusual path. After completing her Ph.D. in Jewish Studies at the Hussite Theological Faculty, Kamila set out to become the first Czech female rabbi. Her journey is almost complete: she is due to be ordained next year.

Monday, 03 October 2022 14:23

Researchers Night returns face-to-face

Over three thousand visitors saw, heard, felt, tasted or touched science on Friday, 30 September, the day that Czech European Researchers Night took place. Charles University prepared 80 activities for children and adults. Also on view was the FameLab competition final.

Friday, 30 September 2022 15:54

Matfyz celebrates 70 birthday in style

This week, the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of Charles University celebrated 70 years since its foundation. “From today's perspective, the faculty seems young. However, the tradition of mathematics, physics and astronomy at Charles University has been going on for almost 700 hundred years,” Rector Milena Králíčková said.

The Czech labor market situation has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and in recent months by the war in Ukraine. What are the main characteristics of the Czech labor market now? Katarína Stehlíková talks about these issues with Klára Kalíšková.

September saw the opening of the Didaktikon Educational and Creative Centre at Kampus Hybernská, successfully fusing cooperation between Charles University and the City of Prague. Ten interdisciplinary exhibits and a number of events await visitors.

Sunday, 11 September 2022 11:25

Key agreement signed at Charles University

This Saturday saw a major meeting of rectors from international universities at Charles University discussing the importance of research universities in a time of multiple crises.  On the agenda was the signing of a new partnership agreement between two networks, broadening and deepening the contours of cooperation by LERU and CE7.

Seventy languages are taught at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University. This is unique not only here, but also in Europe. Students from other disciplines can study Finnish or Hungarian and boost their chances of finding a job using their language skills.

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