High school students can sign up for Particle Prague 2022

Author : Jitka Jiřičková
Photo: Czech Physical Society, Shutterstock
Monday, 25 April 2022 12:54

Particle Prague 2022 is a five-day event offering high school students a week in the world of particle physics, co-organised by the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics. The event will be held in September but the deadline for registration is 30 April.

Martin Kozák from the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics has been awarded a prestigious ERC Starting Grant. It will go towards research of new electron microscopy techniques that will allow capturing the motion of electrons in matter.

Grant boosts study of new materials

Photo: Martin Pinkas
Wednesday, 30 March 2022 08:19

The physicist Tim Verhagen comes from the Netherlands but has been working in the Czech Republic for eight years, currently at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics. He has just received a prestigious ERC Starting Grant for his research into new materials – “2D-sandwiches”.

Historian: Belarus is in the grip of a new 'Normalisation'

Author : Helena Zdráhalová
Photo: Martin Pinkas, Vladimír Šigut, Shutterstock
Friday, 18 March 2022 07:19

“It has to be talked about, even though personally it hurts a lot...” Belarusian-born historian Alena Marková from the Faculty of Humanities warns that the ‘normalisation’ now in Belarus is similar to Czechoslovakia after 1968.

The role small states can play

Author : Pavla Hubálková
Photo: Tomáš Weiss's personal archive, Shutterstock
Monday, 21 February 2022 13:43

Tomáš Weiss from the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Charles University is the editor of a new book on the influence of small states in international security. “It may be interesting for Czech readers that the book devotes several chapters to the Czech Republic,” he says.

How excess vegetation burning changed Australia

Author : Marcela Uhlíková
Photo: Petr Kuneš, Shutterstock
Friday, 18 February 2022 11:01

“We really had no idea how big a role the Aborigines played,” say Petr Kuneš. An associate professor at CU, Dr. Kuneš was a member an international team that examined how colonisation changed vegetation management in Australia.

Celebrating women in science on 11 February

Author : Pavla Hubálková
Photo: Vladimír Šigut, Hynek Glos, CU archive
Friday, 11 February 2022 15:59

Friday, 11 February, marks the seventh International Day of Women and Girls in Science, celebrating the role of women in the scientific world and promoting gender equality. What do women scientists at Charles University enjoy the most about their work and what kind of challenges did they face?

Natural language generation research wins ERC grant

Author : Pavla Hubálková
Photo: Tomáš Rubín, Vladimír Šigut
Friday, 14 January 2022 09:20

“Our goal is to create a universal natural language generator that will be able to learn from only a few examples and will not make mistakes,” says Ondřej Dušek from the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics. His work landed him a prestigious ERC grant.

The Herbarium: An archive of plant diversity

Author : Marcela Uhlíková
Photo: Michal Novotný, Petr Jan Juračka
Monday, 10 January 2022 16:39

At present, the Faculty of Science of Charles University boasts a herbarium containing almost 2.5 million items. “Such herbaria (or collections of pressed and dried plant or flower samples) are living archives of plant biodiversity,” says botanist Patrik Mráz.

The year in science at Charles University

Author : Pavla Hubálková, Martin Rychlík
Photo: Forum, CU archives, NASA
Friday, 31 December 2021 12:44

The year 2021 saw no end to the pandemic, which brought numerous complications, including for scientists. Nevertheless, scientific research continued with positive results. We offer a look back at science at Charles University over the course of the year.

Karel Raška to receive order of T.G. Masaryk

Author : Ivan Raška, Marcela Uhlíková
Photo: Raška family archives
Monday, 27 December 2021 14:44

The founder of modern Czechoslovak epidemiology, Karel Raška, who contributed to the worldwide eradication of smallpox, is to receive the Order of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, First Class, in memoriam. His son, Professor Ivan Raška, writes about his father's contributions and career.

CU continues research at unique temple

Author : Helena Zdráhalová
Photo: David Moulis, Vladimír Šigut, Shutterstock
Monday, 20 December 2021 09:21

It seems there were two, though many believe there was only one: the great temple in Jerusalem built by the Biblical King Solomon. The first temple stood on the Temple Mount but no material evidence of its existence has ever been found. However, in 2012, Israeli archaeologists unexpectedly discovered another site in some ways similar.

Podcast: The impact of Covid on education

Author : Katarína Stehlíková
Photo: CERGEI-EI, Shutterstock, Forum
Friday, 12 November 2021 09:02

“Have we learned anything new about the education system during the pandemic? And why is the economics of education becoming more important these days?” are questions host Katarína Stehlíková put to CERGE-EI’s Daniel Münich in the latest Talking Economics.

Podcast: Data was the key over the past year

Author : Katarína Stehlíková
Photo: CERGE-EI, Shutterstock
Tuesday, 26 October 2021 11:32

The Talking Economics Podcast is back, and now, for the first time, is featured at Forum. In this edition, Katarína Stehlíková talks with CERGE-EI's Filip Pertold about the Covid-hit economy and data and policies to help. “We’ve learned from the Covid-19 pandemic that data is the key,” Filip Pertold says.

System predicted election outcome

Author : Jitka Jiřičková
Photo: Shutterstock, Ondřej Týbl, iRozhlas.cz
Sunday, 17 October 2021 17:02

Czechs last week who followed the outcome of the election at iRozhlas.cz as the results came in, benefitted from a predictive model designed by Associate Professor Marek Omelka and Ondřej Týbl from Charles University. The system they developed helped the scientists determine failry early on who had gained a majority in the lower house.

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